John Gibbs was presented with the Knight Commander’s cross of the Order of St. Gregory the Great on Thursday 6 July; he was made a Knight Commander of the Order in March this year by Pope Francis.
This is a special honour bestowed upon those who show great dedication in their service to the Catholic Church and the admirable example they set for their communities.
John’s longstanding commitment to the Church is evident in his many years serving various Catholic organisations. He was Treasurer of the Association of Papal Orders in Great Britain for 27 years, before standing down in May of this year after being elected Chairman of the Association. He has also been governor of a number of schools including St Thomas More Language College, and is the Chair of Governors at Westminster Cathedral Choir School.
Among his many activities, he serves as a Trustee and Treasurer for the Catholic Children’s Society, and on the Investment Committee for the Catholic Trust for England and Wales. He was also responsible for key aspects of Pope Benedict’s visit to the UK in 2010, as the Chairman of Papal Visit Ltd.
John was presented with the medal by Cardinal Vincent following a mass of thanksgiving.