Washington, D.C. – Jonathan J. Reyes, Ph.D., has been appointed as Assistant General Secretary for Integral Human Development for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), based in Washington D.C. In the newly established position, Dr. Reyes will become executive administrator of the Office of Government Relations while also continuing to oversee the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development (JPHD), which supports the Committees on Domestic Justice and Human Development and International Justice and Peace, the Subcommittee for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Committee on Religious Liberty, and Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism.
Jonathan Reyes joined the Conference as Executive Director of JPHD in 2012. He will begin the new position effective January 1, 2018.
Msgr. Brian Bransfield, USCCB General Secretary, made the appointment.
“Jonathan is a proven administrator having worked successfully in the service of the bishops and the Conference in overseeing a broad area and numerous projects, including the 2017 Convocation of Catholic Leaders, the Task Force on Peace in Our Communities, the Immigration Working Group, Biblia in America, and Forming Consciences of Faithful Citizenship,” said Msgr. Bransfield. “I feel confident that his extensive knowledge, experience and commitment to the Church’s social mission and teachings will prove invaluable in advancing the issues impacting our most vulnerable sisters and brothers.”
Prior to joining the Conference, Dr. Reyes served as President and CEO of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver from 2009-2012. During that time, he also served as Director of Social Ministry for the Archdiocese. His previous work in Denver included co-founding the Augustine Institute, where he was president from 2005-2008. The Institute is a Catholic graduate school that combines education in theology, Scripture and history with practical formation in pedagogy and leadership. From 2004-2005, he was vice president for campus ministry and leadership formation of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) in Denver. FOCUS is a team-based evangelization program aimed toward students on college campuses.
Among his other contributions to the social mission of the Church, Reyes oversaw the creation of Regina Caeli Catholic Counseling Services and Lighthouse Women’s Care Center and completed the Guadalupe Community Assistance Center in Greeley, Colorado.
From 1998-2004, Reyes served on the staff of Christendom College, where he held senior administrative and teaching positions.
Jonathan received a doctorate in European History from the University of Notre Dame in 2000. He received a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Michigan in 1990. He is married and has seven children.