Catholic Diocese of Rockford

Jenna Dooley

In a previous Friday Forum, we spoke with former Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey about his opposition to the Catholic Diocese of Rockford's plan to demolish its former chancery, which is the traditional name for a diocese's administrative offices. It was built in 1929 and has been vacant for nearly a decade. Morrissey joined a group calling for historic designation for the chancery and a pair of surrounding buildings near Court Street.

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The Catholic Diocese of Rockford has released a list of 15 clerics accused of sexually abusing minors. The list includes priests, a deacon, and a brother. The accusations range from 1925 to 1991. Some of the names were released previously, but some are being disclosed for the first time. All have been removed from the ministry and ten have died. Bishop David Malloy says the list is being released to “reassure the faithful and public at large.” It's available on the Rockford Diocese website.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockford

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockford plans to close three schools in the city due to lack of enrollment at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

St. Edward, St. Bernadette, and Cathedral of St. Peter schools will be merged into the St. James School on First Street. The associated academic programs will be folded into this new institution, along with the students from the parishes affected by the closings. Communication Director Penny Wiegert says the closures will be the end result of a strategic plan meant to deal with a decline in student enrollment.