Bishop Hicks, a native of Harvey, IL, received his B.A. in Philosophy from Niles College of Loyola University Chicago. He received his Master of Divinity degree and Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake. In July 2005, with permission from Cardinal Francis George, Bishop Hicks moved from Chicago to El Salvador to begin his five-year term as Regional Director of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) in Central America. NPH is a home dedicated to caring for more than 3,400 orphaned and abandoned children in nine Latin American and Caribbean countries. From 2010 to 2014, Bishop Hicks served as the Dean of Formation at Mundelein Seminary. Bishop Hicks was appointed Vicar General of the Archdiocese by Cardinal Cupich in 2015. On September 17, 2018, he was ordained an Auxiliary Bishop at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. On July 17, 2020, Pope Francis announced that he had named Bishop Hicks as the sixth Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Joliet, IL. He was installed at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus in Joliet on September 29, 2020.