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In Memoriam: Rev. Edward J. Seisser

Date: August 17, 2015

The Chancery received word Monday, August 17, 2015, that Reverend Edward J. Seisser, died on Sunday, August 16, 2015. Father was born on December 15, 1957, in Elgin, Illinois, to Joseph F. and Shirley F. (Knudsen) Seisser.

Father Seisser attended Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and continued to Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, Wisconsin. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 1998, by the Most Reverend Thomas G. Doran at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Rockford, Illinois. Father's first assignment was as Parochial Vicar at St. John Neumann Parish, St. Charles, Illinois (6/1998-6/2001); Pastor, St. Mary Parish, Elgin, Illinois (6/2001-10/2011); Superintendent and Principal at St. Edward Central Catholic High School, Elgin, Illinois (4/2006-7/2009); Pastor, Holy Family Parish, Rockford, Illinois (10/2011-7/2014); Chaplain, Knights of Columbus Holy Family Council (11/2011-11/2014); Pastor, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Dundee, Illinois and St. Mary Parish, Gilberts, Illinois (7/2014-present) and Superintendent of St. Edward Central Catholic High School, Elgin, Illinois (7/2014-present).

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Saturday, August 22 is the National Day of Protest Against Planned Parenthood

The Pro-Life Action League will be conducting a protest at Planned Parenthood in Aurora as part of this National Day of Protest. Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Created Equal, and other pro-life groups are calling for the protests to be held from coast to coast to raise public awareness of the practices recently brought to light in a series of undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress.

The event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 22, 9 a.m. at Planned Parenthood, 3051 E. New York St., Aurora. Parking at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 701 S. Eola Road, with shuttles running beginning at 8:30 a.m. Signs and informational flyers will be provided.

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Bishop Malloy Celebrates the Feast of St. Clare

Bishop David Malloy celebrated Mass at the Poor Clares Corpus Christi Monastery in Rockford on the feast of St. Clare, Aug. 11. Following the Mass, he blessed the bread that is traditionally distributed to those who attended the Mass.

See additional photos in the Aug. 14 Observer.

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Bishop Malloy Visits Oratory

Bishop David Malloy made his first pastoral visit to St. Mary Oratory in Rockford on Sunday, Aug. 9. Canon Matthew Talarico of the religious order Christ the King Sovereign Priest in Chicago was the main celebrant at the Latin Mass, with Bishop Malloy serving as homilist. The bishop was available to greet everyone at a reception following the Mass.
Diocesan Statement on Boy Scout Leadership Changes

The Diocese has issued a statement regarding the change in leadership policy by the Boy Scouts of America.

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All leadership of Boy Scout troops, packs, crews, etc., chartered by parishes in the Diocese of Rockford will continue to operate in accordance with the teaching of the Catholic Church.

National Catholic Committee on Scouting Statement

Boy Scouts of America Leadership Policy Statement

A story on the policy change will be published in the August 7, issue of The Observer.
RDREs to Replace former DDREs

Three Regional Directors of Religious Education, with offices in Woodstock, Rockford and Aurora, will begin service on August 1 in the Diocese of Rockford. They will be supervised by the Catholic Education Office and diocesan director of Faith Formation.

Read more in the July 24 issue of The Observer.

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Poor Clares to Host Discernment Overnight

During this Year of Consecrated Life, the Poor Clare Colettine nuns in Rockford are holding a "Come and See!" discernment retreat for a small group of young women of high school and college age, from 9 a.m. on Aug. 20 to 4:45 p.m., Friday, Aug. 21, at Corpus Christi Monastery, 2111 S. Main St., Rockford.

The retreatants will experience the monastery schedule from the extern quarters of the monastery. Times of reflection and discussion with the sisters in the parlor, times for private prayer and prayer with the sisters, and periods of work and recreation will round out the retreat. Cost is free and participants can gain a plenary indulgence for the Year of Consecrated Life for attending.

Space is limited. Sign up by Aug. 15 by calling (815)963-7369. Leave your name, age and phone number and the Poor Clares will confirm your visit.

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Annual Religious American Sign Language Training

The annual Religious American Sign Language training was held In mid-July at Bishop Lane Retreat Center. Msgr. Glenn Nelson, director of the Deaf Apostolate for the Diocese of Rockford, organized the week-long event and taught classes in the "frozen" parts of the Mass. Two other instructors worked with students on signing the parts of the Mass that change, such as the readings.

More on this unique program coming in the July 24 issue of The Observer.

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The Jeremiah Days Boys Vocation Camp

The Jeremiah Days Boys Vocation Camp was held at Bishop Lane Retreat Center from July 12-15. It welcomed 40 boys in grades 7-9 to days of fun and prayer.

See the July 17 issue of The Observer for an article and more photos of this fun-filled faith camp.

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Legatus Chapter Re-chartered in the Diocese of Rockford

On June 30, the Rockford Diocese Chapter of Legatus was re-chartered. Member Steve Spoerl is pictured here with Legatus spiritual advisor Father David Peck and Bishop David Malloy. Each of the members received a Legatus pin and other materials.

The founding members gathered that evening first for spiritual events -- confessions, rosary, Mass -- followed by social time and dinner at Giovanni's. Bishop Malloy, Chapter President John Morrissey and Legatus Executive Director John Hunt shared their thoughts, and Bishop Malloy also provided a Q&A time for members to ask whatever they wished.

More in the July 10 issue of The Observer.

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Changes at the DAC

Msgr. Eric Barr retired on June 30 as vicar general, ready to give all his time and efforts to pastoring Holy Family Parish. June 30 was Becky Ackerman's last day as well. Ackerman served at the Diocesan Tribunal from July 2001 until January 2008 when she joined the Department of Educational Services, first with the youth ministry office and then as administrative assistant to the education office. Bishop David Malloy was the main celebrant at a special Mass held at the Diocesan Administration Center that day. A luncheon followed.

For information on this event and on other changes at the DAC this year, see the July 10 issue of The Observer.
Pope Francis arrives in Quito, Ecuador

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Pope Francis arrived in Quito, Ecuador, on Sunday, at the start of a three-pronged tour of Latin America that will see him also in Bolivia and Paraguay.

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Pope Francis' Encyclical Reminds Us to Take Good Care of Our Common Home

Pope Francis issued his encyclical "Laudato Si' on Care for Our Common Home" June 18. Opening with praise from St. Francis of Assisi, thanking God for "our Sister, Mother Earth," the pope writes, "This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her."

Bishop David Malloy talks about its importance to our lives in The Observer June 26. The issue also includes an excerpt and highlights from the encyclical, as well as his suggestions about what we can do to help our planet and ourselves.

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Bishop Malloy's Statement on the Supreme Court Decision

Date: June 26, 2015

Bishop Malloy issued a response to today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court which interpreted the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex "marriage."

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Rite of Ordination to the Priesthood

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