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William E. Lori


lori-archbishop-william-2William E. Lori was ordained into the priesthood in 1977 and has been archbishop of Baltimore since 2012.

He is the former chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine and the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty.

In 2002, in recognition of his role as an emerging leader on the Catholic Church’s response to the sexual misconduct crisis, Lori was appointed to the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse. He was instrumental in drafting the landmark Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?

To remember how much God loves every person I meet, whether they are lifelong friends, colleagues, parishioners, community members or someone I just met on the street.

What’s been your biggest success?

Attracting dedicated and talented co-workers who are focused on mission and are a joy to work with.

Who have been the biggest mentors in your career?

Cardinal James Hickey, who served as the archbishop of Washington from 1980 to 2001.

What are your hopes for the state or your community this year?

This is a big year for the archdiocese. I hope to see us all staying safe and moving past this global pandemic. I also wish great success to the opening of our new school in Baltimore, Mother Lange Catholic School — the first Catholic school to be opened in Baltimore in six decades.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at or in our digital edition.