How to Strengthen Marriage, Family
United States Marks National Marriage Week, Feb. 7-14
By Father Jeremy Trowbridge, Spiritual Director of the Life and Family Evangelization Office
February 2, 2023
There is a trend on social media, specifically Facebook, where a husband or wife will write a public note celebrating their spouse or child on their birthday. These notes are extremely meaningful, loving, supportive and celebratory. These beautiful words are usually accompanied by a collage ... Read More
February 2, 2023
ROSCOE—As reported in the Jan. 27 issue of The Observer, Deacon Steve Pulkrabek, 74, of Roscoe passed away on Jan. 21, 2023. Here is his full obituary.
 
Steve was born on Nov. 30, 1948, in Silver Lake, MN. He began his life on a family farm and used ... Read More
February 2, 2023
Regardless of how the new Welcome Corps Program will affect local resettlement agencies, the Rockford Diocese’s Refugee Resettlement Services continues to assist those individuals and families escape danger and find new and peaceful homes in the Rockford Diocese. 
&... Read More
Pro-Life Rally Draws a Crowd
One day before the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, pro-life supporters rally outside Rockford’s newest abortion clinic.
By Lynne Conner, Observer Correspondent
January 26, 2023
ROCKFORD—Nearly 200 pro-life supporters attended the Keep Rockford Pro-Life Rally on Saturday, Jan. 21 outside of the new abortion facility at 611 Auburn St. in Rockford. The event, sponsored by the Rockford Family Initiative, drew pro-life advocates and religious from as far away as C... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
January 26, 2023
DIOCESE—Vito DeFrisco, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Rockford since July 1, 2021, has announced he plans to retire on June 30.
 
“Some have said I’ll be known as the COVID superintendent,” he says, a bit ruefu... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
January 26, 2023
BELVIDERE—Deacon Steven Pulkrabek, 74, of Roscoe was killed in the early morning of Jan. 21 after his vehicle collided head-on with another vehicle in Boone County.
 
Authorities said a driver traveling north on Route 76 just north of Squaw Prairie Ro... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
January 26, 2023
ROCKFORD—History will see this as a terrible time, said John Jelinek in his talk at a workshop for parish catechists, youth ministers and others as they work with youth and families during great social change.
 
Jelinek, the diocesan dire... Read More
January 26, 2023
AURORA—A    generous gift from Ed Regole, longtime friend of Marmion Academy, will provide for a long-awaited renovation of the school’s varsity baseball field and the multi-sport Fichtel Field and Regole Stadium. 
 
Regole, a Marmi... Read More
January 26, 2023
DIOCESE—Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Rockford will offer the Sanctuary Course for Catholics, an eight-part course for small groups designed to raise awareness and start conversations regarding mental health. 
 
The course will be offered ... Read More
January 26, 2023
St. Charles Breakfast Stars Santa, Crafts and Christmas Posters
ST. CHARLES—The Knights of Columbus Council #12597 at St. Patrick Parish held a breakfast with Santa at the church on Dec. 11. The event also included a nativity craft and a “Ke... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
January 20, 2023
AMMAN, JORDAN—Bishop David Malloy is among bishops from 11 countries who have gathered in Jordan for the annual Holy Land Coordination pilgrimage held from Jan. 14-19 to meet with the Christian community there. There are over 200,000 Christians in the country. Its Catholic parishes, sc... Read More
January 20, 2023
ROCKFORD—Bishop David Malloy sent a letter to priests and to two councils of the Boy Scouts of America in the Rockford Diocese Jan. 13 outlining a decision that has come after months of consultation and negotiation.
 
“Scouting has been a positi... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
January 20, 2023
SINSINAWA, Wis.—In a time of change, the Sinsinawa Dominican sisters count their blessings.
 
“All of us, regardless of age or need, live in communities with access to nourishing food and quality health care,” they say on their website ann... Read More
A history of growth, decline and continued service
Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation, 1847 to present
January 20, 2023
On Aug. 4, 1847, pioneer priest Dominican Father Samuel Mazzuchelli founded the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation with two women, Sisters Seraphina and Ermeline. 
 
Two more women joined in December that year, and by the time of Father Samuel’s de... Read More
Called to Advocate for Children
God Calls … Julie Segoviano
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
January 20, 2023
God calls numerous people to serve in pro-life ministries. Julie Segoviano is one who serves in Elgin in the Fox Valley.
 
Segoviano is both a staff member and volunteer at The Life Center (doing business as TLC Pregnancy Services) in Elgin and Schaumburg, ... Read More
January 20, 2023
The Jan. 13 issue of The Observer covered two current threats to life in the state of Illinois: the Jan. 6 opening of the Rockford Family Planning Center and House Bill 4664, Senate Amendment #3, which proposes a number of changes that advance abortion in Illinois abortion law. Find more inf... Read More
January 20, 2023
The following are media and arts-related events coming up around the diocese. 
 
 FREEPORT—Musical parish mission: St. Jo... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
January 12, 2023
DIOCESE—The first of three One in Christ annual combined collections to benefit what otherwise would be numerous individual collections will take place at parishes throughout the Diocese of Rockford the weekend of Jan. 14-15.
 
This National Appeal wi... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
January 12, 2023
ROCKFORD—Rockford is again a destination for ending life with the opening of the Rockford Family Planning Center Jan. 6.
 
The Rockford Register Star reported that the offic... Read More
December 22, 2022
The Rev. Dario S. Endiape — to be Parochial Vicar of St. Mary Parish, Huntley, effective December 20, 2022.
 
Given at the Chancery, Dec. 19, 2022
December 22, 2022
MAYTOWN—The sewing group from St. Patrick Parish recently gathered with Debbie Ward, a representative from the humanitarian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse. 
 
Ward had requested donations of dresses and shorts for the organization&rsquo... Read More
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