Pope awards Benemerenti Medal to Mrs Kathleen McCoy

Newry Cathedral News

Congratulations to Mrs Kathleen McCoy who has been awarded the Benemerenti Medal for ‘long and exceptional service to the Catholic Church’ by Pope Francis.

Kathleen has been a member of the cathedral choir for 54 years. As a soprano soloist, Kathleen will be a familiar face and voice to those who attend Mass in the cathedral.

The award dates back to the late 1700s when it was established by Pope Pius VI. Father Desmond Loughran presented the medal to Kathleen at 10am Mass on Sunday, 16th June 2019 at Newry Cathedral. She is photographed here with her husband, Eddie. Congratulations, Kathleen!