WASHINGTON, D.C. -Retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Garry E. Hall has been appointed to the National Review Board of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The appointment was announced this week by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., USCCB president.
The USCCB established the National Review Board in 2002 as a consultative body of lay individuals tasked with reviewing the annual report of the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection on the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. It is part of the church’s ongoing efforts to prevent and combat clergy sexual abuse of minors.
Rear Adm. Hall already chairs the Review Board of the Archdiocese of the Military Services, USA (AMS). He is the CEO and president of the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN) and an active member of the Knights of Columbus (K of C). Rear Adm. Hall holds a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, and an MBA from Southern Illinois Unversity at Edwardsville (SIUE).
In his 35 years on active duty, Rear Adm. Hall served as an aviator and risk management specialist, operating mainly in the Pacific. Rear Adm. Hall commanded two helicopter squadrons, the capital ship USS Tarawa, and an expeditionary strike group; and he was commandant of the Eisenhower College of National Security and Resource Strategy at National Defense University.
His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, nominated Adm. Hall for the National Review Board seat and applauded his selection.
Archbishop Broglio said:
"Once again one of our Nation's military leaders has stepped up to the plate to offer the wealth of his training and experience to serve the Church. I have been grateful for Admiral Hall's leadership on the AMS Review Board and I am confident that these additional duties will enrich the work of the National Review Board."
Rear Adm. Hall said he was honored to accept the position:
"I am deeply humbled at this opportunity to serve the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. I look forward to bringing my leadership experience in the Navy to the charter for protecting children and young people."
In addition to Rear Adm. Hall, the USCCB named to the National Review Board Mr. Ernest Stark, a long time Catholic school educator and administrator. Mr. Stark currently serves as chair of the review boards for several religious communities including the Augustinians, Carmelites, Passionists, and Benedictines, and he is a member of the review board of the De La Salle Christian Brothers. Mr. Stark has served as a teacher and administrator in Catholic secondary schools and colleges for fifty years.
Also this week, the USCCB appointed Dr. Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D., president of Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts, to a new four-year term as chairman of the board.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the United States Military Services, issued the following statement on the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia:
"The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, joins the Nation in paying tribute to the late Justice Antonin Scalia. He was a brilliant jurist who contributed much to the Country and I mourn his passing. We are all poorer, because he no longer walks among us, but richer, because of the gifts he shared with us.
"On behalf of my Auxiliary Bishops, the clergy, and faithful of the Archdiocese, I express my heartfelt sympathy to Mrs. Scalia, the sons and daughters, and the grandchildren and assure them of our prayers for the repose of his soul and their consolation.
"I was deeply grateful for his presence when I was installed as the 4th Archbishop for the Military Services, USA. He explained that he was there, because one of his sons was in the Army and he wanted to pray for and with that son’s new shepherd."
Among the many benefits of membership in the Knights of Columbus is prayer...not only for our Church and our endeavors, but for our Brothers and their families, particularly in times of need.
From the founding of our Order by Fr. Michael J. McGivney in 1882, prayer has been the cornerstone of the Knights of Columbus. Each Knight has received a Rosary blessed by the Supreme Chaplain. Deceased Knights and their wives, as well as deceased members of our Squires program are prayed for at a Daily Mass of Remembrance at St. Mary's Church - The Birthplace of our Order.
Through the requested prayers of the Order made at the annual Supreme Convention, and the prayers requested at our monthly Assembly business meeting, we continue the longstanding tradition of mutual assistance and prayer. We ask that you keep the intentions listed below in your prayers:
"Today, the Knights of Columbus is providentially positioned to play a key role in the new alliance between the Church and the family called for by Pope Francis … What is necessary now is our greater involvement in the renewal of parish and family life."
-Supreme Knight Carl Anderson