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McLean resident receives highest papal honor for service

Cecilia H. Glembocki, past president of the Friends of John Paul II Foundation, was presented the pontifical award Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (For service to the Church and to the Pope), the highest award the pope bestows upon laity and religious for distinguished service to the church.


Cardinal Stanisław Ryłko presented a medal and certificate from Pope Francis following a Mass at the John Paul II Pilgrims Home in Rome Oct. 23. In attendance were Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, Pope John Paul II’s secretary, several bishops, clergy, laypeople, Glembocki’s husband, children and their spouses.


The award recognizes Glembocki’s work promoting church teaching on family and cultural values and the teachings and legacy of St. John Paul II.


Glembocki, a parishioner at St. Luke Church in McLean, previously received the diplomatic Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland awarded by the president of Poland.


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2016