JOLIET — The Catholic Diocese of Joliet has a new leader.
More than 1,000 people filled the Cathedral of St. Raymond this afternoon to watch the installation Mass for Bishop R. Daniel Conlon. A decree nominating Conlon for the post was read by a representative from the pope before Cardinal Francis George of Chicago escorted Conlon to the cathedra, or bishop’s chair.
Once Conlon sat in the chair at about 2:20 p.m., his duties as leader of the seven-county diocese, which is home to home to almost 700,000 Catholics, began.
Conlon gave the homily for the Mass and was the primary celebrant for the communion service.
“I think this is when the church shines,” said Doug Delaney, executive assistant to the bishop’s office. “I think this is a moment we can all be proud of as Catholics. We have a new leader that the pope has chosen.”
Conlon, formerly the bishop of the diocese in Steubenville, Ohio, is the fifth bishop for the diocese. He replaces Archbishop Peter Sartain, who served as bishop in Joliet for four years until he was promoted to his current post in Seattle in December.