Bishop David Malloy celebrated Mass on June 21 for the St. Therese Vocations Camp held annually for girls and young women to help them begin to ask "What is God's will for my life?". He visited with the campers afterwards. The St. Therese Camp is one of three vocations camps sponsored by the diocesan Office of Vocations. The other two are coming in July: July 10-13 Jeremiah Days for boys and July 17-20 First Call for young men.
For more information, contact the Vocations Office at 815-399-4300.
Deaf Catholics Celebrate New Priest
The deaf Catholic community in the Diocese of Rockford came together for Mass and an annual picnic on Sunday, June 12 at Christ the Teacher Parish near the NIU campus. Father Kyle Manno, pictured, ordained just the week before, served as the main celebrant at the Mass, which was concelebrated by Msgr. Glenn Nelson, director of deaf ministry for the diocese. Deacon David Zarembski assisted.
Father Manno learned sign language while attending college at NIU, which is where he also discerned his vocation to the priesthood. He will assist the deaf ministry with any urgent pastoral care needs in the St. Charles area where he serves as parochial vicar at St. Patrick Parish.
Bishop Malloy Asks for Prayers to End Violence and Terrorism
Date: June 13, 2016
Statement from Bishop David Malloy:
I ask all people to join with Archbishop Kurtz, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops who said that "Waking up to the unspeakable violence in Orlando reminds us of how precious human life is.
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Bishop David J. Malloy to Ordain Three New Priests for the Diocese of Rockford
ROCKFORD--On Saturday, June 4 at 11 a.m., Bishop David J. Malloy will ordain three men to the priesthood for the 11-county Diocese of Rockford. The Sacred Rite of Ordination will take place in the Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church Street, Rockford. Bishop Malloy will be joined by all priests and permanent deacons as he confers the sacrament of Holy Orders.
The men to be ordained to the sacred priesthood are:
The Rev. Mr. Charles Fitzpatrick, age 64. His home parish is Holy Redeemer in Evergreen Park, Illinois.
The Rev. Mr. Sean Grismer, age 26. His home parish is Holy Cross, Batavia, Illinois.
The Rev. Mr. Kyle Manno, age 29. His home parish is Christ the Teacher, DeKalb, Illinois.
(Their personal vocation stories can be viewed at
The ordination ceremony will be open to the public. Live coverage of the event will
be available via live stream video on this website.
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Reflection on Sacrifice, Freedom
Bishop David Malloy celebrated the annual Mass on Memorial Day at Calvary Cemetery on May 30. It was one of several Mass held throughout the Diocese of Rockford to pray for those who have died for the freedom of our country.
The bishop reminded everyone of the "very particular purpose" of the gathering, noting that "we are the beneficiaries of (fallen soldiers') sacrifice." He called the Mass "a profoundly good thing we are doing here in this brief time."
Father Michael J.K. Fuller Named Head of USCCB Doctrine Secretariat
Father Michael J.K. Fuller, has been named executive director of the Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
The appointment was made by Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield, USCCB General Secretary, and is effective August 8.
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Step Toward Priesthood
On May 21, Colin Easton and Robert Gonnella IV were ordained as transitional deacons during a Mass celebrated by Bishop David Malloy at the Cathedral of St. Peter. Plans are for the men to be ordained to the priesthood in 2017.
See the May 27 issue of The Observer for additional coverage of this important step for the Church.
The Reverend Monsignor Thomas L. Dzielak, V.F., Pastor of St. Andrew Parish, Rock Falls, Illinois, to retire with the permission of The Most Reverend Bishop, effective Monday, June 20, 2016.
The Reverend William R. Antillon to be Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Marengo, Illinois, effective Monday, June 20, 2016.
The Reverend Kevin M. Butler to be Pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, Somonauk, Illinois, effective Tuesday, May 10, 2016.
The Reverend Gerard A. Christianson to be Pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Sandwich, Illinois, effective Tuesday, May 10, 2016.
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A Groundbreaking for Mary
A new "Mary, Mother of Mercy" Rosary Walk is underway at St. Rita Parish in Rockford. Bishop David Malloy helped Father John Evans, pastor, business manager Michael McGarry and Mark Walter of Walter's Landscaping break ground for the walk on May 6. Students at St. Rita School held a living rosary right after the groundbreaking, which was preceded by an all-school Mass.