Archbishop Wilson also announced that businessman Graham Spurling has been made a Knight of the Order of St Gregory the Great while Dr Krista Maier would also be made a Dame. He said the awarding of the ancient title was “rare” and on this occasion was particularly significant because they were the first to be granted by Pope Francis.
“The honours acknowledge .. extraordinary Christian leadership,” Archbishop Wilson said.
“Pauline Connelly is one of the most distinguished lay women in the Archdiocese of Adelaide,” Archbishop Wilson said.
Pauline Connelly is highly regarded for her support for migrant and refugees and members of the Aboriginal community as well as for her involvement in developing child protection policies and procedures, and cultural awareness training for counsellors.
The honour signed by Pope Francis will be presented by Archbishop Wilson later in the year.
We offer our congratulations to Pauline for this significant and well deserved honour.
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Papal Honours Press Release
Centacare congratulates Assistant Director Pauline Connelly who was presented with a NAIDOC (National Aboriginies and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Community Service award for her continued support of the clients and staff of the Otherway Centre at a special ceremony held Sunday 7th July 2013.
The award was presented by the Chair of the Otherway Centre Board and NATSICC council member John Lochowiak, and Frances Bedford MP.
Pauline’s role with the Otherway centre has continued for more than 7 years and is another reflection of her passion for and commitment to reconcilliation.