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."
Click here to read Bishop Malloy's statement.
Click here to read Bishop Malloy's statement in Spanish.
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.
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.
Rockford Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Luncheon
Date: April 20, 2015
On Friday, April 17, the Rockford Diocesan Council of Catholic Women held its biennial Bishop's Luncheon, held this year at Giovanni's Restaurant in Rockford. Both Bishop David Malloy and Bishop Emeritus Thomas G. Doran attended along with other special guests and about 80 women and men from across the diocese.
See additional information in the April 24 issue of The Observer.
Illinois' Catholic Bishops Urge Lawmakers to Oppose Taxpayer Funding of Abortion
Date: April 16, 2015
CHICAGO – Illinois' Catholic bishops today, April 14, sent a letter to members of the Illinois House, urging them to reject public funding of abortion as outlined in House Bill 4013.
The legislation removes the current prohibition on state employees' health insurance plans from paying for elective abortions, as well as the ban on using taxpayer money to pay for elective abortions in the state's Medicaid program. Additionally, the proposal removes the ban on state-funded grants to organizations that counsel for or perform abortions. Current law calls for those grants to go to organizations that help women experiencing problem pregnancies.
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View the bishops' letter in English, Spanish and Polish
Marian Central Names New Superintendent
Date: April 15, 2015
WOODSTOCK, Ill – Marian Central Catholic High School will say goodbye to its long-time superintendent, Tom Landers, as he retires June 30. Landers has served Marian Central Catholic for 34 years coming to the school in 1981 as assistant principal, then becoming superintendent and chief administrative officer in 1983.
Succeeding Landers is Andreas "Andy" James Edmondson. He has been the superintendent at Newman Central Catholic High School in Sterling since 2011.
"The Rockford Diocese is very pleased to welcome Andy to the Marian Central Catholic High School family," said Michael Kagan, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Rockford.
Click here to read the press release.
Bishop Visits Storm Damaged Community
Date: April 13, 2015
Cecilie Schwartz tells Bishop of Rockford David J. Malloy (right) and Father Johnson Lopez, parochial administrator of St. Patrick Parish in Rochelle, about the night of April 9 when a EF-4 tornado damaged her home and 29 others in her neighborhood.
Bishop Malloy visited the neighborhood after celebrating Mass at St. Patrick Parish in Rochelle to pray for tornado victims and their families, Saturday April 11.
Watch for more in the April 17 Observer.
Date: April 10, 2015
In order to assist those affected in our Northern Illinois Diocese by the severe storms and devastating tornadoes like those on April 9, Bishop David J. Malloy is asking all parishes in the Rockford Diocese to take up a second collection at all Masses this weekend, April 11 and 12.
Your financial contributions should be sent directly to the Diocesan Administration Center Disaster Relief, 555 Colman Center Drive, Rockford, Illinois, 61108, as soon as possible, so funds can be disbursed immediately to provide direct assistance for the material needs of all those people who experienced extreme damage and/or displacement.
Your generosity combined with your prayers of compassion and solidarity as we enter the 2015 storm season, are greatly appreciated.
Click here to read the press release.