Bishop Leads Prayers, Talks to Diocesan Staff About Abuse
August 23, 2018
Bishop David Malloy took time after lunch Aug. 16 to say the rosary with staff members at the Diocesan Administration Building in Rockford. He also offered a prayer for the victims and others who have been hurt by the recent sex abuse revelations involving clergy.  In addition, he led everyone in the “Prayer for Healing Victims of Abuse” (below) from the U.S.Conference of Catholic Bishops:
 
God of endless love ever caring, ever strong always present, always just; You gave your only Son to save us by His Blood on the Cross. 
 
Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace, join to your own suffering the pain of all who have been hurt in body, mind, and spirit by those who betrayed the trust placed in them. 
 
Hear the cries of our brothers and sisters who have been gravely harmed, and the cries of those who love them. Soothe their restless hearts with hope, steady their shaken spirits with faith. Grant them justice for their cause, enlightened by your truth. 
 
Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts, heal your people’s wounds and transform brokenness into wholeness. Grant us the courage and wisdom, humility and grace, to act with justice. Breathe wisdom into our prayers and labors. Grant that all harmed by abuse find peace in justice. 
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.