Date: August 27, 2014
Elizabeth "Beth" Kenagy began her new work as director of Bishop Lane Retreat Center in Rockford on Aug. 25. She is a Drake University graduate whose background includes work as a funeral director. Read more about her in the upcoming issue of The Observer, coming Sept. 5.
Click here to visit the Bishop Lane Retreat Center website
Bishop: Child Safety Crucial
Date: August 24, 2014
Bishop David Malloy asked that a letter regarding the safety of children be read at all Masses the weekend of August 23rd and 24th. In the letter he states, "I take this opportunity to renew publicly the commitment of the Diocese of Rockford, our priests, our staff and especially our schools and educational and youth programs to the safety and well-being of our young people."
Click on the links below to see the full letter in English or Spanish.
Bishop Malloy's Safe Environment Letter - English
Bishop Malloy's Safe Environment Letter - Spanish
USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People
Click here to read more in the Observer
All Over the Diocese People are Helping Haiti
Date: August 20, 2014
Parishes and schools often pick special mission projects to focus on. In the Diocese of Rockford, many have opted to help in Haiti. Two of the best known and best supported groups in the diocese are Hope for Haitians and The Haitian Project. Each is planning a Sept. 6 fundraiser in Rockford. "A Night in the Tropics" with Hope for Haitians helps provide better housing and more, while the "Big Get-Together" with The Haitian Project supports Louverture Cleary School in Port-au-Prince. There's plenty of need for everyone to help Haiti.
Read more in The Observer Aug. 22.
Cultures Join in Praying the Living Rosary
Date: August 17, 2014
The International Living Rosary celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford, Aug. 17. According to Angie Kelly, event chairperson, it has been held at several different parishes throughout its history, always on a Sunday near the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women sponsors the event, at which speakers of any language are welcome to come to offer prayer in their native tongues. This year languages included Polish, Spanish, Latin, Italian, Filipino, Pangasinan (a Filipino dialect) and English.
Read more in The Observer Aug. 22.
Diocese to Join in Prayers for Iraq
Date: August 13, 2014
Bishop David Malloy has asked the faithful of the Rockford Diocese to join in prayer for Iraq this weekend, Aug. 16-17. Bishop Malloy has asked priests to include the recitation of an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be before the dismissal at each of the Masses celebrated in parishes this weekend. "I ask that this be done in particular solidarity with those who are suffering in Iraq and in a special way with our fellow Christians and Catholics," Bishop Malloy said.
The Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq, His Beatitude Louis Rafael Sako, has asked Pope Francis and the universal church to join in prayer. Please join in these prayers this weekend and remember those suffering in Iraq and the Christian communities under siege there in your personal prayers as well.
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Bishop Malloy Celebrates Mass on the Feast of St. Clare
Date: August 12, 2014
Bishop David Malloy blesses 'St. Clare bread' following Mass at the Poor Clares Monastery in Rockford on the feast of St. Clare, Aug. 11. The bishop noted that the rule of life written by St. Clare continues to be lived out 761 years later, and he thanked the sisters for their example and fidelity and for their prayers. The bread was passed out to those attending the Mass, who also were invited to the parlor to say hello to the Poor Clares.
You can read more about this story in the August 15 Observer.
A collaborative feature-length film is currently accepting donations to fund a movie project between the Poor Clare Colettine nuns in Rockford and Abbie Reese, author of "Dedicated to God: An Oral History of Cloistered Nuns". The film is about a blogger and painter becoming a cloistered contemplative nun.
Poor Clare Colettine nuns observe monastic silence; they make vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and enclosure. Cloistered nuns' stories are not typically part of the public record. This film is years in the making and a result of rare and continued access.
Click here for more information about the project
Click here to read more about the 'Dedicated to God' One Book Program in the Observer
American Saint's Remains Return to Hawaii Permanently
Date: July 31, 2014
The remains of a saint known for caring for exiled leprosy patients have been returned to Hawaii.
St. Marianne Cope's remains will arrive in a hearse Thursday at Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu for a ceremony and Mass.
She was 80 when died of natural causes in 1918 at the remote Kalaupapa peninsula on the island of Molokai, where the Hawaiian kingdom exiled leprosy patients to control the disease. Her remains were exhumed from Kalaupapa in 2005 during her canonization process and taken to Syracuse, New York, where her religious congregation is based.
She gained sainthood in 2012.
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2014 Diocesan Appeal:
"In His Presence"
"I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people."
- Psalm 116:18
We live in God's presence when we give of ourselves to all His people. The Diocesan Appeal helps add power to our gift. By pooling our resources, we can make a difference in our parishes, our diocese and society at large.
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