Three Regional Directors of Religious Education, with offices in Woodstock, Rockford and Aurora, will begin service on August 1 in the Diocese of Rockford. They will be supervised by the Catholic Education Office and diocesan director of Faith Formation.
Read more in the July 24 issue of The Observer.
Poor Clares to Host Discernment Overnight
During this Year of Consecrated Life, the Poor Clare Colettine nuns in Rockford are holding a "Come and See!" discernment retreat for a small group of young women of high school and college age, from 9 a.m. on Aug. 20 to 4:45 p.m., Friday, Aug. 21, at Corpus Christi Monastery, 2111 S. Main St., Rockford.
The retreatants will experience the monastery schedule from the extern quarters of the monastery. Times of reflection and discussion with the sisters in the parlor, times for private prayer and prayer with the sisters, and periods of work and recreation will round out the retreat. Cost is free and participants can gain a plenary indulgence for the Year of Consecrated Life for attending.
Space is limited. Sign up by Aug. 15 by calling (815)963-7369. Leave your name, age and phone number and the Poor Clares will confirm your visit.
Annual Religious American Sign Language Training
The annual Religious American Sign Language training was held In mid-July at Bishop Lane Retreat Center. Msgr. Glenn Nelson, director of the Deaf Apostolate for the Diocese of Rockford, organized the week-long event and taught classes in the "frozen" parts of the Mass. Two other instructors worked with students on signing the parts of the Mass that change, such as the readings.
More on this unique program coming in the July 24 issue of The Observer.
The Jeremiah Days Boys Vocation Camp
The Jeremiah Days Boys Vocation Camp was held at Bishop Lane Retreat Center from July 12-15. It welcomed 40 boys in grades 7-9 to days of fun and prayer.
See the July 17 issue of The Observer for an article and more photos of this fun-filled faith camp.
Legatus Chapter Re-chartered in the Diocese of Rockford
On June 30, the Rockford Diocese Chapter of Legatus was re-chartered. Member Steve Spoerl is pictured here with Legatus spiritual advisor Father David Peck and Bishop David Malloy. Each of the members received a Legatus pin and other materials.
The founding members gathered that evening first for spiritual events -- confessions, rosary, Mass -- followed by social time and dinner at Giovanni's. Bishop Malloy, Chapter President John Morrissey and Legatus Executive Director John Hunt shared their thoughts, and Bishop Malloy also provided a Q&A time for members to ask whatever they wished.
More in the July 10 issue of The Observer.
Changes at the DAC
Msgr. Eric Barr retired on June 30 as vicar general, ready to give all his time and efforts to pastoring Holy Family Parish. June 30 was Becky Ackerman's last day as well. Ackerman served at the Diocesan Tribunal from July 2001 until January 2008 when she joined the Department of Educational Services, first with the youth ministry office and then as administrative assistant to the education office. Bishop David Malloy was the main celebrant at a special Mass held at the Diocesan Administration Center that day. A luncheon followed.
For information on this event and on other changes at the DAC this year, see the July 10 issue of The Observer.
Pope Francis arrives in Quito, Ecuador
Pope Francis arrived in Quito, Ecuador, on Sunday, at the start of a three-pronged tour of Latin America that will see him also in Bolivia and Paraguay.
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Pope Francis' Encyclical Reminds Us to Take Good Care of Our Common Home
Pope Francis issued his encyclical "Laudato Si' on Care for Our Common Home" June 18. Opening with praise from St. Francis of Assisi, thanking God for "our Sister, Mother Earth," the pope writes, "This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her."
Bishop David Malloy talks about its importance to our lives in The Observer June 26. The issue also includes an excerpt and highlights from the encyclical, as well as his suggestions about what we can do to help our planet and ourselves.
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Bishop Malloy's Statement on the Supreme Court Decision
Date: June 26, 2015
Bishop Malloy issued a response to today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court which interpreted the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex "marriage."
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In Memoriam: Monsignor Everett J. Hiller
The Chancery received word Sunday, June 21, 2015, that Reverend Monsignor Everett J. Hiller, died at Midwest Medical Center, Galena, Illinois, after a long illness. Monsignor was born on February 3, 1924, in McHenry, Illinois, to William and Susan (Schmitt) Hiller.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, June 25, 2015, at 11:00AM at St. Ann Church, Warren, Illinois. The Most Reverend David J. Malloy will be the celebrant. Visitation will be from 4PM-8PM Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at St. Joseph Church, Apple River, Illinois, with rosary at 8:00PM and visitation from 10:00AM-10:45AM at St. Ann Church prior to the Mass. Interment will be at St. Ann's Cemetery, Warren, Illinois. Arrangements are being made by Leamon's Funeral Home, Warren, Illinois.
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St. John the Baptist Celebrates Sesquicentennial
Date: June 16, 2015
St. John the Baptist Parish celebrated its Sesquicentennial the weekend of June 13-14 at parish Masses, each of which was followed by a social event. The celebration wound up with a parish picnic at nearby Somonauk Park. A picnic feast was followed by a variety of activities including a dunk tank featuring parochial administrator, Father Kevin Butler, who occasionally used water shooters to spray those who were working to keep him drenched.
More on Friday in The Observer.
A vocation fair for women will be held Sunday, June 21 from 3-6 p.m. at Bishop Lane Retreat Center, 7708 E. McGregor Road, west of Rockford. Sisters from religious orders across the nation will provide displays about their communities and will be available to talk with women who are interested in religious life. Free. All welcome.
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The Reverend Monsignor Thomas E. Bales, Pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Amboy, Illinois; St. Flannen Parish, Harmon, Illinois; and St. Mary Parish, Walton, Illinois, to retire with the permission of The Most Reverend Bishop, effective Monday, June 15, 2015.
The Reverend Matthew M. Bergschneider, JCL, to be Pastor of St. Mary Parish, Durand, Illinois, and St. Patrick Parish, Irish Grove, Illinois, effective Wednesday, May 20, 2015.
The Reverend Alejandro del Toro, STL, to be Pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Rockford, Illinois, effective Wednesday, May 20, 2015.
The Reverend Gerard A. Christianson to be Parochial Administrator of St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Sandwich, Illinois, effective Monday, June 15, 2015.
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Memorial Day Mass
Bishop David Malloy celebrated the annual Mass at Calvary Cemetery on Memorial Day, calling the act of honoring "all those (servicemen and women) who have died in our country's history" a "deeper remembering" than experienced with day-to-day memories.
"The sacrifices we remember today reminds us of what is best," Bishop Malloy said, adding that "in faith we recognize our own obligations in the face of (such) sacrifice." He later mingled with participants at a reception following the Mass.
Two Seminarians Ordained to the Transitional Diaconate
Bishop David Malloy ordained two seminarians to the transitional diaconate on Saturday, May 16. He told Charles Fitzpatrick and Kyle Manno that the day "that you have long awaited" called them "to commit to a life of prayer ... to embrace and promise to live the gift of celibacy ... (and to) imitate Christ who gave His will completely to the Father."
More photos are available in the May 22 issue of The Observer.
Students Honored at Leadership Recognition Breakfast
St. Edward School students Dillon Moore and Mario Medina get their picture taken with Father William Vallejo, pastor, and Corine Gendron, principal, at the annual Rockford Deanery Catholic Student Leadership Recognition breakfast, held April 30 at Hoffman House restaurant. Two students from each of the Catholic schools in the deanery were honored.
Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive
Many of us have questions about why Catholics believe certain things about marriage, but few have time to find the answers. The Diocese of Rockford Life & Family Evangelization Office has an easy way to have the answers you are looking for delivered right to you, wherever you are.
Sign-up to receive beautiful, engaging, understandable reflections on the Catholic vision for life and love every day between now and when Pope Francis arrives in the United States for the World Meeting of Families. Once you sign up, you can choose to receive these short daily reflections either via text message or e-mail.
With Pope Francis' upcoming visit to America for the World Meeting of Families and another Synod of Bishops on the Family around the corner, now is the perfect time to discover the beauty and fullness of the Catholic vision for marriage. Sign-up at www.flocknote.com/DioceseofRockford or by texting LOVE to 84576 for English or AMOR to 84576 for Spanish (there is no charge for this service, but your carrier message and data rates may apply).
About 75 people came to St. Mary Parish in Huntley on April 24 and 25 to participate in the first-ever New Evangelization Summit, held in Ottawa, Canada, and broadcast to locations across Canada and the United States.
The first speaker on Saturday was JoEllen Gregus of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Crystal Lake. She spoke about the evangelization impact of Light of the World retreats.
See more on this event in the May 1 Observer.
Date: April 23, 2015
Caritas XXIX, an annual luncheon to raise funds for Catholic Charities/St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center, was held April 22. The event featured songs from the St. Elizabeth Center preschoolers, lunch, silent auction, raffles, and update on St. Elizabeth Center and a fashion show.
Bishop David Malloy mingled with attendees and shared his gratitude for everyone's contribution to the fundraising effort. Before the preschool kids left, the bishop made it a point to greet and thank them also.
Look for more in the May 1 Observer.
New President Appointed to Lead Boylan Central Catholic High School
Date: April 1, 2015
ROCKFORD, Ill — Bishop David Malloy has appointed Mrs. Amy Ott, Deputy Director of the Chicago Rockford International Airport to lead Boylan Central Catholic High School as its new president.
Ott will officially begin her new duties as Boylan's President on July 1, 2015.
Bishop Malloy made the formal announcement during an afternoon press conference at the Voss Family Alumni Center on the Boylan Campus, April 1.
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