Advisory: Applications Being Accepted for Spring Assembly of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

April 22, 2009

WASHINGTON, April 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Credential applications for media who wish to cover the spring meeting of the U.S. bishops, June 17-19, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Antonio are now being accepted.

An application form is attached and may also be found at http://www.usccb.org/mr/credential_form_June_09.pdf.

Items on the agenda include approval of the annual assessment of dioceses for United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), progress report on the pastoral plan for marriage, approval of the Mass of Thanksgiving for the Gift of Human Life, and liturgical translations. Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Arizona, vice president of the USCCB, also will report on the USCCB’s five priorities: Cultural Diversity in the Church, Faith Formation and Sacramental Practice, Life and Dignity of the Human Person, Strengthening Marriage and Promotion of Vocations to the Priesthood and Consecrated Life.

Sessions expected to be open to the media will be Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. The meeting also will include a concelebrated Mass at the historic San Fernando Cathedral. The rest of the meeting includes executive session, regional meetings and time for prayer and reflection.

Those seeking credentials must apply by June 2. News media seeking to make a room reservation should contact the Hyatt Regency San Antonio at 1-800-233-1234. The room block code is U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Those wishing further assistance may contact the Department of Communications (202-541-3200).

                            GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF
                              June 17-19, 2009


    NOTE: This form must be signed by editor or station manager.  Please
    Print or Type.

    Name of Applicant:
    Name of News organization:
    Office Address:
    Telephone: _____________________________
    Fax: ______________________________________________
    E-mail: ____________________________________________________________
    Frequency of Publications/Airing:
    Are you covering this meeting for the above named organization?
    Yes ___ No ___
    If no, for what news organization are you covering this meeting:

    Please indicate the news media directory - and the page number - where
    your publication, broadcast station, etc., is listed:
    ___ Broadcast Yearbook (page _____)
    ___ Directory of the Catholic Press Association (page _____)
    ___ Editor & Publisher Yearbook (page _____)
    ___ Directory of Unda-USA (page _____)
    ___ Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media (page _____)

    Note to Applicants: Media covering the bishops' meetings should be
    aware that there is a system in place for requesting interviews with a
    bishop.  It involves submitting the request through the Office of Media
    Relations staff stationed outside the media center.  Please do not
    approach the Bishops during coffee breaks, since many Bishops often use
    this time for committee business. There will be locations provided for
    TV, radio and print interviews. All credentialed media are required to
    abide by regulations of the hotel or risk losing their credentials.
    Also please note that tables in the media center are only for those
    materials originating from the Bishops' Conference.  Any other
    materials that are placed there will be removed.

    Upon registration, please be prepared to present a press card.
    Please return this form no later than June 2, 2008.
    Office of Media Relations
    United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
    3211 4th Street, NE
    Washington, DC 20017-1194
    TELEPHONE: 202-541-3200
    FAX: 202-541-3173/3129

    Signature of Editor or Station Manager (required)

SOURCE U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

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