Pope Benedict XVI names Bishop Sartain to diocese in Joliet, Ill.
After six years as the sixth bishop of Little Rock, Bishop J. Peter Sartain announced May 16 that he has been called to succeed retiring Bishop Joseph L. Imesch of Joliet in Illinois. He will be installed as Joliet's fourth bishop June 27 at Cathedral of St. Raymond.
The Vatican announced Tuesday, May 16 that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop J. Peter Sartain bishop of the Diocese of Joliet in Illinois. For the past six years, Bishop Sartain has served as bishop of the Diocese of Little Rock, which encompasses the entire state or Arkansas.
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Bishop Sartain was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Memphis on July 15, 1978. He served in various pastoral and administrative capacities within the Memphis diocese until his appointment as bishop of Little Rock in January of 2000. He was ordained and installed as Little Rock's sixth bishop on March 6, 2000, succeeding Bishop Andrew J. McDonald.
In his new appointment, Bishop Sartain succeeds Bishop Joseph L. Imesch, who has served as bishop of Joliet for 27 years. He will be installed as Joliet's fourth bishop on June 27 in the Cathedral church of St. Raymond, with His Eminence Francis Cardinal George of Chicago presiding over the installation liturgy. One of six Catholic dioceses in Illinois, Joliet has a Catholic population of more than 630,000 in seven counties. This compares to the approximately 107,000 Catholics in Arkansas.
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Bishop Sartain attended a press conference Tuesday in Joliet where the announcement was made public.
The process for selecting a new bishop for the Diocese of Little Rock will be undertaken by the Vatican. While there is no definitive time frame for that process, the diocese will be listed as "sede vacante," or a "vacant see," during which time a diocesan administrator will be elected from among the priests of Arkansas to oversee the affairs of the diocese.
See http://www.arkansas-catholic.org/bishop/column.php?id=522" target="null">Bishop Sartain's May 20 column for his reflection on the news.
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