Nominations Sought for a DPC Representative
July 20, 2023
DIOCESE—There   are currently openings on the Diocesan Pastoral Council (DPC) for a lay representative from the deaneries of DeKalb, Elgin, McHenry and Sterling. The deanery may be identified by consulting the diocesan map at
Prospective members may nominate themselves for three-year terms that begin with the Nov. 18 meeting. 
The Council addresses matters of pastoral concern that Bishop David Malloy raises. The bishop may also invite the Council itself to surface matters of pastoral concern.
The criteria for serving on the DPC include being a practicing Catholic, in good standing in the Church, who has shown commitment in a parish. The candidate should possess good judgment, be comfortable in a group setting, and be able to appreciate the wide spectrum of ministries and services that the diocese provides.
DPC members serve a three-year term, beginning with the Nov. 18 meeting. This term may be renewed once. The representatives typically meet twice each year at the Diocesan Administration Center in Rockford, but may also meet virtually, online.
Prospective members may nominate themselves by contacting the appropriate dean of their deanery: 
n DeKalb:  Father William Etheredge, 
n Elgin: Msgr. Daniel Deutsch, 
n McHenry: Father Robert Jones, and 
n Sterling: Father James Keenan.   
Nominations must be made in writing and sent by postal mail or email by Sept. 1. 
Candidates should list their current and past involvement in church life and explain in their own words why they wish to be a part of the DPC.  
For questions regarding the nomination process, please contact Kevin Fuss at the Diocese of Rockford at 815-387-3373 or
A link to contact information for the deans may be found at
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