Pope Francis appointed Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Siegel of Joliet as new Bishop of Evansville, IN on October 18, 2017
Bishop Siegel succeeds Archbishop Charles C. Thompson, who was appointed in June to lead the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
Bishop Siegel, 54, has been vicar general of the Joliet Diocese since 2011. He will be installed as the sixth bishop of Evansville Dec. 15.
Born July 18, 1963, in Lockport Township, Illinois, Bishop Siegel is the youngest of nine children. He attended Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas, also known as the Angelicum. He received his license in systematic theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois.
He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Joliet in 1988 and served in a number of parishes before being named an auxiliary bishop for the diocese by Pope Benedict XVI Oct. 28, 2009. He was ordained a bishop Jan. 19, 2010, by then-Bishop J. Peter Sartain of Joliet, who is now Seattle's archbishop.