In Memoriam: Reverend William P. Collins
Reverend William P. Collins, a priest of our diocese for the past 60 years, died Dec. 31, 2016 at Presence Cor Mariae Center, Rockford, where he was a resident. Father was born on August 17, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois, to Thomas Collins and Katherine Kennedy Collins.
Father Collins was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 1956, by The Most Reverend Martin McNamara, Bishop of Joliet, at St. Joseph Church in Aurora.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, January 6, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church Street, Rockford. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 5th at the church with rosary at 7:30 p.m. and visitation from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to the Mass. Private interment will be at St. Mary Cemetery, Evergreen Park on Saturday, January 7, 2017.
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Blankets for Moms and Kids
The Catholic Women's League cut and tied fringe to make 100 fleece blankets for the moms and children served by area agencies. The women first enjoyed Mass for the deceased bishops, priests and religious of the diocese at St. Bridget Parish. Brunch and the blanket workshop followed in the parish center.
More photos in The Observer on Dec. 9.
In Memoriam: Reverend Gerard A. Christianson
Reverend Gerard A. Christianson, died Monday afternoon, Dec. 5, at Moorings Health Care Center, Arlington Heights, Illinois, after a courageous battle with cancer. Father was born on December 9, 1960, in Chicago, Illinois, to Edward Christianson and Margaret Meegan Christianson.
Father Christianson attended Loyola University and Northeastern Illinois in Chicago. Before entering seminary, Father was a Math teacher and directed an alternative school for at risk students. He entered St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2007 and in 2012 was one of two men in the first class of seminarians to be ordained to the priesthood on May 19, 2012, by the Most Reverend David J. Malloy.
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Your Help is Needed
Bishop David Malloy and priests of the Rockford Diocese would appreciate your help in contacting our state legislators to prevent public money from funding abortion.
Please write and pray.
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National Day of Prayer for Peace
As we are all aware, our society is increasingly divided and polarized. This past summer, social tensions led to incidents of violence that resulted in the targeting of law enforcement officials. The racial divisions in our society also came under increased scrutiny.
In response to these incidents that have exacerbated our societal divisions, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has on behalf of the Bishops of the United States called for a National Day of Prayer for Peace in our Communities.
Archbishop Kurtz asked that we join in that prayer intention on Friday, September 9. However, in view of the funeral of our beloved Bishop Thomas Doran scheduled for that day, I ask that we join in that National Day of Prayer over the weekend of September 17-18.
Prayer Card (English) | Prayer Card (Spanish)
Letter to Priests (English) | Letter to Priests (Spanish)
Bishop Emeritus Thomas G. Doran Has Died at Age 80
ROCKFORD, IL - The Most Reverend Thomas G. Doran, Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford died peacefully Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at his residence in Presence Cor Mariae here. Bishop Doran was 80 years of age.
Bishop Doran was appointed the eighth Bishop of the Rockford Diocese on April 19, 1994 and served until he retired on March 20, 2012. He was the second native born priest of the Rockford Diocese to serve as its bishop.
Funeral arrangements are being completed by Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, Rockford. Services for Bishop Doran will be held at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church St., Rockford. Public viewing of the body of Bishop Doran will be Thursday, September 8 beginning with evening prayer at 4 p.m. with viewing to continue until 8 p.m. Public viewing will also be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9. Bishop Doran's funeral Mass will be celebrated by Bishop David J. Malloy and priests of the Rockford Diocese on Friday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. It will be live streamed here on our website.
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