Valda Silvy receives the Benemerenti Medal
By Virginia Knight, Catholic Outlook, December 2012/January 2013
On the Feast of Christ the King, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP presented Valda Silvy with the Benemerenti Medal during the Solemn Mass in St Patrick’s Cathedral on 25 November.
The medal is awarded for long and exceptional service to the Catholic Church and service to the arts.
“It is an honour to receive such a beautiful gift,” Valda said.
“My parents, William and Violet Hingerty, were very involved in fundraising and charity work. They were wonderful teachers by example.
“I have a loving, supportive family. Where would I be without those behind the scenes, my family, friends and work colleagues? If I didn’t feel their love I wouldn’t be able to continue to do the things I do.”
Valda was educated by the Josephite sisters in the old convent at Penrith and said she was not really interested in study, but concentrated on her piano and voice lessons.
It was only years later after her marriage to Max Silvy that she returned to tertiary study, undertaking numerous degree and diploma courses in music and the arts.
When her children were born, Valda became active in her parish community as a catechist at Emu Heights Public School, volunteered for Meals on Wheels and regularly contributed to church activities.Read full story at the Catholic Outlook site
« Return to news list