Friday, 23 March 2012

Pat Hudson - Worthing Man Receives Papal Medal

Bishop Kieran Pins Medal on Pat Hudson
On Sunday 18th March Bishop Kieran Conry of the Catholic Diocese of Arundel & Brighton joined the packed congregation a St Michael’s Catholic Church, Hayling Rise, High Salvington to present a Papal Medal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (For the Church and the Pope) to Mr Patrick Hudson.

The Papal Medal was awarded to him for his service nearly 70 years to the local community and to the Church locally and nationally. Pat Hudson began as an altar boy at St Mary’s in Worthing Town Centre aged 9 and still today aged 77 is a Welcomer at 10.30am Mass every Sunday at St Michael’s, High Salvington as well as a Volunteer helping with reading at English Martyr’s Primary School in Goring.

Pat Hudson has done much over the years from being a serving Police Officer, Chair of Governors of English Martyrs Primary School, visiting the sick, organising Pilgrimages to Rome, assisting with the Papal Visit of John Paul II in 1982, and much more. He has also been an active member of the Catholic men’s organisation, the Knights of St Columba. All of this was done without thought of reward and out of love of God and neighbour. All present at the ceremony warmly applauded this well deserved recognition.

Pat said “I am deeply humbled by this award and see it as a being recognition of the work of so many people, not just myself, done out of care and love for our local community and the Church. In particular I must thank my wife Jo-Ann, and my daughters Jane and Nichola who have always supported me in all my activities. I give thanks to God for all I have received in doing what I have done.”

Bishop Kieran was joined by Parish Priest Fr Chris Ingle, family friend Monsignor Michael Jackson and Pat Hudson’s son-in-law Deacon Mark Woods as well as more than 150 friends, family and parishioners. The Bishop thanked Pat Hudson for his hard work over the years and pinned the medal on him as well as presenting him with a beautiful certificate from the Pope.

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