Papal Honors

papal honors

(L to R) Aldon Rogers, SFO; Sister Patricia Alexander, WIF; Rev. Monsignor Michael F. Kosak, P.A.; Lucy Bough, ODCS; Deacon Hyacinthe George


Papal Honors

Pope Benedict XVI conferred the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award to four parishioners of St. Ann Church on St. Croix on May 14. On behalf of the Holy Father, Bishop Herbert Bevard presented Sister Patricia Alexander, WIF, Lucy Bough, ODCS, Deacon Hyacinthe George and Aldon Rogers, SFO, with the pontifical medals and certificates on Sunday, November 28, at the 9:30 a.m. Mass. The presentation of the awards coincided with the parish’s 40th anniversary, the diocese’s 50th anniversary, and the parish’s 40 Hours Devotion that weekend.

Msgr. Michael Kosak, pastor, recommended the four candidates to Bishop Bevard for their 30-plus years of outstanding assistance in the spiritual life, educational formation and community development of the parish and diocese. Bishop Bevard then nominated them to the papal nuncio, His Excellency, Pietro Sambi, for this honor.

The Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (“for Church and Pope”) medal was instituted initially by Pope Leo XIII on July 17, 1888, in memory of his golden sacerdotal jubilee. This decoration was made a permanent distinction in October 1898. Its object is to reward those who deserve well of the pope on account of services done for the Church.