Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
July 26, 2024
WARREN - 5:30 p.m., Mass and Installation of Father Andrew Hernandez as pastor for St. Joseph-Lena, St. Ann-Warren, and St. Joseph-Apple River, at St. Ann Church
July 28, 2024
ROCKFORD - 7:30 a.m., Sunday Mass, Cathedral of St. Peter
July 29, 2024
PROPHETSTOWN - 5:30 p.m., Mass and Installation of Father David Reese as pastor for St. Ambrose-Erie and St. Catherine-Prophetstown at St. Catherine Church
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July 31, 2024
SOMONAUK - 5:30 p.m., Mass and Installation of Father Joseph Naill as pastor, St. John the Baptist Church
August 1, 2024
ROCKFORD - 5:30 p.m., Mass and Reception of San Ambrogio relic, St. Anthony of Padua Church
August 4, 2024
ROCKFORD - 7:30 a.m., Sunday Mass, Cathedral of St. Peter
August 4, 2024
ROCKFORD - 10:00 a.m., Mass at Festa Italiana, Boylan Central Catholic High School
August 5, 2024
OREGON - 5:30 p.m., Mass and Installation of Father Bernard Sehr as pastor of St. Mary-Oregon and St. Mary-Polo, at St. Mary Church
August 7, 2024
CRYSTAL LAKE - 5:30 p.m., Mass and Installation of Father John Kladar as pastor, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church

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Rev. Carl E. Beekman
Rev. Carl E. Beekman

St. Anthony, Rockford
Rockford Deanery

Rev. Carl E. Beekman, Pastor

Deacon Peter Addotta
1010 Ferguson Street
Rockford, IL 61102



Phone: (815) 965-2761
Fax: (815) 968-2798

Mass Times:
Sunday:8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
Monday:7:00 a.m.
Tuesday:7:00 a.m.
Wednesday:7:00 a.m.
Thursday:7:00 a.m.
Friday:12:00 p.m.
Saturday:4:30 p.m.
Holy Day:See church bulletin or website.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Saturday: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Before or after any daily 7 am Mass Monday through Thursday
Or by appointment

St. Anthony Devotion with the Relic of St. Anthony at the conclusion of 7 am Mass on Tuesdays

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send an email to [email protected].
Founded:  1910
Built:  1930
Registered Families:  922
Church Capacity:  500
In 1906, the Reverend Anthony Marchesano came to America from Italy to visit his parents in Chicago. In 1909, Bishop Muldoon, in view of the constantly growing Italian community in Rockford, conferred with Father Marchesano and he agreed to come to Rockford to help establish the parish of St. Anthony.

Many of the Italian immigrants were from Veneto, Ferentino (near Rome) and various places in Sicily, who tended to settle in South Rockford. Some of the early parishioners also came to Rockford from farms in Louisiana and coal mines in the LaSalle/Peru area.

Father Marchesano oversaw the building of the first church in 1910, but he died before the completion of the current church in 1930. In 1933, upon the request of Bishop Hoban, the Conventual Franciscans arrived to minister to this community.

Although the descendants of the original Italian immigrants are now dispersed throughout the greater Rockford area, St. Anthony remains an Italian national parish. It is also the home parish for a growing number of Hispanics, who now make up the majority of the parish's neighborhood.