martha fauteux receives papal honour from pope francis
st. jerome’s university congratulates martha fauteux, who was granted a papal honour, the cross pro ecclesia et pontifice, recently by pope francis. fauteux, who retired as st. jerome’s university’s director, campus ministry in june, joins a group of people that includes a priest and several parishioners in the diocese of hamilton, being recognized by his holiness. the news was announced by the bishop of the diocese of hamilton, douglas crosby, omi, in his heart to heart newsletter today, further to notification from his grace, archbishop luigi bonazzi, apostolic nuncio to canada.
“i am very humbled by this honour and deeply grateful to be recognized by bishop crosby,” said fauteux.
the pro ecclesia et pontifice cross was instituted by pope leo xiii on july 17, 1888, in memory of his golden jubilee in holy orders. it was awarded to the men and women who had made a significant contribution to the success of the jubilee and the associated vatican exposition. it was made a permanent distinction only in october 1898 and rewards both clergy and lay persons for outstanding service to the pontiff or the catholic church.
”this papal award honours martha’s remarkable body of contributions to building up the people of god in the diocese of hamilton, including her twelve fruitful years as director of campus ministry here at st. jerome’s university,” stated sju’s president and vice chancellor, peter meehan. “our entire community could not be more proud. we offer our prayerful best wishes to martha, as well as our deep gratitude to bishop douglas crosby, omi for recognizing martha in this way.”
the papal honours will be conferred on fauteux and other recipients january 3, 2021, at a celebration at the cathedral basilica of christ the king: a roman catholic church in hamilton, ontario and also the seat of the bishop of the diocese of hamilton, and the cathedral of the diocese of hamilton.