Three prominent Melbourne Catholics receive papal knighthoods from Archbishop Hart

Monday 5 March 2018

Media and Communications Office

Late in 2017, Pope Francis awarded Papal Honours to distinguished members of the Archdiocese of Melbourne for their lengthy ontributions to the life of the Church and the Archdiocese.

At St Patrick’s Cathedral East Melbourne on Sunday, Archbishop Denis Hart presented the first of those awards to their honoured recipients, acknowledging their ‘magnificent’ endeavours for the Archdiocese of Melbourne over many years of, as he described it, ‘the most devoted, loyal and illustrious service.’

Mr Francis Xavier Moore, the Executive Director, Administration, for the Archdiocese of Melbourne, was elevated as Knight Commander of the Order of St Gregory.

Mr Fergus Ryan, a member of the Diocesan Finance Council, also became Knight Commander of the Order of St Gregory

Mr Mike Janes, former member of the board of the Catholic Development Fund, received his award as Knight of the Order of St Gregory.

             Francis Moore, Executive Director, Administration, Archdiocese of Melbourne, one of three recipients of papal knighthoods at the weekend.

Archbishop Denis Hart presented the three award recipients with their papal medal and parchment at the conclusion of Solemn Mass in the cathedral, prior to the solemn blessing. In making the presentatiuon, during his homily, His Grace enumerated the lives and achievements of the recipients: 
Today I am pleased, on behalf of our Holy Father Pope Francis, to confer Papal Honours on Francis Moore, Fergus Ryan and Mike Janes.

Francis Moore has been awarded the Knight Commander of the Order of St Gregory. Francis, through his legal practice, has benefited the Church and many people in the community. He was instrumental in the legal work for the Papal Visit to Australia in 1986 and in 2007 he joined the Archdiocese as Executive Director Administration. He has given immense support to the diocese, its parishes and its people over these years, so much so that we wanted to recognise his genuine service which deals with all of the material, business, financial and management aspects of the Archdiocese. We are deeply in his debt.

Fergus Ryan has been awarded the Knight Commander of the Order of St Gregory. Fergus came from Ireland to Australia and after work in management at Arthur Anderson as a Managing Partner, he was appointed as the Prime Minister's Investment Coordinator and Major Projects Facilitator, before becoming Patron of the Global Foundation, which seeks to draw together business, science and community in looking together at the needs we all have. Our Archdiocesan Finance Council has benefited for many years from Fergus' wise advice, and we are very grateful for all that he has done. I know that the welfare of the Church and its people has been promoted significantly from all that Fergus has done.

The Church wishes to honour Mike Janes by awarding him the Knight of the Order of St Gregory. Mike was born at Rainbow in the Diocese of Ballarat, attended St Patrick's College, and after coming to Melbourne in 1961 has been strongly involved in each parish in which he has lived. He has taken senior appointments with Broken Hill Proprietary Company in Newcastle and Whyalla, and when forced to retire from those leadership positions, he has been strongly involved with the Eye and Ear Hospital, the Australian Catholic University, Cabrini Health and Villa Maria Catholic Homes. Mike was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia because of his involvement in the Catholic Church and Vision Australia. Mike has been a member of the Board of the Catholic Development Fund and has helped support the Church and its people by parish involvement, wise advice and family leadership with his late wife Pat and six children.

At a later function in Hawthorn, at Villa Maria Catholic Homes, and in the shadows of St Joseph's church, where Archbishop Hart once served as an altar boy, the Archbishop, the Vicar General Monsignor Greg Bennet and other Church clergy joined Francis Moore, Fergus Ryan and Mike Janes and members of their families for a special dinner honouring their awards.
Further papal awards and honours are to be presented by the Archbishop over the next two weeks, again during Masses at St Patrick’s.

At next Sunday’s Mass, Mrs Nicola Kitson, Executive Assistant to Archbishop Hart and former secretary to the Bishops of Townsville will be awarded the Croce Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice from Pope Francis, while the following week, Stephen Elder, Director of Catholic Education Melbourne, and Executive Director, Catholic Education Commission of Victoria, will be invested as Knight Commander of the Order of St Sylvester.

Additionally, both Dr Margaret O’Donnell, former principal of St Gregory’s Primary School, Doncaster, and Phillip Tierney, former principal of St Andrew’s School, South Clayton, will receive the pontifical honour Croce Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice.


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