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A Pastoral Note from Bishop Ronald Hicks

Dear Friends,

Peace be with you.

For more than a week, we have seen a great deal of media coverage and sent out communications about the issues concerning Jeremy Hylka, who taught in one of our Catholic schools and served as a youth minister for two of our parishes until he was terminated on April 28. This has been a sad and challenging time for everyone involved. 

We must now look for ways to heal as a Christian community as we remain diligent in our commitment to protecting children.

As a diocese, we will continue to follow our process and procedures regarding sexual misconduct involving minors; cooperate with authorities; and respond pastorally to anyone involved or affected by the current situation, especially any possible victims.

During these days, know that I am praying for you, as we lean even closer into Christ and ask him to send us his gift of healing and light.


Most Reverend Ronald A. Hicks
Bishop of Joliet