April 14, 2015
ROCKFORD, Ill. (CNS) — Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford visited tornado-damaged neighborhoods in Rochelle after praying with residents at an evening Mass at St. Patrick Church April 11.
According to the National Weather Service, eight tornadoes hit northern and central Illinois April 9.
A massive tornado, measuring EF4, touched down near Rochelle, which is about 25 miles south of Rockford, damaging or destroying about 50 homes and other buildings. In nearby Fairdale, all 72 buildings there were damaged or destroyed, according to some reports.