Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
July 16, 2018
Crystal Lake - 5:30 p.m., Mass and Installation of Fr. John Evans as Pastor at St. Thomas the Apostle Church
July 21, 2018
Richmond - 5:00 p.m., Parish Visit and Mass at St. Joseph Church
July 22, 2018
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
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July 22, 2018
Rockford - 10:30 a.m., Mass for the 165th Anniversary of St. James Church’s Foundation at St. James Church
Upcoming Events

Heritage exhibit

July 16 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Greg Wilhelm Memorial Golf outing

July 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Heritage exhibit

July 17 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Heritage exhibit

July 18 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Weeks of Camp Fun and Vocation Prayer

The St. Therese Vocation Camp was held June 24-27 at Bishop Lane Retreat Center, welcoming close to 60 girls and young women to days packed with fun and prayer. Religious sisters from several communities helped organize and lead the retreat, which included a visit to the Poor Clares monastery in Rockford and Mass with Bishop David Malloy. More in the July 13 issue of The Observer.
It’s All Saints Academy in Rockford

The new name of the upcoming new Catholic school in Rockford that will welcome children from four current schools and a total of seven parishes in fall of 2019 was revealed at Sinnissippi Park on June 14. The new name is “All Saints Catholic Academy.”

See more in the June 22 issue of The Observer.
Three Deacons Ordained

Seminarians Robert Blood, John Kladar and Charles Warren were ordained to the Transitional Diaconate on June 2 during the same Mass when Jhonatan Sarmiento was ordained to the priesthood.

See more photos in today’s issue of The Observer.
Priest Ordination

ROCKFORD—Transitional deacon Jhonatan Sarmiento will be ordained a priest of the Rockford Diocese by Bishop David Malloy on June 2 at the Cathedral of St. Peter, here.

Rev. Mr. Sarmiento was born in Cucuta, Colombia, where his parents and siblings still live. He is the oldest of five children.

Growing up in a Catholic family and culture, he learned about Jesus and the Catholic faith. Most of his education took place in the Catholic school system. He was an altar boy at his home parish, St. Anthony of Padua.
Upon high school graduation he entered the religious order of the Carmelites, where he completed two years of formation.

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Deacon Robert "Bob" A. Bracken

Robert “Bob” A. Bracken, 89, of Rockford, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2018. Born June 27, 1928 in Akron, Ohio; he was the son of Harold B. and Mary A. (Jamison) Bracken. He married Lois R. Schultz May 22, 1949 in Kewanee.

Bob was a member of Holy Family Catholic, ordained as a Permanent Deacon in 1975 at St. Peter’s Cathedral and a Grand Knight, Counsel 734 in Kewanee. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a Master’s Degree in Social Work at the age of 60 and went into private… practice.

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Memorial Day Mass Celebrated at Calvary Cemetery

Bishop David Malloy continued his annual tradition of celebrating Mass at Calvary Cemetery to remember and honor those who have given the “ultimate sacrifice” – a pleasant and solemn start to a steamy Memorial Day. In addition to honoring those who have died, the bishop also included those now serving in the military and all veterans who were present.
Benedictine Man Ordained a Priest at Marmion

On May 26, Bishop David Malloy ordained Antony Maria Minardi to the priesthood at Marmion Abbey’s Church of St. Augustine of Canterbury. Father Antony Maria is a 2008 graduate of Marmion Academy and entered Marmion Abbey in 2012.

See more in the June 1 edition of The Observer.

The Reverend Monsignor Daniel J. Hermes, V.F., Pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Crystal Lake, to retire with the permission of The Most Reverend Bishop, effective Monday, June 18, 2018.

The Reverend Paul M. Lipinski, Pastor of St. Mary Parish, Sycamore, Illinois, to retire with the permission of The Most Reverend Bishop, effective Monday, June 18, 2018.

The Reverend Perfecto L. Vasquez, Pastor of St. Mary Parish, Maple Park, and SS Peter & Paul Parish, Virgil, Illinois, to retire with the permission of The Most Reverend Bishop, effective Monday, June 18, 2018.

The Reverend Carl E. Beekman to be Pastor of St. Mary Parish, Sycamore, Illinois, effective Monday, June 18, 2018.

The Reverend Thomas J. Doyle to be Pastor of St. Anne Parish, Dixon, Illinois, effective Monday, May 14, 2018.

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