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Forty Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have been honored by Pope Francis for their dedication and exceptional service to the church, the archdiocese announced Aug. 16.
Honors - Archbishop - Charles - Chaput - Ceremony
The honors will be conferred by Archbishop Charles Chaput during a ceremony with Evening Prayer Sept. 5 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia.
The awardees, who include lay individuals, couples, a religious sister and a permanent deacon, will receive their honors among five award categories.
Honorees - Dame - Order - St - Gregory
Among the honorees as Dame in the Order of St. Gregory the Great:
Barbara Purnell has been an essential, decades-long source of encouragement and support to her husband Deacon Edward Purnell, who is being honored with the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice. In addition to her duties as a homemaker, she has been an active resource and partner in her husband’s many ministerial efforts at the parish level. Without her ongoing and tireless dedication, Deacon Purnell’s significant contributions to the mission of the Church in Philadelphia would not have been possible.
Order - St - Gregory - Great - Knightly
The Order of St. Gregory the Great, one of the five pontifical knightly orders, was founded by Pope Gregory XVI in 1831 to honor his great sixth century predecessor. In the nearly...
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