Diocese of Joliet Announces Appointment of New Bishop, Most Reverend Ronald A. Hicks

Pope Francis has announced that he has named Bishop Ronald A. Hicks, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Chicago, as the sixth Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Joliet, IL. Pope Francis had previously accepted the resignation of Bishop Emeritus R. Daniel Conlon and had named Bishop Richard E. Pates as Apostolic Administrator of the diocese until a new bishop could be appointed.

Bishop Hicks, 52, will be installed at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus in Joliet, Ill. on September 29, 2020.

"The Diocese of Joliet is most grateful to Pope Francis for the appointment of Bishop Ronald Hicks as its sixth bishop,” said Bishop Pates. “The bishop owns a reputation for pastoral leadership and is totally committed to the ongoing renewal of the Catholic Church. He is a worthy successor to Bishop Conlon and his predecessors."

Read the full press release here.

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As a show of thanksgiving to Bishop Richard E. Pates—who has served as the Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Joliet in the stead of Bishop Emeritus R. Daniel Conlon since December 2019—we are organizing a Spiritual Bouquet!  Bishop Pates graciously accepted the direction of Pope Francis to come out of retirement and serve as our Apostolic Administrator while we awaited the appointment of a new Bishop for our Diocese.  He has led us through a few tumultuous months with the COVID-19 pandemic and did so with great leadership and poise. We owe a debt of gratitude to Bishop Pates for his guidance during what was already a challenging time of transition!

If you would like to participate and contribute to the Spiritual Bouquet, please CLICK HERE to sign up for several choices of prayer offerings for Bishop Pates.

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