Robert Daniel Conlon

Robert Daniel Conlon (born December 4, 1948) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who serves as Bishop of the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois.

Robert Daniel Conlon
Bishop of Joliet
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AppointedMay 17, 2011
InstalledJuly 14, 2011
PredecessorJ. Peter Sartain
OrdinationJanuary 15, 1977
ConsecrationMay 31, 2002
by Daniel Edward Pilarczyk, Gilbert Sheldon, and Sydney Anicetus Charles
Personal details
Born (1948-12-04) December 4, 1948 (age 71)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Previous postBishop of Steubenville
Styles of
Robert Daniel Conlon
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop
Ordination history of
Robert Daniel Conlon
Priestly ordination
DateJanuary 15, 1977
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorDaniel Edward Pilarczyk
Co-consecratorsGilbert Sheldon,
Sydney Anicetus Charles
DateMay 31, 2002

From August 6, 2002 until May 17, 2011 Bishop Conlon served as Bishop of the Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio. As the current Bishop of Joliet, Conlon succeeds Archbishop James Peter Sartain who in September 2010 was appointed Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle, Washington.


Early life and educationEdit

Robert Conlon was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, as the eldest of the six children of Robert and Carla (née Holzman) Conlon. He attended St. Mary Church in Hyde Park as a child, and received the diaconate on March 9, 1974. Conlon obtained his Master's in Divinity from the Athenaeum of Ohio in 1975,

Ordination and ministryEdit

Conlon served as a deacon at St. Agnes Church in Cincinnati, where he was ordained to the priesthood on January 15, 1977. He then served as associate pastor at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Cincinnati until July 1982.

From 1981 to 1983, Conlon worked within the archdiocesan curia of Cincinnati, as director of the Office of Planning and Research and assistant chancellor. He then furthered his studies at St. Paul University in Ottawa, from where he earned his doctorate in canon law and in philosophy in January 1987. Upon his return to the United States, Conlon was made chancellor for Cincinnati and director of its Department of Executive Services. He later became pastor of Holy Redeemer Church in New Bremen on August 6, 1996.

Bishop of Steubenville, OhioEdit

On May 31, 2002, Conlon was consecrated as bishop[citation needed] with Bishops Gilbert Sheldon and Sydney Charles serving as co-consecrators. Conlon took as his episcopal motto: "Take Courage" (Daniel 10:19, John 16:33).

In 2005, the bishop led a group of volunteers to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina, after hearing Archbishop Alfred Hughes speak about the devastation that Katrina caused in his Archdiocese of New Orleans.[1]

Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, he previously served as the chair of the Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People from 2011 - 2014 [2].

Bishop of Joliet, IllinoisEdit

On May 17, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Conlon the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Joliet. On July 14, 2011, Bishop Conlon was installed as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Joliet at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus in Joliet.[3]

Bishop Conlon wrote his first Pastoral Letter to the Diocese of Joliet on June 13, 2019 entitled "GO, HE SAID." In this letter to the faithful of the diocese, he wrote of having witnessed "an enormous decline in people's participation in the life of the Church" but that Pope Francis had inspired his attitude. He went on the write that Catholics must prepare to be missionary disciples and there was a great need for the involvement of the lay faithful[4].

On December 27, 2019, the Diocese of Joliet announced that Bishop Conlon has received permission from Pope Francis to take a medical leave of absence, effective immediately. Bishop Richard Pates, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Des Moines, was appointed as Apostolic Administrator of the diocese until Bishop Conlon returns from medical leave [5]. He was the 2nd U.S. Catholic bishop who requested a leave of absence due to medical reasons in the month of December 2019, the other being Bishop James D. Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln.

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Episcopal successionEdit

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
J. Peter Sartain
Bishop of Joliet in Illinois
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Gilbert Ignatius Sheldon
Bishop of Steubenville
Succeeded by
Jeffrey Marc Monforton