Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church

Aurora, IL

Father David R Engbarth
August 24, 1948 – November 22, 2023

The family of Father David R. Engbarth, a cherished son, brother, uncle, and Priest, is sad to announce that he passed away on November 22, 2023, in Largo, Florida. Born August 24, 1948, in Rockford, IL, Father Engbarth lived a life dedicated to his faith in Jesus Christ, his family, and the people he served.
In 1975, Father Engbarth received his Masters of Theology Degree from St Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore, MD. and was soon ordained a Catholic Priest on November 20, 1976, at St Joseph Catholic Church, Freeport, IL, by late Bishop Arthur J. O’Neil.

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Statement from All Catholic Dioceses in the State of Illinois

The six Catholic dioceses of Illinois, which includes Belleville, Chicago, Joliet, Peoria, Rockford and Springfield, today issued a statement of a Summary of Processes in all six dioceses for Handling Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors Against Clerics.
This joint statement is being issued in anticipation of a final report being prepared by the Illinois Attorney General in regard to its inquiry into this matter begun in 2018. A preliminary report of its inquiry was issued in December of 2018.

DIOCESE OF ROCKFORD—Church attendance is a concern for almost every faith denomination. And the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the problem of getting people to church and now back to church.

Bishop Malloy as International Peace and Justice Chair Calls Catholics to assist Turkey and Syria

A statement from Bishop David Malloy on the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

The Diocese of Rockford issued a statement on today’s Supreme Court’s decision which has overturned Roe v Wade. Here is the full statement:

The Supreme Court decision, released today in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, is a moment for profound reflection for our nation.

The Catholic Church, along with many other people of faith and of good will, has long sought the reversal of the 1973 Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade. That tragic decision legalized abortion in the United States. The result has been over 63 million lives lost by abortion. Each of those babies were recognized by science, reason and faith as members of the human family who were made in the image and likeness of God and who had already begun their journey with us as our brothers and sisters. Roe v. Wade has caused a collective loss of recognition and love for them as human beings and for their right to life enshrined in our Constitution and our national purpose.


Diocese Opens Eucharistic Revival June 19

For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission: For further information please click the link.  For a Synodal Church

Por una Iglesia sinodal: Comunión, participación y misión. Para mas informacion click en el enlance. Por una Iglesia sinodal

Illinois Bishops Urge Action on Invest In Kids Act

The six Catholic Bishops of Illinois have issued a letter urging Catholics to contact their legislators to help preserve the value of the Invest In Kids Act.
Read the full letter here in English and Spanish.

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