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XV Ordinary General Assembly of Bishops
Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment

Date: February 23, 2017

The Rockford Diocese received formal notice that Pope Francis will convoke the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2018. The topic for this synod will be: "Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment." To assist the Holy See and the bishops in their discussions for this synod, a preparatory Document for the Synod has been released to all episcopal conferences, the synods of the Eastern Catholic Churches sui iuris, the Union of Superiors General and Decasteries of the Roman Curia. The Holy See asks that information on this synod be shared as widely as possible so that all those Catholics, especially young people, who wish to do so in the Diocese of Rockford and around the world may have an opportunity to provide input.

To assist the universal church in that effort, Bishop David J. Malloy has circulated the Preparatory Document for this Synod to the Deans and priests throughout the diocese and to the Diocesan Pastoral Council for response. The responses from dioceses will be gathered by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to be passed on to the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops assembled by the Holy See.

For those Catholics wishing to submit responses please read very carefully the body of the Preparatory Document found in the links provided below. This context will help prepare you to address the series of questions and aid you in framing a response. When answering these questions please keep in mind that "young people" are defined as those 16-29 years of age.

To those wishing to provide input, we offer the following suggestions.
1. First, read just the body of the Preparatory Document (follow link in English or Spanish).
2. Then note your initial responses.
3. Next, review the questions. There are 21 questions, under 4 sub headings or categories.
4. You are invited to respond to any or all questions. You may wish to focus on one or more of the subsections. Treat the questions as a guide. We suggest you focus on either an area of particular interest, experience or expertise.
5. On the topic(s) you choose to address, prepare a brief response of roughly one or two paragraphs each.
6. To submit your responses you must include all the information below along with your responses. Due to the time needed by the Holy See to assemble this material, your responses must be received in writing, signed and received NO LATER THAN JUNE 2, 2017.

• Your name and complete address.
• Your parish name and the city of your parish.
• Your role if you are making a submission on behalf of a group or parish
• Your signature

Mail your responses to:
P.O. BOX 7044

Thank you for your consideration in taking part in this important synodal process and assisting in the Holy Father's request through this work.
In Memoriam: Reverend Monsignor William J. Clausen, STL

Date: August 15, 2016

The Chancery received word Monday, August 15, 2016, that Reverend Monsignor William J. Clausen, STL, died this morning at Presence Cor Mariae Center, Rockford, where he was a resident. Monsignor was born on June 25, 1936, in Freeport, Illinois, to John Thomas and Cecilia Margaret Pettit Clausen.

Monsignor Clausen was ordained to the priesthood on June 2, 1962 by Most Reverend Loras Lane. He attended St. Thomas Catholic High School, Rockford (1950-52), and Sacred Heart, Geneva, Illinois (1953-55). He then attended college at Sacred Heart Seminary in Hales Corners, Wisconsin (1954-55) and St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois (1955-58), and seminary at St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein (1958-62). Monsignor was first assigned as Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph Parish, Harvard, Illinois (1962-64); St. Mary Parish, Pecatonica,Illinois (1964-65); St. Joseph Parish, Elgin, Illinois (1965-69); St. Anne Parish, Dixon, Illinois(1969-71), St. Patrick Parish, Rochelle, Illinois (1971-1974).

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Bishop Malloy Asks for Prayers to End Violence and Terrorism

Date: June 13, 2016

Statement from Bishop David Malloy:

I ask all people to join with Archbishop Kurtz, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops who said that "Waking up to the unspeakable violence in Orlando reminds us of how precious human life is.

Click here to read Bishop Malloy's Full Statement

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Statement from the Diocese of Rockford Regarding the Arrest of Father Alfredo Pedraza

Date: February 11, 2016

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Fun Week Ahead

Date: January 29, 2016

Best wishes for a wonderful Catholic Schools Week to all our Catholic schools.

See today's issue of The Observer for photos of Catholic school students living their faith, knowledge and service.

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Diocesan Receptionist Wins Trip to See Pope

Date: September 24, 2015

Nancie Brown, receptionist at the Rockford Diocesan Administration Center, won a trip from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to Philadelphia from Sept. 24-27. Besides airfare and hotel, the trip includes special seating tickets to the pope's talk at the World Meeting of Families.

She entered the contest, which awarded this one and only trip, at the USCCB website at the urging of a co-worker friend.

Watch The Observer newspaper and Facebook pages for photos and stories of diocesan Catholics who travelled to see the pope during his U.S. tour.

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Bishop Malloy Greets Pope Francis

Date: September 23, 2015

Bishop Malloy, representing Region 7 of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops greets Pope Francis today at St. Matthew Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
In Memoriam: Rev. Edward J. Seisser

Date: August 17, 2015

The Chancery received word Monday, August 17, 2015, that Reverend Edward J. Seisser, died on Sunday, August 16, 2015. Father was born on December 15, 1957, in Elgin, Illinois, to Joseph F. and Shirley F. (Knudsen) Seisser.

Father Seisser attended Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and continued to Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, Wisconsin. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 1998, by the Most Reverend Thomas G. Doran at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Rockford, Illinois. Father's first assignment was as Parochial Vicar at St. John Neumann Parish, St. Charles, Illinois (6/1998-6/2001); Pastor, St. Mary Parish, Elgin, Illinois (6/2001-10/2011); Superintendent and Principal at St. Edward Central Catholic High School, Elgin, Illinois (4/2006-7/2009); Pastor, Holy Family Parish, Rockford, Illinois (10/2011-7/2014); Chaplain, Knights of Columbus Holy Family Council (11/2011-11/2014); Pastor, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Dundee, Illinois and St. Mary Parish, Gilberts, Illinois (7/2014-present) and Superintendent of St. Edward Central Catholic High School, Elgin, Illinois (7/2014-present).

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