A Message from Bishop Malloy:
Dear Friends in Christ,
This Lent, let us consider how we can all be signs of mercy to our neighbors, to our fellow citizens, and to our brothers and sisters around the world. I invite you to support the 2022 International Appeal and share the gifts that God has generously given to you and your family, with those in need.
Jesus tells a story of the Good Samaritan who reached out to a man in a desperate situation, cared for him, and ensured his safety. So too are we charged with reaching out to those who suffer. Jesus asks us to tend to others in mercy, just as the Samaritan did so long ago.
As you consider support of the Universal Church collections through this Lenten International Appeal, please be generous in showing mercy to your neighbors and in providing for the material needs of the Church.
You can select how you would like your appeal donation applied. One choice is the Peter’s Pence Collection, used by Pope Francis to care for those in need around the world. In 2019, for example, a portion of these funds helped more than two million people in Iran after catastrophic flooding wrecked numerous villages and damaged the city of Ahwaz. Your donation could also assist the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, where Catholics continue to rebuild their lives and communities after decades of oppressive communist rule.
Catholic Relief Services, another option, partners with the Catholic Church and other groups around the world to give food to the hungry, support displaced refugees, and work for international peace and reconciliation. In addition, the Worldwide and U.S. Disaster Relief Fund Rockford Diocesan Response supports various disaster relief efforts locally – most recently the Catholic Charities response to the Surfside condo disaster in Florida, and the tornado response undertaken by our neighbor Catholic Charities, in the Diocese of Joliet.
Through the International Appeal, you can be a sign of mercy to others whether they are close to home, or abroad. Please be generous as you prayerfully consider your contribution.
May God bless you and your family this Lenten season,
The Most Reverend David J. Malloy
Bishop of Rockford
The International Appeal Supports:
The Peter’s Pence Collection provides the Holy Father with funds he can use to respond to needs around the world. The proceeds will benefit victims of war, oppression, and disasters. Last year, the people of our Diocese contributed $87,361 to this collection.
Aid to the Catholic Church in Central and Eastern Europe
The fall of communism occurred 30 years ago, but the Church continues to rebuild after so many years of having churches confiscated or destroyed. Your support of this collection helps rebuild churches, support seminary programs, promote ministries and education for children and families, and renew community life around the region. Last year the faithful of the diocese contributed $13,169 to this collection.
Catholic Relief Services Collection (CRS)
Your support for this collection will give aid to victims of persecution and natural disasters, provide legal services to poor immigrants, and advocate for the powerless. The reach of CRS spans the globe, helping an array of families on every continent by addressing a myriad of needs. Last year, $44,111 was distributed to this collection.
Worldwide and U.S. Disaster Relief Fund Rockford Diocese Response
Whenever a natural disaster occurs and/or a significant need develops, Bishop David J. Malloy receives numerous petitions for financial assistance from the affected areas, the USCCB, or from news reports of natural disasters. With the creation of this fund, he has resources available to respond on behalf of the people of the Rockford Diocese. This past year, Bishop Malloy distributed a total of $20,000 for disaster response in Florida and tornado response in Illinois.
Catholic Elementary School Financial Support for the Diocese of Rockford
Your prayerful support and donation will help underprivileged schools in the Diocese of Rockford to continue to educate and provide religious and moral formation to their students. Thanks to your generosity, this collection provided $192,500 to needy schools in our diocese last year as they worked to serve students amid the pandemic.
Rockford Diocesan Priests’ Pension Plan
Our priests devote their lives to bringing people closer to Christ. In retirement many of our priests continue to offer Mass, serve as spiritual leaders, minister to the sick, and provide other pastoral support. With gratitude for their years of ministry, the diocese has a Priests’ Pension to support our 40 currently retired priests, including Monsignor Joseph Linster, who was ordained 52 years ago in faithful service of our diocese, most recently at St. Patrick Parish of St. Charles. When his parish recognized his retirement, school children summarized Msgr. Linster’s homilies as: “Be faithful, be watchful, be thankful.” Our Priests’ Pension is also key to supporting our current priests who will retire in the future. Last year, $97,993 was distributed to the pension.