Monday, September 29, 2014


    In 2011, in honor of the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of Greensburg, Bishop Lawrence Brandt, our Diocesan Bishop instituted a celebration of recognition on a Diocesan level for two honors - the Conferral of the Bishop's Medal of Honor as well as the Conferral of Diplomas for the Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.  This year's celebration took place within the context of a Prayer Service held on September 21st at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg.  Twenty-eight individuals were honored that day, and three of them were from our parish of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in North Huntingdon.  I attended and shared in the joy and blessing of the recipients and their families.

     The Bishop's Medal of Honor recipient from our parish was Mrs. Joan Yuhas.  Joan is a lovely woman, a good wife and mother, a dedicated parishioner and friend.  Joan accompanies our Resurrection Choir on the organ and keyboard and fills in a times for our regular liturgies.  Joan played at Immaculate Conception when I was there over forty years ago.  She also has played at another local church.  She is involved in the parish and actively involved in our Christian Mothers Confraternity in many capacities.  And above all, she was humbled by this recognition and voiced her unworthiness - a good sign of just the opposite.

Picture by ACCENT photographer Mary Seamans
courtesy of the Diocese of Greensburg website
     Invested into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem from our parish were Mr. and Mrs. Keith and Wendy Staso, as a Knight and Lady of the Order.  They are longtime members of the parish and have been of great service to the Church locally and in so many other ways over the years.  At the ceremony, Keith spoke on behalf of the honorees in thanking Bishop Brandt.

Pictures courtesy of the Greensburg Diocesan website

     It was a lovely day, a wonderful celebration, deserving honors, and as I mentioned to our parish family this Sunday, not just an honor for these 28 recipients, but a blessing for the whole church from whom these people find inspiration.  Congratulations!

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