Most Rev. Ernest Leo Unterkoefler

ARCCM (Co-Chair) and BCEIA (Member, 1978-1981)

Roman Catholic Bishop of Charleston, South Carolina (1964-1990). Ordained priest in 1944 for the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia. Ordained bishop (auxiliary of Richmond) in 1961. He attended all four sessions of Vatican II, serving as secretary of the American delegation. Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs from 1978 to 1981. Prominent advocate for restoring the permanent diaconate. Active participant in the civil rights movement, he worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and ended racial segregation in all Catholic institutions in the Diocese of Charleston. [Wikipedia]