Father Michael J.K. Fuller Named Head of USCCB Doctrine Secretariat
Father Michael J.K. Fuller, has been named executive director of the Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
The appointment was made by Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield, USCCB General Secretary, and is effective August 8.
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Step Toward Priesthood
On May 21, Colin Easton and Robert Gonnella IV were ordained as transitional deacons during a Mass celebrated by Bishop David Malloy at the Cathedral of St. Peter. Plans are for the men to be ordained to the priesthood in 2017.
See the May 27 issue of The Observer for additional coverage of this important step for the Church.
The Reverend Monsignor Thomas L. Dzielak, V.F., Pastor of St. Andrew Parish, Rock Falls, Illinois, to retire with the permission of The Most Reverend Bishop, effective Monday, June 20, 2016.
The Reverend William R. Antillon to be Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Marengo, Illinois, effective Monday, June 20, 2016.
The Reverend Kevin M. Butler to be Pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, Somonauk, Illinois, effective Tuesday, May 10, 2016.
The Reverend Gerard A. Christianson to be Pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Sandwich, Illinois, effective Tuesday, May 10, 2016.
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A Groundbreaking for Mary
A new "Mary, Mother of Mercy" Rosary Walk is underway at St. Rita Parish in Rockford. Bishop David Malloy helped Father John Evans, pastor, business manager Michael McGarry and Mark Walter of Walter's Landscaping break ground for the walk on May 6. Students at St. Rita School held a living rosary right after the groundbreaking, which was preceded by an all-school Mass.
Fundraising for Children, Who are 'Precious As Pearls'
The 30th annual Caritas luncheon was held on April 27 at Giovanni's restaurant in Rockford. It welcomes a record crowd of some 380 people who enjoyed lunch, a silent auction, music by Carl and Diana Cole and a fashion show with clothing by Chico's. The event is sponsored by the Catholic Charities Auxiliary, and all funds raised support children's programs and activities at St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center. Pictured is Catholic Charities' director, Patrick Winn, visiting with some of the participants.
An Enthusiastic Evangelizing Effort
Lori and Mike Pacer began their married life in typical fashion, but later God called them to new and different things. They now are the founders and directors of Evangelize All Ministries, which provides a one-day faith boost for people who find it hard to schedule a weekend retreat.
Read more in the April 22 Observer.
Pope Francis releases Amoris Laetitia
(The Joy of Love)
Today, the Holy Father Pope Francis released his Postsynodal Apostolic Exhortation titled Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love).
You can find out more about the document and in background provided by Catholic News Service and in some frequently asked questions at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website USCCB Information
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Full Document - Spanish
People near and far came to Rosary High School the evening of March 30 to watch "The Original Image of Divine Mercy," a film about the painting of Jesus completed under the direction of St. Faustina in the 1930s and its journey to its present location in a small chapel in Vilnius, Lithuania. Filmmaker Daniel deSilva spoke at the showing about his work to make the film.
See more in the April 8 issue of The Observer.
Easter in the Year of Mercy
Bishop David Malloy celebrated Easter Sunday Mass for inmates at the Winnebago County Jail. It was the third year he came to the jail for Easter, and he encouraged the men to "think about how much it is that (Jesus) loves us." This year, he also was able to provide communion to two women inmates before leaving the jail. Pictured is Laura Ortiz, chairman of the board for Rockford's jail ministry, who provided music for the Easter Mass.
More coming in the Friday issue of The Observer.