Bishop David Malloy is about to celebrate his first anniversary as the leader of the Rockford Catholic Diocese.
It's hard to believe that it's been a year since Bishop Malloy was ordained in Rockford.
We've seen a lot happen in 12 months time from the changing of the Pope in the Vatican to numerous national catastrophes and still hot topics going on within the church itself and as the man himself, Bishop Malloy, says, he's taking it all in stride.
A packed BMO Harris Bank Center affirmed the appointment of Malloy just shy of a year ago.
Little did he know, he'd witness a conclave in his first 12 months.
"The changes that we've had, particularly the change of Holy Father is really going to mark in many ways, the first year."
A first year that has confirmed a trend churches everywhere are dealing with, smaller congregations.
"One of the things that we find in our studies, surprisingly to me, is that there's a large number of people that drift away with no reason," said Malloy.
The Catholic church has also been under fire for its stance on gay marriage, a topic Bishop Malloy doesn't see the church budging on.
While Malloy thinks about his first 12 months on the job, the man he replaced, Bishop Emeritus Thomas Doran talks about his first 12 months of retirement.
"Retirement, I highly recommend it," said Doran. "People say, "Do you miss it?" No. There are a lot of things that you do, that you look back on and say, 'Well I wonder what I would've done differently', you know, but that's over."
The official anniversary of Bishop David Malloy's ordination is May 14th.
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