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Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

In February 2014, Archbishop Chaput was appointed to the Pontifical Council for the Laity by Pope Francis. He also serves as the ex-officio Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. As a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe, Archbishop Chaput was the second Native American to be ordained a bishop in the United States (1988), and the first Native American archbishop (1997). For the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, he is currently Chair of the subcommittee on Native American Catholics; a member of the committee for Cultural Diversity in the Church and the Task Force for Health Care; a member of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty; and a consultant to the Committee for Pro-Life Activities. In 2002, assisted by his Auxiliary Bishop José Gomez, Archbishop Chaput founded Centro San Juan Diego in response to the pastoral and educational needs of the growing Hispanic community in Colorado. He later co-founded the national Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL) and helped in the founding of ENDOW, a leadership initiative of Catholic women to “Educate on the Nature and Dignity of Women.” He is also author of two books: “Living the Catholic Faith: Rediscovering the Basics” (Servant, 2001) and “Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life” (Doubleday, 2008).