Pope honours dedicated St Matthew’s parishioners

Peter and Mary are pictured with their medals and Monsignor Bradley
Peter and Mary are pictured with their medals and Monsignor Bradley

Two popular and dedicated parishioners at St Matthew’s Church in Bishopbriggs have been awarded one of the Catholic Church’s highest honours.

Peter Bradley (90) and Mary Daly (77) were each presented recently with the Benemerenti Medal by Monsignor Hugh Bradley, on behalf of Pope Francis.

Peter received the medal for his 14 years service as sacristan, which involved getting the church ready every day for mass, and Mary was rewarded for her 14 years as housekeeper at St Matthew’s.

They were put forward for the honour by Monsignor Bradley, who praised them for their faithful years of service.

Monsignor Bradley, who is now General Secretary of the Bishop’s Conference of Scotland, said: “Very few Benemerenti Medals are given out by the Pope and I was delighted the request for Peter and Mary was granted.

“I have known them both for 14 years. Peter worked very hard for all those years and is so well liked by everyone.

“And Mary has worked hard all her life as a housekeeper - from the age of just 15. She is a very welcoming person and really makes the house a home.

“The church has been blessed to have had them both here in the parish.”

A delighted Peter said he was “very happy and felt privileged”.

Mary said she was “overjoyed and overwhelmed”.