Thursday, June 29, 2006
New Bishop for the Diocese of Joliet

On June 27, 2006, the Diocese of Joliet, IL welcomed J. Peter Sartain, 54, as the fourth bishop of the diocese. He replaces Bishop Joseph Imesh who had to retire because he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75. Bishop Imesh has led the Diocese of Joliet since 1979 and was no supporter of the Traditional Latin Mass or Traditionalism in general.

Bishop Sartain appears to be a wonderful man, and I'm extremely happy that Illinois has this good bishop now. Bishop Sartain was previously the Bishop of Little Rock since 2000. In Little Rock he allowed four Tridentine Masses. Right now the Diocese of Joliet has zero, so please pray that the people there will be able to experience the Tridentine Mass. Please pray for Bishop J. Peter Sartain as he leads his 600,000 member flock.


MMichael R. Schmidt/ Staff Photographer

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

3 comment(s):

del_button June 29, 2006 at 9:38 AM
Anonymous said...

I love him already. We in the Joliet diocese are hopeful that our new shepherd, his Excellency, Bishop Sartain, will make widely available the Tridentine Mass.

What a relief that Imesch it out!

del_button June 30, 2006 at 9:24 AM
Argent said...

I rejoice with you, MB. I read his previous columns and his love of fishing and being a shepherd of people. I was amazed that his former diocese of Little Rock (how many Catholics?) has 4 Tridentine masses. That's great!

del_button July 1, 2006 at 10:06 PM
Paul said...

Sartan is amazing -- he's from Memphis, and even people who never belonged to his parish still miss him here. He'll have a red hat some day.

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