Bishop David J. Malloy Celebrates First Year as Bishop of the Rockford Diocese
Bishop Malloy was ordained and installed as the ninth Bishop of Rockford on Monday, May 14, 2012. Click the links below to view photos of his ordination and installation, and of his first year with the Diocese.
Bishop Malloy Celebrates Blue Mass Honoring First Responders During National Police Week
Each year National Police Week honors the memory of those in Law Enforcement who have given their lives in the line of duty and gives communities a special opportunity to support current officers and the service they provide.
The Blue Mass is named for and honors those in the police profession and also includes all first responders from local fire departments and ambulance services and their respective administrators.
The Mass will begin at 12 Noon and include the City of Rockford Police Honor Guard and officers and families that bravely serve the City of Rockford.
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Most Reverend Arthur J. O'Neill, Seventh Bishop of Rockford, Died Peacefully at Age 95
The Most Reverend Arthur J. O'Neill, Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford died peacefully Saturday, April 27, 2013 at his residence in Presence Cor Mariae. Bishop O'Neill was 95 years of age. Bishop O'Neill was appointed Bishop of the Rockford Diocese on Aug. 19, 1968 and served until he retired on April 19, 1994. He was the Rockford Diocese's longest serving bishop and recently celebrated his 70th anniversary as a priest. He was the first native of the Rockford Diocese to serve as its bishop.
Bishop Malloy's Statement on the Election of Pope Francis
"It is with great joy and thanksgiving that I join all Catholics of the world in welcoming our new universal shepherd, Pope Francis. The awesome responsibility entrusted to him and the 265 holy men before him truly affect all people of the world. Congratulations to the cardinals of the world who, in concert with the Holy Spirit, chose this new successor to St. Peter. Now, may that same Holy Spirit guide our Holy Father as he takes up the cross of his office and the concerns of the church in the world through his prayer, his action, his charity and in his love for Christ and all of us."
Bishop Malloy Issues Statement on Illinois Senate Vote to Redefine Marriage
Bishop David J. Malloy, head of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford, issued a statement today responding to the action of the Illinois Senate to redefine marriage by legalizing marriage for same sex couples.
"Our faith teaches us to love all our brothers and sisters made in God's image and likeness and we are to do so with respect for God's plan. Today's Senate action does not respect that plan or our human nature.
Today's Senate vote to redefine marriage in the State of Illinois is a deplorable misstep that will serve to erode the very strength and foundation of our society. Redefining marriage as being between "two persons" rather than between "one man and one woman" ignores the unique nature of this institution that is based in the complementarity of men and women and is intimately linked to the procreation and raising of children who have a right to a mother and a father.
The continued push to pass the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, is not a push for religious freedom and it is in no way a fairness to the people in the State of Illinois."
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A Year of Faith
With his Apostolic Letter of October 11, 2011, Porta Fidei..., Pope Benedict XVI declared that a "Year of Faith" would begin on October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013. The first day of the Year of Faith, is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. . . (Vatican II) and also the 20th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. During the Year of Faith, Catholics are asked to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith. The Rockford Diocese is preparing resources and activities to help the faithful in Northern Illinois in that study.
Click here for those resources and a letter from Bishop David J. Malloy for the Year of Faith...