Papal Honour for Barry Eves
Pope Francis has accepted Bishop McKenna's recommendation that Bathurst parishioner Mr Barry Eves receive the award Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice for service to the Church.
The Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (for the Church and the Pope) was established by Leo XIII on July 17, 1888, to commemorate his golden sacerdotal jubilee and was originally bestowed on those men and women who had aided and promoted the jubilee, and by other means assisted in making the jubilee and the Vatican Exposition successful.
It is currently given for distinguished service to the Church by lay people and clergy and is the highest medal that can be awarded to the laity.
Barry's involvement with the Church has been extensive, over two dioceses - Bathurst and Wollongong - and four decades. Before moving to Bathurst, he served the Diocese of Wollongong through voluntary membership of a number of Advisory Boards.
In March 1992, in light of his expertise in banking and financial management and his standing as a parishioner, he was appointed to the Finance Council of the Diocese of Bathurst by Bishop Patrick Dougherty. This year, Barry completes 21 years as a member of the Council, initially as a member and, from 1997 until recently, as Chair. He has also served on other Diocesan Advisory Boards, including St. Vincent's Hospital and the Diocesan School Capital Works Committee.
Papal Honours such as these reflect the importance of faithful lay leadership and represent the special relationship of a diocese with the Holy Father and the Universal Church.
Bishop McKenna presented Barry with his Award on 25th September 2013, following a Diocesan Finance Council meeting at Matthew Quinn House. A special luncheon to mark Barry's retirement as Chair of the Council followed.
Barry is married to Val and they have five adult children and are very proud grandparents.
|Bishop McKenna presents the medal to Barry||Barry and proud wife Val|