Most Reverend R. Daniel Conlon

Fourth Bishop of Steubenville 2002-2011

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The Fourth Bishop of Steubenville


Bishop R. Daniel Conlon was born in Cincinnati Dec. 4, 1948. the son of Robert and Carla (Holzman) Conlon. He is the oldest of six children.
He grew up as a member of Saint Mary Parish, Hyde Park, Cincinnati. 
As a high school junior he entered Saint Gregory Seminary in Cincinnati, an in 1970 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Athenaeum of Ohio/Saint Gregory Seminary

On March 9, 1974, he was ordained a deacon at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Chains, Cincinnati. He completed a Master of Divinity degree in 1975 at the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount Saint Mary Seminary of the West in Cincinnati. After serving as a deacon at Saint Agnes Church, Cincinnati, he was ordained a priest on Jan. 15, 1977, at that church by Archbishop Joseph L. Bernardin.

Assignments  After Ordination
He served as associate pastor at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Anderson Township, Cincinnati, from February, 1977 until July, 1982. Beginning in August, 1981 until August, 1983 he served as director of the Office of Planning and Research and assistant chancellor in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

He studied canon law at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Ontario, earning the degrees of Doctor of Canon Law and Doctor of Philosophy in January, 1987.

He returned to Cincinnati to become the archdiocese’s chancellor and director of its Department of Executive Services, until July, 1996, when he was named pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish, New Bremen, Ohio on Aug. 6, 1996. He served there until he was ordained and installed as Bishop of Steubenville on August 6, 2002. He was invested into Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre in 2004.

Bishop Conlon has served on many committees and boards within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, including The Catholic TelegraphBoard, Board of Mediation, Catholic Committee on Scouting, Futures Committee, Archdiocesan Pastoral Council and Presbyteral Council. He has been active in leadership roles in the Saint Mary Deanery. He has also served as an officer and committee member in the Canon Law Society of America. He is a graduate and member of Leadership Cincinnati, a former member of the Cincinnatus Association and a member of the Dan Beard Council President’s Council.

On July 14 2011 he was installed as the Bishop of the Diocese of Joliet in Illinois.