Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz is the Archbishop of Louisville (KY) and the Episcopal Moderator of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability. Before becoming the Archbishop of Louisville in 2007, Archbishop Kurtz was the Bishop of Knoxville (TN) from 1999 to 2007. In 2017, Archbishop Kurtz gave the National Catholic Educational Association’s Exceptional Learners Conference keynote address entitled, “Learning with and from my brother George, born with Down syndrome.” Archbishop Kurtz has over 30 years of experience working in social services within the Church, including his position as the executive director of the Catholic Social Agency and Family Life Bureau in the Diocese of Allentown.
Archbishop Kurtz is currently on the Board of the National Catholic Bioethics Center and the Institute for Priestly Formation, as well as the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America (CUA). He is also a member of the CUA Council for the National Catholic School of Social Service, and a member of the Advisory Board to the cause for Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s beatification. Archbishop Kurtz holds a Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Divinity degree from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, and a Master of Arts degree in social work from the Marywood School of Social Work in Scranton, Pennsylvania.