Hailed as a richly deserved award, the Columba Cross was presented to Brother William at the Knights of St Columba, Province 12 (Southwark) annual dinner dance. The Order’s highest award was presented to Bill by supreme Knight, Brother Charlie McClusky, in recognition all the work he has done for the order over almost 50 years. Brother William, of the Wandsworth Council 128 and a Past Provincial Grand Knight of Southwark, has the further distinction of being the longest serving ‘Director for Spirituality and Welfare’, having served the order in that position for 12 years.
A report in the Knights’ magazine points out that ” he has always been there to give advice to his fellow brothers and has been the author, for many years, of his Council’s very informative and amusing newsletter. Brother Will is a keen historian of the church and the Order and is often described as being a ‘mine of information’.
A prolific worker for the church, he has been recognised twice by the Holy Father– firstly with a Bene Merenti and last year, with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice. On being presented with the Columba Cross, Will, in his usual humble way, was visibly moved and declared that he did not believe he was worthy of this honour”
While many of William’s awards and accolades have come from outside the Catenians, we believe it wholly appropriate to acknowledge these awards here and indeed thank Bill for all the work he has also done for the Balham Circle. TGB