Attorney Jeff Anderson and Associates held a press conference in Chicago today, March 20, 2019 to reveal names of clergy sexual abuse in the Archdiocese and Dioceses of Illinois. In the document he calls “The Anderson Report on Child Sexual Abuse in the Archdiocese and Dioceses in Illinois”, he lists names of those accused of sexual abuse gleaned from public sources already made available from the Catholic Dioceses of Illinois. The Diocese of Rockford issued a response to that press conference today.
Click here to read that response
RDCCW Honors Bishop, Priests
The biennial Bishop’s Luncheon sponsored by the Rockford Diocesan Council of Catholic Women welcomed 136 men and women on March 13 in Dixon. Bishop David Malloy was honored as were the deanery spiritual assistants, including Father James Keenan, shown here with RDCCW president-elect Josie Whaley.
See more in the March 22 issue of The Observer
Rite of Election Celebrated
Two gatherings at the Cathedral of St. Peter on March 9 brought catechumens and candidates together for the annual Rite of Election. At both ceremonies, the names of catechumens (those coming into the Catholic Church who have not been baptized previously) were enrolled (see photo), and candidates (those who will receive the sacraments of confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil) were presented and recognized. Bishop David Malloy then prayed over the elect and the candidates before the gatherings were dismissed, with many joining the bishop at a reception in Fellowship Hall.
See the March 15 issue of The Observer for more photos and a list of the catechumens and candidates.
Bishop Malloy Issues Letter Regarding Abortion Legislation
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I write to you at a moment of profound challenge to the citizens of the State of Illinois. In recent weeks Democrats in the Illinois House and Senate, following the examples of other states, have introduced bills that, if passed and signed, would expand attacks on the life of the unborn through abortion while, at the same time, attacking the rights of conscience and the rights of parents of a minor child or of an adult mentally or developmentally disabled child seeking an abortion...
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- Click here to email your state House and Senate lawmakers and urge them to vote “no” on these bills
- Fact sheet on HB 2467/SB 1594 | Fact sheet on HB 2495/SB 1942
- Summary of information regarding abortion in Illinois
- Bulletin insert in English, Spanish and Polish
- Diocese of Rockford Life Advocacy Day at the Illinois Capitol in Springfield, hosted by the Catholic Conference of Illinois – March 20
Deacons Continue Their Education
A roomful of permanent deacons and wives gathered on Feb. 23 at the Cathedral of St. Peter for the annual Deacon Assembly Day. The topic this year was “Protect Your Flock” – a program to help clergy respond with knowledge and effective resources if a victim of domestic abuse comes to them. Part of the program was interactive as groups of three were given real-life victims’ stories, making choices of which step to take, and receiving bandages whenever they come to a station where “Abuse Happens.”
See more in the March 1 edition of The Observer.
Bishop Malloy Issues Statement to Aurora Illinois
Bishop David Malloy, leader of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford issued a statement to all those affected by the horrific shooting in Aurora, Illinois Friday, Feb. 15. He has also asked all parishes to add special prayers for the people of Aurora to all Masses said this weekend throughout the diocese.
Click here to read the statement.
The annual Scout Sunday Mass was held at the Cathedral of St. Peter on Feb. 3. The event includes a presentation by Bishop David Malloy of religious awards earned by scouts in the past year.
See more in an upcoming issue of The Observer.
Update on status of Father Aaron Brodeski
The Diocese of Rockford issued a press release as an update on the status of Father Aaron Brodeski.
Click here to read the press release.
Women Honored for Faith and Service
Sixteen women from the Rockford Deanery were honored at a banquet on Jan. 27 as Women of Inspiration. The annual event hosted nearly 600 people who cheered each of the women as they accepted their awards.
See more in the Feb. 1 issue of The Observer.