Rockford Diocese

Bishop Emeritus Of Rockford Catholic Diocese Dies

Sep 1, 2016

Reverend Thomas G. Doran of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford died today at the age of 80.

Doran was appointed the eighth Bishop of the Rockford Diocese in 1994 and served until he retired on 2012.

He was the second native born priest of the Rockford Diocese to serve as its bishop.

Doran studied in Rome and became a national expert in the Church’s Canon Law. 

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The leader of the Catholic Church’s Rockford Diocese says he is “filled with joy” over the College of Cardinals’ selection of Pope Francis. 

Five-thousand Catholics from across northern Illinois gathered in Rockford Monday for the ordination of their new bishop, David Malloy.