Aboon Mar Stephanos attended the US Bishops Retreat held from January 2-8 at Mundelein Seminary near Chicago. It was planned in response to Pope Francis' request to a delegation of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops leaders during a meeting at the Vatican in September. Capuchin Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the papal household, directed it. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president, thanked Pope Francis for offering Cantalamessa as retreat director. Around 300 bishops participated.