By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
January 30, 2015

ROCKFORD—Cheers and applause surrounded each of 18 women who were honored by their parishes on Jan. 25 at a banquet at Cliffbreakers Restaurant.

The annual event, sponsored by the Rockford Deanery Council of Catholic Women, aims to recognize women who are active at their parish, often working behind the scenes.

Not... Read More

January 29, 2015

Marchers Support Life from Coast to Coast

March Shows Youth, Growth and Energy of Pro-Life Movement

Non-Catholics Choose Catholic Schools for Values

Polls Show Declining Support forAbortion

Former senator’s daughter discusses gift of life, sister Bella’s story

Washington priest on road to sainthood devoted to aiding poor children

CNEWA Officials Look At Long-Range Needs Of Lebanon’s Refugees

Jesuits say violence continues South African history of xenophobia

Education, awe must mark approach to other religions, pope says

Archbishop says church in Niger will rebuild

Notre Dame theologian, dies at 78

 

 

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
January 23, 2015

SANDWICH— “God has made us to be happy even when we struggle,” said Bishop David Malloy at a Solemn Mass of Dedication at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, here, the evening of Jan. 17.

Parishioners at this Sandwich parish understand struggle. They first moved, then renovated, and now have res... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
January 23, 2015

ROCKFORD—The 16th annual January Life Breakfast in Rockford on Jan. 15 honored Holy Family parishioners Robert and Joyce Balzer and featured St. James parishioners Larry and Stacy Morrissey as keynote speakers.

The event first applauded attending pastors, health professionals and politicians as perso... Read More

January 23, 2015

FRANKLIN GROVE—Father Anthony J. Becker, 93, died at Franklin Grove Health Care Center, here, Jan. 15, 2015.

Father Becker was born on Jan. 5, 1922, in Maytown, to Anton F. and Margaret (Meister) Becker.

Father Becker attended Pontifical College Josephinum and Seminary, Worthi... Read More

January 16, 2015

ST. CHARLES—“Trans-formers” ... That’s the name given to middle school students at St. Patrick Parish, here, who attend Transformation Tuesday each week at 7 a.m. before school.

The day starts with Mass in the chapel at the parish’s Crane Road church where students join adults who are regular daily Mas... Read More

January 9, 2015

DIOCESE—The first combined collection for 2015 will come to parishes the weekend of Jan. 17-18.

This National Appeal combines several national collections into one, which limits the volume of special collections at parishes across the diocese.

Catholics are invited to support the Church in this country using materi... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
January 9, 2015

BELVIDERE—In expressing his gratitude to all who had made the addition to St. James Church possible, Bishop David  Malloy offered “a particular word of thanks” to its pastor, Father Brian Geary,  calling the need for “a priestly heart ... no small thing ... in the midst of a project like this.”

... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
January 9, 2015

ROCKFORD—At his second Christmas Mass for male inmates at the Winnebago County Jail, Bishop Malloy shared a brief conversation he had had a few hours earlier after midnight Mass.

After Mass, as he greeted people outside the Cathedral of St. Peter, a man and woman came up. The man introduced himself as someone who had been to ... Read More

By Pat Szpekowski, Observer Correspondent
January 9, 2015

ST. CHARLES—An evening enriched with prayer, food and discussion was the focus of the During Your Vacation Discern Your Vocation dinner hosted at St. Patrick Parish in St. Charles, Dec. 30.

More than 40 young men in high school and college joined Bishop David Malloy; Father Keith Romke, diocesan Director of Vocations and paro... Read More

January 9, 2015

ROCKFORD—The Diocese of Rockford Administration learned Jan. 5 that the case against Msgr. Aaron Brodeski, a priest of the diocese since 1998, has been resolved.

Msgr. Brodeski was arrested on May 23, 2014, by the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police and charged with two misdemeanor counts of public indecency in regards to... Read More

December 19, 2014

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States.  It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which is January 25 – 31.   The theme for 2015 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”   Schools typically observe ... Read More

November 26, 2014

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