Executive Director Bob Gilligan talks with newly-appointed Bishop-elect Michael McGovern of the Diocese of Belleville; Lauren McCormack of USCCB's office of government relations on the CARES Act; Jennifer Junis of OSF HealthCare on its partnership with the state of Illinois in remote monitoring of COVID-19 patients via its Pandemic Health Worker Program (PHWP); and Steve Roach of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Springfield on the agency's new COPE Line.
Pope Francis today announced that he has named Father Michael G. McGovern, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, as Bishop of the Diocese of Belleville, Illinois. Pope Francis also announced that he had accepted the resignation of Bishop Edward K. Braxton, who was installed as the Bishop of Belleville in 2005. Bishop-elect McGovern, 55, is expected to begin his ministry in the Diocese of Belleville later this year.
The Catholic Conference of Illinois coordinated with the state's six Catholic school superintendents on a letter sent today to Gov. JB Pritzker and Illinois State Superintendent Carmen Ayala regarding monies for nonpublic schools in last week's Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.