Ten individuals will receive papal honors in recognition of their years of service to the Catholic Church in West Virginia.
Each was nominated by the Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. They will be presented with papal awards at special masses celebrated by the bishop.
Msgr. P. Edward Sadie, rector of the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Charleston, will be promoted from the rank of Prelate of Honor to His Holiness to that of Apostolic Protonotary Supernumerary, the highest rank of a monsignor in the Catholic Church.
The bishop will celebrate mass 5:30 p.m. April 27 at the basilica in Charleston. At that time honors will be awarded to Msgr. Sadie and three other individuals.
Receiving the pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross, the highest medal that can be awarded to religious and laity by the papacy, will be Sister Gail Borgmeyer, president of Pallottine Health Services, Inc., in Huntington; Connie Carey, a layperson in Charleston; and Carol Hannah, a layperson in Charleston.
This honor will also be bestowed in Wheeling to the Very Rev. Brian O'Donnell, superior of the Jesuit community at Wheeling Jesuit University; David Galvin, permanent dean at St. James Parish in Charles Town; Lawrence E. Bandi, a layperson from Wheeling, Donald R. Kirsch, administrator of Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Wheeling; and Terrence A. McCormick, executive director of St. John's Home for Children in Wheeling. Clarence E. Martin III, a layperson from Martinsburg, will be named a knight of the Pontifical Equestrian Order. The bishop will celebrate mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling 6 p.m. April 20.