Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockford

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Diocese of Rockford
Dioecesis Rockfordiensis
Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockford.svg
Country United States
Territory 11 counties in northwestern Illinois
Ecclesiastical province Chicago
Metropolitan Chicago
Coordinates 42°15′57″N 88°57′49″W / 42.265808°N 88.963501°W / 42.265808; -88.963501Coordinates: 42°15′57″N 88°57′49″W / 42.265808°N 88.963501°W / 42.265808; -88.963501
Area 6,457 sq mi (16,720 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
451,509 (27.1%)
Parishes 107
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established September 23, 1908; 110 years ago (1908-09-23)
Cathedral Cathedral of Saint Peter
Patron saint Immaculate Conception
Secular priests 134
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop David John Malloy
Diocese of Rockford (Illinois - USA).jpg
Cathedral of St. Peter

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockford (Latin: Dioecesis 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. Pope Benedict XVI appointed David John Malloy, as the ninth and current bishop on March 20, 2012. He was installed on May 14, 2012.[1][2] 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 Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Kane, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago.


Saint Pius X erected the Diocese of Rockford on September 27, 1907, and established it 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.


  1. Peter Muldoon (1908-1927)
  2. Edward Francis Hoban (1928-1942), appointed Coadjutor Bishop and later Bishop of Cleveland (elevated to Archbishop (personal title))
  3. John Joseph Boylan (1942-1953)
  4. Raymond Peter Hillinger (1953-1956), appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
  5. Donald Martin Carroll (1956), resigned before consecration, citing health problems[3]
  6. Loras Thomas Lane (1956-1968)
  7. Arthur Joseph O'Neill (1968-1994)
  8. Thomas George Doran (1994-2012)
  9. David John Malloy (2012-present)

Other priests of this diocese who became bishops[edit]

High schools[edit]


  1. ^ "RINUNCIA DEL VESCOVO DI ROCKFORD (U.S.A.) E NOMINA DEL SUCCESSORE" [Resignation of the Bishop of Rockford (U.S.A.) and Appointment of Successor]. Daily Bulletin: Waivers and Appointments (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  2. ^ "The Most Reverend David J. Malloy". Diocese of Rockford. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Bishops of the Rockford Diocese". Diocese of Rockford. Archived from the original on 29 October 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2012.


  • Kagan, David; Easton, Laurine M. (2007). History of the Diocese of Rockford. Strasbourg, France: Éditions du Signe. ISBN 978-2-7468-1816-3.

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