Msgr. Malloy, Milwaukee native & Lake Geneva priest, named Rockford Illinois bishop

Cdl. George & Msgr. Malloy
A Lake Geneva Catholic priest who spent most of his career in the Vatican diplomatic corps, has been tapped to lead the Diocese of Rockford, Ill., Pope Benedict XVI announced Tuesday morning.

Monsignor David Malloy, 56, pastor of St. Francis de Sales Parish and former general secretary of the Washington-based U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will succeed 76-year-old Bishop Thomas Doran.

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee, which includes Lake Geneva, announced the appointment on its website Tuesday morning, with Archbishop Jerome Listecki calling it a loss for the archdiocese but “a gain for the faithful of Rockford.”

"Our prayers and good wishes go with him as he responds to his new call."

A Milwaukee native, Malloy graduated from Marquette University and studied at Milwaukee's St. Francis de Sales Seminary in Milwaukee, and colleges in Rome. He holds degrees in canon law and theology. He served as a parish priest for two years, at St. John Nepomuk in Racine, and joined St. Francis de Sales in Lake Geneva as administrator last year.

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