Pope Francis appointed Father Louis Tylka, pastor of St. Julie Billiart Parish in Tinley Park, to be the coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Peoria and to succeed Bishop Daniel Jenky when he retires.
The announcement was made early in morning of May 11, a week after Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, called Bishop-elect Tylka to ask him to accept the appointment.
“We welcome the appointment of Bishop-elect Tylka as coadjutor of the Diocese of Peoria and are pleased he will join the bishops of Illinois in working cooperatively to serve the faithful in our state,” said Cardinal Cupich. “He has proved himself to be a compassionate and inspiring pastor and a strong advocate for priests and the priesthood.”
“I am humbled and honored by this appointment,” said Bishop-elect Tylka, who has served as pastor of St. Julie Billiart since 2014. “I am grateful to the Holy Father and encouraged by his confidence in me. I am looking forward to serving alongside Bishop Jenky and learning from the priests, leaders and faithful in the church of central Illinois.”
We congratulate Bishop-elect Tylka and ask you to keep him in your prayers as he transitions to this important new role.
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