Statutes of the Council of Major Superiors of
2: It is the Specific Purpose of the Council:
To provide a clear, stable and official channel through
which major superiors, assisted by an Episcopal Liaison
appointed by the Holy See, can share the vision,
principles and directives of the Magisterium with regard
to religious life.
Cardinal Hickey, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington,
D.C., was the first Episcopal Liaison for the Council.
He provided much support and assistance in the early
days of the Council.
the summer of 2001, the Congregation for Institutes of
Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life
appointed Most Reverend Justin F. Rigali, then
Archbishop of St. Louis, as the Episcopal Liaison for
Rigali was born in Los Angeles, California and was
ordained a priest there in 1956. He was ordained a
Bishop in 1985 and appointed titular Archbishop of
Bolsena. He served in the Congregation for Bishops for a
number of years. He was appointed Archbishop of St.
Louis on January 25,1994. In 2003, he became the
Archbishop of Philadelphia and was elevated as a
Cardinal with the titular Church of St. Prisca. He
brings to the Council a wealth of experience in
ecclesial matters and an avenue for communication of
union with the Magisterium of Peter the filial love of
the Sisters for Christ's Vicar on earth.