In 1990, Father Sylvester Ryan was flabbergasted to be named an auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles. As he learned about a calling he had never expected, he encountered the California Catholic Conference (CCC), the public affairs arm of the state’s bishops.
His first CCC meeting gave him new respect for the ministry of bishops.
“I was in awe,” he said.
It wasn’t the bishops’ ecclesiastical power that impressed him, but their pastoral concern for people in need.
“They were discussing a whole broad spectrum of reality,” he said. “They were articulate. They were strong.”