Sydney laymen presented with Papal knighthoods

Kerry Myers

The former editor of The Catholic Weekly Kerry Myers was one of three Sydney men last week named papal knights for their service to the Church, reports The Catholic Weekly. 

Mr Myers was made a Knight of the Order of Pope St Sylvester for his outstanding commitment to Christian ideals throughout his career in journalism, and his strong devotion to the faith. 

Lyndsay Shaddock received the same honour for his lengthy pro bono service to the Archdiocese and religious orders in the property sector. 

Alan Staunton, executive officer of the Priests’ Retirement Foundation and former executive officer supporting operations for World Youth Day 2008, was made a Knight of the Order of St Gregory the Great. 

The Apostolic Administrator of Sydney, Bishop Peter Comensoli, presented the men with the medals signifying their respective knighthoods at St Mary’s Cathedral House on May 21.

Mr Myers told The Catholic Weekly he felt undeserving of the honour. 'I enjoyed many, many aspects of the job, so I don’t think doing a job deserves an honour,' he said. 'However, having that said, I’m absolutely chuffed and delighted. 

'To be made a papal knight when there are plenty of other people who are more deserving of the honour, it’s pretty amazing.'

He was proud to receive the honour in front of his wife Jenny, their daughters Siobhan and Roisin, and his aunt Patricia.

FULL STORY Bishop presents Sydney laymen with papal awards, knights one and all (The Catholic Weekly)

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