Members of the Diocese of Rockford Religious Liberty Committee
Msgr. Eric Barr, Vicar General, Chairman
Msgr. Glenn Nelson, Vicar General, Moderator of the Curia
Ellen Lynch, Diocesan General Counsel
John McGrath, Director of Educational Services
Mitch Striedl, Director of Respect Life
Kathy Whitcomb, Secretary
Penny Wiegert, Director of Communication
Patrick Winn, Director of Catholic Charities

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”                                                                    --First Amendment

It is no mistake that our founding fathers gave these important rights priority in our constitution. The freedom of religion is rooted in the very dignity of every human person regardless of the individual faith they choose to practice.

Until recently, our laws have respected and honored the conscience rights of religious institutions and individuals—a heritage that has helped the United States stand out among free nations around the world.

Assaults to our right to exercise the faith we hold dear, and our ancestors have held for more than 2,000 years,  have been direct and unrelenting over the past two years. 

As Catholics, we cannot and will not compromise our core beliefs.  We cannot and will not allow any government mandate to force us to participate in any activity morally or religiously objectionable.

Therefore we take this opportunity to make our voices one and to make them heard through education, action and prayer. On this website you will find the tools necessary to do all of it. Please use these resources personally and in your parish so together, we might protect our first, most cherished freedom … religious liberty.

Bishop David J. Malloy


2013 Fortnight for Freedom: June 21 to July 4

The U.S. bishops have called for a Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week period of prayer and action, to address many current challenges to religious liberty, including the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate;  Supreme Court rulings that could redefine marriage in June, and religious liberty concerns in areas such as immigration and humanitarian services.