Fun Week Ahead
Date: January 29, 2016
Best wishes for a wonderful Catholic Schools Week to all our Catholic schools.
See today’s issue of The Observer for photos of Catholic school students living their faith, knowledge and service.
Diocesan Receptionist Wins Trip to See Pope
Date: September 24, 2015
Nancie Brown, receptionist at the Rockford Diocesan Administration Center, won a trip from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to Philadelphia from Sept. 24-27. Besides airfare and hotel, the trip includes special seating tickets to the pope’s talk at the World Meeting of Families.
She entered the contest, which awarded this one and only trip, at the USCCB website at the urging of a co-worker friend.
Watch The Observer newspaper and Facebook pages for photos and stories of diocesan Catholics who travelled to see the pope during his U.S. tour.
Bishop Malloy Greets Pope Francis
Date: September 23, 2015
Bishop Malloy, representing Region 7 of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops greets Pope Francis today at St. Matthew Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
In Memoriam: Rev. Edward J. Seisser
Date: August 17, 2015
The Chancery received word Monday, August 17, 2015, that Reverend Edward J. Seisser, died on Sunday, August 16, 2015. Father was born on December 15, 1957, in Elgin, Illinois, to Joseph F. and Shirley F. (Knudsen) Seisser.
Father Seisser attended Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and continued to Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, Wisconsin. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 1998, by the Most Reverend Thomas G. Doran at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Rockford, Illinois. Father’s first assignment was as Parochial Vicar at St. John Neumann Parish, St. Charles, Illinois (6/1998-6/2001); Pastor, St. Mary Parish, Elgin, Illinois (6/2001-10/2011); Superintendent and Principal at St. Edward Central Catholic High School, Elgin, Illinois (4/2006-7/2009); Pastor, Holy Family Parish, Rockford, Illinois (10/2011-7/2014); Chaplain, Knights of Columbus Holy Family Council (11/2011-11/2014); Pastor, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Dundee, Illinois and St. Mary Parish, Gilberts, Illinois (7/2014-present) and Superintendent of St. Edward Central Catholic High School, Elgin, Illinois (7/2014-present).
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Bishop Malloy's Statement on the Supreme Court Decision
Date: June 26, 2015
Bishop Malloy issued a response to today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court which interpreted the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex "marriage."
Click here to read Bishop Malloy's statement.
Click here to read Bishop Malloy's statement in Spanish.
St. John the Baptist Celebrates Sesquicentennial
Date: June 16, 2015
St. John the Baptist Parish celebrated its Sesquicentennial the weekend of June 13-14 at parish Masses, each of which was followed by a social event. The celebration wound up with a parish picnic at nearby Somonauk Park. A picnic feast was followed by a variety of activities including a dunk tank featuring parochial administrator, Father Kevin Butler, who occasionally used water shooters to spray those who were working to keep him drenched.
More on Friday in The Observer.
Date: April 23, 2015
Caritas XXIX, an annual luncheon to raise funds for Catholic Charities/St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center, was held April 22. The event featured songs from the St. Elizabeth Center preschoolers, lunch, silent auction, raffles, and update on St. Elizabeth Center and a fashion show.
Bishop David Malloy mingled with attendees and shared his gratitude for everyone’s contribution to the fundraising effort. Before the preschool kids left, the bishop made it a point to greet and thank them also.
Look for more in the May 1 Observer.
Rockford Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Luncheon
Date: April 20, 2015
On Friday, April 17, the Rockford Diocesan Council of Catholic Women held its biennial Bishop’s Luncheon, held this year at Giovanni’s Restaurant in Rockford. Both Bishop David Malloy and Bishop Emeritus Thomas G. Doran attended along with other special guests and about 80 women and men from across the diocese.
See additional information in the April 24 issue of The Observer.