The newest Judy Dench major motion picture called Philomena is a true story with a direct connection to Rockford, Illinois. Philomena Lee was an unmarried pregnant teen in Ireland forced into a convent to have her child and then give him up for adoption. The couple who adopted the boy and a young girl was Dr. Michael Hess and his wife Marge of Rockford. We are actively seeking memories and photos of Mike to share with his Mom. If you have photos or memories to share, please send us your name and email address using the Contact Form below and we will provide you with a private email address.

Article published in The Observer

  This piece, also published February 28, 2014, is available on the site of The Observer, The Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford. … [Read More...]

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