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About the Office for Evangelization

Following recent discussions with the Diocesan Presbyteral Council and the deans, as well as with the Diocesan Pastoral Council and Curia agencies, Bishop R. Daniel Conlon has made several adjustments to the structure of the diocesan Curia. Bishop Conlon and the diocesan staff hope that these changes will assist the bishop in a more effective governance of the Diocese of Joliet, particularly in the areas of pastoral ministry, Christian service and formation.

What was formerly called the Secretariat for Pastoral Concerns will be called the Secretariat for Christian Life. Once persons are formed in the faith —but without ever ceasing in their own formation — they are called to live that faith in daily life. Importantly, the faithful are called to worship and called to evangelize others. 

While there already exists an office dedicated to divine worship, discussions have led Bishop Conlon to authorize the creation of an Office of Evangelization. Christ’s command to “Go and Make Disciples” was the call of pastoral planning efforts these past few years, and it is the principal theme in his recent pastoral letter.