A gift during 2020

We add our voices to the many in this special edition of The Catholic Post welcoming Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka — “Bishop Lou” for short or “BLT” as his father has taken to calling him.

By any name, this 50-year-old “gentle shepherd” from the Archdiocese of Chicago is a gift from Pope Francis to our diocese in a year that many will not look back on fondly. In this time when everything from school reopenings to usual parish functions carry a cautious label of “TBD” — to be determined — we give thanks for “BLT.” We are grateful for the assistance he will soon give to Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, who has shepherded us so long and so well. And, as Blessed Solanus Casey taught us, we “give thanks ahead of time” for the leadership and guidance Bishop Tylka will provide after Bishop Jenky’s retirement in years that are “to be determined” by the grace of God.

In a year of uncertainty, this is certain: The Diocese of Peoria is being blessed with the arrival and episcopal ordination of our new coadjutor bishop. We hope you will make time to watch the livestreamed Mass either live on July 23 or at a time that is convenient for your household. And please join us in offering prayers of thanksgiving and support for both Bishop Jenky and Bishop Tylka.

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