Cross Pro-Ecclesia Et Pontifice
A Papal Honour bestowed upon:
(Member of Saint Francis Parish)
First established by Pope Leo XIII in 1888 to mark the Jubilee Year proclaimed in celebration of his golden anniversary of priesthood. This award was intended for those who helped with the planning and celebration of the Pope’s anniversary.
The award was continued following the Jubilee Year, now to be awarded to those who have offered distinguished service to the Church. It is the highest Papal award in the Church given to the laity.
Sandy is being recognized for her amazing resumé of service to the Church in the area of Ecumenism – the work of promoting unity among people of all faiths, Christian and non-Christian alike. Sandy’s service to Ecumenism is made visible in her association with: Kitchener-Waterloo Council of Churches; Interfaith Grand River; Interfaith Community Breakfast; LARC; Inshallah; House of Friendship; and Jewish Christian Text Discussion.
The award is a gold medal which in its centre depicts Saints Peter and Paul. On the left side is the inscription “Pro-Ecclesia” (For Church); on the right side is the inscription “Et Pontifice” (And Pope). Centred at the top of medal is the coat of arms of Pope Francis.
Bishop Crosby will present this award to Sandy on behalf of Pope Francis at a Liturgy of the Word celebration to which we are all invited:
Sunday, March 4, 2018
at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King