Renae Bennett, the Diocese of Orlando archivist, joined the U.S. Bishops’ National Advisory Council (NAC). Every March and September the group of 48 members meets in Baltimore, Maryland to provide opinions and advice to the U.S. bishops regarding information and action items that will be discussed during the U.S. bishops’ annual fall and spring general assemblies. Her name was submitted for consideration by Bishop John Noonan.
“I’m humbled and honored to have been selected for this appointment as a designated lay woman member to the council,” said Bennett, of St. Margaret Mary Parish, Winter Park. “I’ll be representing Episcopal Region XIV and the appointment is for a four year term.”
The NAC commenced three years after Vatican II and is comprised of appointed religious men and women, diocesan priests, deacons and lay persons. The Council represents the 15 geographical regions of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Bennett will be representing Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina.
As an archivist, Bennett is responsible for the preservation of church related documents and artifacts. This includes keeping inventory of collected artifacts so each collection may be available for future generations. She has worked at the Diocese of Orlando for three years. She is also a Secular Franciscan.