Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
February 1, 2023
Freeport - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation for St. Mary and St. Joseph, Freeport, at St. Mary Church
February 2, 2023
Rockford - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation, St. Anthony of Padua Church
February 4, 2023
Rockford - 10:00 a.m., Confirmation, SS. Peter and Paul Church
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February 5, 2023
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Sunday Mass, Cathedral of St. Peter
February 5, 2023
Rockford - 2:00 p.m., Scout Sunday Mass, Cathedral of St. Peter
February 6-8, 2023
Fontana, Wis. - Clergy Winter Conference
February 11, 2023
Belvidere - 10:00 a.m., Confirmation, St. James Church
February 12, 2023
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Sunday Mass, Cathedral of St. Peter
February 14, 2023
Woodstock - 9:45 a.m., All-School Mass, Marian Central Catholic High School
February 15, 2023
Byron - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation for St. Mary-Byron and St. Mary-Oregon, at St. Mary Church-Byron
February 16, 2023
North Aurora - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation, Blessed Sacrament Church
February 18, 2023
Carpentersville - 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Confirmation, St. Monica Church
February 19, 2023
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Sunday Mass, Cathedral of St. Peter
February 21, 2023
Pecatonica - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation, St. Mary Church

A statement from Bishop David Malloy on the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

With the announcement today of the death of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, I ask that we join in prayer both in gratitude for his service as the Successor of St. Peter and for his eternal rest and union with God.

Joseph Ratzinger, as a priest, bishop and cardinal, gave his life to the Church. His personal holiness, combined with his extraordinary brilliance and insightful writings helped to deepen the Church’s understanding of the Scriptures, the liturgy and God’s revelation of His love and justice for all humanity. Pope-emeritus Benedict was a keen analyst of the Church in the context of the modern world.

As Pope, he took as his motto, “Cooperatores Veritatis" (Cooperators of the Truth)”. In humility and with courage Pope-emeritus Benedict proclaimed by his teaching and his life the reality of God who is the basis of the truth that guides the human race. The Pope-emeritus took particular interest in clarifying the authentic meaning and implementation of the teachings of the Second Vatican Council in whose work he took part. Even in his years of retirement, Pope-emeritus Benedict witnessed to the goodness of faith.

Personally, I am deeply grateful to the Pope-emeritus. He appointed me to serve as the 9th Bishop of Rockford. I had various opportunities to meet with him over the years. To be in his presence was to be with one whose graciousness and humility gave witness to his deep faith.

May God reward Pope-emeritus Benedict, and may he intercede for us and for the whole Church that he served so well.

A special public Mass will be celebrated for the late Pope Emeritus at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church St. , Rockford, on Thursday, January 5, 2023 at 5:30 p.m.