It was a great reunion at the U.S. Bishops’ Assembly Nov. 16 when Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., Diocese of Trenton, former president of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, joined Dr. John DiGioia, current president of Georgetown University in Washington, DC, to address members of the USCCB on topics related to Catholic colleges and universities in the United States. Bishop O’Connell spoke on the purposes of American Catholic higher education and Dr. DiGioia  addressed elements of American universities and colleges.  “It was wonderful,” Bishop O’Connell remarked, “to catch up with Jack again.  He was a great friend and colleague during my Washington days.”
It was a great reunion at the U.S. Bishops’ Assembly Nov. 16 when Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., Diocese of Trenton, former president of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, joined Dr. John DiGioia, current president of Georgetown University in Washington, DC, to address members of the USCCB on topics related to Catholic colleges and universities in the United States. Bishop O’Connell spoke on the purposes of American Catholic higher education and Dr. DiGioia addressed elements of American universities and colleges. “It was wonderful,” Bishop O’Connell remarked, “to catch up with Jack again. He was a great friend and colleague during my Washington days.”
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., joins other U.S. bishops from throughout the country for the annual USCCB Fall General Assembly held Nov. 15-18 in Baltimore.  This will be the first in-person meeting of the full body of bishops since November 2019. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the June 2020 spring meeting was canceled, and the November 2020 fall meeting and June 2021 spring meeting were held in a virtual format.

The 2021 assembly opened with a Nov. 15 Mass in The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Topics that the bishops are expected to address include: the Eucharistic revival initiative and approval of a national Eucharistic Congress in 2024; an update of the “Socially Responsible Investment Guidelines”; a statement on the Eucharist, The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church; the proposal to add Saint Teresa of Calcutta on the Proper Calendar for the Dioceses of the United States as an optional memorial on September 5; new English and Spanish versions of the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults; a translation of Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharistic Mystery Outside Mass; “National Statutes for the Catechumenate” in English and Spanish; and the USCCB’s 2022 budget.

To view the livestream of the USCCB Fall Assembly, click here.