Pope Francis has appointed Prof. Greg Craven to the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great
In an investiture ceremony attended by family and colleagues of Professor Craven on December 6th, the Archbishop of Sydney, Archbishop Anthony Fisher op installed Professor Craven in this ancient Order of Knighthood of the Holy See.
In his speech, Archbishop Fisher spoke of the many years of dedicated and faithful leadership and service that Professor Craven has given, not only to the advancement of Catholic higher education in Australia through his work, firstly at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle and more recently at Australian Catholic University, but also to the many and varied ways that he has leant his wisdom and intellect to the Church more generally through service on numerous advisory boards and committees, including the NCEC and the Truth, Justice and Healing Council. Archbishop Fisher said that Professor Craven encapsulated the true spirit of the Second Vatican Council and its call for greater lay collaboration in the mission of the Church. He noted that it was no coincidence that Professor Craven was awarded his Papal Knighthood in the same week that Gaudium et spes (the seminal Vatican II document on lay collaboration) celebrated its 50th Anniversary.
The Order of St Gregory the Great was established on 1 September 1831, by Pope Gregory XVI, and is bestowed upon Catholic men and women in recognition of their personal service to the Holy See and to the Catholic Church, through their work, their support of the Holy See, and their exemplary faith In action in their communities.