Parish Priest, Mgr Richard Madders said a prayer, crossed his fingers and hoped when he made an application not just for one but for four Benemerenti medals to be awarded in the parish. The whole parish was therefore delighted when the Holy Father graciously bestowed the papal honour on Mr Mick Moore, Mrs Mary Guinan-Casey, Mrs Mary Holloway and Mr John Looby.
|Mgr Richard and his four Benemerenti Parishioners|
The Benemerenti is a Pontifical decoration begun by Pope Gregory XVI in 1852 and conferred in recognition of distinguished service of the Church. The medal has BENEMERENTI surrounded by a crown of oak leaves engraved on its face side. They are worn on the breast, supported by ribbons in the papal colours.