Vatican City, May 11, 2020 / 04:18 am
Pope Francis Monday appointed Fr. Louis Tylka, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, as coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Peoria to serve alongside Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC.
As coadjutor, Tylka will assist Bishop Jenky, 73, in the administration of the Illinois diocese and succeed him as bishop upon his retirement or death.
Bishop-elect Tylka, 49, is chair of the Chicago archdiocese's priest council and pastor of St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church in Tinley Park since 2014.
In a statement May 11, Bishop Jenky explained that over a year ago he had begun to experience mobility problems because of arthritis and spinal issues and had asked Pope Francis to appoint a coadjutor to help in the administration of the diocese.