William Edward Lori was born in Louisville, KY, in 1951. Following studies at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, he was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington by William Cardinal Baum May 6, 1977. He would later serve as Secretary to James Cardinal Hickey as well as Chancellor, Moderator of the Curia, and Vicar General.
In 1995, Archbishop Lori was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, a position he held until March 2001, when he was appointed Bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut.
In recognition of his role as an emerging leader on the Church’s response to the sexual misconduct crisis, Archbishop Lori was appointed to the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse and was instrumental in drafting the landmark Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
In 2005, he was elected Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, a position he continues to hold.
On September 29 2011, Archbishop Lori was appointed Chair of the newly formed Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty to address growing concerns over the erosion of freedom of religion in America.
The Most Reverend William Edward Lori, S.T.D., was installed as the Sixteenth Archbishop of Baltimore on May 16, 2012.