The Deaf Apostolate of the Diocese of Rockford:

Rev. Msgr. Glenn L. Nelson J.C.L., Director
Deacon Dave Zarembski, Assistant

Each Deanery in the Diocese of Rockford is served by one Host Parish... they are:


Aurora Deanery

St. Joseph Parish          722 High Street
Aurora, IL 60507

DeKalb Deanery

Newman Center
512 Normal Road
DeKalb, IL 60115

Elgin Deanery

St. Thomas More
215 Thomas More Dr.
Elgin, IL 60123

Freeport Deanery

St. Thomas Aquinas
1400 Kiwanis Drive
Freeport, IL 61032

McHenry Deanery

St. Thomas Parish Cntr.
272 King Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Rockford Deanery

St. Rita Catholic Church
6284 Valley Knoll Drive
Rockford, IL 61107

Sterling Deanery

St. Patrick Church
32 N. Jones Ave.
Amboy, IL 61310

Please note: Above addresses are for the once per month Deaf Mass
Interpreted Masses for Crystal Lake are at St. Thomas Church - 451 W. Terra Cotta Ave, 60014
Interpreted Masses for Rockford are at Holy Family Church - 4401 Highcrest Road, 61107

For Dates and Times of Deaf Masses, please click on our calendar to the right
For Dates and Times of Interpreted Masses, please click on Interpreters & Services tab

Coordinators of Deanery Programs:

Mary Donner - Coordinator for McHenry Deanery

Deacon Norb Szudarski - Coordinator for Aurora Deanery

Rev. Msgr. Glenn L. Nelson - Coordinator for Elgin, DeKalb, Freeport, Rockford and Sterling Deaneries


Pastoral Workers:

Deacon Dave Zarembski - Deacon for Rockford Deaf Apostolate

Cathy Signor - Pastoral Worker (M.F.P. Graduate)



2008 Group Volunteer Award


2011 Volunteer Appreciation Award

In 2008 and again in 2011 the State of Illinois recognized the efforts of the Deaf Apostolate of the Diocese of Rockford for the many years of volunteer service to the Jack Mabley Developmental Center in Dixon, IL.  Together with the volunteers of the Deaf Catholics of the Archdiocese of Chicago under the care of Father Joseph Mulcrone, the many faithful Deaf Catholics have hosted a Christmas party for the residents at the Jack Mabley Center. We are grateful and humbled by this kind recoognition!





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