Papal Recognition for Sr. Denise Roche

Written on: July 1, 2016

Graduation day at D’Youville College was not only special for the 650 students who received diplomas. It also servedas a touching tribute to Sister Denise Roche, GNSH, who will retire after nearly 37 years as president of the college.

Close-up of the Pro-Ecclesia Medal

Close-up of the Pro-Ecclesia Medal

At the commencement ceremony on May 21, Bishop Richard J. Malone presented her with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal, meaning “For Church and Pope” in Latin. The medal, which was established by Pope Leo XIII, is an award of the Catholic Church given for distinguished service to the Church by lay people and clergy. It’s the highest medal that can be awarded by the pope to non-ordained members of the church or laity. 

Written by GEORGE RICHERT, Wed, May 25th 2016.  View the article

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