Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
August 20-24, 2017
Mundelein - Region VII Bishops' Retreat
August 20, 2017
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
August 20, 2017
Huntley - 2:30 p.m., Silver and Gold Mass at St. Mary Church
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August 26, 2017
Rockford - 7:00 p.m., Hope for Haitians Fundraiser at Giovanni’s Restaurant
August 27, 2017
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
August 27, 2017
Aurora - 4:00 p.m., Aurora DCCW, Women of Inspiration Dinner at Pipers Banquets
August 28, 2017
Hartland - 5:30 p.m., Mass and Installation of Fr. Burt Absalon as Pastor at St. Patrick Church
August 29, 2017
Harvard - 5:30 p.m., Mass and Installation of Fr. Steven Clarke as Pastor of St. Joseph Church
August 30, 2017
Sandwich - 5:30 p.m., Mass and Installation of Fr. Bernard Sehr as Pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Church
August 31, 2017
Prophetstown - 5:30 p.m., Mass and Installation of Fr. Antoni Kretowicz as Pastor of St. Catherine, Prophetstown and St. Ambrose, Erie
September 3, 2017
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
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History of the Rockford Diocese

On September 23, 1908, Pope Pius X erected the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois, placing it under the patronage of the Immaculate Conception. The territory making up the Rockford Diocese became the fifth diocese in the State of Illinois and the Province of Chicago. It was comprised of 12 counties in the Northwestern part of the State. Those original counties were: McHenry, Kane, Kendall, DeKalb, Boone, Winnebago, Ogle, Stephenson, Lee, Jo Davies, Carroll and Whiteside. The western boundary of the new diocese was the Mississippi River, the northern boundary was the Illinois-Wisconsin state line, the eastern boundary was the remaining counties of theArchdiocese of Chicago, and the southern boundary the northernmost counties of the Diocese of Peoria. The Diocese of Rockford encompassed 6,867 square miles.

The City of Rockford was established by Rome as the See City of the new diocese and St. James Parish, the older of the two parishes in the City of Rockford, was designated by the Holy See as the Pro-Cathedral for the new Diocese.

On September 28, 1908, Pope Pius, named the Most Reverend Peter James Muldoon, D.D., the first Bishop of the Rockford Diocese. He was installed at the Pro-Cathedral of St. James, Rockford, on December 15, 1908 by the Archbishop of Chicago, James E. Quigley, D.D.

At the time of the establishment of the Diocese of Rockford, the Catholic population stood at about 50,000 souls with 64 diocesan priests serving them in 12 counties in a total of 61 parishes (having a resident priest) and another seventeen missions (church with no priest in residence) and nine stations (no church and no resident priest, but Catholics were served from a neighboring parish). Of special note and indicative of the deep roots of Catholicism in the new Diocese is the fact that 22 of the 61 parishes and three of the 17 missions were settled and active prior to the American Civil War.

A complete history of the Diocese of Rockford was written and published in 2008 in honor of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the diocese. That commemorative history book includes photographs and histories from all parishes as well as agencies, organizations and closed parishes. The Diocesan History volume can be ordered at observer@rockforddiocese.org for $25 each plus shipping and handling.

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