Papal Honours and Diocesan Medals of Honour 2012
|Papal Honours...Mrs Valda Silvy and Deacon James Phelan with Bishop Anthony. Photo: Alfred Boudib|
Two Papal Honours and 22 Diocesan Medals of Honour for 2012 have been presented by the Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, on the Feast of Christ the King (Sunday 25 November).
Deacon James Phelan received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (Cross of Honour) and Mrs Valda Silvy received the Benemerenti Medal during the Solemn Mass in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta.
The Diocesan Medal of Honour acknowledges those who serve the Church and the community with honour and distinction.
The recipients of the medal are people across the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta who serve in ministry through their parish, agency, school or local community.
The inaugural recipient was the late Ray Reid, founding Director of Centacare Parramatta.
2012 Diocesan Medal of Honour recipients
For her extraordinary breadth of work over 50 years in St Patrick’s Cathedral Parish in catechetical education and parish ministry, as a genealogist and archivist of local and Church history, and as a model of Gospel values.
For 27 years of service as an acolyte in St Patrick’s Cathedral Parish most notably for his involvement in the training and instruction of altar servers, in catechetical education for 14 years and pastoral care ministry. Clayton is a shining example of dedication to the Church.
For 26 years of service in the parish of Our Lady Queen of Peace at Greystanes in catechetical education and parish ministry, demonstrating her faith by her care for others through home visitation, offering pastoral care and as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist.
For more than 50 years’ voluntary involvement in the charitable works of the St Vincent de Paul Society, most notably providing financial counselling at Rutherglen and then the Caroline Chisholm Centre for the poor and disadvantaged in Western Sydney.
For his many activities on behalf of the St Vincent de Paul Society in the general community and in pastoral support ministry in St Madeleine Sophie Barat’s Parish at Kenthurst, living the mission of loving God in a practical way and welcoming all into His family.
Sr Anna Conway RSM
For 25 years of service to St Madeleine Sophie Barat’s Parish at Kenthurst as Pastoral Associate and the wider community; providing support and leadership and as a model of Christian values.
For more than 25 years of service as a volunteer and assistant manager at the Newman Resource Centre (formerly Cardinal Newman Catechist Centre) to provide catechetical resources to the Diocese of Parramatta, and the Catholic Church nationally and internationally.
For more than 50 years of service to St Margaret Mary’s Parish at Merrylands, he is noted for his leadership through his work in catechetical education and parish ministry, activities with the St Vincent de Paul Society and the Knights of the Southern Cross.
For her long-lasting contribution to the school and parish community of St Oliver Plunkett at Harris Park; most notably through catechetical education and her involvement in parish ministry and committees as a devout and active member.
For more than 25 years of service in St Bernadette’s Parish at Castle Hill, our Parramatta diocesan community, the Diocese of Broken Bay and Archdiocese of Sydney in the areas of music and technology, enriching the faith of the congregation.
For long-standing service in parish ministry in Our Lady of the Rosary Parish at Kellyville; most notably as an Acolyte and Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist and as a model for Christian living through his dedication to his family and parish community.
For more than 50 years of outstanding and extensive service to the Church and in her local community in the Blue Mountains through her involvement in pastoral care and bereavement support in St Finbar’s Parish at Glenbrook as a marvellous example of dedication and generosity of spirit.
For her 30-year involvement in ministry in St Andrew the Apostle Parish at Marayong, most notably as a catechetical educator, and in work with the RCIA, sacramental programs and as parish secretary sharing her faith commitment in practical ways in her parish community.
For the gift of her leadership and talent over more than 35 years in the liturgical music ministry of Sacred Heart Parish at Blackheath and her longstanding appointments as secretary for both school and parish communities.
For her dedication to her faith and invaluable assistance to the clergy and parish community of St Aidan’s Parish at Rooty Hill, most notably through her 12 years in volunteer work as housekeeper and in parish ministry.
Sr Catherine Maddock CHF
For more than 39 years of service in the development of schools and the education of children in the Diocese of Parramatta and in New Zealand; through her leadership and in her lifelong dedication to tending the spiritual and intellectual needs of her students.
For her catechetical apostolate work over more than 32 years as the manager of the Newman Resource Centre (formerly Cardinal Newman Catechist Centre) to provide catechetical resources to the Diocese of Parramatta and the Catholic Church nationally and internationally.
Kenneth William Morrisey
For his commitment to social justice through his work at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish at Greystanes and with the Paulian Association, most notably his involvement in the foundation and continued work of the annual Project Compassion Lenten appeal.
For being a living witness to his faith through his involvement in the Compeer and Vinnies Van programs for the St Vincent de Paul Society and his contribution to the parish life and community of St Paul the Apostle Parish at Winston Hills.
For his parish ministry at St Patrick’s Cathedral Parish, and more than 60 years of service with the St Vincent de Paul Society demonstrating his dedication to assisting the homeless, poor and disadvantaged in our society, and living out his Christian values.
For his significant contribution to the life and work of St Nicholas of Myra Parish at Penrith through his work in ministry, most notably more than 15 years as sacristan, and his selfless service in pastoral care.
For his major contribution over 10 years to the projects and life of Artes Christi and charitable works of Ars Musica Australis; and his contribution to the St Vincent de Paul Society charitable projects.
(Recipients unable to attend the presentation):
For many years of service as a sacristan and lector in Our Lady of the Rosary Parish at Kellyville and in various aspects of parish life including visitation to the sick. Marie’s devotion to her faith is evident in her consistent contribution to the parish community.
For her compassionate, practical and spiritual assistance to those in need in her parish and school communities of St Thomas Aquinas at Springwood and the wider community through her work with Catholic Women’s League and the St Vincent de Paul Society.
Br Stan Rossato SDB
For his outstanding contribution to the welfare of youth in Victoria and New South Wales over 40 years, most notably in his work at the Don Bosco Centre at St Marys where he has carried out an exemplary role of Christian leadership and epitomised the Salesian charism through his works and generous manner.
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