A WORTHING man has received a medal from the Pope for the work he has done over the past 70 years.
Bishop Kieran Conry of the Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton joined a packed congregation at St Michael’s Catholic Church in Hayling Rise, High Salvington, to present a Papal Medal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice to Patrick Hudson.
The medal was awarded to him for his service to the community and the church.
Pat began as an altar boy at St Mary’s in Worthing town centre aged nine and today, aged 77, is a welcomer at the 10.30am mass every Sunday at St Michael’s, as well as a volunteer helping with reading at English Martyr’s Primary School, in Derwent Drive, Goring.
He said: “I am deeply humbled by this award and see it as a being recognition of the work of so many people, not just myself, done out of care and love for our local community and the church. In particular, I must thank my wife Jo-Ann, and my daughters Jane and Nichola, who have always supported me in all my activities. I give thanks to God for all I have received in doing what I have done.”
Pat is a former police officer, chair of governors at English Martyrs Primary School and has visited the sick, organised pilgrimages to Rome, and assisted with the Papal Visit of John Paul II in 1982. The bishop thanked Pat for his hard work over the years and pinned the medal on him as well as presenting him with a certificate from the Pope.