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Robert Locke and Msgr Edward Wilkes (Armidale Diocese)

Armidale’s Robert Locke was invested as a Knight of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St Gregory the Great this week – an honour granted to him by Pope Francis. Source: Armidale Diocese.

The honour recognises Mr Locke’s great witness and contribution to the Church in the Armidale Diocese. 

Mr Locke is an active member of St Joseph’s parish in Uralla as a lector, parish finance council member and an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, while also involving himself in parish social and fundraising events.

At a diocesan level, Mr Locke is a member of the Diocesan Finance Council and the Armidale Clergy Fund, providing both with invaluable professional advice. 

Mr Locke was the accountant to the diocese and a member of the Bishop’s Commission for Catholic Schools, Armidale Diocesan Investment Group Board and the secretary/accountant of the Armidale Diocesan Superannuation Fund. 

He has played a key role in the success of the Armidale Diocesan Investment Group. His expertise, steady influence, humble demeanour and generous gift of his time and talents, has been an extraordinary contribution to ADIG. The Diocese of Armidale would not have had financial stability except for the success of ADIG and this is primarily due to Mr Locke’s leadership, guidance, hard work and dedication. 

Armidale Monsignor Edward Wilkes said he was “delighted that the Holy Father has accepted Bishop Michael Kennedy’s nomination of Robert Locke for this Papal Honour”.

“It is a justly deserved honour for someone who has made a large contribution to the life of the Church in the Diocese.” 

Mr Locke is the sixth awardee as Knight of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great in the history of the diocese. Karl Schmude was the last awardee, presented in Armidale in 2017. 


Investiture of Robert James Locke as a Knight of the Pontificial Equestrian Order of Saint Gregory the Great (Armidale Diocese)