Daniel R. Jenky

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Daniel Robert Jenky
Bishop of Peoria
Bishop Daniel Jenky presenting materials related to the Cause for Sainthood of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen to Pope Benedict XVI.
Archdiocese Chicago
Diocese Peoria
Appointed February 12, 2002
Installed April 10, 2002
Predecessor John J. Myers
Ordination April 6, 1974
Consecration December 16, 1997
by John Michael D'Arcy, Agostino Cacciavillan, and Charles Asa Schleck
Personal details
Birth name Daniel Robert Jenky
Born (1947-03-03) March 3, 1947 (age 70)
Chicago, Illinois
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Auxiliary Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Teacher at Bourgade Catholic High School in Phoenix, Arizona

Rector of Dillon Hall at University of Notre Dame

Director of Campus Ministry, and Rector of Sacred Heart Church
Alma mater University of Notre Dame
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Religious style Bishop

Daniel Robert Jenky, CSC (born March 3, 1947) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who serves as Bishop of the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois.


Early life and education[edit]

Daniel Jenky was born in Chicago, Illinois, and attended St. Laurence High School, under the direction of the Irish Christian Brothers. He entered the University of Notre Dame in 1965, and the novitiate of the Congregation of Holy Cross at Bennington, Vermont in 1966. In 1970, Jenky obtained bachelor's degree in history. He made his profession as member of the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1973, the same year in which he earned his Master of Theology degree and received his diaconate.[1]

Ordination and ministry[edit]

Jenky was ordained to the priesthood on April 6, 1974. He then taught social studies and religion at Bourgade Catholic High School in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1975, he returned to his alma mater of Notre Dame and was Rector of Dillon Hall, Director of Campus Ministry, and Rector of Sacred Heart Church (which would later become a basilica under his tenure), teaching courses as well. In 1985, he became Superior of the Holy Cross priests and brothers at Notre Dame.

Auxiliary Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend[edit]

On October 21, 1997, Jenky was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend and Titular Bishop of Amantia by Pope John Paul II.[1] He received his episcopal consecration on the following December 16 from Bishop John M. D'Arcy, with Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan and Archbishop Charles Asa Schleck, CSC, serving as co-consecrators.[2][better source needed] Jenky was assigned as rector of St. Matthew’s Cathedral and pastor of the parish.[1]

Bishop of Peoria[edit]

Pope John Paul II later appointed Jenky as the eighth Bishop of Peoria on February 12, 2002, and he was installed as such on April 10 of that same year at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria.[citation needed] Bishop Jenky has introduced the cause for the canonization of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, a native of Peoria.[1]

In an April 2012 men's march homily, Jenky, to the applause of the attendees, included the Obama Administration’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on a list of things the Catholic Church has survived including the early persecution of Christians, barbarian invasions, “wave after wave of Jihads”, the “Age of Revolution”, Nazism, and Communism. He continued, “…the Church will survive the entrenched corruption and sheer incompetence of our Illinois state government, and even the calculated disdain of the President of the United States, his bureaucrats and HHS, and the majority in today’s Federal senate.”[3][4][5]

More than 90 faculty members at the University of Notre Dame, where he served as Director of Campus Ministry and Rector of the Basilica of Notre Dame before he became Auxiliary Bishop, and where he sits on the 12-member University of Notre Dame Board of Fellows, signed a letter to the University President, the Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC, and the Chairman of Notre Dame's Board of Trustees, asking that the Bishop renounce his remarks, which they described as insensitive and as too political in tone, or resign from the Board of Fellows, though they acknowledged his constitutional right to freedom of expression. The local chapters of the NAACP, the ACLU, and the Anti-Defamation League also demanded an apology, and there were calls to have the IRS investigate the Bishop because the Diocese, as a tax-exempt, non-profit private entity, is supposed to refrain from overly political comments. Rabbi Daniel Bogard of Peoria's Anshai Emeth Congregation said that Jenky was engaging in demagoguery and using the Holocaust "as a partisan political ploy that trivializes the memory of 13 million innocents killed."[6] Diocesan officials, including a Vicar General, Monsignor James E. Kruse, and the Chancellor, Patricia Gibson, said that the analogy was meant to point out that the U.S. is starting to suffer an erosion of religious freedom and of the freedom of expression, particularly for Christians.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C., D.D., Bishop of Peoria: Biography". Peoria, Illinois: The Catholic Diocese of Peoria. Archived from the original on December 6, 2008. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Bishop Daniel Robert Jenky, C.S.C.". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Bishop Jenky, [1] April 14, 2012 "cdop.org"
  4. ^ Tom Dermody, "'Heroic Catholicism' needed in face of threats, bishop tells men" Archived February 3, 2013, at Archive.is April 15, 2012 The Catholic Post
  5. ^ Eric Kleefeld, "Bishop Of Peoria Compares Obama And Contraception Mandates To Hitler And Stalin" Talking Points Memo
  6. ^ Chris Kaergard, "Peoria bishop sparks controversy with homily remarks" April 19, 2012 The Peoria Journal Star

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John J. Myers
Bishop of Peoria
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Succeeded by