Bishop Emeritus Thomas G. Doran Has Died at Age 80
ROCKFORD, IL - The Most Reverend Thomas G. Doran, Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford died peacefully Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at his residence in Presence Cor Mariae here. Bishop Doran was 80 years of age.
Bishop Doran was appointed the eighth Bishop of the Rockford Diocese on April 19, 1994 and served until he retired on March 20, 2012. He was the second native born priest of the Rockford Diocese to serve as its bishop.
Funeral arrangements are being completed by Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, Rockford. Services for Bishop Doran will be held at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church St., Rockford. Public viewing of the body of Bishop Doran will be Thursday, September 8 beginning with evening prayer at 4 p.m. with viewing to continue until 8 p.m. Public viewing will also be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9. Bishop Doran's funeral Mass will be celebrated by Bishop David J. Malloy and priests of the Rockford Diocese on Friday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. It will be live streamed here on our website.
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In Memoriam: Reverend Monsignor William J. Clausen, STL
Date: August 15, 2016
The Chancery received word Monday, August 15, 2016, that Reverend Monsignor William J. Clausen, STL, died this morning at Presence Cor Mariae Center, Rockford, where he was a resident. Monsignor was born on June 25, 1936, in Freeport, Illinois, to John Thomas and Cecilia Margaret Pettit Clausen.
Monsignor Clausen was ordained to the priesthood on June 2, 1962 by Most Reverend Loras Lane. He attended St. Thomas Catholic High School, Rockford (1950-52), and Sacred Heart, Geneva, Illinois (1953-55). He then attended college at Sacred Heart Seminary in Hales Corners, Wisconsin (1954-55) and St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois (1955-58), and seminary at St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein (1958-62). Monsignor was first assigned as Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph Parish, Harvard, Illinois (1962-64); St. Mary Parish, Pecatonica,Illinois (1964-65); St. Joseph Parish, Elgin, Illinois (1965-69); St. Anne Parish, Dixon, Illinois(1969-71), St. Patrick Parish, Rochelle, Illinois (1971-1974).
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Bishop Malloy Asks for Prayers to End Violence and Terrorism
Date: June 13, 2016
Statement from Bishop David Malloy:
I ask all people to join with Archbishop Kurtz, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops who said that “Waking up to the unspeakable violence in Orlando reminds us of how precious human life is.
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Statement from the Diocese of Rockford Regarding the Arrest of Father Alfredo Pedraza
Date: February 11, 2016
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Fun Week Ahead
Date: January 29, 2016
Best wishes for a wonderful Catholic Schools Week to all our Catholic schools.
See today’s issue of The Observer for photos of Catholic school students living their faith, knowledge and service.
Diocesan Receptionist Wins Trip to See Pope
Date: September 24, 2015
Nancie Brown, receptionist at the Rockford Diocesan Administration Center, won a trip from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to Philadelphia from Sept. 24-27. Besides airfare and hotel, the trip includes special seating tickets to the pope’s talk at the World Meeting of Families.
She entered the contest, which awarded this one and only trip, at the USCCB website at the urging of a co-worker friend.
Watch The Observer newspaper and Facebook pages for photos and stories of diocesan Catholics who travelled to see the pope during his U.S. tour.
Bishop Malloy Greets Pope Francis
Date: September 23, 2015
Bishop Malloy, representing Region 7 of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops greets Pope Francis today at St. Matthew Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
In Memoriam: Rev. Edward J. Seisser
Date: August 17, 2015
The Chancery received word Monday, August 17, 2015, that Reverend Edward J. Seisser, died on Sunday, August 16, 2015. Father was born on December 15, 1957, in Elgin, Illinois, to Joseph F. and Shirley F. (Knudsen) Seisser.
Father Seisser attended Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and continued to Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, Wisconsin. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 1998, by the Most Reverend Thomas G. Doran at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Rockford, Illinois. Father’s first assignment was as Parochial Vicar at St. John Neumann Parish, St. Charles, Illinois (6/1998-6/2001); Pastor, St. Mary Parish, Elgin, Illinois (6/2001-10/2011); Superintendent and Principal at St. Edward Central Catholic High School, Elgin, Illinois (4/2006-7/2009); Pastor, Holy Family Parish, Rockford, Illinois (10/2011-7/2014); Chaplain, Knights of Columbus Holy Family Council (11/2011-11/2014); Pastor, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Dundee, Illinois and St. Mary Parish, Gilberts, Illinois (7/2014-present) and Superintendent of St. Edward Central Catholic High School, Elgin, Illinois (7/2014-present).
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