Inspirational Catholic Women Honored at Annual Event
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
November 10, 2022
ROCKFORD—For the 29th year, Catholic women who serve in their parish were honored by their parish families and their own families and friends at a banquet, held this year on Nov. 6 at Franchesco’s Ristorante, here.
Sponsored by the Rockford Deanery Council of Catholic Women, the event included photos with Bishop David Malloy and awards presentation. Joining honorees, their parish priests and family and friends were Bishop Malloy, Father Kenneth Stachyra, spiritual advisor for the Rockford Deanery CCW, Msgr. Thomas Dzielak, spiritual advisor for the Diocesan CCW, and Josie Whaley, president of the Diocesan CCW. Bishop Malloy and Whaley provided a few remarks after being introduced by Miechelle Terranova, mistress of ceremonies.
“I hope that you will feel the love in these rooms as we dine together and honor these very special ladies who have been named Woman of the Year at their given parish,” said Terranova as she welcomed the crowd filling two banquet rooms. Honoree Clara Fragozo assisted by providing those same remarks in Spanish, while both Whaley and Bishop Malloy provided their brief thoughts in both English and Spanish.
It’s great to see so many beautiful faces out there, and I know we’re all very proud of you, and are especially proud of your families. … I bring you greetings from the National Council (also),” Whaley said, noting she and Msgr. Dzielak had returned that very day from the National CCW conference.
Bishop Malloy led the dinner blessing, also noting overall the many contributions of the women being honored. “I know there’s previous honorees, we have the current honorees, there probably are a lot of future honorees, and a lot of families,” he said. “It kind of sums up in so many ways the beauty of this evening.”
Each of the women had their picture taken with Bishop Malloy who, after dinner, presented the awards to each. They were each described in the evening program, with glowing accounts of their varied works in their parishes including being involved with Scouts, choir, pastoral council, religious education, grounds and gardening, a host of committees, volunteer work beyond the parish, helping in the parish office, lectoring, eucharistic ministry, St. Vincent de Paul, assisting with dinners and luncheons, with Respect Life ministry and other parish events. 
Some were noted as caring for the sick, leading the rosary, evangelizing others to come to the Catholic faith, for showing kindness and care to others and for embodying their faith in their prayers.


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