A Woman of Faith Award
We honor Kathy this year with our third annual Women of Faith award.
A Woman of Faith Award 2017
Kathy Worboys was a devoted wife to Steve, a mother and grandmother. She was a long time resident of Honeoye Falls and active member of St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church. Prior to being diagnosed with cancer more than 5 years ago, Kathy had a daycare in their home. In addition to taking her charges for walks to the playground, she often brought them to daily Mass.
Kathy was a cradle Catholic, loved her faith and was deeply devoted to the Blessed Mother and the Rosary and accomplished much in her desire to bring others to the faith and to Mary. She was a member of the Rosary and Altar Society at her parish and 8 years ago, Kathy said yes to the organization America Needs Fatima to coordinate a Public Rosary in Honeoye Falls as thousands of other groups did the same across the country. Annually on the Saturday closest to the Anniversary of the last apparition of Our Lady to the three children in Fatima, Portugal –October 13, 1917–, a Public Rosary has been held at Harry Allen Park under Kathy’s leadership. This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady’s last appearance to the children, and on Saturday, October 14th, as Catholics and many non-Catholics have done for the past seven years in Honeoye Falls, we will again gather to publicly pray the Rosary.
To encourage others to pray, Kathy lead the Rosary daily in church. For many years, Kathy was a member of a weekly prayer group and she also was an active member in the St. John of Rochester Prayer group. Both groups pray the Rosary when they gather. Every Saturday morning Kathy prayed 15 decades of the Rosary with a small group in front of Highland Hospital for an end to abortion. Kathy was a weekly adorer at St. Joseph’s Adoration Chapel in Rush.
Despite difficult treatments over the years, Kathy remained hopeful and positive, determined not to let the cancer and treatment side effects interfere with daily living. She was a role model to family and friends and her medical team. Shortly after being diagnosed with cancer, Kathy and Steve went on a Marian Pilgrimage including a stop at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes. This was their second trip to the Shrine. When they returned to Rochester, a Pet Scan showed a partial cure of the cancer that Kathy attributed to bathing in the water at Lourdes.
Kathy died peacefully at Advent House in Fairport, on Wednesday, July 5th, with her family at her side. On her funeral program was a quote from Kathy “Pray the Rosary daily; and teach it to your children.”
May she rest in peace.