Tuesday, 24 July 2012 13:42

Papal Medal Presentation to Madge Fahy

Written by  Brenda Finlayson DSG
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Papal Award Madge FahyOn a sunny autumn morning on May 20th 2012, the Immediate Past National President of the Catholic Women's League Australia (CWLA), Madge Fahy, was conferred with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal (also known as the Cross of Honour) by the Most Rev. Denis J Hart, DD, Archbishop of Melbourne.

In the city's beautiful blue-stone St Patrick's Cathedral, at the 11 am sung Mass on the Ascension of the Lord, celebrated by the Archbishop and assisted by Rev. John Salano VG, Madge was joined by members of her family, friends and many well-wishers. Among these were the General President and members of the Catholic Women's League of Victoria and Wagga Wagga including also Immediate Past CWLA Executive colleagues; fellow parishioners from St Benedict's Burwood; Brother Vas Clementine MGL; Professor Tracey Rowland, Dean of the John Paul II Institute of Family Studies; Emeritus Professor Gabrielle McMullin, Australian Catholic University; and Mr Leon and Mrs Helen Farrell, former caretakers at Mary Glowrey House.

At the conclusion of Mass, just before the recessional procession and with the faint aroma of incense fading away, Archbishop Hart invited Madge and her husband Tom to join him in the sanctuary to stand in front of the altar.

From there, His Grace explained to the assembled congregation, that the Papal Medal was awarded to Madge in recognition of her leadership and service to the Church in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, to CWL Victoria and Wagga Wagga, to CWLA and internationally. He then proceeded to present her with gold and white-ribboned Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal together with the formal Papal documentation.

Later, after a delicious luncheon served at Mary Glowrey House, Madge comprehensively thanked the members of CWL to whom she dedicated the award. She especially thanked her "gopher" (husband Tom), daughter Robyn (who guided CWLA’s communications into the 21st Century), all of her family who, she explained, had "gone without her" for many years, and those with whom she had worked.

It was a joyous occasion which Madge and Tom—champions of the family and the right to life, together with their adult children and their delightful grandchildren—shared with those who have supported her over the years.

This Papal distinction is a fitting tribute to one who, through her leadership and effort, has faithfully endeavoured to fulfil a fundamental purpose of the League: to "…enable women to participate more effectively in working for and building the Kingdom of God."

Congratulations Madge and thank you.