On Sunday, November 26, 2023 at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton, Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI presided over a special Mass during which Papal Honours were bestowed on lay persons from the Hamilton Diocese, as well as one Brother, and our own Fr. Sam Restivo, CR.
Fr. Sam received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross. “The cross “for the Church and for the Pope” had its origin in 1888, as a token of the golden jubilee of Pope Leo XIII; he bestowed it on those who had assisted in the observance of his jubilee and on persons responsible for the success of the Vatican Exposition. This cross was made permanent in October 1898 in recognition of service to the Church and the papacy.”
The Congregation of the Resurrection is grateful to God for calling Fr. Sam to be a member of our community, and for all the wonderful ministry Fr. Sam has accomplished during his vocation. Ad multos annos!
Watch the Papal Honours Mass here.