Five outstanding Sydney Catholics have been conferred with Papal honours, reports the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.
At a ceremony held at Cathedral House last week, the selfless and important contributions each of these three men and two women have made to the Church, their professions, their local parishes, and to the community at large, recevied their awards from by the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell.
Those singled out to receive one of these Papal awards were: Mrs Jill Dalton who became a Dame of the Order of Pope St Sylvester; Mrs Patricia Burke who was created a Dame Commander of the Order of St Gregory; Anthony Biddle who was conferred with a Knighthood of the Order of the Pope of St Sylvester; Dr Brian Croke who was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Gregory the Great; and Anthony Cleary who was created a Knight of the Order of Pope St Sylvester.
Anthony Cleary, Director of Religious Education and Evangelisation for the Archdiocese of Sydney's Catholic Education Office (CEO) says the great honour awarded him by Pope Francis was 'totally unexpected.'
'One doesn't seek out honours or recognition and when these occur there is a tremendous sense of humility.
'I know there are literally hundreds of people who are all equally or much more deserving than I am,' he says and believes that the Papal honour he received says far more about the team of remarkable people he has had the privilege of working with than it does about himself.
Photo: Chancellor of the Archdiocese Mons John Usher introducing all the recipients of the Papal Honours
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