Benemerenti medal

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Benemerenti Medal
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Obverse and reverse of the medal
Awarded by His Holiness the Pope
Country   Vatican City
Eligibility Clergy and laity
Awarded for Long and exceptional service to the Catholic Church
Status Currently awarded
Statistics
Established 1832
Precedence
Next (higher) Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice
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Ribbon of the medal

The Benemerenti medal was first awarded by Pope Pius VI (1775–1799) to recognize military merit. In 1831 under Pope Gregory XVI (1831–1846) a special Benemerenti medal was struck to reward those who fought courageously in the papal army at Ferrara, Bologna, and Vienna.[1] In 1925, the concept of awarding this medal as a mark of recognition to persons in service of the Church, both civil and military, lay and clergy alike, became acceptable. Members of the Swiss Guard may receive it for three years of faithful service.

Selected Recipients[edit]

Awarded by Pope Pius XI[edit]

  • In March 1926, James Murphy, Chief Warden of St Patricks Church Hill, was awarded the Benemerenti Medal by Pope Pius XI in recognition for his work for St Patricks.

Awarded by Pope Pius XII[edit]

  • Paulus Francisicus Michael Antonius Zammit, 1948, in recognition of building the Church of St. Paul amidst the canefields of Bartle Frere in North Queensland, Australia.
  • Maria Augusta von Trapp, 1949, as a recognition for the Trapp Family Austrian Relief Inc., which is an aid programme for depressed Austrians.
  • Annie Dalton Scott, 1952, in recognition of her fifty years as organist and choir mistress in the Parish of Our Lady the Immaculate Conception, Devizes, Wiltshire, England. Her certificate was signed by Cardinal Montini, later Pope Paul VI.

Awarded by Pope John XXIII[edit]

  • Mary Synon, PhD in Classical Studies, professor at American University, lecturer at Catholic University, Pulitzer Prize winner, and National Book Award winner, as well as human rights activist, in 1961.
  • Sunny D'Cruz (William Hamilton D'Cruz) for exceptional services rendered to the catholic church and the parish, Santa Cruz Cathedral, Fort Cochin, India. 21 June 1960.
  • Mr. A V Fernandez of Kollam, Kerala in 1963 for exemplary services rendered to the Catholic Church, the Kollam Diocese and the St. Casmir's Parish, Kollam.
  • Dr. R.N. Sukheswala of St. Xavier's College (Mumbai, India) on 26 September 1968 for his long and exceptional service to the Catholic church by being an exceptional teacher in St. Xavier's College - Bombay, India, and researcher in the field of Geology.
  • Thomas Philbin on 5 March 1970 for 35 years devoted service to the school, church and parish of Christ The King, Newton Heath, Manchester, England
  • "Mary (Marge) Dantzler" and "Edgar Dantzler" of Racine, WI.
  • Catherine O'Brien in 1974 for services to Saint Dominic's Church and parish Romford, Essex, England.
  • Edward Flannery.
  • Diana McKenzie in 1978 in Lynn Lake, Manitoba, Canada, for work with Saint Maria Goretti Catholic Church.
  • John Sabol of Cleveland, Ohio
  • Anthony Leo Janssens in London in 1964
  • Lavinia Sheridan of Balinasloe (formerly of Castlebar) Ireland in 1968 for her contribution to music.
  • Michael Fallon in 1971 to commemorate his contribution to Catholic journalism in Scotland.
  • John "Jack" Harkins of St Theresa's Parish, Norris Green, Liverpool, England, for 50 years service to the Society of Saint Vincent De Paul in 1973.
  • Edward Burns of St Mary of Furness parish, Ulverston, at Midnight Mass on 25 December 1974, for lifelong service to the Church. The presentation was made by parish priest Father John Moxham.
  • Carols Christophoro Crespi of Angels Camp, California, for a lifetime of service and contributions to the Church on August 9, 1965
  • Gabriel Gómez Sanchez of Guayaquil, Ecuador in 1976, for saving the city in the Shell Gas fire.

Awarded by Pope Paul VI[edit]

  • Stephen Carey of Limerick, Ireland in 1978, for his long and distinguished career in service to the Catholic Church

Awarded by Pope John Paul I[edit]

Awarded by Pope John Paul II[edit]

As displayed at the Cork Public Museum
  • Paddy Crosbie in 1979
  • Desmond Lauri McGrattan of the Sacred Heart Parish Luton in 1981
  • Alphonse Stewart of JB, Malaysia, for distinguished service to the church and choir in 1983
  • Elizabeth McLoughlin principal of Rooskey N.S., Co. Roscommon, Ireland. It was presented to her by Dominic Conway, Bishop of Elphin.
  • Fintan O'Hanlon, "In recognition of 54 years of service to the people of Cork", on 21 January 1984.
  • Peter Joseph Wire on 6 December 1985 for services to the Archdiocese of Birmingham at Besford Court School (no longer a school), near Worcester, England.
  • John Gerard Ormonde of Wexford, Ireland, for his services to the destitute in Calcutta, India at Dublin's Pro Cathedral.
  • Mary C. Howard on 5 February 1986 for services to the Archdiocese of Washington, DC and to her parish, and in particular to the Society of Missionaries of Africa, whose missionaries she served so faithfully for many years.
  • Mary (May) Moylan formally of Cloonselherny, Tubber, Co Clare. on 8 April 1986 for services to the Catholic Church. Presented at Ampleforth Abbey.
  • Gerard O'Donnell formally of Bathgate, West Lothian when he retired as headmaster of a school in Leicester, in 1990, for his services to Catholic education.
  • Joseph Lawrence Clery in 1993; also past Grand Knight of Columbus.
  • Patricia Vincent Stockley for services to the Catholic Church; presented to her in front of her grandson Brendon Wordsworth at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Mt. Maunganui, New Zealand.
  • John Murtagh and Mary Gannon for services to the church. These were presented by Cardinal Thomas Winning on 7 June 1994 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Glasgow.
  • Percy J. Beneteau of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, for services to the church.
  • Catherine Ann Cline in 1995.
  • Leonard "Bud" Colburn in 1995 for services to Holy Innocents Church, Orpington, and ecumenical services to St Katharine's Church, Knockholt, Kent, England.
  • Grace O'Keefe, 1996, for services to St. James Church
  • Barbara Sable in 1997.
  • Donald H Speirs in 1997 for service to St Patrick's Church, Redfield, Bristol, England.
  • Teresa Agnes Walford in 1998 for services to St Mary's Church Willenhall, in recognition of her lifetime dedicated to supporting the Church, her family and the wider community.
  • James J Colgan' in 1999, for over 50 years service to the Parish of Donacavey, Fintona, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
  • Agnes Cato of the Caribbean nation of St. Vincent & the Grenadines in 1999.
  • Eileen Murphy in 1999 For her work for the Church and Our lady Of Grace Schools Dollis Hill London England ...
  • Arthur Eden 2000.
  • Brenda Scott ALCM in March 2000; presented by Cardinal Thomas Winning.
  • Thomas P. Vincent of Gardena, California, in 2000; presented by Bishop J. Sartoris
  • Rose Myers, 2001, in recognition of over forty years of service as caretaker to the Church of St Francis de Sales (now closed) in the Parish of Our Lady the Immaculate Conception, Devizes, Wiltshire, England.
  • Patricia Kennedy, 2001, in recognition of over sixty years of service, in various roles, to the Parish of Our Lady the Immaculate Conception, Devizes, Wiltshire, England.
  • Mario Kreutzberger, 2002
  • June Quirke, May 2002, in recognition of her service to the church in various roles in the parish of Coughton, Warwickshire.
  • Denis Haran, 2003, in recognition of over fifty years of service to the church in various roles in the parish of Ahamlish, Grange, Co. Sligo.
  • Rita Gray, 2003, for Services to Education.
  • Frances Mary Grant, 2003 in recognition of a lifetime of service to the church, her family and to charity. Filey, North Yorkshire
  • Angela Furlong, Wexford, Ireland for services to Education
  • Curtis Martin and Michaelann Martin, 2004, for their outstanding service to the Church and work in the New Evangelization, especially in the United States.
  • Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria, 2004, for his contribution to interreligious dialogue and understanding.
  • John Quirke, May 2004, in recognition of his service to the church in various roles in the parish of Coughton, Warwickshire.
  • Graham Loudon, 2005

Awarded by Pope Benedict XVI[edit]

  • Harold Hill on July 11, 2005, for his many years of dedicated service as parish administrator at St Dorothy's Church, Glendora, California.
  • Edna Heagney, in recognition of her long-standing service as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and for the support of her and her husband Tony to the Diocese of Middlesbrough over many years. It was presented to her at Midnight Mass, Christmas 2005
  • Hugh Gerard McGrellis in 2005/6, for a lifetime of service to the Church, most notably as an altar server at St Mary Magdalen's Church, Brighton, Sussex, England for over 70 years.
  • Henry Raaymakers on April 26, 2006, for his service as sacristan of St Joseph's Church, Chatham, Ontario, Canada. The award was presented by the Bishop of the London Diocese, Ronald Peter Fabbro.
  • Vera McHugh in 2006 for a lifetime of service to St. Mary's Church in Convoy, County Donegal, Ireland, most notably as the choir directress. Vera had been a choir member since the age of eight. At this time, it was also awarded to Madeleine Kelly who was a devoted member of the legion of Mary, a Eucharistic Minister and a choir member.
  • John McCreadie, 2007, for services to the retired clergy of the Diocese of Middlesbrough, England.
  • Anthony Brady, 2007, for services to the community of the Diocese of Otago, New Zealand.
  • John Lencioni, 2007, for service to the Diocese of Fresno, California.
  • John Brennan, 2007, for service to Greyfriars Church, Oxford, as organist and choirmaster for more than four decades. Conferred by Bishop William Kenney CP on Sunday 2 September at Greyfriars.
  • Michael Madden of Cork, Ireland, in 2008, in recognition of his outstanding service during his 23 years as sacristan of St. Joseph's Church, Riverstick, Cork, Ireland.
  • William W. Gorman of Washington, DC (city), 2008, in recognition of his service during the Pope's visit to the United States.
  • Peggy Wilding and Olive Hewitt who received the medal at St. Theodore of Canterbury Church, Monkwick, Colchester, Suffolk, England on 27 April 2008. Both Mrs Wilding and Mrs Hewitt have served over forty years in the Catholic Church holding posts such as Chairman and Secretary of the Church Committee as well as being lifelong servants to the Church, and even organising the building of the Church in the 1960s.
  • Kevin Brennan in recognition of his devoted service to the Diocese of Nottingham training and guiding its Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. The presentation was made by Monsignor Canon Thomas McGovern VG on 17 October 2008 at the Immaculate Conception Church, Oadby, Leicestershire, England.
  • Barbara Conboy, Brigid Hanlon, and John McManus for services to Sacred Heart Jesuit Church, Edinburgh, Scotland, on 31 July 2009.
  • Ada Power, 13 February 2009, for services to the Diocese of Killaloe, Ireland.
  • Tony McAvoy for his work as a Lay Chaplain in the North East of England with the Apostleship of the Sea (Stella Maris). The medal was presented to him by Séamus Cunningham, Bishop of Newcastle and Hexham, England on 8 July 2009 at the AoS Annual Pilgrimage to Holy Island, Lindisfarne.
  • Josephine Knowles, in recognition of years of service to the parish of St Columba's, Tonge Moor, Bolton, Greater Manchester, England. It was presented by Father Francis McCauley on 25 October 2009.
  • Colleen Stanford, Sacristan, St. Mary's Cathedral, Hobart, Tasmania; Presented by Adrian Leo Doyle, Archbishop of Hobart, in October 2009.
  • Patrick Curran, in recognition of 60 years service to the parish of Our Lady Star of The Sea, Greenwich, England. It was presented by Peter Smith, Metropolitan Archbishop of Southwark on 4 October 2009.
  • Brian Monaghan, in recognition of his devoted service to the Church and community of the parish of St.John the Evangelest, Kilbarrack/Foxfield, Dublin. The medal was presented by Fr. Declan Doyle on 12 December 2009.
  • Tony Wagstaffe, in recognition of service to the parish of Holy Angels, Ash, Surrey. It was presented by Father David Osbourne, on 12 December 2009.
  • Joseph Ryan, for 30 years of service as Parish Accountant, and other services, to St. Elphege's Church, Wallington, Surrey, England. The medal was presented by Bishop Paul Hendricks on 20 December 2009.
  • Harvey Livingston, former Head of Finance at SCIAF and President of the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, for services to the Catholic Church in Scotland. The medal was presented by Faustino Sainz Muñoz, Apostolic Nuncio to the Court of St. James's, on the fourth anniversary of the Pope's election, 29 March 2009.
  • "'Noel Byford"', The worlds oldest alter boy, Taihape, New Zealand. Presented in 2009
  • Dennis Selina for a lifetime of service to the Church, including 69 years as church organist. The medal was presented on 10 January 2010 at St. Joseph's Church, Pickering, North Yorkshire, by Fr. Bill East.
  • Oscar Pioquinto Batucan and Miriam Alvez Batucan; presented by the Bishop of Auckland, Patrick Dunn on 17 January 2010. This was the first time that a Filipino-New Zealand couple was awarded the medal.
  • Donald H Williams, of Culloden, Inverness, Scotland; presented by Bishop Peter Moran of Aberdeen, Scotland on 2 May 2010 in St. Columba's Church, Culloden, Inverness
  • John Bannerman of Invergordon, Ross-shire, Scotland, in recognition of 72 years service to the Catholic Church as an altar server, reader, passkeeper and Eucharistic minister; presented by Bishop Peter Moran of Aberdeen, Scotland on 19 March 2010 in St. Joseph's Church, Invergordon.
  • Michael M.F. Kummer, Stuttgart, Germany, 2010, in recognition of his outstanding service over more than 25 years for the Catholic military communities in different countries and especially to the German-speaking parish, Sankt Marien, in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Thomas F. Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand; presented by Bishop Denis Browne of The Diocese of Hamilton on 9 June 2010 at St. Columba's Parish, Hamilton.
  • Peggy Moriarty for the time spent looking after the Immaculate Conception in Listry, County Kerry, Ireland; presented on 12 June 2010 from the Bishop of Kerry, Dr. Bill Murphy, at the Milltown-Listry where Peggy is a parishioner.
  • John Wedgwood of the Parish of St. John the Baptist, in Normanton, West Yorkshire, England, for 72 years of service as organist, school headteacher and several other roles; presented by Canon Peter Maguire on 4 July 2010.
  • Eamonn Scott, on his retirement in July 2010, for dedication and leadership to St. Vincent's RC Primary School, Rochdale, England as Head Teacher for 26 years; the school receiving 3 outstanding Ofsted Reports.
  • Sheila Miller, Elizabeth Turner, and Ann Hamilton, in recognition of long and exceptional service to the Parish, stretching almost 80 years; presented by Bishop Kieran Conry during a mass held at St. Anthony of Padua, Rye, East Sussex.
  • Matthew Yu Min-Teh, on 12 July 2010, for his exceptional Christian commitment and leadership during his presidency at Providence University, Taichung, Taiwan. The medal was presented by the Bishop of Taichung, Martin Su Yao-Wen on 15 September 2010.
  • David Risk on 7 November 2010 for years of dedication to the St. Charles Borromeo parish; presented by Cardinal Mahony.
  • Patricia Mundy for her 19 years of service as a voluntary worker as Manager of Parish Centre and her years of Service to St. Joseph's Parish, Winsford in Cheshire, and Joe Davies for his years of devoted service to the priests of the parish, presented on 4 September 2010 on behalf of the Bishop of Shrewsbury by Parish Priest Father Stephen Dwyer, assisted by Papal Knight Peter Smith K.S.G.
  • Titus M. Verzosa on 6 December 2010 for his 17 years of dedicated service and leadership as a choir director, a finance council member, and a coordinator of several fund raising events for St. Mary Queen of Apostles parish in Fresno, California, U.S.A. The medal and the accompanying certificate were presented to him on February 20, 2011 during a Sunday Mass by the parish priest Fr. Timothy N. Cardoza.
  • Mary O'Donoghue on 11 December 2010, for dedication to the parish over 31 years; presented on behalf of the Archbishop of Westminster by Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Holy Souls, Kensal Town, Father Shaun Church.
  • Miss Mary Burn-Murdoch in recognition of her work in founding the Colmcille Trust and establishing the Catholic House of Prayer Cnoc a' Chalmain on the Isle of Iona, Scotland; presented by Bishop Joseph Toal during Mass at St Joseph's, Gilmore Place, Edinburgh on Monday 27 December 2010.
  • Lady Nora Mai Daly of Gortdarrig, Headford, County Kerry, Ireland for her 32 years as sacristan to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Catholic Church, Shrone; presented by Bishop Bill Murphy at a vigil Mass at Shrone church on January 5, 2011. Fathers Larry Kelly & Michael O'Connor also presided.
  • Mrs Anne Culleton of Piercestown in Wexford, Ireland, in recognition of a lifetime of contribution to community and parish life in Piercestown; presented by Bishop Dennis Brennan during Mass at St Martins Church in Piercestown on Sunday 8 January 2011.
  • Sr. Agnes Murray and Sr. Maura Fay, Ballymahon, Co Longford, Ireland, in recognition of their contribution to music and singing in the liturgy over many years in the Parish of Shrule (Ballymahon); presented by the Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois, Dr. Colm O' Reilly, during Mass at St. Matthew's Church, Ballymahon, on Sunday 30 January 2011.
  • Sheila Ratcliffe, of Shaftesbury, Dorset, in recognition of her outstanding contribution as Sacristan to the church of The Most Holy Name and St Edward King & Martyr in Shaftesbury for almost 30 years; presented to Sheila by Fr Dylan James after Mass on Sunday 27 February 2011.
  • George M. Serban, of Bakersfield, California, in recognition of his outstanding dedication to "Faith, Family & Friends" in lifelong service to St. Francis Catholic Parish, Bakersfield California; presented by Msgr. Craig Harrison, pastor, on Passion Sunday Mass 17 April 2011 in the presence of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchild.
  • May McGarrity, of Oxford, in recognition of her contributions over 65 years as church organist and school governor. May started to play the organ aged 17 at St Patrick's Yoker, Glasgow and has been organist and choir mistress to Corpus Christi Church Headington, Oxford for over 50 years. She served as governor to St Joseph's RC School Oxford for 38 years. The medal was presented to May by Fr John Baggley after Mass on Sunday 15 May 2011.
  • James Ward of Stoke-on-Trent, England in recognition of his lifelong work for the Church and the local community. Jim has served the community as a Justice of the Peace for more than 20 years and also as President of Newcastle Players (an amateur dramatic group). His service to the Catholic Community has included being organist at "Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent", for 40 years, and organising the annual Carol Service attended by the Lord Mayor since 1982. The medal was presented by Bishop David McGough, Auxiliary in the Archdiocese of Birmingham on Sunday July 10, 2011.
  • Margaret White, a volunteer Sacristan to the chaplaincy team at Bethlem Royal Hospital, (Beckenham, SE London, United Kingdom), in recognition of her generous work and commitment to the Bethlem chapel over nearly 15 years. The medal was presented by Bishop Pat Lynch. A thanksgiving service was held at the Bethlem chapel for Margaret and was led by Bishop Lynch – the first ever Catholic Bishop to visit the Hospital.
  • Mary Cavan retired Office Assistant of the Knights of Saint Columba, Glasgow, in recognition of her 46 years loyal service to the Order.
  • Mr Eugene Tumelty, who recently retired as headteacher of St Bernard's School, Barrow, for over 30 years of service to Catholic education in St Berard's; presented by Rev. William Glasswell on Saturday 17 December 2011 at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Dalton-in-Furness.
  • Jean McGuigan for her 49 years of dedicated and loyal service to the parishes of St. Joseph's and St. Patrick's in Belfast, Northern Ireland; presented by Father Michael Sheehan on December 20, 2011, at St. Patrick's Church.
Lyn Braithwaite, Martin and Judith Wall: Our Lady Of Lourdes' first Benemerenti recipients
  • Lyn Braithwaite of Palmerston North, New Zealand, in recognition of her 58 years' devoted service to Our Lady Of Lourdes Parish; and to Judith and Martin Wall, who have loyally served the parish for 50 years. The presentations were by Bishop Peter J.Cullinane at Mass at Our Lady Of Lourdes Church on Saturday February 11, 2012 (the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes). This was followed by a parish reception to mark their commitment, as well as the 60th anniversary of the parish and also the retirement of the bishop.
  • John and Anna Feldberg of Rongotea, New Zealand, in recognition of long and exceptional service to the Rongotea Catholic community; presented by Bishop Peter J.Cullinane on Sunday 5 February 2012 at Sacred Heart Church, Rongotea.
  • Sheila Stacey of Markfield, Leicestershire, U.K., in recognition of her long service as teacher, governor and chair of governors (St Clare's R.C. primary school, Coalville, Leicestershire). The presentation was made at Mass at the parish church St Wilfrid of York, Coalville on Sunday 20 May (the feast of the Ascension), by headteacher Mrs Jane Monaghan and chair of governors Mrs Sarah Noon, with parish priest Fr Colin Patey.
  • William (Bill) Cahill of Gloucester in recognition of his long service to the parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Churchdown, Gloucester, England. The presentation was made after Mass on Sunday 29 April 2012 by Father Kevin Hennessey, and followed by a reception in the Church Hall.
  • Giovanni-Battista Marseglia of Watford, Hertfordshire, England, in recognition of long service and contribution to the music ministry of the Parish of the Sacred Heart and St John the Evangelist, Bushey and the broader diocesan community. The presentation was made at Mass on the Feast of the Nativity of St John the Baptist, 24 June 2012 in a service concelebrated by Parish Priest Fr Jim McNicholas, his predecessors Fr Guy Sawyer and Fr Michael Markey and Chaplain to St Michael's Catholic High School Fr Uchenna Odenigbo.
  • Paule Szczech of Wembley, Middlesex, U.K. in recognition of long service to the Parish of St Joseph's, Wembley. The presentation was made at Mass on 21 July 2012 in a service concelebrated by Bishop John Arnold and Frs John Menonkari, Joseph Kaduthanam and Brito Fernandes.
  • Lorenzo De Toro of Miami, Florida, U.S.A. in recognition of long service to the Church and the cause of a free Cuba. The presentation was made at Mass on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Charity on 8 September 2012 in a service celebrated by Archbishop Thomas Wenski.
  • Elizabeth 'Lily' Farrell of Blanchardstown, Dublin, Republic of Ireland in recognition of long service to the Church. The presentation was made at Mass on 25 November 2012 in St. Patrick's Church in Corduff.
  • Christina 'Chrissie' Power of Partington, Manchester, United Kingdom in recognition of long service to the Church. The presentation was made at Mass on 13 December 2012 in English Martyrs Church, in Manchester.
  • Teresa Aylott for services to the church, the community and charities. Pope Benedict XVI was represented by Bishop John Arnold at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Saint George Church in Enfield, Middlesex, during the second Mass on 13 January 2013.
  • Maura Cotter and Russell Luke of Immaculate Conception Parish, Oadby, Leicestershire, England, in recognition of long service to the Church. The presentation was made at the blessing of the newly renovated Immaculate Conception parish rooms on 21 January 2013 by Bishop Malcolm, 9th Bishop of Nottingham.
  • Patrick J. (Paddy) Reardon of The Most Holy Redeemer, Billericay, Essex, England, in recognition of his devotion to the Church and work for the community as a Most Holy Redeemer parishioner. The presentation was made at 11:00 am mass on January 27, 2013 in Billericay by Father John.
  • Peter Reynolds of Blanchardstown Parish, Dublin 15, Ireland in recognition of long service to the Church. The presentation was made at a special mass on February 2, 2013 in Blanchardstown by Bishop Raymond Field.
  • Kate Doody for services to the church and the community. The award was presented at St Ethelbert's Church in Slough on Sunday 26 May 2013. Pope Benedict XVI was represented by Bishop Peter Doyle.
  • Judy and Wesley Weekes for service to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Stopsley, Luton, on 3 March 2013, during Sunday Mass. Pope Benedict XVI was represented by Bishop Peter Doyle.

Awarded by Pope Francis[edit]

  • Patrick (Paddy) Broderick for services to the church and the community especially to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Durban, South Africa. The award was presented at St. Matthews's Church in Limerick, Maine, on Sunday 6 October 2013. Pope Francis was represented by Fr. Colpitts.
  • Cecilia Tan, for services to the church and the community of St Anne in Singapore; presented by Nicholas Chia, Archbishop Emeritus of Singapore, on Sunday 17 Nov 2013.
  • Patrick Conroy of Merstham, Surrey, England, on Sunday 17 November 2013 for services to the church.
  • Leo Conley on Wednesday 27 November 2013 by Canon Henry Jones for services to the Catholic church, community and education, in particular for his 18 years of service as Headteacher of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic High School, Horwich.
  • Mary Linaric for service to the church; presented by Bishop Fabbro on November 9, 2013 at St. Michael's Church, London, Ontario, Canada.
  • Lee Chong Keat and Eustace Anthony Nonis for their services to the church and community of Penang, Malaysia. The award was presented by Bishop Sebastian Francis at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit.
Bene Merenti Medal awarded to Mary Linaric November 9, 2013; presented by Bishop Fabbro.
  • Margaret O'Donovan for long and dedicated service to the Catholic Church and the community of St Teresa's Morden England, on 9 March 2014
  • Henry Anthony Hall and Jacqueline Anne Hall, a married couple from Nottingham, for their long and dedicated service to their parish church. 25 January 2014.
  • Marie-Ange Pakiry for a long and dedicated service to the parish church and the community of Notre Dame de France, London, England, presented by Fr. Paul Walsh s.m. on 26 January 2014.
Marie-Ange Pakiry receives the medal from fr.P.Walsh in Notre Dame de France, London on 26 January 2014
  • Noel Patrick O'Hanlon for long and dedicated service to the Catholic Church and the communities of St Philip and St James, Bedford and Holy Cross, Bedford. Awarded 5 March 2014.
  • Isabel Akal for long and dedicated service to the Catholic Church in Durban, South Africa and to the parishes of St Joseph's and Our Lady of Fatima. Awarded 26 March 2014.
Isabel Akal receives the medal from Mgr. Paul Nadal on her 100th Birthday.
  • Lily Leacy for a long and dedicated service to St. Aidan's Cathedral in Enniscorthy, Ireland. Presented by Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ferns, Denis Brennan on 19 April 2014.
  • Anthony John Joseph O'connell for outstanding and faithful service to the universal church in the Waterside Parish, Hythe in the Portsmouth Diocese on 1 June 2014.
  • Martin Fahy of Ballinakill, Loughrea, Co.Galway Ireland was presented with the Benemerenti Medal on June 21st, 2014 in recognition of his service to the Church and for his dedication to the teaching of Irish, Music, Song and Dance in the community.


References[edit]

  1. ^ 1. Hyginus Eugene Cardinale. "Orders of Knighthood, Awards, and the Holy See." Edited and revised by Peter Bander van Duren. 3rd edition. Van Duren Publishing, Ltd., 1985.
  2. ^ Bene Merenti Award. St. Pius X Parish Templeogue Dublin Ireland . Retrieved: 2011-01-10.