Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
September 25, 2018
Aurora - 9:00 a.m., School Mass and Dunham Foundation Grant Presentation at St. Rita of Cascia Church
September 26, 2018
Rockford - 7:30 p.m., Knights of the Round Table Recognition Dinner at Hoffman House Restaurant
September 28, 2018
Rock Falls - 8:15 a.m., School Mass at St. Andrew Church
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September 29, 2018
Rockford - 11:00 a.m., Mass for the Sacred Order of the Permanent Diaconate at the Cathedral
September 30, 2018
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
September 30, 2018
Sterling - 10:00 a.m., Mass for the 60th Anniversary of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Sterling/Rock Falls at St. Mary Church
October 2, 2018
Rockford - 2:00 p.m., Presbyteral Council Meeting at the DAC
October 7, 2018
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
Upcoming Events

2018 Annual Silent Retreat

September 23 @ 8:00 am - September 26 @ 2:00 pm

Divorced and Healing

September 25 @ 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm

Bible Study

September 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Flyover Country: A Poetry Reading

September 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

40 Days for Life

September 26

The Most Reverend Peter J. Muldoon, D.D.
First Bishop of Rockford

 

Peter James Muldoon was born in Columbia, California to Irish immigrants John and Catherine (Coughlin) Muldoon. He was the oldest child in a family of five children. Muldoon was educated at St. Mary’s College in St. Mary, Kentucky and St. Mary’s Seminary, Baltimore, Maryland and ordained a Catholic priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1886. Muldoon served as chancellor and secretary from 1888 to 1895 to Archbishop P. A. Feehan, and became auxiliary bishop to Archbishop Feehan in 1900.

He was appointed titular bishop of Tamassus, auxiliary of Chicago, and vicar-general in 1901. In 1908 he was appointed bishop of the new Diocese of Rockford which had just been separated from the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Muldoon played a prominent role in the social reform movement and served as Chairman of the National Catholic War Council; in this role, he became a nationally known figure. He worked closely with members of other religious groups and government agencies; his forcefulness and diplomacy are considered to have contributed to the success of the council.

After the war, Muldoon induced Cardinal James Gibbons to propose creation of a peacetime organization comparable to the National Catholic War Council. When the National Catholic Welfare Council was created in 1919, Muldoon was appointed as the episcopal chairman of its Social Action Department. Together with Joseph Schrembs, Patrick Hayes and Bishop William Russell he embraced the concepts expressed in a paper on social reconstruction written by Father John Ryan. The paper, which begun with the sentence “The only safeguard of peace is social justice and a contented people” contained series of proposed social reforms that were quite advanced for the time. They included child labour laws, the creation of public housing for the poor, and a number of others. When some American bishops complained to the pope in 1922 about the National Catholic Welfare Council, the original approbation for the council was revoked. Muldoon as well as Bishop Joseph Schrembs of Cleveland were among the most vigorous defenders of the NCWC. After the American hierarchy sent a delegation headed by Shrembs to Rome, the Vatican finally agreed to restore the approbation providing, among other things, that the organization be renamed the National Catholic Welfare Conference. Muldoon died in 1927 after a long illness.