Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
April 29, 2017
St. Charles - 9:30 a.m., Mass for Totally Yours Evangelization Conference at Pheasant Run Resort and Convention Center
April 30, 2017
Huntley - 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., Confirmation at St. Mary Church
May 2, 2017
Rockford - 11:00 a.m., Jubliee Mass for Diocesan Priests at St. Rita Church
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May 2, 2017
Hanover - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation for St. John the Evangelist, Hanover and St. Mary, Elizabeth at St. John Church
May 3, 2017
Woodstock - 6:30 p.m., Mass for Celebration of the Feast of the Holy Cross of Redemption at St. Mary Church
May 4, 2017
Rockford - 10:00 a.m., Diocesan Finance Council Meeting at the DAC
May 5, 2017
St. Charles - 6:00 p.m., Confirmation for St. Joseph Church, Elgin at St. Patrick Church
May 6, 2017
Sugar Grove - 10:00 a.m., Confirmation at St. Katharine of Drexel Church
May 6, 2017
Prophetstown - 6:00 p.m., Mass for 100th Anniversary of Dedication of St. Catherine Parish at St. Catherine Church
May 7, 2017
DeKalb - 1:00 p.m., Confirmation at St. Mary Church
May 8, 2017
St. Charles - 6:00 p.m., Mass and Dedication of Altar and Altar Stone at St. Patrick Church (Cedar Street church)
May 9, 2017
Rockford - 11:00 a.m., Clergy Relief Meeting at the DAC
May 9, 2017
Rockford - 2:00 p.m., Presbyteral Council Meeting at the DAC
May 10, 2017
Rockford - 10:00 a.m., Catholic Women's League Annual Mass for Peace and Installation of Officers at Corpus Christi Monastery
May 10, 2017
Loves Park - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at St. Bridget Church
May 13, 2017
Rockford - 11:00 a.m., Mass for the Sacred Order to the Priesthood at the Cathedral
May 14, 2017
Champaign - 10:30 a.m., Graduation Mass for the University of Illinois at St. John Catholic Newman Center
May 16, 2017
St. Charles - 7:00 p.m., Commencement Ceremony for St. Edward Central Catholic High School at St. Patrick Church
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Sat 29

25-year Jubilee

April 29 @ 4:30 pm - April 30 @ 10:30 am
Sun 30

Fine Arts Festival

April 30 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rockford
May 03

Blingo

May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Aurora

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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