Parishioners presented with papal medals

Donald Teuma-Castelletti
CHAPEAU Dec. 16, 2018
Three long-serving volunteers of St. Alphonsus Parish were the esteemed recipients of medals from the papal office, recognizing their dedication to the Catholic church, their family and the community.
Bert Collin and brothers Henry and Jerome Sallafranque were presented with the medals and certificates of authenticity Sunday morning following mass, as the congregation celebrated their achievements and learned of what earned them the Benemerenti Medals.
“Fr. Tim [Moyle] approached me a few months ago requesting that some type of honour and recognition be given to three lifelong parishioners,” said Bishop Michael Mulhall in a letter, as read by Msgr. Douglas Bridge. “He suggested the Benemerenti Medal, translated from the Latin as the medal well-deserved.”


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