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…