January 15, 2017

Today we celebrate Bishop Conlon’s 40th anniversary of his priestly ordination.  I know we all send our profound    gratitude to him for four decades of good works.

I thought I’d share a few words on Bishop Conlon’s  involvement with St. Raymond Parish. 

First let’s get the titles straight.  As the Bishop of Joliet, Bishop Conlon is also the pastor of the Cathedral parish.  That’s why Fr. Brad’s title is rector. (I can hear you saying “Oh!  That’s why!” from here.)

Bishop Conlon takes his role as our pastor seriously.  While he’s not involved in the day-to-day operations of the parish—he has a whole diocese to run—he is very        committed to being with us whenever he can. 

Certainly he is here for many of Diocesan events each year, and on Sundays when he can, but his most regular presence is at 8:00 a.m. Mass.  Some months he’s with us for a handful of Masses.  Other months he celebrates several Masses a week here.  For pastor and parishioners, this is a simple and fortunate way to get to know one    another better.

Bishop Conlon came to us in the summer of 2011—when we were in the midst of our master site planning process.   I remember being very nervous the first time we presented some of our early plans to him. Who wouldn’t be? Big  ideas and a big price tag.  We had a detailed Power Point presentation that lined out the results of months of studies and put forth some grand plans.  

He listened quite attentively and when the presentation was complete, he shared thoughts, suggestions and endorsements.  And he made our plans better.

That was the first time I stepped back and wondered “why didn’t I think of that?”, but it wasn’t the last.  Throughout three years of construction, Bishop Conlon frequently   provided input and direction that made our work better.  We are grateful!

At the right,  we’ve reprinted Bishop Conlon’s biography detailing all that he has done in his forty years as priest and bishop. Happy anniversary and thank you for all you do for St.  Raymond Parish!  Ad multos annos!

Bishop R. Daniel Conlon was born in Cincinnati on Dec. 4, 1948. He is the oldest of six children of Robert and Carla (Holzman) Conlon. He grew up as a member of St. Mary Parish, Hyde Park, Cincinnati. Following graduation from Marian Purcell High School in 1966, he began studies at the Athanaeum of Ohio/Mt. St. Mary of the West Seminary in Cincinnati, and on March 9, 1974 was ordained a deacon at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains, Cincinnati. He completed a Master of Divinity degree in 1975 and, after serving as a deacon at St. Agnes Church, Cincinnati was ordained a priest on Jan. 15, 1977.

Father Conlon served on many  committees and boards within the  Archdiocese of Cincinnati, including   The Catholic Telegraph Board, Board of Mediation, Catholic Committee on Scouting, Futures Committee,  Archdiocesan Pastoral Council and Presbyteral Council. He is a graduate and member of Leadership Cincinnati, and also a former member of the  Cincinnatus Association and the Board of Dan Beard Council for the Boy Scouts of America.  

He served as associate pastor at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Anderson Township, Cincinnati, from February, 1977 until July, 1982. Beginning in August, 1981 until August, 1983 he served as director of the Office of Planning and Research and assistant  chancellor in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. For the next three and a half years, he studied canon law at St. Paul University in Ottawa, Ontario, earning the degrees of Doctor of Canon Law and Doctor of Philosophy in January, 1987. He returned to Cincinnati to become the Archdiocese’s chancellor and director of its Department of   Executive Services, serving in those capacities until July of 1996, when he was named pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish, New Bremen, Ohio.  It was while serving as Pastor at Holy Redeemer Parish that Father Conlon was named as the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Steubenville by His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, where he was installed on August 6, 2002.  He chose as his episcopal motto, Take Courage.

His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, named Most Reverend R. Daniel Conlon, the fifth Bishop of Joliet-in-Illinois.  The appointment was announced in Washington on May 17, 2011 by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.  He was installed on July 14, 2011 at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus in Joliet.

From 2011 to 2014, the Most Reverend R. Daniel Conlon served as chairperson for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee for the Protection of Children and Young   People.  He currently serves as an Executive Board member of Rainbow Council for the Boy Scouts of America, as well as a  member of the Canon Law Society of America and the Mundelein Seminary Advisory Board .  Bishop Conlon has previously served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Pontifical College Josephinum and as a member of the USCCB Committee on Marriage and Family life.

Eileen Hooks Gutierrez
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