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Faith Forward: Building our Blueprint for Catholic Schools

For the past 11 months, the Diocese of Rockford with expertise of professional consultants from the Meitler group, have worked to form a strategic plan for Catholic Schools in our diocese now called Faith Forward: Building our Blueprint for Catholic Schools. A draft of that strategy was shared with Pastors, Catholic school principals and educational commission members and leaders during a Catholic School summit meeting on Oct. 27, 2016.

We have reached the point in this process where the draft strategy is ready to be shared for public response. You are invited and encouraged to read the document posted here and to share your comments and suggestions.

Click here to read the draft.

Send your feedback to Please include your name, parish and city and/or your school and city and a return email address. If you prefer, you can also send comments in writing with your name, address, parish and school and city to: Faith Forward, Catholic Education Office, 555 Colman Center Drive, P.O. Box 7044, Rockford, Illinois 61125.

Thank you for your participation in helping to build our blueprint for Catholic Schools.

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Feast Day Blessing

On Oct. 16, the feast of St. Gall, the cornerstone for the under-construction St. Gall Church just south of Elburn was blessed. Bishop David Malloy served as main celebrant at the 11 a.m. Mass before he and many parishioners traveled to the new church campus for the blessing. Hopes are for the long-awaited, much bigger church to be completed sometime next spring

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Month of Mary

A new Rosary Garden has been completed at St. Rita Parish in Rockford. With the help of St. Rita students and support from parishioners who gathered for the first Hail Mary's, the garden was blessed by Bishop David Malloy on Oct. 7, the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary. The garden features several statues of Mary and stations for each decade of the rosary as well as plants and brick walkways. All are welcome to come and pray in the garden.


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Deacons for the Diocese

Seventeen men were ordained as permanent deacons by Bishop David Malloy on Sept. 24 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford. "In a manner unique to this calling," Bishop Malloy said, "you will have the presence of God, the Holy Spirit, not only given to you but residing in you." The bishop challenged them to be a "bearer of God's presence among His people and into the world."

More on the ordination and these 17 new deacons coming in the Oct. 7 issue of The Observer.

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Women Who Are Both 'Martha' and 'Mary'

The annual Women of Inspiration banquet was held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish on Sept. 18 to honor parish women in the McHenry Deanery. Fourteen women were introduced by their pastor or parochial vicar and honored by their families and friends.

More information and photographs coming in the Sept. 23 edition of The Observer.
National Day of Prayer for Peace

As we are all aware, our society is increasingly divided and polarized. This past summer, social tensions led to incidents of violence that resulted in the targeting of law enforcement officials. The racial divisions in our society also came under increased scrutiny.

In response to these incidents that have exacerbated our societal divisions, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has on behalf of the Bishops of the United States called for a National Day of Prayer for Peace in our Communities.

Archbishop Kurtz asked that we join in that prayer intention on Friday, September 9. However, in view of the funeral of our beloved Bishop Thomas Doran scheduled for that day, I ask that we join in that National Day of Prayer over the weekend of September 17-18.

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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.

Click here to read the full press release     (Español)

Click here to read Bishop Malloy's homily from Bishop Doran's funeral

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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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Prayer for Peace

The National Council of Catholic Women, in the wake of the recent violence across the United States, joins the Knights of Columbus in their call to families and all people of good will to pray a novena -- nine days of prayer – from July 14-22 by praying St. Francis of Assisi's Prayer for Peace. Click on the image on the right to view the prayer.

El Concejo Nacional de Mujeres Católicas, a raíz de la violencia reciente en los Estados Unidos, se ha unido a los Caballeros de Colón en su llamado a las familias y a todas las personas de buena voluntad a hacer una novena, rezando la Oración por la Paz de San Francisco de Asís; del 14 al 22 de julio. Haga clic en la imagen de la derecha para ver la oración.

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