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A Time of Renewal...

Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop J. Peter Sartain of
Little Rock and a Memphis native as the 4th Bishop of the
Joliet Diocese on May 16, 2006. Bishop Sartain was installed
at the Cathedral by Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of
Chicago, on June 27, 2006.

During his brief tenure in Joliet, Bishop Sartain worked to put
the Diocese on solid financial footing and instituted a thorough study
of all parochial schools, which resulted in the formation of a strategic
plan to guide thedevelopment of Catholic education in the years to come.
He brought the Catholics Come Home evangelization program to the diocese to invite non-practicing members of the Church to return to the practice of the faith. The weekly diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Explorer, was replaced by amonthly magazine, Christ is our Hope, which is sent to the homes of all registered families in the diocese.

Bishop Sartain also called for a Eucharistic Year to be observed in the Diocese in 2010-2011, with focuses on deepening appreciation and reverence for the Mass and the Blessed Sacrament, on renewing catechesis on the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and on preparing clergy, religious and the laity for the new translation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal.

On January 19, 2010, Bishop Sartain ordained Rev. Joseph M. Siegel, pastor at Visitation Parish in Elmhurst, as an auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Joliet.

On September 16, 2010, Bishop Sartain was appointed Archbishop of Seattle, Washington, by Pope Benedict XVI, and he was installed on December 1, 2010. On June 29, 2011, he received the pallium from Pope Benedict in ceremonies at the Vatican.


  • Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus Dedication Book (1955)
  • Diocese of Joliet Twenty-fifth Anniversary book (1974)
  • Diocesan 50th Anniversary Book (1999) History of the Diocese of Joliet by Rev. Richard Walsh
  • Various articles from The Joliet Catholic Explorer and Christ is our Hope