D.D., J.C.L., S.T.D.
Ninth Bishop Of Rockford
Bishop of Rockford Issues Statement Regarding Today's U.S. Supreme Court Ruling
ROCKFORD, IL — Bishop David J. Malloy issued a statement today following the decision handed down by the Supreme Court of the United States in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties:
"The U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision today, finding in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, is a very encouraging ruling. It upholds the very fundamental rights of religious expression and practice granted to all citizens under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
"The court ruled that closely-held corporations can have religious beliefs within the meaning of that Act, and that the Health and Human Services mandate violates the religious freedoms of those corporations.
"This limited ruling respects and reaffirms the rights of people to conduct their businesses guided by their respective religious beliefs.
"With this clarification that applies to closely-held for-profit corporations, we pray the administration will now take the appropriate steps to apply equally to religious entities as well, the principles learned today.
"It has famously been said, "the price of liberty is eternal vigilance." The U.S. Supreme Court ruling today is a reflection of that vigilance for the religious freedom of believers and all people of goodwill."
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Bishop Malloy to Ordain Two Men to the Priesthood
This Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 11:00am at the Cathedral of St. Peter, two seminarians from the Diocese of Rockford will take the final step toward becoming priests. Deacons Andrew Deitz and Jared Twenty will be ordained by Bishop Malloy to the service of the Priesthood. The ordination of two new priests is a cause of rejoicing and deep gratitude to God for the entire Diocese.
Both deacons have already been given their parish assignments:
Deacon Jared Twenty has been assigned to be Parochial Vicar pro tempore for Holy Cross Parish in Batavia, IL effective July 1, 2014 and Deacon Andrew Deitz has been assigned to be the Parochial Vicar for St. Patrick Parish in St. Charles, IL effective July 1, 2014.
The Ordination Mass will be streamed live here at www.rockforddiocese.org
Top 'o The Morning
Bishop David Malloy gets wired for sound as he prepares to record his upcoming "Top 'O The Morning" messages. Bishop Malloy's "Top 'O The Morning" Gospel messages can be seen every Monday through Friday on NBC's WREX-TV in Rockford and right here on your diocesan website. The messages are now being filmed in a new studio created from the former library room inside the Diocesan Administration Center.
Two Seminarians Ordained to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate
On Saturday, May 19, Deacon Ervin Caliente and Deacon John McNamara were ordained by Bishop Malloy to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate. This step is a transitional one for these men as they continue their work toward the priesthood.
Bishop Malloy extolled the virtue of their sacrifice for the Church saying, "We join with you in thanking God first for the gift of your vocations...It is a gift to be prized, to be respected, to be purified, to be protected and to be lived fully. It is a gift that will, until you meet the Lord, define every moment and every breath of who you are."
Ervin Caliente is currently studying at University of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, IL and John McNamara is studying at Holy Apostles Seminary, Cromwell, CT. Each is also working toward completing their Master of Divinity degree by spring of 2015 and their ordination to the priesthood.
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See More Coverage in the May 23 Observer
Diocesan Blue Mass for First Responders
The Diocese of Rockford and Bishop Malloy celebrated its annual Blue Mass, Tuesday, May 13, in honor of all Fire, Police and emergency first responders.
The Mass is celebrated during Police week each year to honor and continually pray for the great sacrifice and service given in our communities by all our first responders. The name "Blue Mass" comes from the traditional blue uniforms worn by many police officers.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.
Holy Family Parish in Rockford Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Bishop Malloy on Saturday, celebrated a special Mass in honor of the 50th anniversary of Holy Family Parish in Rockford. Originally to be built as a new Cathedral for the diocese, Holy Family Parish was opened in the fall of 1963 in the gymnasium of the newly finished "Cathedral School". After the untimely death of Bishop Loras T. Lane, Bishop Arthur J. O'Neill designated St. Peter Church as the new Cathedral and the "Cathedral Parish" was named in honor of the Holy Family. In August of 1973 a ground breaking was held for a new separate church building and on June 13, 1976, Bishop O'Neill held a solemn dedication of the church.
"This parish has continued to help, generation after generation, to find the truth of Christ in the midst of all the difficulties and challenges." Bishop Malloy said. "You are heirs to the church to which you come, week after week built by others but now maintained by us. That life of faith has been passed on to us not just universally but through this particular institution. The history of Holy Family is entrusted to you, to appreciate, to be grateful for, to protect it, and then to pass it on to those who will come after us."
Mayor Morrissey also presented a proclamation, for the City of Rockford, that May 3rd, 2014 was to be celebrated in honor of Holy Family Catholic Church.
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Bishop Malloy Celebrates Easter, Our 'Act of Faith'
With crowded churches throughout the diocese, Bishop Malloy celebrated the most joyous and hopeful day in the Catholic faith at the Cathedral of St. Peter on Sunday. Easter marks the culmination of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum and celebrates Jesus's resurrection from the dead and new life in heaven.
Bishop Malloy reminded us that this day is the whole reason for the faith of the Church. "If it is true, if we give our faith to this, our life suddenly has meaning...All of this, as an act of faith, joins us to Christ. It explains to us why we go through everything we do, what we were made for, and who is waiting for us with his loving care."
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Bishop Malloy Welcomes New Members of the Church at Easter Vigil
Presiding over Easter Vigil Mass, Bishop Malloy welcomed the new life of the Church, baptizing 3 and confirming 12 at the Cathedral of St. Peter Saturday night.
The Easter Vigil Mass, held on Holy Saturday evening, is among the Church's most solemn liturgies. One of the most dramatic moments of the evening occurs when the Paschal candle is lit out front of the church and Bishop Malloy shares the light of his candle with the congregation. The entire procession then enters the darkened cathedral, each with a lone candle, illuminating the interior of the cathedral. This symbolic Mass celebrates the darkness of the crucifixion of Jesus and His death on Good Friday, shifting to the joy and light of His resurrection on Easter Sunday.
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Good Friday Liturgies Are Solemn and Prayerful
With the churches stripped of their ornaments, the altars bare and the tabernacles empty, the church is in mourning. Priests from around the diocese directed our focus to the suffering and death of Jesus. A suffering and death which ultimately reconciles us with God.
"God loves us so much, that in Jesus, he showed us the true price of sin...and the greatness of his Love" said Bishop Malloy.
Good Friday serves as a time for the entire Church to turn her attention to the Cross at Calvary and through that, contemplate our own death to sin in the Death of our Lord. All of the faithful are given the opportunity to adore Jesus through the veneration of the cross which is an inseparable representation of His sacrifice. "Because of Christ's death, precisely because of the death of Christ, you and I are offered forgiveness."
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Oils Are Blessed, Priests Renew Vows at Diocesan Chrism Mass
As we come to the end of Lent, white-robed priests from across northern Illinois gathered together today at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford to celebrate a special Mass. The Chrism Mass, held every year on Holy Thursday, is one of the only settings in which priests from all over the 11 county Diocese are gathered in one place. It is also a time for them to recommit themselves to the priesthood.
"We are reminding ourselves of the gift of the priesthood, the gift of our priests, and the gift of their presence at our parishes", said Bishop David J. Malloy. "Brothers, you have my prayers...and my humble thanks as well."
During this elaborate Chrism Mass, Bishop Malloy also blessed the three main oils for use in sacraments throughout the diocese. The oil of catechumens, the oil of the infirm and holy chrism will be used for the next year in all baptisms, confirmations, anointing of the sick and ordinations.
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Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord, Hosanna in the Highest
This past Sunday during Palm Sunday Mass, Bishop Malloy reflected on the narrative of Christ's Passion and Death and reminded us that "the joy of the Messiah, the joy of salvation cannot come without the suffering of Christ". Bishop said that while this week begins with a festive procession of welcome and praise of Jesus, it also recalls the mystery of the Lord's death and resurrection of Holy Week.
One of the central points of the Passion of the Lord is to remember that we too are sinners and bear a responsibility like the crowds who chose the criminal Barabas over Jesus. "Who of us cannot, having participated in this reading of the Passion, have some thought and some reflection about our own sinfulness that contributed to this and continues to ratify the very need for Jesus to have gone to the Cross to bring the world back to bring the world to Himself?" Bishop Malloy asked. "Isn't that underscored for us when we read that part and they say he deserves death, let Christ be crucified and we stand with the crowds who called out."
Bishop David Malloy distributed Ashes during Mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent--a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.
Following the example of the Ninevites, who did penance in sackcloth and ashes, our foreheads are marked with ashes to humble our hearts and remind us that life passes away on Earth. We remember this when we are told...
"Remember, Man is dust, and unto dust you shall return."
Ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.
Bishop to Teen Offenders: You Are Remembered
ST. CHARLES-Under a sign that read "Character- What you say or do when no one else is looking," Bishop David Malloy celebrated Mass and encouraged 35 young men at the Illinois Youth Center to realize that "we can't forget you."
Asking how many were Catholic, the bishop said that he was "delighted to see you, Catholic or not," before explaining the rules for receiving holy Communion and how to signal him to bestow an individual blessing upon them instead. He began his homily with an apology for the nearly 20 months between his ordination as bishop and his first Mass at this facility.
"I should have been here sooner," Bishop Malloy said. "It is important to come and be here with you."
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Catholic Women's League Celebrates 18 Honorees as 'Woman of the Year'
The Rockford Deanery Council of Catholic Women held its annual Woman of the Year banquet at Cliffbreakers on Sunday with Bishop Malloy presenting each honoree with their award. Each parish in the deanery selected a woman who worked tirelessly to pass on the Faith and carry out the mission of Christ for the next generation: in the family, the school, the parishes and the wider community.
The honorees included Kathleen "Kay" Cole, St. James, Belvidere; Charlotte Greil, St. Mary, Byron; Lydia Johnson, St. Mary/St. Patrick Durand/Irish Grove; Linda Lynch, St. Bridget, Loves Park; Catherine "Cari" White, St. Mary, Pecatonica; Lorraine White, Holy Family, Rockford; Chris Sacco, St. Anthony of Padua, Rockford; Alice Bloom, St. Bernadette, Rockford; Maria Myers, St. Edward, Rockford; Elizabeth "Betsy" Pierce, St. James, Rockford; Rose Holliday, St. Mary's Oratory, Rockford; Lana Przytulski, St. Patrick, Rockford; Beverly Capone, Cathedral of St. Peter, Rockford; Maria Guadalupe "Lupita" Rodriguez, SS Peter and Paul, Rockford; Virginia Jansen, St. Rita, Rockford; Donna "Danuta" Roderick, St. Stanislaus Kostka, Rockford; Geri Pence, Church of the Holy Spirit, Roscoe; and Lynn Rafferty, St. Peter, South Beloit.
Bishop Malloy Blesses the Pilgrims From the Diocese Before They Depart for the March for Life
Bishop Malloy celebrated a special send-off Mass last night with the pilgrims from the diocese before they left for the 2014 March for Life in Washington, D.C.
With approximately 400 representatives from the Diocese of Rockford travelling to the march, he exhorted the pilgrims to be "missionaries for life". Channeling Pope Francis in his charge to "make noise", Bishop Malloy said "when you go on this march, you will be witnessing to the world and you will be making noise about the Goodness of God and about the right that others have to have their life respected."
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Diocesan March for Life Kick-off Mass January 19th at St. John Neumann, St. Charles
Celebrant: Bishop Malloy
When: 4:00 pm
Who: Anyone is welcome to come pray for and with those who will be taking part in the 40th anniversary March for Life in Washington, D.C. Those who are traveling on the diocesan LiFE office trip or who are traveling with parish or school groups from the Rockford Diocese are invited to join the Mass, too.
If you cannot attend, the Mass will be streamed live right here on the Diocesan website.
Bishop Malloy Makes a Bit of Christmas History at Winnebago County Jail
ROCKFORD — A Catholic bishop. In jail. On Christmas.
That's where David J. Malloy was today: celebrating the liturgy with about 30 prisoners at the Winnebago County Jail.
The leader of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford is believed to be the first bishop to do so.
Rockford Reachout Jail Ministry had been working with the diocese for several months to have Malloy preside at Mass in the jail, Director George Hofstetter said.
About three weeks ago, Malloy's staff called to ask if the liturgy could be on Christmas.
"I'd never dreamed of asking him to be here on Christmas," Hofstetter said.
Of course, he had to make a special request to Winnebago County, which tries to keep staffing light on holidays so more personnel can be home with their families.
There were other little things.
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Let Us Remember the Greatest Gift as We Exchange Our Own This Christmas
One of the great joys and one of the great distractions around Christmastime involves gifts. People worry about making sure they got something for everyone who makes their gift list. That takes driving around and facing the bustling crowds, unless of course they have gone to online shopping.
And who doesn't worry at least a bit about getting a gift from someone for whom you didn't have something in return?
We all admit there is a human dynamic that is part of the Christmas ritual. We often hear that we should not let the gifts of Christmas distract us from Jesus Christ, the reason for the season. But gifts can also help us to focus in on the deepest meaning of the Christmas story.
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Bishop Malloy to Appear on NTA.fm with Doug McDuff Today
Bishop Malloy will be a guest on the Doug McDuff show on NTA.fm station 100.5 today from 8:00am until 9:00am. If you are in the listening area you can tune to 100.5 FM or if not, you can listen to the stream live here this morning.
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Bishop Malloy Appears on WTVO Talking About the Celebrations for Our Lady of Gaudalupe Happening Today, Dec. 12
If you would like information regarding Spanish Masses for "Our Lady of Gaudalupe" this week in Rockford, watch the following community segment which aired on December 10 on Eyewitness News in Spanish. The special guest was Bishop David Malloy of the Diocese of Rockford.
Si quiere saber sobre las misas en español para la Guadalupe esta semana en Rockford vean el siguiente segmento de la comunidad. Este fue transmitido el 10 de diciembre en el noticiero Eyewitness News en Español. Nuestro invitado especial el obispo de la Diõcesis de Rockford.
Bishop Malloy Concludes the Year of Faith, Celebrates the Feast of Christ the King
Bishop Malloy officialy concluded the Year of Faith for the Diocese of Rockford with a celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the Feast of Christ the King, which is the last Sunday in Ordinary Time and begins the final week of the ecclesiastical year. Next Sunday will be the first Sunday of Advent and will begin a new liturgical year.
Over two years ago, on Oct. 11, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI issued the Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei (Door of Faith) by which he announced a Year of Faith. That year began on Oct. 11, 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.
The Diocese held several lectures focusing on the documents of Vatican II, a youth summit at NIU with over 1000 teens and a rally for the Hispanic community over the course of the year. One of the biggest events to happen for the Church during this time was the resignation of Pope Benedict in February and the election of Pope Francis. Bishop Malloy Malloy recalled Pope Benedict's "slow tired walk that we saw on television as he left the Vatican and we might say the job as Pope for the last time. And then the new vigor that we've had from Pope Francis. It's been a real source of reflection and prayer and inspiration for us."
Even with everything that has happened in the past year, Bishop Malloy definitely believed that the Year of Faith was a success for the Diocese; "The faith is always a continuing effort, a continuing challenge. It's a gift that's never fully accepted until we've completed our life. It's a gift which we can always do better."
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Cardinal Francis George Reflects on the Year of Faith in Closing Lecture
Thursday night at St. Rita Parish in Rockford, IL, Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of the Archdicese of Chicago, reflected on the Year of Faith which began last year under Pope Emeritus Benedict. This was the last lecture of the Bishop Malloy Lecture Series which began last December with Bishop Arthur Kennedy and continued with an emphasis on the documents of Vatican II.
Cardinal George said the church recognizes that people are influenced by their culture and their faith, which can sometimes cause an inner turmoil within them. The church's world dialogue is shifting because both countries and societies are changing. "Both tell us what to believe. Both tell us how to act," he said. The pope has always advocated to hate the sin, not the sinner.
People may misinterpret that as the church potentially changing its stance on social issues, though, when the pope is simply urging Catholics to love others above all.
Bishop Malloy explained it well, "It's an opportunity throughout the year for us to remind ourselves, first of all what we believe as Catholics, how close we get to be with Jesus Christ in the litergy and going to mass, and finally our witness by helping out with the poor and the needy which we've done at everyone of these kinds of talks throughout the year."
The Year of Faith officially concluded on Sunday with Mass at the Cathedral
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Bishop Malloy Serves Thanksgiving Dinner at St. Elizabeth Community Center
Thanksgiving is still a week away and while many of us we are still planning what to cook for dinner, dozens of people had a chance to celebrate early.
Bishop David Malloy and volunteers with the Diocese of Rockford served nearly 400 free turkey day meals Wednesday at the St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center in Rockford. The holiday meal included all the fixings and is an annual tradition for the diocese.
Patrick J. Winn, Diocesan Director, says "Our tradition has been to serve Thanksgiving the week before Thanksgiving. That way we can make sure members of our community have at least two opportunities to get a Thanksgiving meal."
The community center serves up hot meals for the needy every Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Bishop Malloy issues letter to Catholics on Marriage
Bishop David J. Malloy has asked all pastors of parishes in the Diocese of Rockford to read the following letter at all Masses this weekend.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I take this opportunity to address all of the faithful gathered at Mass this weekend. As you probably know, the Illinois legislature has voted this week to redefine marriage within our state, abandoning the understanding found in nature and in our faith that God has established this institution as a life-long commitment between one man and one woman. That commitment has written within it the joining of the differences of male and female, physical, psychological and spiritual, in a manner that alone can bring about new life and so the continuance of the human race.
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Bishop David J. Malloy's Statement On Illinois House Vote Redefining Marriage
Statement of Bishop David J. Malloy
on House Passage of Redefinition of Marriage Legislation (SB 10)
"Today's vote to redefine marriage in the State of Illinois is truly grievous. Redefining marriage as being between "two persons" rather than between "one man and one woman" ignores the unique nature of this institution that is based in the complementarity of men and women and is intimately linked to the procreation and raising of children who have a right to a mother and a father. This legislation undermines this fundamental basis of human interaction and its contribution to a stable society.
"Our faith teaches us to love all our brothers and sisters made in God's image and likeness and we are to do so with respect for God's plan. The redefinition of marriage by the legislators in Illinois does not change God's plan, nor does it change what our faith teaches.
We pray that those who stood prepared to support this legislation will also be prepared to answer for its consequences on our society."
Bishop Malloy Inspires Youth to 'Be Proud of the Gift of Your Catholic Faith' at First Annual Youth Summit
On Sunday October 6, 2013 at the first annual Youth Summit held on the NIU campus in DeKalb, Bishop Malloy answered questions, socialized with and spoke briefly to teens from all around the diocese in attendance.
Last October, Bishop Malloy expressed his desire to celebrate this Year of Faith and stressed the importance of cultivating the faith at an early age. A team of organizers from the Diocese organized the youth rally along with Arise Ministries to help inspire young people from the area in celebration of the conclusion of the church's worldwide Year of Faith initiative. The rally attracted about 1400 teens and adult volunteers for an afternoon of speakers, activities, music, adoration, confession and a teen Mass.
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At St. Elizabeth Center in Rockford, Bishop Malloy Stresses Aid for the Poor
For 102 years, St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center, on both sides of the 1500 block of South Main Street, has been a beacon of hope to the poor, the hungry and refugees from the world's many wars. For 102 years, St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center, on both sides of the 1500 block of South Main Street, has been a beacon of hope to the poor, the hungry and refugees from the world's many wars.
They are some of the people Jesus talks about in Matthew 25:40: "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
I visited St. E's on Tuesday to see how they're holding up in a time when poverty is on the increase in Rockford and unemployment remains unacceptably high. I was not surprised to learn that they're straining under the burden of so many people who need help.
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Bishop David J. Malloy Responds to Supreme Court Decision on the Defense of Marriage Act
"Today's Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Windsor, which challenged the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, is a tremendous misstep for the direction of our country.
Our faith and the very truth of our creation by God, tells us that the nature of marriage is based in the complementarity of men and women and is intimately linked to the procreation and raising of children who have a right to a mother and a father. This ruling serves to undermine this fundamental basis of human interaction and its contribution to a stable society and the protection and formation of generations to come.
While this ruling may seem to open the door to further acceptance of a definition of marriage that is contrary to natural law, it does not change our freedom to disagree. It cannot and will not ever change what is written in our faith and in our human design.
We will continue our call to love all our brothers and sisters made in God's image and likeness and do so with respect for God's plan and his will for us as men and women. Our moral compass is set by a higher power than that of any court.
We pray that those who rendered this decision will also be prepared to answer for its consequences to our society."
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