Papal Honors

Papal Honours were given by Cardinal Gerald Lacroix, the Primate of Canada, on March 5th at Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton Ontario Canada to 16 individuals for their dedication and exceptional service to the Church in the diocese of Hamilton.   It was a full house at Hamilton’s Cathedral Basilica on March 5th, as both priests and lay people received the Papal awards for various ministries and years of service to the Catholic Church in Hamilton.  These Papal Honours, do exactly that, said Bishop Douglas Crosby D.D OMI, they honour the parishioners and the priests for the contributions they have made to the diocese and to the church.  Bishops are invited to make a request of the Holy Father to honour parishioners who have done significant things in their diocese.

Included in the individuals receiving the Bene Merenti Papal Honours on March 5th was James Montague, a fourth degree Knights of Columbus from the Bishop Paul F. Reding Assembly 1981.

James Montague was born in Toronto and is a faithful member of Saint Matthew Parish in Oakville.   Since 2009, he has been employed by the Holiday Inn Oakville Center in their banquet services department.  As a young man with disabilities, James has endeavoured to recognize people in his community with disabilities for their amazing gifts and talents.  Since 2010 he has organized an annual All Star Gala, with large community support to celebrate their many gifts.  This past year over 200 persons attended this inspiring event.

Since 2012 James has been actively involved in fund-raising for the Special Olympics. 

Since 2007, James has been a part-time evening assistant at Saint Matthew Parish office, he serves the Parish as an extraordinary minister of communion, sacristan and trains the altar servers.   He is also a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus Bishop Paul F. Reding Assembly #1981.  James is a young man who is dedicated to serving the church using his gifts wherever he can.

James Montague is honored with the Bene Merenti Medal.