Statement of Most Reverend R. Daniel Conlon, Bishop of the Diocese of Joliet in Illinois, Regarding the Redefinition of Civil Marriage in Illinois


November 6, 2013

Statement of Most Reverend R. Daniel Conlon,
Bishop of the Diocese of Joliet in Illinois,
Regarding the Redefinition of Civil Marriage in Illinois

JOLIET, IL—Today, I stand in unison with my fellow Catholic Bishops and other clergy expressing my disappointment in the redefinition of civil marriage in Illinois. The Catholic Church deeply values and cherishes marriage, as a union between a man and a woman. When Pope Francis addressed a similar situation as Archbishop of Buenos Aires in June, 2010, he wrote “The Argentine people must face, in the next few weeks, a situation whose result may gravely harm the family. It is the bill on matrimony of persons of the same sex. The identity of the family, and its survival, are in jeopardy here: father, mother, and children. The life of so many children who will be discriminated beforehand due to the lack of human maturity that God willed them to have a father and a mother is in jeopardy. A clear rejection of the law of God, engraved in our hearts, is in jeopardy…Let us not be naïve: it is not a simple political struggle; it is an intention [which is] destructive of the plan of God. It is not a mere legislative project (this is a mere instrument), but rather a ‘move’ of the father of lies who wishes to confuse and deceive the children of God.” (“Father of lies” refers to the devil, as mentioned by Jesus in the Gospel of John.)

While this new law redefines marriage for the state, it does nothing to change what is revealed to us by God for the good of human society.


Joliet diocese moving to new diggs in Crest Hill. Smart move, long overdue!

The diocese expects to move most of its offices to Crest Hill in about a year.

Diocese spokesman Doug Delaney said the deal in Crest Hill has not closed. “But,” he said, “money has been paid, and an agreement has been made.”

The property suits the diocese needs in many ways, Delaney said.

Primarily, he said, it provides enough space to put the diocese offices all in one spot. Diocesan administrative functions now are spread around three locations. The bishop’s office and other administrative functions are on the near West Side of Joliet. Catholic Charities is located in downtown Joliet. But most diocesan employees work out of the St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Center next to Lewis University in Romeoville.

The diocese expects to sell the pastoral center building to Lewis at a price that could cover the cost of acquiring the strip mall on Weber Road.

Also, Delaney said, the Crest Hill location offers an accessible spot for a diocese that goes through seven counties as far north as DuPage and as far south as Iroquois.

Of course, there’s some controversy…

Seen on the web: Abuse cover up claimed to be going on in Diocese of Joliet?

Reader comment re: Crisis Magazine article on KC Bishop Finn
A victim of recent Diocesan abuse 10/29/2011 11:38 am

The Diocese of Joliet in Illinois is also covering up an abuser is continues to be employed on staff in spite of numerous written and verbal complaints.  No secular organization would allow this person’s behavior to continue more than 5 minutes, yet he has been allowed to continue for over 5 years.

Any staff person attempting to address his sexual, physical, and verbal abuses has been threatened into silence.  Bishop Conlon is at least consistent in his response to this issue, in that he has a long history of coverups in his previous diocese of Stuebenville.


Editor’s note: Does anyone know more about these allegations? If true, this is very serious. If false, calumnious. Either way, it needs to be properly addressed … and quickly! Please let me know.

The Diocese of Joliet Vocation Office is sponsoring a raffle to help send our seminarians to World Youth Day in Spain

The Diocese of Joliet Vocation Office is sponsoring a raffle to help send our seminarians to World Youth Day in Spain.

Tickets are $10 each.

Winning prizes ($3000, $1500 and $500)
will be drawn at the Seminarian Sendoff Dinner
on August 7, 2011.
Winners do not need to be present.

This trip is a great opportunity for our seminarians to celebrate Mass with Pope Benedict XVI, and to meet their fellow Catholic youth, from all over the world.

Please consider supporting the trip by buying a raffle ticket and praying for their safety, as they travel.

Make checks payable to:

Diocese of Joliet Vocation Office

c/o Fr. Burke Masters

101 West Airport Road

Romeoville, IL 60446

Yo qualify for the raffle, your payment must arrive no later than August 1, 2011.

Thank you for your support!

Official announcement by the Diocese of Joliet on Bishop Conlon appointment

Bishop-designate Conlon stated. “I consider it a great privilege to be named as Bishop of the Diocese of Joliet with its rich history and I look forward to working with those who generously share their gifts to support the many ministries in this diocese. I look forward to a bright future in this vibrant and growing church. Thank you for your warm welcome.”

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Bishop R. Daniel Conlon’s Remarks to Steubenville Faithful – May 17, 2011


Nine years is long enough for someone to settle into a place. Nine years is more than enough time for a pastor to become attached to a community of faith. After nine years, the Diocese of Steubenville is very much my place and my community. I even have a plot picked out in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

The Holy Spirit and our Holy Father on earth, Pope Benedict XVI, have other ideas. On Easter Tuesday, April 26, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States called on behalf of the Pope to ask that I serve as the bishop of Joliet in Illinois. Relying on God’s grace and wisdom, I said yes. On July 14 I will be installed in Joliet’s cathedral of St. Raymond.

I came to the Diocese of Steubenville in 2002 as a complete stranger. Yet, I came as a member of the Body of Christ and a priest of the one priesthood of Jesus Christ. So, I never truly felt like a stranger.

We are all pilgrims on the journey to heaven. On holy pilgrimages there are no strangers, just brothers and sisters united in the Spirit, moving in and out of each others’ lives. We hail each other, pray together, care for one another and give witness of faith to those we encounter along the way.

Just as I broke off from the Cincinnati contingent of this grand pilgrimage nine years ago, now I must break off from the Steubenville contingent and join up with the pilgrims from Joliet.

As to personal feelings, this will not be easy. Separating from the company of such dedicated priests and deacons, setting aside the hopes bound up with seminarians, deacon candidates and new religious communities, missing the talented, hard-working chancery personnel, leaving off so many fruitful and promising enterprises, and losing contact with the thousands of good people throughout our thirteen counties—how incredibly blessed I have been.

Until July 14, Pope Benedict has provided that I will serve as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Steubenville. Then, the College of Consultors, a pre-designated group of priests, will elect a priest of the diocese to serve as administrator until a new bishop arrives. That may not be for several months.

So, we pilgrims walk on, by faith not by sight. Some days our progress is easy and joy-filled. Some days we experience delay and pain. We go together, though, and Christ leads the way, holding high the banner of victory, ironically, his cross.

I am exuberantly grateful to God for these nine years. I am grateful to the people of the Diocese of Steubenville for accepting me and joining with me to do the Lord’s work. As the hymn proclaims, “How can I keep from singing?”—even as I walk toward a new part of the pilgrimage to heaven.

New bishop of Joliet, IL: Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of Steubenville, Ohio.

Resolving a much-awaited opening at the edges of Chicagoland, at Roman Noon today, B16 named Bishop R. Daniel Conlon, 63, head of Ohio’s Steubenville church since 2002, as bishop of Joliet.

R. Daniel Conlon will be the fifth bishop for the Joliet diocese, which includes 625,000 Catholics throughout seven counties, in northeast Illinois

Installation has been scheduled for 14 July in Joliet’s Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus.

Interesting statistics:

Steubenville diocese –
40,411 Catholics out of 513,734 people. (8% Catholic)

Joliet diocese –
625,189 Catholics out of 1,734,304 people. (36% Catholic)

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Diocese of Steubenville website

The story of St. Raymond, for whom the Cathedral in Joliet, Illinois is named

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