Bishop Jenky, Coadjutor Bishop Tylka welcome students to school via video

In this screenshot from his video message welcoming students back to school, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has his school lunch box, featuring his Chihuahuas Vicar and Monsignor, ready to go.

With all of the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria in session, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka released video messages welcoming back students and encouraging them to let Jesus be their guide.

“I am here to encourage you and your wonderful teachers in continuing your education. In our simply excellent Catholic schools you will learn many things. You’ll learn how to be a community. You will excel in sports. You will learn all the intellectual and technical. You will learn how to be friends,” said Bishop Jenky. “But the lesson that is most important in my heart — and I hope in yours — is your journey of faith, that you have Jesus as your greatest teacher, your best friend.”

As he concluded, he offered his blessing.

Noting that he had 12 years of Catholic education while growing up in Chicago’s south suburbs, Bishop Tylka said, “What a blessing it is to go to a Catholic school!”

In his video message welcoming everyone back to school, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka said that in addition to a good education, Catholic schools provide the environment for students to “get to learn about our faith, be part of our church, and certainly most importantly, learn to become disciples of Jesus.”

“It’s really a blessing that I know parents make great sacrifices for in order to make sure that you are going to get the best education you can, as well as have an environment in which you get to learn about our faith, be a part of our church, and most importantly, learn to become disciples of Jesus,” he said.

Bishop Tylka added that he looked forward to visiting the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Peoria “as we continue in this unique time to grow in our relationship with the Lord and our best efforts to be good students.”

Both of the bishops were filmed in their offices at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria and wore masks initially to show support for the protocols being followed in schools and parishes. “Since the cameraman is far away, I can take this mask off,” Bishop Jenky explained.

The video messages were made at the request of the Office of Catholic Schools. They can be found by on the Catholic Education page at



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