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Archbishop Hebda and Bishop Fabre join law professor Helen Alvaré.

BALTIMORE, MD, November 15, 2017 -- Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda and Bishop Shelton J. Fabre were elected new members of the Board of Directors of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) at the meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

They join George Mason University law professor Helen Alvaré, selected as a new lay member by the Board. Their three-year terms begin Jan. 1.

Returning to the CRS board after the USCCB vote are Bishop Edward J. Burns of Dallas, Bishop Felipe J. Estévez of St. Augustine, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, and Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami.

Archbishop Hebda was installed as Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 2016. Ordained to the priesthood in 1989 after his studies at St. Paul Seminary and Duquesne University, both in Pittsburgh, and the North American College in Rome, Archbishop Hebda had previously served as Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark from 2013 to 2015, Bishop of Gaylord, MI from 2009 to 2013 and had various positions in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  He has also served on the Executive Board of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of Catholic agencies of which CRS is a member.

Also ordained in 1989, Bishop Fabre became Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux in Louisiana in 2013. He was previously auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans after holding both pastoral assignments and administrative positions in the Diocese of Baton Rouge. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from St. Joseph Seminary-College in St. Benedict, LA, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in religious studies from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium.

Ms. Alvaré, who teaches Family Law, Law and Religion, and Property Law at George Mason’s Antonin Scalia Law School, is widely published on issues around women and the family and the First Amendment in outlets as varied as academic journals, the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today and ABC News. A consultant for the USCCB and the Pontifical Council of the Laity, she received her law degree from Cornell University and her master’s degree in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America. Ms. Alvaré previously taught at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America and has represented the USCCB before legislative bodies, academic audiences and the media.

“I truly look forward to all that Helen Alvaré will bring to the CRS board, especially her passion to lift up the voices of women, as well as her fine work in the areas of respect for life and religious freedom,” said Bishop Gregory J. Mansour, Bishop of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn and chairman of the CRS board.

CRS extends its thanks for the service of Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha who is leaving the CRS board at the end of the year.  Archbishop Lucas has travelled with CRS, most recently to Uganda, and he served six years on the CRS Board, chairing the U.S. Operations subcommittee of the Board for the last three years.

“I am so very grateful for the fine work of Archbishop Lucas. He was an active and engaged member of the board and my traveling partner to Uganda,” Mansour said. 


Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency alleviates suffering and provides assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding. For more information, please visit or and follow CRS on social media: Facebook, @CatholicRelief@CRSnewsYouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.


Kim Pozniak

Director of Communications

Kim Pozniak
November 15, 2017

Based in Baltimore, MD

As the Director of Communications, Kim oversees the communications and social media teams working with journalists and the media to connect them with engaging stories about relief and development programs that are making a tangible difference in people’s lives around the world.

Her previous work at CRS includes handling emergency...More