Pope honours South Australians

Bill Griffiths and Greg Crafter (The Southern Cross)

Pope Francis has appointed two Adelaide parishioners, Bill Griffiths and Greg Crafter, as Knights of the Order of St Gregory the Great – one of the Church's highest honours. Source: The Southern Cross.

Announcing the awards yesterday, Adelaide Archbishop Patrick O’Regan said the Order of St Gregory the Great was one of the highest awards for lay people, bestowed on Catholic men and women deemed to have made a significant contribution to the Church.

“These two men are most worthy recipients of this high honour with their outstanding service to the community over many years,” Archbishop O’Regan said.

Dr Griffiths, a secondary school teacher, was a member of the early South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools at a time of significant change in the Catholic school system.

He then held leadership positions in three Adelaide Catholic colleges before becoming Director of Catholic Education in Darwin Diocese in 1993 until 2007.

In 2008, he was appointed chief of the National Catholic Education Commission and since retiring in 2013, has held a variety of leadership positions on parish, school and social service governance and management boards.

He chairs the National Liturgical Council and was until recently secretary of the National Liturgical Music Council.

A lawyer before entering State Parliament, Mr Crafter served as the Member for Norwood for 14 years, including seven as Education Minister. He is actively involved in his local parish and the Adelaide Archdiocese, including chair of the Clergy Care Council, chair of the Diocesan Finance Council and as a member of the Order of Malta.

At a national level, Mr Crafter served as chair of the National Catholic Education Commission for seven years, was a director of the Little Company of Mary for nine years, and has been involved in fundraising for the Mary Potter Hospice and Mary MacKillop Museum in Adelaide. He was also a member of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council.

Archbishop O’Regan will present the papal awards to Mr Crafter and Dr Griffiths in the near future.


Papal honours for SA leaders (By Jenny Brinkworth, The Southern Cross

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