CRYSTAL LAKE—At the McHenry Deanery Women of Inspiration banquet on Sept. 15, Bishop David J. Malloy posed a question once asked by St. Ignatius of Loyola as he read through the Lives of the Saints for the first time.
“What if I were to live that kind of life?” Bishop Malloy quoted, adding that “in many ways, that is the wisdom of an evening like this,” to become motivated to ask ourselves that same question. The “love for Christ, love of the Church and a life of prayer” behind the many works done by these women being honored are the keys to that service, he said, concluding that “if this evening motivates us toward those three things, it will be well worthwhile.”
The men and women introducing the 15 honorees at this ninth annual event, held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Hall, spoke of the qualities they see in their honorees.
Teresa Malmgren’s “ever-present presence,” was noted by Father Thomas Doyle, along with her hugs for the priests, “as Bishop Malloy just experienced,” he said as the audience chuckled.
Msgr. Joseph Jarmoluk said that Elaine Brandstetter “wants to make everybody’s life easier. She’s one of the giants in the community” of Spring Grove.
Other women were touted for their “deep love of our faith,” for being “a wonderful impact on the life of the parish,” for “walking the walk,” and for having a “gracious, prayerful, peaceful presence.”
Carol White was described as a “candle surgeon” by Father Burt Absalon of St. Mary Church in Woodstock for her ability to remove wax. He noted that his parish’s second honoree, Maria Scott, “acts as a bridge (and) brings God’s love wherever she goes” as she works with Anglo and Latino parish members.
The Catholic Women of Inspiration event is presented each year by the McHenry Deanery Council of Catholic Women.