Peter Rand receives Papal recognition

FHL is delighted to report that Peter Rand (FHL Trustee and Vice Chairman) has been appointed a Knight of the Order of St Gregory the Great (KSG), one of the highest and most prestigious distinctions the Pope can bestow on an individual.  

This award represents recognition of an individual’s pre-eminent service to their faith and community, and to the work of the Holy See on a local, national and international level. The basis of Pontifical awards is honorific and ranks equally with other similar awards made by sovereign princes around the world who are Heads of State - the Pope being both the head of the Roman Catholic Church and also ‘Sovereign Prince’ of Vatican City. The appointment is made to both male and female lay individuals. Most recipients are Roman Catholic, but within the UK there are Protestant, Muslim, Sikh and Jewish Knights and Dames of St Gregory

Peter writes,

“I feel humbled and greatly honoured to have been appointed a Knight of the Order of  St. Gregory the Great (KSG). It has been a pleasure to support my parish of St. Francis in Kenilworth over the last 47 years and to have played my part in helping grow FHL.
“Travelling to the Holy Land every few months, and witnessing the challenges facing our Christian brothers and sisters there, has had a big impact on my life. I will always be grateful to our founder, the late Dr. Michael Whelan, for providing me this opportunity. I thank everyone in the UK and the Holy Land who has contributed in any way to FHL, and feel all of you share in this award. Keep up the good work!
“I invite you to join me at midday on Saturday 2 June at St. Francis Church, Kenilworth for my investiture by the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham. Please confirm to me if you are able to attend by telephoning the FHL office  - 01926 51280 - or by email to office@friendsoftheholyland.org.uk .“

FHL staff and volunteers are extremely proud of Peter’s achievement, and know that supporters will wish to join with us in congratulating him on this significant recognition of his service to the Christian faith.