Hathaway honored with Papal Cross
A historic Aug. 14 Centennial Mass will include presentation of the Papal Cross to Beth Hathaway of Boise City.
The Mass will be celebrated in Oklahoma City at the Cox Convention Center. Oklahoma City Archbishop Eusebius J.Beltran will serve as the principal celebrant for the Centennial Mass, expected to draw thousands of Oklahoma Catholics.
The Mass will include the presentation of the Papal Cross to Hathaway and 72 others in recognition of their commitment and service to the Church.
Hathaway, who attends the Good Shepherd Church in Boise City has been active in the Cursillo movement for 20 years. She has been instrumental in keeping the parish alive and active although it is isolated and has few resources. She has been exemplary in her work to attract others to the faith, bringing back fallen-aways and living a Christian life. It is doubtful that this far-removed mission could survive without her energy and efforts.
The Papal Award, created more than a century ago, will be presented as Oklahoma Catholics gather on Aug. 14 for an historic Mass celebrating the Centennial anniversary of the creation of the Diocese of Oklahoma. The Mass culminates a year long celebration, which began in August 2004 with a special Centennial Prayer entitled: “Seeds of Faith, Works of Love, Harvest of Hope.”
Catholic missionaries first arrived in Oklahoma in October of 1875. Thirty years later, on Aug. 17, 1905 the Diocese of Oklahoma was created.
Archbishop Beltran will present the award, in Latin known as the “Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontificate” which means “For the Church and the Pontiff.”
The Papal Cross was instituted on July 17, 1888, to mark the golden priestly jubilee of Pope Leo XIII. It was bestowed on those who had contributed in any significant way to the success of the jubilee celebrations and of the Vatican Exhibition organized on that occasion. It has continued to be awarded as a sign of the pontiff's recognition of distinguished service to the church and to the papacy.
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