MAY 31, 2021
STATEMENT FROM THE DIOCESE OF ROCKFORD
REGARDING CLERGY ASSIGNMENTS AND REV. JAMES PARKER
Recently, as part of the number of changes of priest assignments in the Diocese of Rockford that are typically announced at this time of year, Father James Parker was informed that his time as pastor at Holy Cross Parish in Batavia will soon conclude. Father Parker was appointed pastor in 2014 for a six-year term, and he was, in fact, allowed a seventh year.
At that same time, Father Parker was not given a subsequent assignment at this time. Since last February, efforts have been made to address with Father Parker in a private manner various concerns that have arisen regarding his service as pastor. Father Parker refused to engage in that dialogue and so a just resolution of those concerns has not been possible.
At the same time that Father Parker was informed that his time as pastor was concluding, he was given the option of accepting a diocesan offer of residence which he has declined. Contrary to public commentary, at no point was Father Parker ever going to be left without residence. Additionally, contrary to further public speculation, Father Parker was never informed that either his compensation or insurance would be terminated.
The Diocese of Rockford asks for prayers for Father Parker and for all the priests of the Diocese who are in the process of engaging changes in their ministry at this time.