Public Policy Committee for the MCC

The Public Policy Committee (PPC) is made up of 15 people appointed by the Board of Directors (Missouri Bishops).

These members represent each of the four dioceses in Missouri. The number of representatives from each diocese reflects its Catholic population. Each member serves a three-year term and is required to attend near-monthly meetings. Those appointed have diverse areas of expertise in areas including education, health, social welfare, government relations, policy analysis, and formation. The role of the PPC is to provide expertise/experience in reviewing pending legislation, mobilize Catholics for legislative action, and assist with the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) Annual Assembly. The PPC also serves as an advisory body to the Board of Directors on legislation.

Archdiocese of St. Louis:

Deacon Chris Ast

Jill Burkett

Joyce Jones

Deacon Patrick McCruden

Mark Mueller

Deacon Jorge Perez

Deacon Pat Waldschmidt


Diocese of Kansas City/St. Joseph:

Craig Dennis

Nicolette Gibson

Deb Sheppard


Diocese of Jefferson City:

Joshua Allee

Millie Aulbur

Erin Vader


Diocese of Springfield/Cape Girardeau:

Deacon Mark Kiblinger

Deacon Gary Steffes



View the 2023 Public Policy Priorities