Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
December 10, 2017
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
December 10, 2017
Rockford - 1:00 p.m., Confirmation at St. James Church
December 11, 2017
Rockford - 11:00 a.m., Clergy Relief Retirees’ Christmas Luncheon at Giovanni’s Restaurant
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December 12, 2017
Sterling - 5:00 p.m., Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Mary Church
December 14, 2017
Rockford - 11:00 a.m., St. Anthony College of Nursing Baccalaureate Ceremony at Holy Family Church
December 15, 2017
Evansville, IN - 2:00 p.m., Installation of Bishop Joseph Siegel as 6th Bishop of Evansville at St. Benedict Cathedral
December 17, 2017
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
December 19, 2017
Rockford - 7:00 p.m., Rockford Legatus Chapter Dinner Meeting at Giovanni's Restaurant
December 21, 2017
Elgin - 7:00 p.m., Mass for Simbang Gabi Celebration at St. Thomas More Church
December 24, 2017
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
December 25, 2017
Rockford - 12:00 a.m., Christmas Midnight Mass at the Cathedral
December 25, 2017
Rockford - 9:00 a.m., Mass at the Winnebago County Jail
December 27, 2017
Rockford - 7:15 p.m., Mass for “Thy Will Be Done” Winter Vocations Retreat, Bishop Lane Retreat Center
Upcoming Events

“Nativities of the World”

December 11 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Guadalupe vigil

December 11 @ 6:00 pm - December 12 @ 6:00 am

Advent Taize Prayer

December 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

“Nativities of the World”

December 12 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Study of First Corinthians

December 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Rockford Diocese Statistical Profile

The Rockford Diocese covers 6,457 square miles of northwestern Illinois. It was established on Sept. 23, 1908.

Its northern boundary is the state line of Illinois and Wisconsin. Its eastern boundary abuts the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Joliet. Its southern boundary abuts the Diocese of Peoria, and its western boundary is the Mississippi River.

The diocese includes 11 counties: Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, JoDaviess, Kane, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago. The diocese includes urban, suburban and rural areas, and in many respects serves as a microcosm of the Catholic Church in the United States.

According to the diocese’s annual general report to the Vatican for the year ending Nov. 2010:

There are 456,965 Catholics in the diocese’s 11-county area.

The diocese includes 105 parishes and one oratory.

It is served by a total of 134 active priests in our diocese, with another 10 serving in other dioceses and one serving in a foreign mission.

There are 42 religious priests, 137 permanent deacons, 110 religious women and 11 religious brothers serving in the diocese.

Three men were ordained to the priesthood in 2010.

There are 29 men studying for the Rockford diocesan priesthood at various seminaries.

As regards to administration of the sacraments, there were

  • 6,453 infant baptisms,
  • 180 adult baptisms,
  • 6,777 First Communions,
  • 5,737 confirmations, persons received into full communion numbered
  • 412 persons received into full communion
  • 1,017 marriages

There were 10,474 children enrolled in the diocese’s 40 grade schools, 4183 enrolled in its eight high schools(6 diocesan, 2 private), and 48,421 enrolled in parish religious education programs.

For more information about the diocese, contact the Office of Communications & Publications at observer@rockforddiocese.org, call 815-399-4300 or write to the office at 555 Colman Center Dr., P.O. Box 7044, Rockford, IL 61125.