Eugene Fisher, associate director of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, is one of 10 such consultors worldwide and the only American. The appointment is for five years.
Fisher, who has served the bishops' conference for 25 years, has been the recipient of numerous awards from Jewish and Catholic organizations.
In 1999 he was named an honorary doctor of divinity by St. Mary's Seminary and University, in Baltimore, Maryland. That same year, he delivered the John Courtney Murray lecture at Fordham University, and in 2002 the Cardinal Pio Laghi lecture at the Josephinum.
This May to July he will hold the position of Hugo Gryn Fellow at Cambridge University in England.