GLOCBAL-wccAfter serving Wisconsin Catholics for 28 years, the executive director of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference will retire in January.

John Huebscher, executive director of the organization since 1992 and associate director since 1987, will be succeeded by associate director Kim Wadas.

The WCC was organized by the state’s Catholic bishops in 1969 to coordinate inter-diocesan activities and public affairs interests on a statewide level.

A primary responsibility given to the conference is to represent the dioceses in the state legislature and to study and develop public policy positions that reflect the teachings and values of the Catholic Church.

Huebscher is the WCC’s second director, having succeeded Charles Phillips in July, 1992.

Wadas is a graduate of Marquette University and the University of Iowa College of Law. She has been with the WCC since 2007. She lives in Madison and is a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish.

The announcements were made following a meeting of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference board of directors.

Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee, president of the WCC board, said, “The bishops greatly appreciate John’s 28 years of service to the Catholic Church in the state of Wisconsin. He provided a thoughtful and insightful presence to the issues addressed by the WCC.”

“At the same time, we have come to appreciate the talents of Kim Wadas during her nearly eight years with WCC,” the archbishop said. “We are confident she will continue to provide the same thoughtful and informed representation that has marked the WCC’s advocacy in the past.”