ROCKFORD—The first Bishop of the Rockford Diocese, Peter J. Muldoon, invited the Poor Clare Colettine nuns here because he wanted “a beating heart of prayer to accompany and even to guide the work of the diocese,” said Bishop David Malloy at a Mass for the sisters 100 years later.
In his homily at Corpus Christi Monastery on the feast of St. Clare, Aug. 11, Bisho... Read More
ROCKFORD—The Department of Educational Services will undergo a three-part structural change this fall that also involves the Life and Family Evangelization (LiFE) Office.
Effective Sept. 1, the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry will be moved from the education department to the LiFE Office.
Michael Kagan, superintendent of Catholic Schools and... Read More
ROCKFORD—Msgr. William J. Clausen, STL, died Aug. 15 at Presence Cor Mariae Center, here, where he was a resident. He was 80 years old.
Msgr. Clausen was born on June 25, 1936, in Freeport, to John Thomas and Cecilia Margaret Pettit Clausen.
He attended St. Thomas Catholic High School in Rockford from 1950-1952 and Sacred Heart School in Geneva from 1953-1955.... Read More
AURORA—A new reliquary display at St. Therese of Jesus in Aurora was blessed by Father Michael Miller, MSC, pastor, after the 4 p.m. Mass July 9.
For many years the church has had several relics but they were never on display. After the death of Ann Prisco in 2014, her family approached Father Miller about making donations to the parish in her honor, as well as honoring thei... Read More
Nick Doherty, now Brother Ignatius Pio Mariae, made his final vows as a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal on Aug. 7. Father John Paul Ouellette, received Brother Ignatius Pio Mariae Doherty’s perpetual vows.
A cousin to Bishop Timothy Doherty of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana, he grew up in Holy Family Parish in Rockford.
He joined the Franciscan Friars of the ... Read More
Sister Anna Joseph Van Acker, OP, made her final profession of vows as a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia Congregation in Nashville, Tenn., on July 25.
She was among nine young women who made their perpetual profession of the simple vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience as Dominican sisters. Sister Anna Joseph is a former member of St. Patrick Parish in Aurora.
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ROCKFORD—Changes made to an Illinois law that protects health care providers from participating in morally-objectionable procedures such as abortion has some members of the pro-life community fighting the law, scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1.
But the head of the Illinois Catholic Church’s public policy arm says the original proposed changes “would have gutted&... Read More
AURORA—The first summer camp held at Our Lady of Good Counsel School here was ranked a success, according to Karen Behrns, the principal at the school.
The summer camp was also the only one being held by a parish in the 14-parish Aurora Deanery, said Father Timothy Mulcahey, pastor of OLGC and parochial administrator of the school.
Besides offering fun in an educa... Read More
DEKALB—While candles flickered and glowed below a painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 35 people recited the Rosary Sunday afternoon at St. Mary Parish in DeKalb for the 27th annual International Living Rosary.
Participants volunteered to “be a bead.”
Sandi Schmidt, president of the St. Catherine of Genoa Parish Council of Catholic Women, gave part... Read More
ROCKFORD—St. Rita Parish, here, will be offering The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide series, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 6, at the church at 6254 Valley Knoll Dr.
The 12-week program features a 30-minute DVD each week that covers topics from shock to forgiveness, annulment to remarriage or staying single and much more.
The program costs $20. Financial ai... Read More
NORTH AURORA—To celebrate Blessed Teresa of Kolkata’s upcoming canonization, Blessed Sacrament Parish here will screen “The Letters: The Untold Story of Mother Teresa.”
The free show will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Holy Family Hall at the church, 801 Oak St. It runs about two hours.
Those attending should bring lawn chairs for seating.
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Students and parents at several schools in the Rockford Diocese are meeting new school leaders as the school year gears up. While some are new faces, others are already familiar to their school families.
The Observer invited each of the newcomers to answer a few questions. Those who have already responded are introduced here. Look for more information as we receive it.
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A firm grounding in the faith is, perhaps, the most obvious benefit of a Catholic school education, but it isn’t the only one.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is “the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas,” according to its website.
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Archbishop Gregory to chair USCCb task force on race
ROCKFORD—Getting a heavenly view of diocesan buildings is now easier done than said thanks to drone technology and an owner willing to offer some flight time.
Enrique Mendoza spent about an hour at the Diocesan Administration Center July 26 taking aerial video and still photography of the center.
He is the owner of Ollin Technology LLC of Elgin. His company is ded... Read More
ROCKFORD—Canon Benjamin Coggeshall is happy to be back in Illinois and assigned to St. Mary Oratory.
The 34-year-old grew up outside the city of Quincy, in Adams County. He credits his mother for opening the door to his vocation in a very simple way.
When he and his brothers speculated about what they wanted to be as they grew up, she would say, “Well, you n... Read More
ROCKFORD—Father Mieczyslaw Wit, OFM Conv., began his service as pastor at St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in Rockford on July 1.
Born Jan. 1, 1969, in Dzików Stary, Podkarpackie Region, Poland, Father Wit, attended elementary school in Horyniec Zdrój, Poland.
From 1984-1988 he attended the Franciscan Minor Seminary (high school) in Legnica, Poland.... Read More
ROCKTON—Deacon James B. Hudzinski, 64, of Rockton died Sunday, July 24, 2016, at his home.
He was born Aug. 20, 1951, in Rockford, the son of John and Eileen Hudzinski. He married Anne Marie Roper at Christ the Teacher University Pairh in DeKalb on Oct. 25, 1975.
He graduated from Rock Valley College and attended Northern Illinois University.
Deacon Hud... Read More
ROCKFORD—Valerie Oestry, new director of the Diocesan Liturgial Chorale, invites newcomers to join the chorale for its next liturgy, the annual Rockford Diocese Silver and Gold Mass, Aug. 21, slated for 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary in Huntley.
Dates for rehearsals for the Mass are Aug. 12, 13, 19 and 20. Times will vary and locations are being arranged.
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