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A Message from Bishop Malloy:

January, 2017

Dear Friends in Christ,

Our Catholic sisters, brothers and priests in religious orders have answered the call to teach, evangelize, guide, and protect those who are lost in our world and thirsting for the word of God. Now, these individuals are in need of our help.

The urgent call to evangelize surrounds the nature of the National Appeal, for we are assisting the Church’s efforts in spreading the Good News. For instance, we must not forget our wonderful religious sisters, brothers and priests who have given their lives to spread the Gospel Message. By participating in the Retirement Fund for Religious and Rockford Diocesan Priests’ Pension, we honor their service and zeal for Christ. Through the Catholic Communication Campaign, the Church broadcasts our faith to all areas of our country. Evangelizing is not just a matter of words, it includes outreach to the poor helped by the work of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Our support of the Catholic University of America stresses our commitment to Catholic values in education. For the Catholic elementary schools in our Diocese, we have created a special opportunity for you to assist grade schools that have operating deficits and need your help to become financially viable.

I would encourage you to join this effort. Please offer generously what you can for the annual National Appeal collection on the weekend of January 21st and 22nd to help promote the Gospel through these worthy causes.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

The Most Reverend David J. Malloy
Bishop of Rockford

The National Appeal Supports:

Retirement Fund for Religious (RFR)

Traditionally, women and men religious worked for small stipends that furnished only the basics of daily living. As a result, a majority of religious communities now lack adequate savings for retirement. At the same time, the cost of care continues to increase, especially as older religious both outnumber younger religious and are living longer. In 1988, Catholic Bishops of the United States launched the Retirement Fund for Religious (RFR) to address the significant lack of retirement funding for Catholic sisters, brothers, and priests in religious orders. With your help, the Diocese distributed $184,078.

For more information, visit: www.retiredreligious.org.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)

The Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) works to uphold the dignity of human life by breaking the cycle of poverty across the United States through grants to local community- based groups who create jobs, improve education, and strengthen neighborhoods. Twenty-five percent of the CCHD collection stays in the Diocese to fund local anti-poverty projects. With your help, the Diocese distributed $26,477.

For more information visit: www.usccb.org/cchd.

Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC)

Through Internet, television, radio or newspapers, the Catholic Church uses all technologies, old and new, to spread the Gospel message. The Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) supports Catholic media projects in our Diocese and all over the United States. With your help, the Diocese distributed $79,571.

For more information, visit: www.usccb.org/ccc.

Catholic University of America (CUA)

Catholic University of America (CUA) is unique as the national university of the Catholic Church and the only higher education institution founded by the U.S. Bishops and chartered by the Vatican. Located in Washington, D.C., CUA offers nearly 7,000 students per year an excellent education in a faith-filled atmosphere that is grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition. Every dollar given directly supports financial aid for students from dioceses across the country, including ours. With your help, the Diocese distributed $7,988.

For more information visit: www.cua.edu.

Rockford Diocesan Priests’ Pension (DPP)

Our priests devote their lives to bringing people closer to Christ, and in retirement, our priests continue to serve as spiritual leaders, counselors, ministers to the sick and much more. With gratitude for their years of faithful ministry, the Diocese has a Priests’ Pension to support our 55 currently retired priests and those that will retire in the future. Father Wirth has served our Diocese for more than 49 years and continues his
mission work for Food for the Poor and by assisting pastors in celebrating the sacraments in parishes during his retirement. We thank you, Father Wirth, and all our priests for your continued faithful service in retirement.

Last year, the faithful of our Diocese contributed $141,400.

To make your donation on-line, please visit: www.rockforddiocese.org/donate.

Catholic Elementary School Financial Support

To ensure that we maintain the opportunity for parents to enroll their children in the excellent Catholic elementary schools within our Diocese, we have created a special way for you to assist the Diocese of Rockford in supporting schools that have operating deficits and need your help to become financially viable. Your support through prayer and donations will help our underprivileged schools continue to provide a quality education, and religious and moral formation in a world badly in need of Gospel values.

Thanks to your generous gifts, we gave $243,208 to needy schools in our Diocese this year!

For more information or to donate visit: www.rockforddiocese.org/donate.