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Information from the Diocese of Joliet

Experience the transformative power of faith in our welcoming church community. Under the guidance of Bishop Ronald Hicks and the Diocese of Joliet, the Diocese offers a variety of spiritual services and events, where you can connect with others and grow in your spirituality. 



In 2019, Pope Francis established the Sunday of the Word of God to be celebrated each year on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. As the Holy Father stated in his apostolic letter instituting the observance, “Devoting a specific Sunday of the liturgical year to the word of God can enable the Church to experience anew how the risen Lord opens up for us the treasury of his word and enables us to proclaim its unfathomable riches before the world” (Aperuit illus, no. 2).


On January 21, 2024, in observance of the Sunday of the Word of God, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, through a grant from the American Bible Society, will offer a “Sunday Seminar Series” of four videos about Sacred Scripture in the life of the Church. These videos, available in English and Spanish, will feature bishops and biblical scholars and will be accompanied by discussion/reflection questions. The topics and presenters are:

Topic                                                                                                       Presenter

The Biblical Brilliance of the Eucharist                                                Bishop Francois Beyrouti  Eparchy of Newton

Synodality in the Life and Mission of the Church                               Bishop Juan Miguel Betancourt  Auxiliary Bishop of Hartford

The Historical Biblical Perspective               

Praying with the Psalms                                                                        Dr. Andrew Davis   Boston College

The Gospel of John and the Johannine Literature                            Dr. Sherri Brown   Creighton University

La Sinodalidad en la Vida y en la Misión de la Iglesia:                        Bishop Silvio Baez   Auxiliary Bishop of Managua

La perspectiva histórica bíblica

Eucaristía: memoria y camino                                                               Bishop Juan Miguel Betancourt   Auxiliary Bishop of Hartford

Rezando Los Salmos                                                                              Dr. Maria Barga   University of Saint Mary of the Lake

¿Cuál es el mensaje del evangelio y las cartas de Juan?                   Dr. Hugo Mendez   University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

These video will be made available on January 19, 2024 at

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