Pope Francis announced that Father Michael McGovern, a 1994 alumnus of Mundelein Seminary, has been named bishop of the Diocese of Belleville, Illinois. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 1986, and from USML/Mundelein Seminary, earning a baccalaureate in sacred theology in 1993 and a master’s degree in divinity in 1994. He was ordained in 1994.
Four members of the Mundelein Seminary Class of 1994 are now bishops in the Catholic episcopate, with Bishop-elect McGovern joining Bishop Mark A. Bartosic, Bishop Robert G. Casey and Bishop Ronald A. Hicks, who each currently serve as auxiliary bishops in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Bishop-elect McGovern most recently served as pastor of St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church in Old Mill Creek, Illinois. Click here to read a beautiful letter he wrote to his parish community upon hearing the news.
We congratulate Bishop-elect McGovern and ask you to keep him in your prayers as he transitions to this important new role.
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