Br Patrick Howlett awarded Papal Honour for services to education

29/03/2012

Brother Patrick Howlett Papal Honour News Story
Marist Brother provincial, Br Jeffrey Crowe (left), Director of Schools Greg Whitby, Br Patrick Howlett and Bishop Anthony.

Marist Brother, Patrick Howlett fms, principal of Parramatta Marist High School Westmead, has been awarded the Croce Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice by the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.

At the conclusion of Catholic Education’s Silver Jubilee Education Mass on Thursday 22 March, the Bishop of Parramatta Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP presented Br Patrick with the Papal Award the Croce Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (the Cross of Honour for the Church), which is the highest recognition awarded by the Pope to a member of religious order.

Bishop Anthony nominated Br Patrick for the Papal honour noting his 50 years of dedicated service to Catholic education.

At the ceremony, St Oliver’s Harris Park Parish Priest Fr Arthur Bridge read Br Patrick’s citation to the congregation who gave a standing ovation.

"Br Patrick Howlett is a most extraordinary educator and visionary held in the highest esteem by professional colleagues, students and communities," the citation read.

"Br Patrick Howlett espouses a professional relationship that is underpinned by Gospel values, this has been central in his leadership and mission in Catholic Education. He demonstrates the five charisms of St Marcellin Champagnat: love of work; family spirit; presence, simplicity and love of Mary.

"As local principal he is distinguished by virtue of his fine leadership, deep and abiding commitment to school and student body and uniquely innovative and progressive approach to teaching and education."

Read full story at the Catholic Education, Diocese of Parramatta Site

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