News & Events
Jul 25, 2017
Diocesan Medal Awards
by Connie Dunwoody | Photos courtesy Connie Dunwoody
On Sunday, July 9, 2017, Bishop Gary Gordon celebrated the 125th Anniversary Mass at St. Andrew’s Cathedral.
As well, the Diocese of Victoria was pleased to award the first-ever Diocesan Medals, honouring various individuals from through the Diocese for service to the local and/or Diocesan church, the community, and the world.
Medal recipient Tina Hanlon (Church of the Ascension, Parksville) said, “Reading the little booklet that was given to each of us, with short biographies on each recipient, the reality of what a wonderful Diocese we belong to hit home. So many people offering their services, just trying to follow the footsteps of our dear Jesus ... and so many more are in the background, supporting us all in prayer.”
In his homily, Bishop Gary thanked the recipients, saying, “Jesus says, ‘Come to me.’ And in so many ways, you, the recipients of this Diocesan Medal, have been examples of this Jesus, who is humble and gentle of heart, with your many gifts and talents. Your parish, your Priest, and your Bishop, have been able to jump off in to the deep end, knowing that there were competent, good, holy, loving arms to be caught by. Thank you.
I have no fear of drowning in any of our communities, because I know, for so many years, my dear brothers and sisters, you’ve had your arms out to catch us. To catch the Church, to catch God’s people, to catch the people of our Diocese, gentle and humble of heart.”
Congratulations to all recipients of the first Diocesan Medals, with grateful thanks to all who serve our mission, our Church, our community and the world.
Click here to access biographies of the Diocesan Medal recipients, and a small photo gallery.
Bishop Gary Gordon (far left) with 2017 Diocesan Medal Recipients