Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
March 23, 2019
Carpentersville - Confirmation at St. Monica Church – 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
March 24, 2019
Huntley - Confirmation at St. Mary, Huntley – 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
March 24, 2019
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
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March 25, 2019
Sugar Grove - 11:30 a.m., Groundbreaking for new parish rectory at St. Katharine Drexel Church
March 28, 2019
Chicago - 12:00 p.m., Provincial Meeting at the Archdiocese of Chicago
March 29, 2019
Chicago - 10:00 a.m., Board Meeting of the Catholic Conference of Illinois at the Archdiocese of Chicago
March 31, 2019
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
April 1, 2019
Elgin - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at St. Mary Church
April 2, 2019
Pecatonica - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at St. Mary Church
April 4, 2019
Algonquin - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at St. Margaret Mary Church
April 6, 2019
Crystal Lake - 10:00 a.m., Confirmation at St. Thomas the Apostle Church
April 7, 2019
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
April 7, 2019
Loves Park - 1:00 p.m., Confirmation at St. Bridget Church
April 9, 2019
Hampshire - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at St. Charles Borromeo Church
Upcoming Events

Super Raffle

March 22

Sinsinawa Art Gallery

March 22 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

St. Catherine of Genoa Fish Fry

March 22 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Lenten Fish Fries

March 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Fish Fries

March 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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.