Jude Hennessy

Diocesan dame meets the pope!

June 25, 2022

Report by Jude Hennessy

Our very own Catherine McGrath of Corpus Christi Catholic Parish Mittagong-Bowral and vice president of the Asia Pacific Region of World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) was part of a nine member delegation who met with His Holiness Pope Francis as he received the members of the executive committee in the lead up to the World Meeting of Families 2022.

Catherine, who was awarded the title of Dame of St Gregory the Great in 2020 by Bishop Brian Mascord for her work in Catholic Women’s League Australia (CWLA), described herself as being “overcome with emotion by this opportunity of a lifetime”. Pope Francis was most encouraging about the role of women in the Church and told Catherine to keep her sense of humour!

Congratulations Catherine, and thank you for flying the flag for the Southern Highlands region of our diocese!

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