Written on: December 8, 2013
Bishop LaValley conferred the PRO ECCLESIA ET PONTIFICE Cross for distinguished service to the Church at a special vesper service at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. Sr. Mary Theresa, GNSH and GNSH Associate Catherine Denny were among the 14 people receiving this recognition in Ogdensburg. Bishop LaValley said: “It is so fitting that we recognize the faith and dedication of these generous men and women in this Year of Faith. Their tireless dedication and outstanding service clearly demonstrate their love of God and His Church. It is people like these recipients who truly open the doors of faith for our world.”
The Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (Latin: For the Church and the Pope) medal is an award of the Roman Catholic Church. It is also known as the “Cross of Honor”. The medal was established by Leo XIII on July 17, 1888, to commemorate his golden jubilee and was originally bestowed on those who had aided and promoted the jubilee, and assisted in making the jubilee and the Vatican Exposition successful.
It is currently given for distinguished service to the church by lay people and clergy. It is the highest medal that can be awarded to the laity by the Papacy .