Pope Francis has bestowed papal honors on 40 local individuals for their dedication and exceptional service to the Catholic Church.
The 24 women and 16 men received their awards from Archbishop Charles J. Chaput during a Sept. 5 evening prayer service at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, joined by hundreds of friends, family members and colleagues.
(All photos by Sarah Webb.)
(Read our full feature story on the papal honors: “Unsung Catholics quietly doing good works receive papal awards.”)
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput presents James Bock with the papal honor of Knight Commander in the Order of Saint Gregory the Great. As the former archdiocesan secretary for temporal services, Bock oversaw the material needs of the central administrative offices of the Archdiocese, as well as successive Archbishops, Auxiliary Bishops and staff.
Leslie Davila, director of the archdiocesan Office for Youth and Child Protection, receives the honor of Dame in the Order of St. Gregory the Great from Archbishop Charles Chaput. Davila’s work has helped the Archdiocese to become a leader and model in the area of child protection practices for institutions.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput commends the 40 women and men who received papal honors during a Sept. 5 evening prayer service at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.
Linda Love, a member of the archdiocesan implementation team for parish pastoral councils, receives the Benemerenti Medal from Archbishop Charles Chaput, assisted by Father Dennis Gill.
John Wagner, deputy secretary for Catholic Housing and Community Services, receives the award of Knights in the Order of St. Sylvester from Archbishop Charles Chaput.
Peter Schumacher congratulates fellow papal honorees during a Sept. 5 prayer service at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.
Martha Louis Gannoe Haas and Dr. John Haas were both named to the Order of Saint Gregory the Great award during a Sept. 5 prayer service at which 40 area individuals received papal honors.
Elizabeth Veronica Ruppersberger and Dr. Lester Ruppersberger were both named to the Order of St. Gregory the Great during a Sept. 5 prayer service at which 40 area individuals received papal honors.
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