Published : Thursday, September 7, 2017 | 6:52 PM
Three Pasadena Catholics and one from South Pasadena were among 54 laypersons and 15 priests in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles who received special honors from Roman Catholic Church leader Pope Francis, in a ceremony held at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles last Sunday afternoon.
Antonio Monteslone of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Pasadena was awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Award, which translates as “For the Church and the Holy Father,” recognizes the commitment of men and women and their service to the ecclesial community.
Ecclesial communities are non-parish Christian communities affiliated with the Catholic Church.
Among the recipients of the Benemerenti Award were Elizabeth Diott, Joan Feser and Frances Inafuku of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Pasadena, and Karl John David Holtsnider of Holy Family Church in South Pasadena.
The Benemerenti Award, which translates as “Good Merit,” is given to people who have shown exemplary service to their church, family and community.
Archbishop Jose H. Gomez presided over the ceremony and conferred the honor of Chaplain of His Holiness, with the personal title of Reverend Monsignor, to Msgr. Austin Doran, pastor of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in San Gabriel.
“We are awarding some of the highest honors that are given in the Catholic Church, honors that are ancient and are bestowed through the ministry of the Pope himself,” Gomez said. “These men and women are a blessing to me in my ministry as Archbishop and I am delighted that the Pope is recognizing them for their love of God and their service to the Church.”
Msgr. Doran’s award as Chaplain of His Holiness is bestowed upon veteran priests who are considered to have rendered particularly valuable service to the Catholic Church.