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By Penny Wiegert, Editor
June 23, 2022
ROCKFORD—The National Eucharistic Revival kicked-off in the way it should … with prayer and reverence.
 
Bishop David Malloy celebrated the 11 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi explaining that because of... Read More
June 23, 2022
WAUPACA, Wis.—Father Theodore Vincent Lewandowski peacefully died in his home in Waupaca, Wis., on June 15, 2022. He was 91 years old.
 
Father Lewandowski was born Aug. 31, 1930, and grew up in Chicago. He studied at Holy Ghost Mission Seminary in Ea... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
June 23, 2022
ROCKFORD—Jody Deery, 97, died June 13 after a short illness.
 
Deery was best known in the Rockford area as the CEO and President of Rockford Speedway, a role she undertook upon the death of her husband, Hugh, in 1984. They had been owners of the race... Read More
By Lynne Conner, Observer Correspondent
June 23, 2022
LOVES PARK—“Everyone’s got a battle going on,” observed Msgr. Stephen Knox, pastor of St. Bridget Parish. His comment, attributed to former diocesan director of faith formation John McGrath, refers to the personal struggles Catholics manage in their daily lives. ... Read More
June 23, 2022
SINSINAWA, Wis.—The Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa have served in the Diocese of Rockford before there was a Diocese of Rockford, coming to the area in 1871 to staff a school at St. Mary Parish in Freeport. They have continued to serve and be a presence since that time. Most recently, ... Read More
By Lynne Conner, Observer Correspondent
June 16, 2022
ROCKFORD–When college buddies Wayne Koch and Phillip Kaim, now a Catholic priest and pastor of Holy Family Parish, Rockford, decided to be roommates at Northern Illinois University (NIU) in the mid-1980s, neither could know how that decision would profoundly impact their lives. Koch wa... Read More
June 16, 2022
The Rev. Brian D. Grady, Pastor of St. Rita Parish, Rockford — to also be Director of the Permanent Diaconate Program for the Diocese of Rockford, effective June 8, 2022.
Given at the Chancery, June 8, 2022
 
Th... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
June 16, 2022
ROCKFORD—The Diocesan Pastoral Council (DPC) met for a packed agenda on June 11 that included a presentation from the Life and Family Evangelization Office director, Therese Stahl.
 
After two years of meeting via zoom, the members gathered in person ... Read More
June 16, 2022
 
 
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June 16, 2022

Father Michael Fuller
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Father Michael J.K. Fuller celebrates 25 years of priesthood this year.

Born in Des Plaines, he attended Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock, graduating in 1985. He then attended Loras Coll... Read More
June 16, 2022

School Sisters of St. Francis
75 years -- Sister Donna Weiss, OSF

MILWAUKEE—Sister Donna Weiss celebrates her 75th jubilee as a School Sister of St. Francis this year. 

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June 16, 2022
Sinsinawa Dominicans
Sister Alban Hermes, OP — 75 years
SINSINAWA, Wis.—Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Alban Hermes celebrates her 75th jubilee. Sister Alban’s ministry has been dedicated to teaching and pas... Read More
June 9, 2022
Aurora Central Catholic High School, Aurora
Baccalaureate: May 25, Aurora Central Catholic High School gymnasium, 7 p.m.
Graduation: May 26, Aurora Central Catholic High School gymnasium, 6 p.m.
 
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By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
June 9, 2022
ROCKFORD—The Rite of Ordination of One Deacon and Ordination of One Priest on June 4 moved quite seamlessly between the two men — Connor Orabutt and Nathan Pacer — at the Cathedral of St. Peter here.
 
Both men were called forth following ... Read More
June 9, 2022
WEST DUNDEE—Father John McNamara becomes pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in West Dundee and St. Mary Parish in Gilberts on June 15.
 
Born in Mundelein, he graduated in 1998 from Prospect High School in Mount Prospect. He studied Hospitality M... Read More
June 9, 2022
DIOCESE—Couples celebrating the milestone wedding anniversaries of 25, 50, 55, 60, 65, and 70 or more years of marriage in 2022 are invited to a Mass in their honor with Bishop David Malloy. 
 
The Rockford Diocese celebration will be at 2:30 p.m... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
June 2, 2022
In the May 27  issue of The Observer, Bishop David Malloy explained, in his regular column on page 2, that “it is no secret that faith in the Eucharist has diminished today.” That is why the Bishops of the United States are sponsoring a  National Eucharistic Re... Read More
June 2, 2022
Father Beekman to be Pastor in Rockford
 
ROCKFORD—On June 15, Father Carl Beekman becomes the pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, one that has been served by Franciscan priests for 89 years. Father Beekman was born in Terre... Read More
June 2, 2022
New priest assignments always signify change for the faithful in parishes as well as for individual priests. Sometimes, such changes can be difficult, especially where there is considerable affection for a priest.
 
However, the principles governing priest ... Read More
June 2, 2022
LOVES PARK—Father Jack Reichardt became a parochial vicar at St. Bridget Parish in Loves Park on May 25, and also began service as diocesan Director of Vocations at 
that time.
 
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June 2, 2022
DIOCESE—The St. Timothy Awards will be distributed in parishes by the end of the school year to young people who embody the following qualities:
 
– Lives as a disciple of Christ, setting a positive example for others;
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June 2, 2022
AURORA—Father Timothy Piasecki, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Aurora, is set to retire on June 15.
 
Born in Chicago, Father Piasecki completed his high school studies at St. Mary Preparatory in Crystal Lake in 1965. He attended college at St. Ambrose ... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
May 26, 2022
SOUTH BELOIT—Rare to any parish, it was a unanimous decision to dedicate the new St. Peter Pastoral Center to its former pastor, the late Msgr. Thomas Brady who served the parish from November 1989 to July 2004.
 
“The question of the name came ... Read More
May 26, 2022
The Rev. Timothy R. Piasecki, Pastor of St. Mary Parish, Aurora — to retire with the permission of The Most Rev. Bishop, effective June 15, 2022. 
 
The Rev. Carl E. Beekman — to be Pastor of St. Anthony of... Read More
May 26, 2022
FREEPORT—Members of the Freeport community and SSM Health gathered on April 29 for the grand opening of the Freeport Ministers Fellowship Alliance’s Barbershop in Freeport after SSM Health Monroe Hospital donated $50,000 to launch the program. The gift aided in securing the locat... Read More
By Margarita Mendoza, Editor El Observador
April 21, 2022
ST. CHARLES—St. Patrick Parish on Crane Rd. has a new all-day and all-night adoration chapel, thanks to an initiative of Msgr. Daniel  Deutsch, pastor here. 
 
“It seems that wherever parishes lead with adoration great thing happen,&rd... Read More
January 27, 2022
BELVIDERE—St. James Parish will host a retreat led by Rwandan-American author and speaker Immaculée Ilibagiza on Sept. 23-24 at the parish campus, 320 Logan Ave. 
 
The retreat will explore Ilibagiza’s witness of faith, the power of ... Read More
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