Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Pope Francis Honours Camberley Parishioner

Bishop Kieran presents award to Jane with Fr Richard in background
When Catholic parishioner Mrs Jane Lawlor went to her regular Mass at Saint Peter and Saint John Catholic Church on Saturday 21st September, she hardly expected to come home with a medal but she did! At the end of the service Camberley and Bagshot Parish Chairman, Brian McBride read the citation to Pope Francis recommending Jane for the “Bene Merenti” medal.

Bishop Kieran had come to the parish for the occasion and presented the medal to a very surprised recipient. Bishop Kieran commented, "Pope Francis has sent to me this medal and this certificate to present to you, Jane, to honour the good works which you have done for the Parish over the last 40 years. On behalf of His Holiness I am delighted to present this Bene Merenti Medal to you.” As the medal was pinned onto Jane’s lapel there were loud cheers and prolonged clapping

Mrs Lawlor, has been an active Church member in various capacities since she and her husband Don came to the area in the 1970s. Among the duties she has been involved in are the Camberley Care project, children’s instruction, flower arranging, cleaning, social events and ensuring that the church is a very welcoming place for all.

After the Mass the congregation gathered in the Church hall for a celebration drink.

The “Bene Merenti” is a medal instituted by Pope Gregory XVI in 1832, and is conferred on those who have exhibited long and exceptional service to the Catholic Church, their families and community.

The words Bene Merenti, which means to a well deserving person, is on the back of the medal, surrounded by a crown of oak leaves; the ribbon is made of Papal colours, yellow and white.

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