A great honour has been given to one of our own Braves. Mr. Rocco Valeri, vice-principal at St. Jean de Brébeuf, has been awarded the Benemerenti (Ben-eh-mer-EN-tee) Medal by Pope Francis.
Benemerenti is Italian for meritorious which means work which is deserving of great respect, admiration and praise.
The Holy Father awards this medal once a year to priests and lay members of the Church in recognition of their commitment to their home Parishes. Mr. Valeri’s tireless work for his home Parish of St. Anthony of Padua is so significant, the Pope has recognized it as helping not only the Parish but the greater Church in our work of reflecting the light and life of Christ.
This year, Mr. Valeri was one of 6 members of the Diocese of Hamilton to receive this award. The honours will be given to recipients by Bishop Douglas Crosby at a celebration to take place at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King on January 3, the Feast of the Epiphany.
Mr. Valeri is a humble soul and a true gentleman who never seeks recognition for his efforts.
When asked about this amazing award, Mr. Valeri shrugged his shoulders and said he was just doing his job. Then he added, “Every day, the Lord gives us a chance to do some good and we just try, don't we?”
Congratulations, Mr. Valeri! And thank you, on behalf of the entire Brebeuf community, for being such a steadfast ambassador for Christ. You are a blessing to us all!