Diocese of Joliet

Pope Francis appoints Chicago auxiliary bishop to Diocese of Joliet

Vatican City, Jul 17, 2020 / 06:00 am MT (CNA).- Pope Francis named Bishop Ronald A. Hicks as the next bishop of Joliet, Illinois, Friday. Hicks, 55, has served as Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Chicago since 2015 and as an auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese since 2018. He will be the... read more
Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of Joliet, Ill., speaks during the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore Nov. 13, 2019.

Bishop Conlon takes medical leave from Diocese of Joliet, Illinois

Catholic News Service, December 27, 2019 JOLIET, Illinois - Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of Joliet announced he is taking a medical leave of absence starting Dec. 27. Retired Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, will be apostolic administrator of the diocese while Conlon is away. A... read more

Assessing the Abuse Report on Illinois Priests

Catholic League president Bill Donohue assesses a report on alleged sexual abusers in the Illinois dioceses that was released on March 20: There are many news stories about the 395 priests in Illinois who have been named in a report on clergy sexual abuse, but most of them are incomplete. For... read more

Diocese of Joliet Joins Thirty Other U.S. dioceses Participating in Clergy Leadership Program

The Catholic Leadership Institute has announced that its new partnership with the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois means that thirty U.S. dioceses have now partnered with the institute in its clergy leadership development program. In 2006 the Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI) introduced nationally its... read more

Providence president doing double-duty: How much can $1 get you these days? In the case of St. Mary Magdalene Elementary School, it buys a principal

In an unusual partnership among Catholic schools, Rev. Richard McGrath, president of Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, will be doing double-duty this school year by also leading St. Mary Magdalene Elementary School on Joliet's East Side. McGrath, who has been president (similar to a... read more

Church plaza is named in honor of fallen soldier: St.Michael’s in Wheaton remembers its student

A 24-year-old soldier killed in Afghanistan earlier this year was remembered Friday when St. Michael Catholic Church in Wheaton named a plaza in his honor, dedicating it to all St. Michael Parish School students who serve in the military. "We thought it was an appropriate way to honor a student who... read more

Life crusaders bombard new clinic with prayers

Since the morning hours of Aug. 9, pro-lifers from many denominations have been praying around the clock near the property of a nearly completed Planned Parenthood building on New York Street in Aurora. The vigil is slated to conclude Sept. 18 when the clinic's doors are scheduled to open, said... read more

Inside the Internet: Catholics offer stewardship options on the Internet

Father Burke Masters, the director of the Joliet diocesan Vocation Office, is hooking vocations to priesthood and religious life with the help of the Net. "We get hits from all over the world," he said, discussing the diocesan agency's Web site, www.vocations.com. When someone runs an Internet... read more

Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal assists with education, social services and more

With the launch of the Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal on consecutive weekends-April 14-15 and April 21-22-Bishop J. Peter Sartain called upon parishioners to make a financial commitment, ensuring that the multitude of ministries throughout the diocese can continue to serve-in the most... read more

Urban Poor Yielding to Suburban Poor: As poverty grows in the Chicago Metro area, Catholic Charties and other support networks shift with the times

More and more suburban residents are barely scratching out a living, a report on Illinois poverty indicates. More than 386,000 people in the collar counties of DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Will and suburban Cook are among the have-nots, the study by the Mid-America Institute on Poverty of Heartland... read more

New post for longtime Catholic advocate

A cross hangs on the wall, hovering nearby, and a papal honorary medal flanks his right. Douglas Delaney, the diocese's first-ever executive assistant to the bishop, has positioned his own workspace just a few steps away from his boss, Bishop J. Peter Sartain. In December 2006, the native of... read more