OM Bernard Waddingham receives Papal Award
Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton celebrated Mass at Holy Cross Church in Bedford and invested Bernard Waddingham (Old Mountaineer 57) of Holy Cross Parish as a Knight of the Pontifical Order of Saint Gregory the Great on 17 March 2018.
As Bishop Peter said, Bernard and his wife Margaret have worked for the parish, schools, the Diocese and for the Church nationally and internationally.
The church was full for the Mass, with many of Margaret and Bernard’s family present, including Bernard’s brothers Gerard (OM 52), Adrian (OM 61) and John (OM 65), together with parishioners, friends and members of the Catholic Union of Great Britain, Dames and Knights of St Gregory, Dames and Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and the Catenian Association.
Concelebrants were Fr Mark White CP (Margaret’s cousin), Canon Seamus Keenan of Bedford, Parish Priest Fr Wayne Coughlin and former Parish Priests Frs Tony Brennan and Jonathan Hill, assisted by Deacon Crispin Walkling-Lea.
Mass was followed by a light lunch in the parish hall. It was a very cold morning but with a great warmth of spirit!
The Pontifical Order of St. Gregory the Great was established by Pope Gregory XVI in 1831. It is one of the five Orders of Knighthood of the Holy See. The honor is awarded to men and women for their examples in the communities and in the countries they live in, in recognition of their outstanding work in support of the Roman Catholic Church and of the Holy See.
In the pictures, from top to bottom:
- Bishop Peter pinning the KSG medal to Bernard's uniform;
- Bishop Peter with Margaret and Bernard, and sponsors Mary Maxwell and John Barrie;
- Bernard cutting the cake with his sword.