21 individuals throughout the Archdiocese of Vancouver will be awarded papal medals for their outstanding service to the Catholic Church. Two different kinds of medals will be handed out by Archbishop J. Michael Miller who will present the awards at three private events on Oct. 9, 16, and 23 at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre. The first medal is the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice.

This award was established by Pope Leo XIII back in 1888 and is the highest form of recognition that everyday people can receive from the pope. Of the 21 papal award recipients, 6 of these will be given this award. One of these people includes STMC’s very own President Dianne Doyle. Below is the excerpt from the BC Catholic:

The other medal handed out is the Benemerenti award. This award was first given out by Pope Gregory XVI in 1832 to show appreciation to those who have shown lasting and exceptional service to the Church. One of the recipients of this belongs to Neo Regala. Neo’s children graduated from STMC and subsequent grandchildren are current students as well.

You can read more about this on the BC Catholic website

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