The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockford
is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese
of the Roman Catholic Church
in the northern Illinois
region of the United States
. The prelate
is a bishop
serving as pastor
of the motherchurch
, the Cathedral of Saint Peter
in the City of Rockford
. A diocese of the Metropolitan Province of Chicago
, the metropolitan bishop
of Rockford is the Archbishop of Chicago
The Diocese of Rockford comprises the Counties of Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, JoDaviess, Kane, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago.
The Diocese of Rockford was erected on September 27, 1907 and established on September 23, 1908. Its territory was taken from the Archdiocese of Chicago.
The current bishop of Rockford is Thomas G. Doran, ordained by Pope John Paul II on June 24, 1994.