Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
February 22, 2020
Belvidere - 10:00 a.m., Confirmation at St. James Church
February 23, 2020
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
February 23, 2020
DeKalb - 1:00 p.m., Confirmation at Christ the Teacher Church
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February 24, 2020
Lena - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation for St. Joseph, Lena; St. Joseph, Apple River; and St. Ann, Warren at St. Joseph Church
February 26, 2020
Rockford - 9:00 a.m., Ash Wednesday Mass for All Saints Catholic Academy at St. James Church
February 27-28, 2020
Washington, DC - USCCB Committee Meetings
February 29, 2020
Rockford - Rite of Election at the Cathedral – English at 10:00 a.m. and Spanish at 12:30 p.m.
March 1, 2020
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
March 1, 2020
Rockford - 1:00 p.m., Confirmation at Holy Family Church
March 2, 2020
Hampshire - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at St. Charles Borromeo Church
March 3, 2020
Rockford - 11:00 a.m., Clergy Relief Meeting
March 3, 2020
Rockford - 2:00 p.m., Presbyteral Council Meeting
March 5, 2020
Woodstock - 1:30 p.m., School Mass at Marian Central Catholic High School
March 8, 2020
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
March 9-11, 2020
Washington, DC - USCCB Committee Meetings
Upcoming Events

Lenten Weekend Retreat

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - February 23 @ 1:00 pm

Lights, Camera, Faith

February 23 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

CCWL Pre-Lenten Mass & Reflection

February 25 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Mardi Gras Bingo

February 25 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Care-Givers Coffee

February 27 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Most Reverend David J. Malloy
D.D., J.C.L., S.T.D.
Ninth Bishop Of Rockford

Coat of Arms:

In accordance with the heraldic tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, the Episcopal heraldic achievement, or bishop’s coat of arms, is composed of:

  • A shield with its charges (symbols) coming from family, geographic, religious and historical meanings and/or referring to the name of the Bishop
  • A golden processional cross, with one traversal bar, to represent the rank of the Bishop, “impaled” (vertically) behind the shield
  • A wide-brimmed green pilgrim’s hat (galero) with 12 attached tassels, (six on each side, with one in the top row, two in the second and three on the bottom)
  • A scroll with the Bishop’s motto, written generally in black and appearing below everything

The shield, which is the central and most important feature of any heraldic device, is described (blazoned) in 12th century terms that are archaic to our modern language. This description is done as if being given by the bearer with the shield being worn on the arm. Thus it must be remembered, where it applies, that the terms dexter and sinister are reversed as the device is viewed from the front.

For his shield, Bishop Malloy has chosen a gothic shape, frequently used in Roman Catholic Church heraldry, and a processional bottony cross with five red gemstones to represent the five Wounds of Christ.


The words of the motto chosen by Bishop Malloy, “FIDES SPES CARITAS,” (in English: FAITH, HOPE and CHARITY) are the three Theological Virtues, that Bishop malloy wishes to be the basis of his pastoral program.


Arms impaled. Dexter: azure, a Latin cross argent issuing from a mount or, debruising three wavy barrulets surmounted by a crescent in dexter chief, all of the first. Sinister: party per fess; in first or, a lily proper in bend sinister; in second vert, a chevron argent, charged with three trefoils gules.


On the right side of the shield (the observer’s left, since on the heraldic shield, the right and the left need to be considered from the perspective of the soldier who, in ancient times, held his own shield) there is the Coat of Arms of the Diocese of Rockford. The personal coat of arms of Bishop Malloy is on the left side.

In the upper quadrant there is a lily, a symbol which always represents purity and virginity. Here it refers to Mary the Mother of God and her title of the Immaculate Conception, under which she is the Patroness of the United States and of the Diocese of Rockford.

In the lower quadrant there is what in heraldry is called “cadency” or “brisure.” In ancient times cadency (or “brisure”) was any systematic way of distinguishing similar coats of arms, even of different families whose members marry with the members of the principal family. In modern heraldry, this particular procedure is also adopted to combine symbols belonging to different families’ coats of arms, into a single coat of arms. Here there are the red (“gules”) trefoils of the Malloy coat of arms on the silver (“argent”) chevron which appears on the Flood coat of arms that belongs to the maternal lineage associated with Bishop Malloy. Both of these symbols clearly refer to religious themes. The trefoil or shamrock, is the symbol of Irish people because of Saint Patrick, Patron of Ireland. The Saint explained the concept of Holy Trinity to the people by using the trefoil. The chevron (the inverted V shape figure of the other symbol) recalls the roof of the building where the people would gather. For Christians this building is the church.