August 22, 2014

DIOCESE—Bishop David Malloy has asked all parishes to read a letter this weekend.

“I take this opportunity,” he says in the letter, “to renew publicly the commitment of the Diocese of Rockford, our priests, our staff and especially our schools and educational and youth programs to the safety and wellbeing of... Read More

By Lynn Conner, Observer Correspondent
August 22, 2014

ROCKFORD—The universal language of prayer brought many nationalities together at the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s International Living Rosary, Aug. 17 at Cathedral of St. Peter, here.

DCCW members, their families and friends each represented a rosary bead and prayed the Hail Mary in English, Polish, Spanish, Lat... Read More

By Margarita Mendoza, El Observador Editor
August 22, 2014

ELGIN—From pre-school to eighth-grade, students registered at St. Joseph School in Elgin received six hours of daily instruction in the most important areas of knowledge this summer.

With their teachers, the students worked on reading and phonics, vocabulary, comprehension and critical thinking;. They took part in a writing w... Read More

August 22, 2014

ROCKFORD—Deacon Information Days for the Diocese of Rockford will begin with a session at 10 a.m., Sept. 13.

Two additional sessions are scheduled Oct. 25 and Nov. 22, also at 10 a.m.     

They will be at the Diocesan Administration Building, 555 Colman Center Dr., here.

The meetings are o... Read More

August 22, 2014

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Vatican calls on Muslim leaders to condemn Islamic State

Pope asks prayers after great nephews, their mother die in car crash

Film tells how New Orleans sisters came back from Katrina

Ukrainian Christians among refugees in temporary camp near border with Russia




By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
August 15, 2014

NOTE: This article was re-written to reflect this updated information: McAuley Manor Nursing Home will remain open.

AURORA--McAuley Manor and convent was dedicated on Dec. 8, 1985.

Nearly 30 years later the community is saying goodbye to the last of Mercy Sisters who have resided there.

The 88-bed Manor nursin... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
August 15, 2014

ROCKFORD—The Aug. 11 Mass at the Poor Clare Colettines Monastery chapel was being celebrated “not just in memory, but in the reality of St. Clare,” Bishop David Malloy said.

He congratulated “the daughters of Clare living among us” for their fidelity to the rule of life that Clare wrote 761 years ago.<... Read More

August 15, 2014

ROCKFORD—The Catholic Women’s League will host its annual fundraiser, La Promesse, Sept. 17 at Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road, here, beginning with a social hour at 10:30 a.m.

This year’s theme is “Music from the Heart.”

The luncheon raises money to continue the League&... Read More

By Sharon Boehelfeld, Features Editor
August 15, 2014

When Abbie Reese starts talking about the Poor Clare Colettines, it’s as if she were telling you stories about a group of her closest friends.

And, after nearly 10 years collaborating — she is quick to give the nuns credit for the work she’s done with them — she probably does think of them as friends.

<... Read More
By Pat Szpekowski, Observer Correspondent
August 15, 2014

BARRINGTON HILLS—It was a day of celebrating miracles and support at the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants (ICDI) second fundraising ice cream social at the elegant San Filippo Mansion, here, Aug. 2.

More than 300 guests comprised of volunteers, sponsors, supporters and staff spent an afternoon touring a vast and p... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
August 8, 2014

GENOA—As School Sister of St. Francis Marianne Nilges was laid to rest on July 25, people from St. Catherine  of Genoa Parish, friends and relatives remembered her devotion to her brother — diocesan priest Father Harold Nilges — and to the people of God.

Although Sister Marianne had planned simply for a grave... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
August 8, 2014

WARREN—“What a beautiful and special evening it was at St. Ann’s last night.  What a lovely commemoration of 100 years at a church that is very dear to all of us,” said Julie Zimmerman the morning after St. Ann Parish in Warren kicked off its 100th year.

Zimmerman, with her husband, Don, and Phil and Su... Read More

August 8, 2014

LANARK—Abbie Reese invited old and new friends to visit at her parents’ home, here, Aug. 1 to learn about her nearly decade-long collaboration with the Poor Clare Colettines of Rockford.

She showed video and talked about the project under a vine-covered trellis in her parents’ backyard.

Reese, author of... Read More

August 7, 2014

ROCKFORD—Independent scholar Abbie Reese of Lanark crafted what she learned in eight years of rare access to the nuns at Corpus Christi Monastery to write “Dedicated to God: An Oral History of Cloistered Nuns.”

Published earlier this year by Oxford University Press, it is the first selection for The Observer Book ... Read More

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