Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
March 28, 2023
EAST DUBUQUE - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation, St. Mary Church
March 29, 2023
ROCKFORD - 9:00 a.m., Be Reconciled Day Confession, Winnebago County Jail
April 1, 2023
ST. CHARLES - 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Confirmation, St. Patrick Crane Road Church
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April 2, 2023
ROCKFORD - 7:30 a.m., Palm Sunday Mass, Cathedral of St. Peter
April 6, 2023
ROCKFORD - 11:00 a.m., Chrism Mass, Cathedral of St. Peter
April 6, 2023
ROCKFORD - 7:00 p.m., Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Cathedral of St. Peter
April 7, 2023
AURORA - 10:00 a.m., Stations of the Cross, outdoors from Sacred Heart Church to St. Nicholas Church
April 7, 2023
ROCKFORD - 2:00 p.m., Celebration of the Lord’s Passion – Cathedral of St. Peter
April 8, 2023
ROCKFORD - 7:30 p.m., Easter Vigil, Cathedral of St. Peter
April 9, 2023
ROCKFORD - 9:00 a.m., Easter Mass, Winnebago County Jail
April 11, 2023
AURORA - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation, St. Therese of Jesus Church
April 12, 2023
CARY - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation, SS. Peter and Paul Church
April 13, 2023
DEKALB - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation, St. Mary Church
April 14, 2023
ELGIN - 10:00 a.m., Groundbreaking ceremony for the Fox Family Performing Arts Center, St. Edward Central Catholic High School
April 15, 2023
HUNTLEY - 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Confirmation, St. Mary Church
April 16, 2023
ROCKFORD - 7:30 a.m., Sunday Mass, Cathedral of St. Peter
April 16, 2023
ROCKFORD - 1:00 p.m., Confirmation, Holy Family Church

Archived Articles

Bishop David J. Malloy issued the following Statement today, July 7, 2022

Recent public reports suggest that efforts are being made to open a facility providing abortion services in the city of Rockford. In this moment following the recent Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, I urge all the faithful and people of good will throughout the Diocese of Rockford to renew their commitment to the sanctity of human life at all stages.

Every life, beginning at conception and lasting until death, is sacred. Life is a precious gift in the eyes of God, and both science and reason call upon us to welcome all members of the human family to the table. This is the basis of a society that loves and respects all of its members. For this reason, we work to offer help and encouragement to families, single mothers, and women and children who are in need.

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Ordination of one priest, one
transitional deacon to be June 4

ROCKFORD, ILL—Most Reverend David J. Malloy will ordain Nathan Pacer, 29, as the newest priest for the Catholic Diocese of Rockford, June 4 at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church St.

The Mass and Rite of Ordination will begin at 11 a.m. The ceremony will also include the ordination of Mr. Connor Orabutt, age 25 from Algonquin as a transitional deacon. The transitional diaconate is the final step before ordination to the priesthood. Orabutt is scheduled for ordination in 2023.

Pacer is a native of Batavia, Ill. and his home parish is Holy Cross there. He attended high school at Marmion Academy, Aurora. While there, he was involved in the JROTC program, student government and football, playing defensive end. He attended Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida where he studied literature and history and played rugby. Before he began seminary studies, Pacer worked for Lighthouse Catholic Media as a copywriter. He completed his seminary studies at St. Paul School of Divinity, St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul Minn.

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Catholic Conference of Illinois Statement on Repealing of Parental Notice of Abortion Act

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Happy Mother’s Day, May 8, 2022

A Prayer for all Mothers

O almighty and eternal God, Lord of both the living and the dead, Your tender mercy embraces all men foreknown to be Yours by faith and a good life. Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary our Mother, and of all the saints, grant Your merciful pardon to all mothers for whom we pray, whether they still are living in this world or have departed from this flesh into the world to come. Especially, dear Lord, grant the requests I now make of You for my own beloved mother.

Vatican Tribunal Imposes Penalty on Father Joseph Nicolosi

Father Joseph P. Nicolosi, a priest of the Diocese of Rockford ordained in 1997, has had a penalty imposed upon him by a judicial sentence of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, which serves as an appellate ecclesiastical court in Rome.

Bishop Thomas G. Doran restricted the ministry of Father Nicolosi in September 2011. In April 2017, following a penal process in the Diocese of Rockford conducted in accordance with canon law, Father Nicolosi was found guilty of the delict of living in concubinage with an adult woman (canon 1395 §1), as well as guilty of two other related delicts.

Father Nicolosi appealed the judicial sentence to the Tribunal of the Roman Rota. The Roman Rota has sent notice that it has upheld the conviction of the delict of concubinage established by canon law but overturned the convictions on the other two delicts. As part of this decision, the Rota imposed upon Father Nicolosi the penalty of a six-month prohibition from the exercise of the power of orders except for the celebration of Mass without other people present. In determining this penalty, consideration was given to the fact that Father Nicolosi’s ministry has been restricted since 2011, and it was noted that the six-month penalty imposed by this sentence should therefore not be viewed as a light penalty. With this sentence from the Roman Rota, this penal process against Father Nicolosi regarding the above-mentioned case is now completed.

At this time, Father Nicolosi is forbidden from exercising the power of orders (e.g., celebrating Mass or the sacraments, etc.) except for celebrating Mass without anyone else present.

Please, continue to pray for Father Nicolosi and all of our priests.

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