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  • New members welcomed by the Diocesan Pastoral Council:
    • o Fr. John Klein, new chairman of the Diocesan Presbyteral Council
    • o Neil Gorman (South DuPage)
  • Very Rev. Brad Baker is the Rector of the Cathedral of St. Raymond and gave DPC members an update on its plans for a centennial celebration, including various construction projects.
  • Ed Flavin, director of diocesan communications, shared plans to update the Joliet Official Bulletin to an electronic format and make it more useful to parishes.
  • Bishop Conlon announced some takeaways from a study of the diaconate which was headed by Fr. Tom Milota.  The goal is to utilize and form our deacons as best possible.


  • Election of officers was held:
    • o Chairman: Re-elected David Stejkowski
    • o Vice-Chairman: Re-elected Matt Cosenza
    • o Secretary: Neil Gorman
  • Chairman Stejkowski discussed a hope to involve the DPC in more discussions around the diocese, involving better meeting preparation and communications.
  • Guest: Peter Newburn introduced himself to the DPC. He has been hired as Secretary for the Secretariat of Pastoral Concerns.  This is a new position and will promote coordination among the offices in that area.
  • Guest: Director of the Hispanic Ministry Office, Jorge Rivera gave a presentation to DPC members on the V Encuentro, a national dialogue about engaging the Hispanic/latino population in the Church.
  • Members discussed forming new committees relevant to priority areas of pastoral concern.
  • Bishop Conlon asked members to discuss parish participation in national collections. Some national causes are funded through the Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal, while others rely on parishioner donations through second collections. Various factors play into whether we ask parishes to participate in these collections.
  • The DPC Assembly committee shared some introductory information about the upcoming event on September 30, 2017.


  • New members welcomed by the Diocesan Pastoral Council:
    • o Michael Berger (Kankakee)
    • o Marguerite Pirritano (Joliet)
  • Chairman, David Stejkowski gave an explanation of the anticipated 2017 USCCB Convocation.  The Diocese of Joliet will send a delegation of 16 members.
  • Members shared comments from their deaneries and recommended to Bishop Conlon that he establish a Schools Task Force to review the mission and structure of our diocesan schools.
  • Members voted to amend the DPC Constitution:
    • o Officer elections to occur in May instead of January.
    • o Officer terms extended to two years instead of one.
  • Additional plans were discussed regarding the upcoming September 30, 2017 Diocesan Assembly.