Welcome to the Cathedral of St. Peter

Most Reverend David J. Malloy, D.D., J.C.L., S.T.D. 
Bishop of Rockford

 Cathedral of St. Peter is a Roman Catholic Church whose mission is that of Jesus Christ: the conversion of sinners and the salvation of souls. This is accomplished by preaching the Gospel, celebrating the Sacraments and evangelizing the world around us.


The Year of Mercy Holy Door at the Cathedral of St. Peter

On Dec 8th Pope Francis will open the Holy Door at St. Peter Basilica in Rome, opening the celebration of a year of mercy. 

Pope Francis explained the purpose of this extraordinary year in this way:

“We want to live this Jubilee Year in light of the Lord’s words: ‘Merciful like the Father’. . . I present this Extraordinary Jubilee Year dedicated to living out in our daily lives the mercy which the Father constantly extends to all of us.”

“. . . to reach the Holy Door in Rome or in any other place in the world, everyone, each according to his or her ability, will have to make a pilgrimage.  This will be a sign that mercy is also a goal to reach and requires dedication and sacrifice.  May pilgrimage be an impetus to conversion: by crossing the threshold of the Holy Door, we will find the strength to embrace God’s mercy and dedicate ourselves to being merciful with others as the Father has been with us.”  (from Misericordiae Vultus)

The designated Holy Door at the Cathedral of St. Peter is the main door on Church Street at the south end of the Cathedral.  This entrance will be closed off on the weekend of the Feast of Christ the King, Nov. 21/22.  The door will be solemnly opened for the Holy Year at the end of a Mass on 11:00 a.m. on Sunday Dec. 13th

This Holy Year is a strong call to repentance and to the experience of God’s grace in the sacraments, especially through Reconciliation.  It is also a special time to live out the call to mercy and forgiveness in the Church, in our families, and in our society and world. 

Jesus Christ is the Face of the Father's Mercy!

-Misericordia Vultus 1

The Main Doors of the Cathedral will be closed on 21 November 2015 at the request of His Holiness, Pope Francis.

These Main Doors to the Cathedral of Saint Peter will be solemnly opened in a special Mass to be celebrated by

The Most Reverend David J. Malloy, Bishop of Rockford

on 13 December 2015, the Third Sunday of Advent, at 10:45 a.m.

Let these doors remind us all of our pilgrimage toward heaven, and that Jesus Christ is the only Door through which we obtain God's liberating and life-giving Mercy.

Access to the Cathedral during these next three weeks will be through the doors flanking the main doors or through the doors at the North end of the Cathedral.

Upcoming Cathedral Events

Ecumenical Taize Prayer

Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Peter

Coming Soon!!

Judy Hehr

Inspirational Speaker & Motivational Coach

February 17, 2016

Cathedral of St. Peter

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