Discover the Diocese of Rockford

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockford (LatinDioecesis Rockfordiensis) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the northern Illinois region of the United States. The prelate is a Bishop serving as the Pastor of the Mother Church, the Cathedral of Saint Peter in the City of Rockford. The current bishop is David John Malloy, who was appointed by Pope Benedict XVIon March 20, 2012, and installed as the ninth Bishop of Rockford on May 14, 2012.  A diocese of the Metropolitan Province of Chicago, the metropolitan bishop of Rockford is the Archbishop of Chicago.
The Diocese of Rockford comprises the counties of BooneCarrollDeKalbJo DaviessKaneLeeMcHenryOgleStephenson,Whiteside and Winnebago.

History

The Diocese of Rockford was erected by Saint Pius X on September 27, 1907 and established on September 23, 1908. Its territory of 12 counties was taken from the Archdiocese of Chicago. In 1948, Pope Pius XII established the Diocese of Joliet and transferred Kendall County from Rockford to Joliet.

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Our Mission

We, the People of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford, are called by the Father through baptism to be the new People of God. United in faith and relying on the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit, we have access to the redeeming love of Jesus, the Christ, and are called to share in his mission to proclaim the Reign of God in Word, Sacrament and Service.
Our Vision

We, the Diocese of Rockford, are a community of Catholic believers in 11 Northern Illinois counties. Blessed with great cultural and ethnic diversity and representing a wide range of social and economic backgrounds, we share a bond of faith in Jesus Christ.

We are called in baptism through the Church to be light and salt to a world in need of hope. We are commissioned by Jesus to go out and bear fruit in his name that all may have life and have it in abundance.

We are a pilgrim people who together are constantly drawn to conversion of heart and the transformation of human structures. Thus, our lives become a social, intellectual, moral and spiritual passage toward the fullness of Life: Jesus Christ, without whom religious activity becomes meaningless.

Our mission, then, is integral evangelization: to proclaim the Good News of salvation in word and deed, putting ourselves at God's service in turning human hearts, attitudes, values and structures to the Reign of God.

We affirm His Reign wherever human beings consciously strive to live the ideal of the Gospel in concert with Jesus and we commit ourselves to seeking the fullness of His Reign.

As an evangelizing people set on God's Reign, we affirm the primary values of justice, freedom and truth as we work to enjoy the fruits of the Spirit; love, joy and peace.

Set as we are, on a journey of faith as the people of the Diocese of Rockford, we take upon ourselves the Gospel call to ever simplify our lives and structures so that Jesus the Lord is always visible and central to our vision.

In an age and place where the gift of individuality often grows into the curse of individualism, leaving people uprooted, we affirm the special grace of small intentional communities, where the Christian life can be lived on a deep level of faith-sharing, prayer and commitment to action.

We are a sacramental people who proclaim and bear witness to the truth that God's grace permeates all of life, human and divine, and we work to draw all Creation to God's Reign.

We are a consecrated people who, united with our shepherd, the Bishop of Rockford, make up a spiritual family whose faith is nourished by the sacramental life of the Church, especially, the Eucharist. Our pilgrim journey begins in the human family where the love of God is first revealed. Growing in grace, we come to realize that our lives and our destiny are also rooted in the larger families of parish, diocese, Universal Church and, indeed, the whole community.

As the Diocesan Church, we participate in the mission of the Universal Church, Christ's own mission: "Christ was sent by the Father 'to bring good news to the poor...to heal the contrite heart'(Lk. 4:18), 'to seek and to save what was lost'(Lk.19:10)" [Documents of Vatican II, Lumen Gentium, #8].
March 25, 1988

Rockford Diocese Statistical Profile

The Rockford Diocese covers 6,457 square miles of northwestern Illinois. It was established on Sept. 23, 1908. 

Its northern boundary is the state line of Illinois and Wisconsin. Its eastern boundary abuts the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Joliet. Its southern boundary abuts the Diocese of Peoria, and its western boundary is the Mississippi River. 

The diocese includes 11 counties: Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, JoDaviess, Kane, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago. The diocese includes urban, suburban and rural areas, and in many respects serves as a microcosm of the Catholic Church in the United States. 

According to the diocese's annual general report to the Vatican for the year ending Nov. 2010: 

There are 456,965 Catholics in the diocese's 11-county area. 

The diocese includes 105 parishes and one oratory. 

It is served by a total of 134 active priests in our diocese, with another 10 serving in other dioceses and one serving in a foreign mission. 

There are 42 religious priests, 137 permanent deacons, 110 religious women and 11 religious brothers serving in the diocese. 

Three men were ordained to the priesthood in 2010. 

There are 29 men studying for the Rockford diocesan priesthood at various seminaries. 
As regards to administration of the sacraments, there were

There were 10,474 children enrolled in the diocese's 40 grade schools, 4183 enrolled in its eight high schools(6 diocesan, 2 private), and 48,421 enrolled in parish religious education programs. 

History of the Rockford Diocese

On September 23, 1908, Pope Pius X erected the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois, placing it under the patronage of the Immaculate Conception. The territory making up the Rockford Diocese became the fifth diocese in the State of Illinois and the Province of Chicago. It was comprised of 12 counties in the Northwestern part of the State. Those original counties were: McHenry, Kane, Kendall, DeKalb, Boone, Winnebago, Ogle, Stephenson, Lee, Jo Davies, Carroll and Whiteside. The western boundary of the new diocese was the Mississippi River, the northern boundary was the Illinois-Wisconsin state line, the eastern boundary was the remaining counties of theArchdiocese of Chicago, and the southern boundary the northernmost counties of the Diocese of Peoria. The Diocese of Rockford encompassed 6,867 square miles.

The City of Rockford was established by Rome as the See City of the new diocese and St. James Parish, the older of the two parishes in the City of Rockford, was designated by the Holy See as the Pro-Cathedral for the new Diocese.

On September 28, 1908, Pope Pius, named the Most Reverend Peter James Muldoon, D.D., the first Bishop of the Rockford Diocese. He was installed at the Pro-Cathedral of St. James, Rockford, on December 15, 1908 by the Archbishop of Chicago, James E. Quigley, D.D.

At the time of the establishment of the Diocese of Rockford, the Catholic population stood at about 50,000 souls with 64 diocesan priests serving them in 12 counties in a total of 61 parishes (having a resident priest) and another seventeen missions (church with no priest in residence) and nine stations (no church and no resident priest, but Catholics were served from a neighboring parish). Of special note and indicative of the deep roots of Catholicism in the new Diocese is the fact that 22 of the 61 parishes and three of the 17 missions were settled and active prior to the American Civil War.

A complete history of the Diocese of Rockford was written and published in 2008 in honor of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the diocese. That commemorative history book includes photographs and histories from all parishes as well as agencies, organizations and closed parishes. The Diocesan History volume can be ordered atobserver@rockforddiocese.org for $25 each plus shipping and handling. 

Biography of Bishop David J. Malloy: 

Bishop Malloy was born Feb. 3, 1956 in Milwaukee, Wis., the son of David (deceased) and Mary Malloy. 

He has one sister Mary Ellen and four brothers; Daniel, Father Francis, Robert and Richard. 

He attended Christ King Grade School in Wauwatosa, Wis., and graduated from Wauwatosa East School in 1974. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He studied one year at St. Francis de Sales Seminary in Milwaukee and five years at the Gregorian University in Rome where he received advanced degrees in theology. 

He was ordained to the priesthood in 1983 by Archbishop Rembert Weakland. 

He served two years as associate pastor of St. John Nepomuk Parish in Racine. In preparation for the Vatican Diplomatic Service he attended the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy from 1986 to 1990 where he received a degree in Canon Law from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas, (Angelicum) and a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Gregorian University. After his studies, he served as secretary to the Apostolic Nunciature (Vatican Embassies) in Pakistan (1990-1994) and the Apostolic Nunciature in Syria (1995). From 1995 to 1998 he was secretary to the Permanent Observer Mission to the Holy See. Bishop Malloy left the Diplomatic Service in 1998 and served for two and a half years in the Vatican's prefecture of the Papal Household helping with the Great Jubilee Year of 2000. 

In 2001 he was appointed Associate General Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and in 2006 began a five year term as General Secretary. After his term at the USCCB ended, Bishop Malloy was assigned to be pastor at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Lake Geneva where he has served since Aug. 1, 2011. 

He was ordained and installed as the ninth Bishop of Rockford on Monday, May 14, 2012. 

He speaks Italian, Spanish and some French.

Bishop David J. Malloy is the ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Rockford. On Tuesday March 20, 2012, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, announced that Pope Benedict XVI had appointed Msgr. Malloy, 57, who was at the time, pastor of St. Francis De Sales Parish in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Rockford in Illinois to succeed the retiring Bishop Thomas Doran. On May 14, 2012, he was ordained and installed as the Bishop of Rockford.

 

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