Pope Francis honours three in Liverpool

Awards for former council chief executive, emeritus professor of architecture and former liturgy commission secretary

The Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool, has presented three people with Papal Awards for their service to the Church. He made the presentations following a service of evening prayer last Thursday at the Liverpool Archdiocesan Centre for Evangelisation.
Miss Barbara Hunt, who served as secretary to the Archdiocesan Liturgy Commission for 40 years received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice. Mr John Cowdall, who has been a trustee of the Archdiocese for 12 years, became a Papal Knight of the Order of St Gregory, as did Professor John Tarn OBE, emeritus professor of architecture at Liverpool University.
In her role as secretary to the Liturgy Commission, Barbara Hunt organised the meetings of the commission and its departments and those between the commission and clergy and parishes. As a member of the department of rites and pastoral liturgy, she was involved in liturgical training and the formation of readers and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. As well as her voluntary work with the commission, Barbara also served the Christian education department in organising and delivering modules for the CCRS (Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies) course.
Among many roles, John Cowdall was appointed as a trustee of the Archdiocese of Liverpool in 2004. He is also secretary of the Historic Churches Committee for the Dioceses of Lancaster, Liverpool, Salford and Shrewsbury and is a member of the Patrimony Committee for the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales. In addition John serves as chairman of Stonyhurst College and as a member of the board of regents of Liverpool Hope University, the only ecumenical Christian university in Europe. He was chief executive of West Lancashire District Council from 1973 to 1990, having previously been town clerk and chief executive of Clitheroe Borough Council for four years.
Professor John Tarn OBE began his association with the Archdiocese in the early 1970s when he accepted an invitation to volunteer his expertise with the art and architecture department of the Liturgy Commission. He went on to produce the first set of guidelines for Church reordering in the Archdiocese in the 1970s.
His help and support to people and priests has been invaluable and he set in place procedures, policy and good practice in the way church buildings are reordered and cared for. He has also helped to implement many of the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council relating to church buildings. His work with the Historic Churches Committee is a sign of his dedication to church architecture and to Catholic heritage.
Picture caption (l-r): John Cowdall, Barbara Hunt, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon and Professor John Tarn
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