Vatican City, May 4, 2020 / 06:00 am
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Daniel Conlon of Joliet, who took a medical leave of absence from leadership of the Illinois diocese in December.
The Holy See press office announced May 4 that the pope had accepted Bishop Conlon's request to be relieved of the pastoral governance of the diocese.
Conlon, 71, was appointed to Joliet in 2011. On Dec. 27, 2019, the diocese said that he would be taking a leave of absence because of an unspecified health problem.
Retired Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, has served as apostolic administrator during Conlon's absence.