By Amanda Hudson
ALGONQUIN—Bishop David Malloy was honored by the Rockford Diocesan Council of Catholic Women on March 22 during a luncheon at the Golf Club of Illinois in Algonquin.
The DCCW holds the event every other year at various locations throughout the diocese.
Bishop Malloy spoke after the meal about the challenge to find volunteers and the need for parish and DCCW members to “be who we are” in a profound way, including being people of prayer and faithfulness with a willingness to sacrifice to build up the Church.
He received a prayer bouquet from those gathered, and he said he was “particularly grateful” for that spiritual bouquet of their promises to pray for him.
“Prayer works,” he said. “A group like this is full of a lot of (good) things, but to be full of hope” is very important.
Bishop Malloy mentioned a seminar on trafficking that the DCCW is organizing for Oct. 27. He spoke of things he had learned from Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Galveston/Houston Archdiocese, about “the complications we don’t hear about.”
Those complications include:
• how vulnerable people can be literally held hostage by traffickers,
• how the proposed wall at the U.S. southern border with Mexico will be a “minor inconvenience” to traffickers,
• that trafficking exists because of society’s demands, and further complexities from its connections with drug money.
He spoke of a house in the cardinal’s diocese where trafficked young Latina women were held hostage and asked “Where would they be looking for hope and help?” after being found and rescued.
“The world is confused and very broken, and it needs us,” the bishop told the women and men gathered.
“I ask you to continue to do what you do ... the Lord knows how to use everything we do. “I’m very grateful for what you do,” he added.