The Conlon/Bernardin Connection

The connection is to one of Chicago’s most beloved Roman Catholic leaders, the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin. Both Bishop Conlon and the late Chicago cardinal are from Ohio. Conlon was ordained a priest by Bernardin in Cincinnati in 1977.

But that isn’t the unique part of the connection between Bernardin and the new bishop of Joliet.

Not only was Dan Conlon ordained by Bernardin, but it was Conlon who later led the investigation that exonerated Bernardin in one of the American church’s most explosive sex abuse cases.

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