St. James the Apostle Parish and the Diocese of Joliet are overjoyed to invite all the people of the Diocese of Joliet and throughout the Church to join us in celebrating the installation of our new bishop, Most Reverend Ronald A. Hicks, later this month.

On the eve of the Installation, Bishop Hicks will join our priests for a Vespers Service of Welcome at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus.  This will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 28, 2020.

Bishop Hicks will be installed as the sixth Bishop of Joliet by the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, the Most Reverend Archbishop Christophe Pierre, on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. The Installation Mass will also take place at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus.

Due to the gathering limitations in place during COVID-19, participation will be by invitation only. Both events will be livestreamed for all to join us virtually at or

Bishop Hicks will begin his service to the Diocese of Joliet on Wednesday, September 30. Correspondence and invitations to activities, or requests for appointments on or after that date should be submitted to Julie Grzadzinski, Administrative Assistant to the Bishop, at, (815) 221-6185, or at the Blanchette Catholic Center, 16555 Weber Road, Crest Hill, Illinois 60403.

Heartfelt thanks are extended to the following who are serving as the Installation Committee.  They are devoting much time and effort to the planning and execution of the Installation. In addition to these, many volunteers are being called upon to facilitate the events.

  • Co-Chairs:  
    • Very Reverend Richard Smith, Pastor – Holy Spirit, Naperville
    • Maureen Harton, Diocesan Attorney, Diocese of Joliet   
  • Committee Members:  
    • Reverend Ryan Adorjan, 
    • Carlos Briceno, 
    • Dr. David Castronovo, 
    • Sister Judith Davies, OSF, 
    • Deacon John Freund, 
    • Julie Grzadzinski, 
    • Nora Labanauskas, 
    • Reverend Burke Masters, 
    • Chris Nye, 
    • Deacon Len Penkala, 
    • Alex Rechenmacher, 
    • Elisabeth Román, 
    • Brian Schroeder, 
    • Danielle Schumacher, 
    • Sister Sharon Stola, OSB.

The continued prayers of all in the Joliet Diocesan Community are welcome as we rejoice in the unfolding of our history.