St. Edward School students Dillon Moore and Mario Medina get their picture taken with Father William Vallejo, pastor, and Corine Gendron, principal, at the annual Rockford Deanery Catholic Student Leadership Recognition breakfast, held April 30 at Hoffman House restaurant. Two students from each of the Catholic schools in the deanery were honored.
See the May 8 issue of The Observer for a complete list.
Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive
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Legatus to Recharter a Chapter in the Diocese of Rockford
Legatus, a unique support network of like-minded Catholics who have influence in the world marketplace, is scheduled to recharter a chapter in the Diocese of Rockford on June 30. A luncheon meeting of organizers was held April 22. For more information about Legatus, the Rockford Chapter, and requirements to join, contact: Chapter Development Officer, Amy Dillon, 616-717-0060; firstname.lastname@example.org; or Regional Director Nancy Haskell, 949-616-0057; email@example.com. General information can be found at: www.legatus.org.
About 75 people came to St. Mary Parish in Huntley on April 24 and 25 to participate in the first-ever New Evangelization Summit, held in Ottawa, Canada, and broadcast to locations across Canada and the United States.
The first speaker on Saturday was JoEllen Gregus of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Crystal Lake. She spoke about the evangelization impact of Light of the World retreats.
See more on this event in the May 1 Observer.
Date: April 23, 2015
Caritas XXIX, an annual luncheon to raise funds for Catholic Charities/St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center, was held April 22. The event featured songs from the St. Elizabeth Center preschoolers, lunch, silent auction, raffles, and update on St. Elizabeth Center and a fashion show.
Bishop David Malloy mingled with attendees and shared his gratitude for everyone's contribution to the fundraising effort. Before the preschool kids left, the bishop made it a point to greet and thank them also.
Look for more in the May 1 Observer.
Rockford Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Luncheon
Date: April 20, 2015
On Friday, April 17, the Rockford Diocesan Council of Catholic Women held its biennial Bishop's Luncheon, held this year at Giovanni's Restaurant in Rockford. Both Bishop David Malloy and Bishop Emeritus Thomas G. Doran attended along with other special guests and about 80 women and men from across the diocese.
See additional information in the April 24 issue of The Observer.
Illinois' Catholic Bishops Urge Lawmakers to Oppose Taxpayer Funding of Abortion
Date: April 16, 2015
CHICAGO – Illinois' Catholic bishops today, April 14, sent a letter to members of the Illinois House, urging them to reject public funding of abortion as outlined in House Bill 4013.
The legislation removes the current prohibition on state employees' health insurance plans from paying for elective abortions, as well as the ban on using taxpayer money to pay for elective abortions in the state's Medicaid program. Additionally, the proposal removes the ban on state-funded grants to organizations that counsel for or perform abortions. Current law calls for those grants to go to organizations that help women experiencing problem pregnancies.
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Marian Central Names New Superintendent
Date: April 15, 2015
WOODSTOCK, Ill – Marian Central Catholic High School will say goodbye to its long-time superintendent, Tom Landers, as he retires June 30. Landers has served Marian Central Catholic for 34 years coming to the school in 1981 as assistant principal, then becoming superintendent and chief administrative officer in 1983.
Succeeding Landers is Andreas "Andy" James Edmondson. He has been the superintendent at Newman Central Catholic High School in Sterling since 2011.
"The Rockford Diocese is very pleased to welcome Andy to the Marian Central Catholic High School family," said Michael Kagan, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Rockford.
Click here to read the press release.
Bishop Visits Storm Damaged Community
Date: April 13, 2015
Cecilie Schwartz tells Bishop of Rockford David J. Malloy (right) and Father Johnson Lopez, parochial administrator of St. Patrick Parish in Rochelle, about the night of April 9 when a EF-4 tornado damaged her home and 29 others in her neighborhood.
Bishop Malloy visited the neighborhood after celebrating Mass at St. Patrick Parish in Rochelle to pray for tornado victims and their families, Saturday April 11.
Watch for more in the April 17 Observer.
Bishop Offers Easter Mass in Jail
Date: April 10, 2015
For the third year, Bishop David Malloy offered Easter Sunday Mass for inmates at Winnebago County Jail. His message of hope included encouragement to not waste the time they must spend in jail. It, too, can be a part of their journey to God.
Click here to read more in the Observer
Catholic Bishops Call for Bell Ringing Marking War's End
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois' Catholic bishops are calling on schools and parishes across the state to ring their bells next month to mark the end of the Civil War.
Archdiocese of Chicago officials say the plan arose out of the denomination's annual meeting. The requested four-minute ringing of bells at 2:15 p.m. on April 9 would coincide with the very hour of the ceremony leading to the end of the four-year Civil War. It would also mark an end to slavery in the United States in 1865.
Officials say 150 years later, "all can benefit" from President Abraham Lincoln's words advocating for "a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations."
The Diocese of Rockford joins with all Illinois Diocese in marking the anniversary of the end of slavery.
New President Appointed to Lead Boylan Central Catholic High School
Date: April 1, 2015
ROCKFORD, Ill — Bishop David Malloy has appointed Mrs. Amy Ott, Deputy Director of the Chicago Rockford International Airport to lead Boylan Central Catholic High School as its new president.
Ott will officially begin her new duties as Boylan's President on July 1, 2015.
Bishop Malloy made the formal announcement during an afternoon press conference at the Voss Family Alumni Center on the Boylan Campus, April 1.
Click here to watch the press conference
Click here to read the full press release
Bishop Malloy's Easter Message
Spring Appeal Helps the Church Universal
By: Amanda Hudson
DIOCESE—"There are those who suffer daily from hunger, violence and atrocities from war," says Bishop David Malloy in his message for the annual International Appeal coming to parishes the weekend of March 14-15.
"We have an opportunity to help them by participating" in this appeal, he adds, noting that "we can personally help Pope Francis' ministry through Peter's Pence," one of the individual collections included in this combined appeal.
Three combined collections each year replace what otherwise would be about a dozen special collections in parishes. The National Appeal was held in January and the Mission Appeal is held in fall.
Click here for more information about the International Appeal.
New Bishop Lane Retreat Center Director
Date: February 17, 2015
The new director at Bishop Lane Retreat Center is Christopher Cooper, a 2007 Boylan Central Catholic High School graduate.
See the Feb. 20 issue of The Observer for more about him.
Click here to visit the Bishop Lane Retreat Center website