For the Universal Church
A Message from Bishop Malloy:
Dear Friends in Christ,
On the weekend of January 16-17, Catholics in the Diocese of Rockford will be invited to contribute to the first of three combined appeals (National, International and Mission) in 2021.
This National Appeal allows you to donate to your choice of five collections at one time. I ask you to prayerfully consider contributing to the work of the Catholic Church through these efforts to live and share the faith here in the United States and in our own Diocese.
This year, please allow me to highlight two of the collections that benefit men and women who have been quite hidden from view during this unique and challenging year.
Contributions to the Retirement Fund for Religious will support senior members of religious orders (men and women) who for many decades have given prayer and service to the Church in our country, including in our Diocese. This collection provides financial assistance and resources to help religious communities who are struggling to meet the ongoing needs of their senior members.
Another part of this appeal will assist the retired priests of the Diocese of Rockford. At present there are 45 of these faithful men, and most of them continue to serve the Church in a variety of ways, including assisting parishes in providing the sacraments. Others now are spending their remaining days receiving professional care as needed because of age and illness. This is your opportunity to support these priests of our Diocese with a contribution to their pension fund.
Other parts of this National Appeal are important also, and they are listed and explained in the remainder of this brochure. As always, we truly appreciate your generosity in support of this annual National Appeal.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend David J. Malloy
Bishop of Rockford
The National Appeal Supports:
Retirement Fund for Religious (RFR)
This annual appeal benefits over 30,000 elderly Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests—women and men who have consecrated their lives to serving God and the Church.
For most of their lives, religious men and women worked for small stipends and room and board. There were no 401(k) plans or pensions. Many religious communities struggle to provide for aging members. Rising health-care costs and decreased income compound the struggle to provide adequate care. Your gift to the Retirement Fund for Religious provides vital funding for medications, nursing care, and more. It also helps religious congregations implement long-range retirement strategies, even as they continue to serve the People of God. With your help, the Diocese distributed $161,733 last year.
For more information, visit: www.retiredreligious.org
Catholic University of America (CUA)
The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. has served the Church, its students and the nation since its establishment in 1887. CUA offers over 6,000 students per year an exceptional Catholic education that is grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition. Every dollar given directly supports financial assistance for students from dioceses across the country. There are over 40 students from Illinois including 7 from our own diocese attending the undergraduate, Law or Graduate program. With your help, the Diocese distributed $7,863 last year.
For more information visit: https://engage.catholic.edu/giving/how-give/national-collection
Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)
The collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) works to interrupt the root causes of poverty across the United States through grants to community- based groups who create jobs, improve education, and strengthen neighborhoods. Twenty-five percent of the CCHD collection stays in the Diocese to fund local anti-poverty projects. With your help, the Diocese distributed $21,623 last year.
For more information visit: www.usccb.org/cchd
Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC)
Through Internet, television, radio or newspapers, the Catholic Church embraces technologies, old and new, to spread the Gospel message. The Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) supports Catholic media projects in our Diocese and all over the United States. With your help, the Diocese distributed $122,501 last year.
For more information, visit: www.usccb.org
Catholic Elementary School Financial Support for the Diocese of Rockford
This part of the appeal provides a way for you to help support schools that have operating deficits and need your help to become and remain financially viable. Your prayers and donations will help our underprivileged schools to continue to provide quality academic education along with religious and moral formation. Thanks to your generous gifts, $200,251 was distributed last year to needy schools in our Diocese.
For more information or to donate visit: www.rockforddiocese.org/donate
Rockford Diocesan Priests’ Pension
In retirement, many of our priests continue to serve as spiritual leaders, counselors, ministers to the sick, and much more. And we cannot forget those retired priests who currently need health care services. With gratitude for their years of faithful ministry, the Diocese has a Priests’ Pension to support all of our 44 retired priests and those who will retire in the future.
Last year, the faithful of our Diocese contributed $156,417 to support our retired priests.
To make your donation on-line, please visit: www.rockforddiocese.org/donate