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Bishop David J. Malloy
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Celebrating 10 years
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A salute to Bishop Malloy in the May 13, 2022 edition of The Observer.

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Welcome to The Observer’s Look Back
A 36 page salute to Bishop Malloy's 10 years as Bishop of the Diocese of Rockford
May 12, 2022
Welcome to our tribute and reflection on the 10 years Bishop David John Malloy has served the Diocese of Rockford as its ninth bishop. 
 
Ten years ago, as our diocese and especially all those employees in the Diocesan Administration Center, prepared t... Read More
By Margarita Mendoza, Editor El Observador
May 12, 2022
Bishop Malloy came to the Diocese of Rockford after many years of international ministry experience representing the Vatican at the United Nations and in countries like Pakistan and Syria. He was fluent in Spanish and could communicate well in several other languages.
May 12, 2022
This special issue has reflected on the ministry of Bishop Malloy in the Diocese of Rockford as the ninth bishop of Rockford in honor of his 10th anniversary. And now, we must look forward to the next years under his leadership. As required by canon law, Bishops must submit their... Read More
May 5, 2022
The May 13 issue of The Observer will be entirel... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
May 5, 2022
ROCKFORD—St. Rita Church, here, again was the setting for the annual Jubilarian Mass honoring priests of, and/or serving in, the Diocese of Rockford who celebrate significant (10, 25, 40, 50, 60 years) anniversaries of ordination to the priesthood this year.
 
... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
May 5, 2022
AURORA—Just after Easter break, the diocesan Office of Catholic Education announced the selection of the new Superintendent of Aurora Central Catholic High School. 
 
In an April 26 letter to parents Superintendent of Catholic Schools Vito DeFris... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
May 5, 2022
ROCKFORD—Another page was turned in a long history at St. Anthony of Padua Parish on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 24.
 
Pastor of St. Anthony Parish, Father James Ciaramitaro  of the Conventual Franciscans of St. Bonaventure Province (OFM, Conv.,) ... Read More
May 5, 2022
DIOCESE—Father Joseph P. Nicolosi, a priest of the Diocese of Rockford ordained in 1997, has had a penalty imposed upon him by a judicial sentence of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, which serves as an appellate ecclesiastical court in Rome.
 
May 5, 2022
ALGONQUIN, ST. CHARLES—St. Margaret Mary Parish in Algonquin and St. John Neumann Parish in St. Charles will offer classes on mental health challenges during the month of May, which  has been observed as Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States since 1949.  Read More
May 5, 2022
SPRINGFIELD—For the first time in two years, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield’s Sacred Heart Convent Chapel will open to the public for self-guided tours, an exhibit, and a presentation by eminent architectural historian Anthony Rubano.
 
Th... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
April 21, 2022
DIOCESE—It’s time again for Catholics of the diocese to support what could be called the “backbone” piece of the body of the Diocese of Rockford. 
 
The diocesan-level structure supported by the annual appeal — with a them... 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
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
April 21, 2022
ROCKFORD—The annual Chrism Mass was held as usual the morning of Holy Thursday at the Cathedral of St. Peter.
 
“As usual” held new meaning after the pandemic forbade any guests in 2020 and in 2021 allowed only priests. 
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
April 21, 2022
ROCKFORD—It was a sunny and very warm spring day on May 14, 2012. Thousands of Catholics traveled to downtown Rockford, some in cars, some in buses, to be among the first to hear from and see the new shepherd for the Rockford Diocese as he began his service here.
 <... Read More
April 21, 2022
ROCKFORD—The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, April 14, celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Peter, saw the return of a tradition of service: the washing of the feet.  
 
The washing of the feet had been absent from the Holy T... Read More
By Margarita Mendoza, Editor El Observador
April 21, 2022
AURORA—Aurora’s bilingual live Stations of the Cross returned to the streets here, April 15, after two years of restrictions due to COVID-19. Coordinated by Sister María Ventura Chavez, OpSF, the event involved the priests and faithful of the city’s parishes. ... Read More
April 21, 2022
WINNEBAGO—Bishop David Malloy celebrated the Easter Mass at the Winnebago County Jail on Easter Sunday morning for a classroom of close to a dozen inmates. 
 
The Mass also was broadcast through an Internet connection to other pods within the jai... Read More
New Lessons From The Old Masters
High school students find inspiration, prayer in classic religious imagery
April 21, 2022
ELGIN—During Holy Week, a group of students at St. Edward Central Catholic High School found a way to pray through art. 
 
The school’s fine art instructor, Catherine Kessuvan (’15), instructed students in her Advanced Art class on te... Read More
April 21, 2022
LOVES PARK—St. Bridget Parish will hold a parish mission May 9-11, 6:30-8 p.m., in the church building at 600 Clifford Ave. 
 
The parish mission’s theme will be “Our Restless Journey,” led by Father Tom McCarthy, O.S.A., of Aug... Read More
April 21, 2022
ROCKFORD—St. Rita Parish will hold a one-day pilgrimage to Chicago on June 17, led by Father Brian Grady, the parish’s pastor. 
 
The pilgrimage will feature tours of three historic churches and one shrine: Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica (inc... Read More
By Patricia SzPekowski, Observer Correspondent
April 21, 2022
AURORA—Mental health and disorders have increasingly surfaced as a top issue for increased awareness, everywhere. Understanding and addressing the mental health of high school students has become an even greater priority as they are pressured to strive and achieve more and more.
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Patricia SzPekowski, Observer Correspondent
April 21, 2022
HARVARD—The energy and camaraderie was high as close to 300 people gathered for a multi-faceted “diamond” annual dinner auction held at the Starline Factory in Harvard on April 9.
 
It took two additional years for parents, staff, guests, ... Read More
April 21, 2022
AURORA—Members of Cub Scout Pack #326 at Holy Angels Parish in Aurora recently performed a flag retirement ceremony of flags obtained from Aurora University. 
 
The pack’s Cubmaster, Jerry Swatek, stated, "We were contacted by Christin... Read More
Patricia SzPekowski, Observer Correspondent
April 21, 2022
ELGIN—St. Edward Central Catholic High School in Elgin has been blessed with a school community that continually supports its mission to nurture the discipleship of Jesus Christ and to promote excellence in Catholic education.
 
Its signature fundrais... Read More
April 21, 2022
WOODSTOCK—On April 11, Bishop David Malloy celebrated Mass at Marian Central Catholic High School in McHenry and blessed the school’s new mural, a print called “Christ in Glory and Mary, Theotokos.” 
 
School Masses are held in ... Read More
By Father William Tunarosa Parochial Vicar, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Crystal Lake
April 14, 2022
My dear brothers and sisters, the celebration of the Easter Triduum is the most important celebration of our Catholic faith.
 
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says: “Easter is not simply one feast among others, but the ‘Feast of feasts,&rsq... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
April 14, 2022
AURORA—Eighth grade students from Aurora Deanery Catholic schools joined Aurora Central Catholic High School students, teachers and area priests for a special Mass the morning of April 5 in the Aurora Central Catholic gymnasium.
 
The annual Mass is u... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
April 14, 2022
ROCKFORD—“Holy listening is a gift we give another when we listen in the context of the healing presence of God,” begins a handout shared at the Cathedral of St. Peter the evening of April 5 at the introductory session of “The Sanctuary Course for Catholics.”Read More
April 14, 2022
MCHENRY DEANERY—The Right to Life Committee in McHenry County will hold showings of the film “Roe v. Wade” at four parishes in the McHenry Deanery, April 22-29.
 
The film, produced, written and directed by  Nick Loeb and Cathy Allyn,... Read More
By Megan Peterson, Features/Multimedia Editor
April 7, 2022
FREEPORT—Blue lights rose underneath the glowing stained-glass windows at St. Joseph Church as St. Luke Productions’ play “Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz” began the evening of March 30.
 
A musical meditation invited the audience mem... Read More
Auction Donation Brings Statue Full Circle
The patron saint of lost items found his way back home.
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
April 7, 2022
PECATONICA—Parishioners at St. Mary Parish gathered the last weekend in March for Stations of the Cross followed by a soup supper and auction.
 
Folks were excited to have a 23-year tradition back after a hiatus caused by a global pandemic. More than ... Read More
April 7, 2022
DIOCESE—Bishop David Malloy celebrated a special online Mass for all the prayers and financial gifts given to the 2021 Diocesan Annual Appeal. 
 
Each year along with a request for support of all diocesan wide ministries, the annual appeal invite... Read More
April 7, 2022
CRYSTAL LAKE—The McHenry chapter of Magnificat, an international ministry program for Catholic women, will host a prayer breakfast and guest presentation May 21, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Holiday Inn, 800 S. Rte. 31 in Crystal Lake. 
 
The breakfast ... Read More
April 7, 2022
ELGIN—St. Thomas More Parish will host an exhibit of research, photographs and illustrations of the Shroud of Turin on April 20-24, from 4:30-8 p.m., in the church building, 215 Thomas More Dr. 
 
The Shroud of Turin is believed to be the burial ... Read More
April 7, 2022
SINSINAWA, Wis.—The Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa celebrated 175 years on March 20 with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Donald J. Hying of the Diocese of Madison. The Mass was held in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa Mound as part of a yearlong anniversary celebration. 
... Read More
Consecration to Mary
Diocese joins prayers of Pope Francis, bishops
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
March 31, 2022
ROCKFORD—A few days before the Solemnity of the Annunciation on March 25, Pope Francis asked the bishops of the world to join him from their dioceses on that solemnity in offering a Solemn Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary all together at the same moment.
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
March 31, 2022
FREEPORT—An important pro-life voice in the Rockford Diocese, Franklin “Frank” 
Joseph Munda, died on March 10.
 
Munda was a founding member and past president of Stephenson County Right to Life. He started the Pro-Lif... Read More
Patricia SzPekowski, Observer Correspondent
March 31, 2022
It’s been said that a goal is a dream with a deadline. 
 
Back in 2018 when St. Mary Parish in McHenry celebrated its 125th anniversary, long-time parishioners shared and displayed treasured photos and memorabilia collected over the years.
... Read More
March 24, 2022
ROCKFORD—The cheers were deafening when the students of Boylan Central Catholic High School learned the school’s weight room was going to be updated, including with new equipment, and that the school’s auxiliary gym would by next fall have “the only indoor turf field ... Read More
March 24, 2022
ROCKFORD—The Cathedral of St. Peter will host a free eight-week series called “The Sanctuary Course for Catholics” on Tuesdays at 6:30-8 p.m. in April and May, beginning April 5.
 
The course is designed to raise awareness and start conver... Read More
March 24, 2022
HUNTLEY—St. Mary Parish will host an exhibit of information on 60 of the Eucharistic miracles that Bl. Carlo Acutis researched in his short life of 15 years. 
 
The exhibit begins March 26 and will be available for viewing through April 3. The po... Read More
March 17, 2022
This year as the COVID-19 pandemic hopefully winds down, Colleen and Joan Gullo organized an “old world” altar in honor of St. Joseph at St. Anthony of Padua Church.
 
Held at St. Anthony Parish since the early 1970s, this year’s altar was... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
March 17, 2022
DURAND—The town of Durand may have a small population, but one community group in particular has demonstrated the town’s large heart for more than four decades.
 
The Durand Ecumenical Council is made up of members of the town’s three chur... Read More
March 10, 2022
DIOCESE—The Diocesan chorale is back! After two years apart, the chorale is ready to begin rehearsals for the upcoming Chrism Mass, which will take place at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Rockford on Holy Thursday, April 14, at 11 a.m. All vocalists are welcome. Attendance at at least... Read More
March 10, 2022
AURORA—Father William Etheredge, Area Superintendent and Chief Administrative Officer at Aurora Central Catholic High School (ACC), will conclude his service at the high school and transition to a parish assignment when a successor is hired.
 
Father ... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
February 17, 2022
DIOCESE—The new director of the Life and Family Evangelization Office sees her first day on the job as a sign.
 
Therese Stahl officially began her duties for the Diocese of Rockford on Feb. 14. Stahl comes to the job after serving almost 10 years as ... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
February 3, 2022
HARVARD—“I’m happy to inform you (that) Catholic Spirit Radio has received a ‘construction permit’ to put up another radio station in Harvard. The signal will be directed toward Rockford, so many of your fellow citizens will be able to hear us.”
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
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
November 4, 2021
Despite the protests of many Right- to-Life groups across all faith communities in Illinois, pleas from the Catholic Conference of Illinois and thousands of those concerned for the protection of minors, the Illinois House and Senate voted to repeal a decades-old law that requires a parent to... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
September 9, 2021
ROCKFORD—On Aug. 20, the governor of Illinois signed Senate Bill 818, known as the ‘Keeping Youth Safe and Healthy Act.’ This new law amends the section of the school code known as the ‘Comprehensive Health Education Program’ that applies to all Illinois schools... Read More
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