Pope Benedict Appoints Local Priest as Bishop Of Rockford, Ill.

Pope Benedict XVI announced today that he has appointed Msgr. David J. Malloy as the 9th bishop of the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois. Malloy will succeed Bishop Thomas Doran, who is retiring.

“I am extremely proud and pleased that the Holy Father has chosen a priest of our diocese to lead the Diocese of Rockford.  Although a loss for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and his parish, St. Francis de Sales in Lake Geneva, it is a gain for the faithful of Rockford and the State of Illinois, as well as the Church of the United States. Our prayers and good wishes go with him as he responds to this new call,” said Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki.

David Malloy was born February 3, 1956, in Milwaukee. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Marquette University, and then studied for the priesthood at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary in Milwaukee and the North American College in Rome. He was ordained a priest for the archdiocese in 1983.

Prior to ordination he earned a bachelor’s degree and a licentiate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. After ordination he earned a licentiate in canon law from Rome’s Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum) and a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University.

After ordination Bishop-elect Malloy was associate pastor at St. John Nepomuk Parish, in Racine, Wisconsin, 1984-1986. He studied for the Vatican Diplomatic Corps, 1986-1990. His diplomatic corps assignments included secretary, apostolic nunciature, Pakistan, 1990-1994; secretary, apostolic nunciature, Syria, 1995; secretary, U.S. Permanent Observer to the Mission of the Holy See, 1995-1998. He also assisted in the Prefecture of the Papal Household at the Vatican, 1998-2001.

At the USCCB, he served as associate general secretary, 2001-2006, and general secretary, 2006-2011. He was named administrator at St. Francis De Sales Parish, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, 2011-2012, and pastor of that parish in 2012.

The ordination and installation of Bishop-elect Malloy is scheduled for Monday, May 14, 2012, 2 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bank Center in downtown Rockford, Ill. Vespers will take place on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Rockford, Ill.

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