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(L to R) USCIRF Commission members Dr. John Ruskay, Kristina Arriaga, Dr. Daniel Mark, Fr. Thomas J. Reese, SJ, Dr. James J. Zogby, Ambassador Jackie Wolcott, and Sandra Jolley.
Father Thomas J. Reese, SJ, Elected Chair of International Religious Freedom Commission

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Father Thomas J. Reese, SJ, was elected chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on June 21. President Barack Obama appointed Fr. Reese to the Commission on May 15, 2014, and reappointed him on May 12, 2016.

“I am honored to serve as USCIRF’s chair and work with my fellow commissioners in support of freedom of religion or belief,” said Father Reese. “World events underscore the importance of this fundamental right:  A key factor in many of the United States’ foreign policy challenges, religious freedom is under serious and sustained attack across much of the globe. As an independent, bipartisan federal government commission, USCIRF provides recommendations to help the President, Secretary of State, and Congress protect and advance this precious freedom.”

Father Reese is a senior analyst for the National Catholic Reporter, a position he has held since 2014.  Previously, he was a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center from 2006 to 2013 and from 1988 to 1998, and also served as the Editor-in-Chief of America magazine from 1998 to 2005 and an associate editor from 1978 to 1985. Father Reese entered the Society of Jesus in 1962 and was ordained in 1974. He is the author of Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church. He received a B.A. and an M.A. from St. Louis University, an M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.





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