2020 Diocesan Appeal
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
“Hear His Voice.”
We find ourselves living in extremely challenging times. But as people of faith, we know God is far greater than this recent pandemic. He can bring good out of whatever comes along to challenge us – and He wants us to Hear His Voice especially in these times – with faith, with hope, and with love in our hearts and minds.
Perhaps you have learned how important your Catholic faith is to you … and for you. We trust that you were able to draw strength from the efforts made by our priests, parishes and the diocese to keep everyone safe and still offer prayer-filled support and helpful teaching – sometimes online, by telephone and other times with our hidden prayers.
The Diocese of Rockford provides programs and personnel to help you, as parishioners of the Diocese, to hear and follow Jesus whenever he reaches out to you.
Education is essential in forming our seminarians for ordination to the priesthood. These men have heard Jesus’ call and are preparing to bring the love and presence of Jesus to others as priests of our Diocese. The same goes for our deacons. Forty-five years ago the first class of permanent deacons was ordained in our Diocese. The Office of the Permanent Diaconate continues to this day – preparing deacons to teach, baptize, visit the sick, assist at the altar, and otherwise serve the people of their parishes.
Engaged and married couples, youth and families are all served through programs offered by the Life and Family Evangelization (LiFE) Office. The Diocesan Education Office supports and guides our Catholic schools. Its Ministry Formation Program and the Diocesan Theological Institute (DTI) educate, train, and form lay leaders at our parishes. Other diocesan offices support parishes in a variety of ways from payroll to Hispanic Ministry to retreats at Bishop Lane Retreat Center.
The Church always has heard Jesus in the voices of the poor. Catholic Charities serves Christ in our brothers and sisters through a multitude of programs to address their needs for food, clothing, counseling, and emergency assistance.
We all have faced so many challenges these past few months. And now, more than ever we need the support of each other physically, spiritually and financially. Thank you for whatever gifts you are able to make to this year’s Annual appeal. Together we continue the work of Christ in our ministries as we strive to recover. Be assured of my continued prayers for you and your family and thank you for your support of the diocesan church.
May God greatly bless you!
Most Reverend Bishop David J Malloy
Bishop of Rockford
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