By Pat Szpekowski, Observer Correspondent
September 12, 2014

By Pat Szpekowski
Observer Correspondent
JOHNSBURG—The atmosphere was filled with joy and appreciation for God’s infinite goodness by staff and volunteers as the 1st Way Life Center celebrated the blessing of its new ultrasound machine by Bishop David Malloy on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 6.
The donation of t... Read More

On Saturday, Catholic Hearts are for Haiti
Big Get-Together Helps LC School
By Lynne Conner Observer Correspondent
September 12, 2014

The Haitian Project’s annual Big Get-Together, Sept. 6 at Boylan Central Catholic High School,  featured a dinner, talks and a silent-auction.  Father Jerome Koutnik, parochial vicar of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Crystal Lake received the Louverterian Award for his work with the Haitian Project, from Deacon Patrick Moyni... Read More

On Saturday, Catholic Hearts are for Haiti
‘A Night in the Tropics‘ Builds More Lives
By Sharon Boehelfeld, Features Editor
September 12, 2014

A large group, many in colorful tropical attire, gathered at Giovanni’s Restaurant in Rockford, Sept. 6, for “A Night in the Tropics” to raise money for Help for Haitians and Food for the Poor.

During the evening, which was a fundraising success, according to Hope For Haitians’ Theresa Kegley, the crowd bid ... Read More

September 12, 2014

DIOCESE—Parishes will honor their religious education teachers on Catechetical Sunday, Sept. 21.

Among those to be honored are winners of the Bishop O’Neill Award. This award recognizes catechists who have given outstanding service, normally rendered over a considerable period of time. Parishes and schools may honor one... Read More

By Sharon Boehelfeld, Features Editor
September 12, 2014

Q  Just what is One diocese, One Book? Why should we all read one book?
A One Diocese, One Book is a reading program modeled after The Big Read and other One Book programs in use throughout the country. It is intended to give Catholics from everywhere in the 11-county Rockford Diocese a chance to read a book about an aspect of ... Read More

September 12, 2014

Forever Family

Life's journey a focus for school and for seminarian's talk

Study: college choices can steer men toward thinking about priesthood

Sheen cause suspended

Pope Francis to visit Albania's long-persecuted faithful

CRS looks to help fight 'Push' factor

New Irish Primate sees his role as servant, not as a CEO-type position

Iraqi christian girl kidnapped

Diocese asks U.S. Supreme Court to hear confession case

Mafia boss threatens anti-mob activist priest

Courts uphold one same-sex marriage ban





By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
September 5, 2014

ROCKFORD—Elizabeth “Beth” Kenagy appreciates that her first week at Bishop Lane Retreat Center as its new director was a quiet one.

All that changed as the final week of August flowed into September and a busy fall.

Kenagy took a break from learning the ins and outs of the kitchen, the buildings and the... Read More

September 5, 2014

GENEVA—A Fox Valley tradition, the Barn Sale, has been hosted by a Catholic parish for more than 30 years.

The two-day gigantic “garage sale” will be held at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles, Sept. 20, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sept. 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Months ahead of the sale, volunteers collect, sor... Read More

September 4, 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

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 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 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
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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