Two Men Step Closer to Priesthood
Bishop Ordains Transitional Deacons During Mass at St. Peter Cathedral May 16
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
May 22, 2015

ROCKFORD—“This is it! Sign on the dotted line and give my life over!”

Kyle Manno’s excited voice matched his huge smile as he chatted with friends shortly before the Rite of Ordination of Deacons began at the Cathedral of St. Peter on May 16.

“That’s all I want to do — give my li... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
May 22, 2015

ROCKFORD—Plans were for Calvary and other diocesan Catholic cemeteries to continue to bury the very poor even as State of Illinois budget cuts eliminated the monetary assistance for those burials earlier this year.

However, that state budget item has been restored in the last few weeks, Carol Giambalvo says.

Giamba... Read More

May 22, 2015

ROCKFORD—The Catholic Women’s League held its annual Mass for Peace on May 13 at the Poor Clare’s Corpus Christi Monastery, here.

Bishop David Malloy celebrated the Mass and installed the organization’s officers to serve in the coming year. They are President Mary Jo Keffer of Holy Family Parish, Vice Presid... Read More

May 22, 2015

CHICAGO—Pat Szpekowski, a correspondent for The Observer,  received three first place awards, one second place and one honorable mention from the Illinois Woman’s Press Association recently.

Szpekowski received a first place in Writing/Specialty Articles, Religion, for the 2014  stories “Shamrock Shave&r... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
May 22, 2015

ROCKFORD—The annual Jubilee Mass for priests in the Diocese of Rockford was held May 12 at St. Rita Parish.

Bishop David Malloy celebrated the Mass and joined his priests at the luncheon that followed in Wahl Hall.

In his homily, the bishop spoke to his priests about giving thanks for the jubilarians and “for... Read More

May 20, 2015

Masses will be held outdoors at diocesan cemeteries on Memorial Day, May 25, to remember all who have died, but especially those who gave their lives in military service to the United States.

Masses will be held at:

GENEVA—Resurrection Cemetery, 8 a.m. (630/897-9250)

ELGIN—Mount Hope Cemetery, 9 a.... Read More

May 20, 2015

Junior Observer

Priest Jubilarians of the Diocese of Rockford

Sister Jubilarians Who Live or Serve in the Diocese

St. John the Baptist Parish in Johnsburg hosted a ”Servants Dinner.” For parishioners who actively serve in ministries in the spirit of Matthew 25:21.

St. Rita School in Rockford raised more than $20,000 during its Race For Education May 8. Joining the walkers was Bishop David Malloy and Father John Evans, pastor.

Refugees from Burma Make First Communion at St. James in Rockford

U.S. Man Blogs For Archbishop Romero’s Cause

In West Bank, Pax Christi Leaders See Water Inequities

Report: Only ‘Full Recognition of Religious Freedom’ Will Protect People

Salvadorans Look to Romero

Shareholder-Advocate Nun Wins Bavaria Award

Philippine’s Cardinal Tagle New President of Caritas Internationalis

California bill targets state’s abortion-alternative pregnancy clinics

Church workers reach out to quake victims in remote Himalayan villages

Pro-lifers hail passage of Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Wail of sirens calls priest, religious to train crash site to offer help

Pope Canonizes Four Women at May 17 Mass

 

Boylan CCHS Breaks Ground
Construction Begins on Lou and Irene Bachrodt Center
By Lynne Conner Observer Correspondent
May 15, 2015

ROCKFORD—Bishop David Malloy joined school dignitaries in breaking ground for a new athletic facility at Boylan Central Catholic High School on May 12. The Lou and Irene Bachrodt Center for Health and Fitness is the first phase of a three phase project, part of Boylan’s Imagine Campaign.

At the groundbreaking ceremony, ... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
May 15, 2015

ROCKFORD—Bishop David Malloy expressed his thanks to police and fire department personnel at a Blue Mass on May 11 at the Cathedral of St. Peter.

He said the event was “a little like Mother’s Day” where people make special efforts to tell their mothers “Thank you.”

The Mass, he said, r... Read More

May 15, 2015

ROCKFORD—The Diocese of Rockford Life and Family Evangelization Office will send understandable reflections on the Catholic vision for life and love until Pope Francis arrives in the United States for the World Meeting of Families.

Those who sign up for the “Love is Our Mission” message can choose to receive them ... Read More

By Margarita Mendoza, El Observador Editor
May 15, 2015

Often, when we think about priests, we focus on their role  in the Church, their service to God and to others. We forget sometimes that our priests have lives as human beings, too.

That is the case with Father Carlos Monsalve, parochial vicar of St. Monica Parish in Carpentersville.

He enjoys his time off cooking, a... Read More

May 15, 2015

BELLEVILLE—Illinois Catholic Daughters of the Americas held their 52d Biennial State Convention April 24-26 at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, here. Hosting the convention was Court Our Lady of Lourdes 1790.

The convention theme was “Life and Love, Your Gifts from God.”

State Chaplain Father Bonave... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
May 8, 2015

BATAVIA—A gathering on April 28 started with a handful of people who already are trained to serve victims of domestic violence, mostly through Mutual Ground shelter in Aurora.

As they waited for others to come, Father James Parker, chatted with them about the brand-new Hope and Healing Ministry at Holy Cross Parish in Batavia... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
May 8, 2015

ROCKFORD—Msgr. P. William McDonnell is heading to Rome in early August to begin a new mission.

As he nears the end of his second year of retirement, he has been praying, he says, for a new challenge, since he “has lots of energy and good health.”

He had thought God might want him to join the work of a h... Read More

May 8, 2015

ROCKFORD—If Illinois oversight authority approves, construction of an addition to St. Anthony Medical Center could begin in August.

The four-story addition would add 78 private rooms for medical and surgical patients.

In the existing hospital, semi-private rooms will be converted to private rooms, giving the hospti... Read More

May 8, 2015

ROCKFORD–For the first time, the Hispanic Community of the Rockford Diocese can watch reflections from Bishop David Malloy in Spanish on television and social media.

The new program, “Minuto de Meditación,” joins the long-running “Top of the Morning” program in diocesan communications efforts.... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
May 1, 2015

ROCKFORD—The Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree, Bishop Peter J. Muldoon Assembly hosted its 50th annual Clergy Night on April 21 at Hoffman House Restaurant.

The social event brings area priests together with members of the assembly. The fourth degree Knights are “the patriotic degree and honor guard,” said Dave W... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
May 1, 2015

HUNTLEY—The Huntley audience seemed at times to extend out from those located in the front rows in Ottawa, Canada, as the opening band, Connor George and his team, opened the Saturday session of the New Evangelization Summit on April 25, broadcast to 20 sites including St. Mary Parish, here.

Seventy-five people at St. Mary Ch... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
May 1, 2015

ROCKFORD—Attendance numbers were up a bit at this year’s Caritas Luncheon on April 22 at Giovanni’s Restaurant.

The annual event benefits Catholic Charities. This year the preschool kids from St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center came to perform some songs, including a runway parade with umbrellas they had decor... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
April 24, 2015

ROCKFORD—Msgr. Glenn Nelson heads up an important, but mostly-hidden ministry in the Diocese of Rockford: the Deaf Apostolate.

Msgr. Nelson has a special place in his heart for those whocommunicate through American Sign Language (ASL).

The diocesan deaf community, he says, gathers together to celebrate holy days wh... Read More

April 24, 2015

ROCKFORD—As an organization for corporate executives and their spouses, Legatus (Latin for “ambassador”) provides an environment for its members to become ambassadors for the Catholic faith. The mission of the organization is for members “to study, live and spread the Catholic faith in our business, professional and pe... Read More

By Pat Szpekowski, Observer Correspondent
April 24, 2015

HUNTLEY—Chris Padgett, Catholic musician and speaker, hit all the right notes during his two-part presentation on how to transform life and relationships April 11 at St. Mary Parish, here.

A self-proclaimed “unique personality” and founding member of the Christian band Scarecrow and Tin Men, Padgett shared his ins... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
April 24, 2015

ROCKFORD—A colorful spiritual bouquet of promised prayers was presented to Bishop David Malloy at the biennial Bishop’s Luncheon sponsored by the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women on April 17.

The event, held this year at Giovanni’s Restaurant, brought about 85 men and women together from across the diocese &ldqu... Read More

By Pat Szpekowski, Observer Correspondent
April 24, 2015

MAPLE PARK—“It’s better to be contributors than space takers,” says Sandy Gould. This is the family philosophy that drives Eldon and Sandy Gould of Maple Park, who along with their son Chris and his wife Dana are the owners and operators of Gould Farms.

Eldon and Sandy share a deep faith in God and support o... Read More

By Margarita Mendoza, El Observador Editor
April 24, 2015

ELGIN—The Hispanic Community of St. Mary Parish here is celebrating the first decade of services in Spanish.

It was on April 17, 2005, when a few Hispanics planted a seed that has been growing and bringing more faithful to join the hundreds of families already registered in the parish.

During the anniversary Mass o... Read More

By Lynne Conner Observer Correspondent
April 24, 2015

BELVIDERE—A time of quiet prayer and rededication set the stage for the Acies of the Legion of Mary April 18 at St. James Parish, here.

The event drew Legion groups from Rockford, Belvidere, South Beloit, DeKalb, McHenry, Woodstock and Wonder Lake and featured a rosary procession around the church, a time for individual conse... Read More

April 24, 2015

ROCKFORD—If you wonder why Catholics believe certain things about marriage,  the Rockford Diocese Life and Family Evangelization Office has some answers.

Beginning May 1, messages about the Catholic vision for life and love will arrive daily if you sign up for the “Love is Our Mission” program. The email or t... Read More

April 24, 2015

CRYSTAL LAKE—Father Joseph Ekpo, assistant pastor at St. Simeon Parish in Bellwood, is the scheduled speaker for the May 9 Magnificat Prayer Breakfast, here.

Known as ‘Father Joe,’ he hails from southeastern Nigeria. Although he was from a large and loving family, his childhood was difficult due to the civil wars ... Read More

By Lynne Conner Observer Correspondent
April 24, 2015

 ROCKFORD—What do you want to be when you grow up?

It’s a question that everyone has considered at one time or another and a favorite question for parents and relatives to ask young children.

For Catholics, the question is not so much ‘what do you want to be’ as it is ‘what are you call... Read More

By Tony Carton, Observer Correspondent
April 24, 2015

FREEPORT—After 30 years as an educator and administrator with the Aquin school system Kathleen Runte’s journey has arrived at a crossroads. Her role as Aquin superintendent and principal will conclude at the end of this school year.

Runte began her Aquin journey in first grade at St. Thomas School in Freeport and contin... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
April 24, 2015

WOODSTOCK—Thomas Landers is applying his philosophy of “always looking forward” when he says it’s time to retire.

He has what looks to be a smart, strategic plan for retirement — which imitates his approach for over three decades at the helm of Marian Central Catholic High School.

The DeKalb... Read More

By Margarita Mendoza, El Observador Editor
April 24, 2015

A seven-day visit was enough to create a great impression on pilgrims from the Diocese of Rockford who enjoyed Bogotá and its surroundings in March.

Father Johnson Lopez, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Rochelle and spiritual leader of the pilgrimage, led the group of five Americans and 11 people with Mexican roots, who were... Read More

Road to Recovery Begins with Prayer
Rockford Diocese Responds with Prayers and Aid
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
April 17, 2015

Not a single person at St. Patrick Parish in Rochelle had to think about what to pray for as they gathered for Masses last weekend. The EF-4 tornado and record breaking severe storms that struck their community and others in northern Illinois on April 9 were still fresh on everyone’s mind.

But a surprise visit by Bishop David... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
April 17, 2015

DUBUQUE—Deacon Patrick Moynihan’s almost-20 years of on-the-ground experience as president of The Haitian Project and head of Louverture Cleary School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, has him cheering for Bishop Launay Saturne of Jacmel’s visionary words about what can make a concrete, long-term difference for Haiti.

A r... Read More

Bishop Offers Easter Mass
In Winnebago County Jail
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
April 10, 2015

ROCKFORD—For the third year, Bishop David Malloy brought Mass to the Winnebago County Jail on Easter Sunday morning.

The jail population overall is down, so just over a dozen inmates gathered for the Mass to celebrate what the bishop called “the holiest thing that ever happened in the world.”

Bishop Mal... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
April 10, 2015

ROCKFORD—The annual Chrism Mass on April 2 at the Cathedral of St. Peter brought together bishops, priests, deacons and laity from around the Diocese of Rockford in a “living reminder of the unity of … the local and particular Church that is our home,” said Bishop David Malloy.

“That unity — of ... Read More

April 10, 2015

ELGIN—TV comedian Gordon Douglas will be the keynote speaker for a banquet to support TLC Pregnancy Services, here.

The banquet will be at 7 p.m., April 30, The Seville, 700 S. Barrington Road, in Streamwood. Doors open for seating and registration at 6 p.m.

Douglas has performed in 37 states and four countries and... Read More

By Margarita Mendoza, El Observador Editor
April 10, 2015

FOX VALLEY—Procession like the Stations of the Cross, especially on Good Friday, are a well kept tradition in Latin American countries.

With an ever-growing number of Hispanic-Americans populating the Rockford Diocese, it’s no surprise that the custom is also growing here.

Their fervor and devotion was shown ... Read More

April 10, 2015

ELGIN—The 2015 Latino Film Festival opens at Elgin Community College April 10 with a 6 p.m. film and reception.

The opening film from Chile is “Natural Disasters/Desastres Naturales.”

Other films at ECC are:

– April 11, 5 p.m., a family friendly film from Mexico, “Dr. Fune... Read More

Nuns Building Maternity Center
When Our Children are Having Children, Who Will Help?
By Tony Carton
March 27, 2015

She sits alone, conflicted and in a family way. On the one hand she’s elated by the prospect of caring for a life born of the love she shared, but on the other, she is terrified.

“How could this happen,” she asks no one. “What will we do? How will I ever finish school? Where will we live? What will my parent... Read More

March 27, 2015

DIXON—Bishop David Malloy spent part of Be Reconciled Day back in jail — at the Dixon Correctional Center — March 25.

While people around the 11-county Diocese of Rockford visited confessionals from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Bishop Malloy celebrated Mass and heard confessions for inmates at the Dixon Correctional Center f... Read More

March 27, 2015

ROCKFORD—A fundraiser for “Chosen (Custody of the Eyes),” a feature-length film based on the work of Abbie Reese with the Poor Clares of Rockford, is scheduled 6-8 p.m., April 22, at Fisher Memorial Chapel on the Rockford University campus.

John McGrath, Rockford Diocese director of Educational Services and of Fai... Read More

March 27, 2015

DUNDEE—As a comic reminder of Catholic life, the National Catholic Society of Foresters will present the amusing and nostalgic show “Put the NUNS in charge!” at 7 p.m., April 11, in the St. Catherine of Siena School gym at 845 W. Main St., here.

This is an actual “on the road” adaptation of the product... Read More

March 27, 2015

MCHENRY—The third annual Pathway to Hope Banquet, a fundraiser for 1st Way Life Center, will be 6-9 p.m. April 11 at the McHenry Country Club, 820 N. Johns St.

The evening includes a formal sit-down dinner and keynote speaker Bethany Bomberger, co-founder of the Radiance Foundation. Bomberger is a teacher, speaker, and mom an... Read More

March 27, 2015

ELGIN—”All that Glitters is Green and Gold” is the theme of this year’s St. Edward Central Catholic High School Tidal Wave fundraiser, to be held April 11.

The black-tie event will be the 26th annual auction and dinner dance for alumni, family and friends of the high school. It raises funds for needy student... Read More

March 27, 2015

AURORA—St. George Byzantine Catholic Church is hosting a spring iconography workshop April 20-24, at the church,  720 Rural St., here.

This is an introduction to the liturgical art of the Christian East by iconographer Phil Zimmerman. The icon to be written is Resurrection of Our Lord.

Painting and presentatio... Read More

March 27, 2015

ROCKFORD—The annual Caritas luncheon and fashion show will take place on April 22, at Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road, here.

The theme this year is “Singing in the Rain,” and the event begins with a social hour and silent auction at 10:30 a.m.

At 11:30 a.m., preschool children from St. Elizabe... Read More

By Sharon Boehelfeld, Features Editor
March 20, 2015

On a foggy March 10, on the way to a basketball game in Rochelle, two Aurora Central Catholic High School students were killed in a collision with a semi-truck. The driver also was seriously hurt, but is recovering. Other passengers were not injured severely. The funerals for sophomores Seth Egger and Allison “Ally” Bradford w... Read More

By Lynne Conner Observer Correspondent
March 20, 2015

ROCKFORD—Visitors to the St. Joseph Altar held annually at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, here, witness prayers and blessings before enjoying a meal of pasta, eggs and pastries. This simple Lenten dinner, eaten in view of the ornately decorated altar honoring St. Joseph, only begins to tell the story of this long-running, faith-filled tra... Read More

By Pat Szpekowski, Observer Correspondent
March 20, 2015

MCHENRY—The history, deep faith and bond of the parishioners at St. Patrick Parish in McHenry is as tightly woven as the Celtic braided cross on the church’s interior doors.

More than 300 people, most wearing a touch o’ green, filled the church to capacity, March 14, for a Mass celebrated by Bishop David Malloy an... Read More

By Sharon Boehelfeld, Features Editor
March 20, 2015

In his two years as pontiff, Pope Francis has frequently emphasized the need to help the poor.

Recently, he also encouraged Catholics to be caring and conscientious in their business dealings by putting people first.

Profit must never be a Christian’s god, although it is one of the tools for measuring the effective... Read More

By Pat Szpekowski, Observer Correspondent
March 13, 2015

ST. CHARLES—On a cloudy morning with the temperature at 30 degrees, an enthusiastic group of 125 adults and young people from St. Patrick Parish in St. Charles embarked on the first Here I Am Lord 5K Walk/Run for the Nuns at the nearby Thornwood Community Center and neighborhood in South Elgin on March 8.

The event itself sta... Read More

March 13, 2015

ROCKFORD—Bishop David Malloy met with the Diocesan Pastoral Council, March 7, at the Diocesan Administration Center, here.

He addressed the 46-question survey sent to the world’s Catholic bishops’ conferences on a range of topics, including matters of marriage, family and sexuality.

The questions are be... Read More

March 13, 2015

DIOCESE—The Rockford Diocesan Chorale will next perform on Holy Thursday, April 2, at the Chrism Mass in the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford.

The Marian Central Catholic High School choir from Woodstock and the Gargoyle Brass Ensemble will join the chorale.

There are a number of changes in the repertoire this ye... Read More

By Penny Wiegert, Editor
March 6, 2015

DIOCESE—Changes in diocesan administration are not all that unusual for any Catholic diocese. The structure of all dioceses are governed by the Code of Canon Law which helps maintain a consistent workflow and ethic for the administration of duties along with all services and sacraments provided to each and every person in the church.Read More

March 6, 2015

HUNTLEY—An event of Spirit-filled enthusiasm is coming to St. Mary Parish, 10307 Dundee Road, here, and to other sites in all of North America on April 24-25.

The first New Evangelization Summit will feature a gathering in Ottawa, Canada, of some of the best presenters that English-speaking Catholicism has to offer.

... Read More

March 6, 2015

Ellen B. Lynch — General Counsel, to be also Chancellor for the Diocese of Rockford, effective Sunday, March 1, 2015.

The Rev. Matthew M. Bergschneider, J.C.L. — Adjutant Judicial Vicar, to be also Vice-Chancellor for the Diocese of Rockford, effective Sunday, March 1, 2015.

Given at the Chancery, Feb. 27, 20... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
February 20, 2015

ROCKFORD—Christopher Cooper considers it to be “a happy circumstance” that he inquired at the Diocese of Rockford about management positions on the same day that former Bishop Lane Retreat Center manager, Beth Kenagy, gave her notice.

Cooper began in that position on Feb. 2. He grew up in Rockford and graduated fr... Read More

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