Fr. Ralph O’Donnell

(Executive Director USCCB CCLV) 

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USCCB Report on Clergy, Consecrated Life & Vocations

Father Ralph B. O’Donnell, a priest of the Archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska, is the executive director of the Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

The USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations assists the bishops in promoting, supporting and educating about the Church’s pastoral needs and concerns for the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. The committee develops foundational documents and appropriate resources that promote the effective ministry of priests, religious and vocations. It also plays a lead role in the United States promoting the Year of Consecrated Life, which began November 30, 2014, and will close on World Day of Consecrated Life, February 2, 2016.

Father O’Donnell holds a bachelor’s degree in religion from Conception Seminary College in Conception, Missouri (1993), a master’s of divinity from St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois (1997) and a master’s in spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha (2000).