Archbishop Joseph Edward Kurtz of Louisville
Chairman of the Board
His Holiness Benedict XVI appointed Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D. as the fourth Archbishop and ninth bishop of the Archdiocese of Louisville in 2007. Before coming to Louisville, Archbishop Kurtz served as Bishop of Knoxville from 1999 to 2007. Archbishop Kurtz has served on numerous boards, including service on the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and as the president of the board of directors of the Catholic Social Agency. He served as Vice President of the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) from 2010 to 2013, as the President from 2013 to 2016, and in those capacities also served as a member of the Conference’s executive and administrative committees. Archbishop Kurtz is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Catholic University of America, the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, and Episcopal Moderator for the National Catholic Partnership on Disability. He also serves on the Bishops Committee for Teens Encounter Christ (TEC Conference) and on the Council for the National Catholic School of Social Service at Catholic University. In addition, he was recently elected by the USCCB General Assembly as chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty in November of 2017. In February of 2014, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Kurtz to the Holy See’s Congregation for the Oriental Churches.