First weeks in office for the new leadership of the Commission

On 15 March 2024, Monsignor Luis Manuel Alí Herrera and Teresa Morris Kettelkamp were appointed by Pope Francis as the new Secretary and Adjunt Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, respectively. With these appointments, Pope Francis strengthened the Church’s commitment to the protection of minors and vulnerable people.

The President of the Commission, Cardinal Seán O’Malley declared to Osservatore Romano that these appointments showed: “An important, additional step in making our Church an increasingly safe place for minors and vulnerable people.” Talking about the new secretaries, O’Malley emphasized: “Coming from different backgrounds and bringing unique gifts in different areas of safeguarding, Bishop Ali and Teresa share a common passion for the well-being of minors and vulnerable people, with a lifetime spent serving the Church in this important area. Both bring stability to the Commission’s agenda and a high degree of professionalism.”

First weeks in Office

May 8th marked the first day in the office for the new management team of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Both Monsignor Ali and Ms. Kettelkamp, expressed their enthusiasm and their strong desire to work together to carry forward the mission of the Commission. “We are very enthusiastic and looking forward to working together to carry forward the mission of the Commission,” they said.

Monsignor Alí expressed having received this appointment

“in obedience and with infinite gratitude”, but also with a great responsibility towards the Holy Father and his call to face “the challenge posed by the scandal of abuse and the suffering of the victims”. He has pledged to continue working for a culture of care and protection of minors, with the aim of making the Church a safe home. Mngr. Alí emphasizes that “to carry out this job is only possible through a solid teamwork and network with people and institutions.”

Bishop Luis Manuel Alí Herrera

Ms. Kettelkamp underlines that the mission closest to her heart is:

“Giving survivors a voice. The survivors want to be heard, they want to be recognized.” they want their voices to be integrated into the ministries of the Church,” she explained in an interview with Vatican News’.  “Another goal I have is to help establish safeguarding and survivor outreach that make a difference, and are integrated into the culture and daily life of the Church. In this way a strong foundation can be established for future generations to live harm free and develop and grow in a healthy environment.  Only then can all the gifts God has given each individuals flourish to fulfill His purpose on earth.” 

Teresa Morris Kettelkamp

Biography of Bishop Luis Manuel Alí Herrera

Auxiliary Bishop, Psychologist. Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Colombia.

Bishop Alí was the director of the Psychological Orientation Area at the Conciliar Seminary of the Archdiocese of Bogotá (2007 – 2015), where he also taught psychology of human development, social psychology, and pastoral psychology.

He was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, in 1967, and attended the Conciliar Seminary of Bogotá being ordained to the priesthood in 1992.

After graduating in theology from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana of Bogotá (2003) he obtained a degree in psychology from the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome (2007). He is a senior associate of the Colegio Colombiano de Psicólogos (Colombian School of Psychologists).

In 2015, Pope Francis nominated him Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Bogotá, and Titular Bishop of Giubalziana. Also in 2015 he was appointed to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Since 2018, he founded and directed the Office for the Good Treatment of the Archdiocese of Bogota and the Office for the Culture of Care, since 2022, in the Episcopal Conference of Columbia implementing the project of formation in safeguarding in the 78 ecclesiastical jurisdictions of the country.

In 2021, he was nominated Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Colombia.

In 2022, Pope Francis reappointed him a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Biography of Teresa Morris Kettelkamp

Teresa Morris KETTELKAMP

Former Colonel with Illinois State Police. Expert in policies and guidelines for the protection of minors and vulnerable adults. Former Executive Director of the USCCB Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection.

Teresa Kettelkamp is a former Colonel with Illinois State Police. She is an expert in policies and guidelines for the protection of minors and vulnerable adults and former Executive Director of the USCCB Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection.

Ms. Kettelkamp retired from Illinois State Police after 29 years with the rank of Colonel. At the time of her retirement, she headed the ISP’s Division of Forensic Services: crime labs and crime scene services.

Previously, she headed the ISP’s Division of Internal Investigation, which was responsible for the investigation of allegations of misconduct within the ISP, as well as in the agencies, boards and commissions under the executive branch of Illinois state government.

Teresa Kettelkamp retired from the ISP for the purpose of working for the Gavin Group, Inc. in conducting the first annual compliance audits of the United State’s Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

She was appointed the Executive Director of the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2005. She resigned from the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection in 2011 to do consulting work.

In January 2016, Mrs. Kettelkamp moved to Rome to work for the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Her focus at the PCPM was to work on universal guidelines for the protection of minors and vulnerable adults, as well the healing and care for victims and survivors.

In 2018, Pope Francis appointed her as a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors where she served as moderator for the working group focused on the healing of survivors as well as integrating their voices into the ministry of the Church.

In 2022, Pope Francis reappointed her a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

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