People from all walks of life are named to the 2022 New Year’s Honors list. A total of 1,239 people received awards. Among the Catholics who have been honored are:
John battle, former deputy, who was appointed knight for political and public service. He was the first director of Church Action on Poverty. Has been Pro-Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University since 2017, serves on the Board of Directors of Citizens UK and Co-Chair of Leeds Citizens and is Chairman of the Justice and Peace Commission for the Diocese of Leeds.
Anne Peacey, Vice President of the National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN) said: “John has been a patron, reliable supporter and great friend of NJPN for many years. His commitment to social justice encourages us all to act.
“John’s contribution to the NJPN annual conferences has always been very special as he has a knack for presenting his in-depth knowledge of Catholic social teaching in a straightforward and accessible manner, affirming our efforts and challenging us to follow his example as we work and pray for a world where people can live in peace and harmony with one another and with all creation.
“NJPN is delighted that John’s commitment to working for the good of all has been recognized and we offer our congratulations, best wishes and a huge thank you for all he does.”
Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald, former secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, received an OBE for services rendered to interfaith and inter-Church partnerships.
Tony blair, former Prime Minister was appointed member of the Order of the Garter. He joins as a “knight’s companion”, and now becomes known as Sir Tony.
Sister Margaret Harlock, Governor of St Brendan’s Catholic Sixth Form College, Bristol receives an MBE for his educational services.
Julia baines, a teaching assistant at the Margaret Clitherow Catholic School in Bracknell, Berkshire, received the British Empire Medal for Service to the Education of People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
Jason and Laura Kenny, who received CBEs for cycling services in 2017, are now part of the GB team receiving New Year’s honors, becoming knight and lady.
Sir Jason won nine Olympic medals in Tokyo, including seven gold, making him the most successful British Olympic athlete. Dame Laura won two medals, bringing her total Olympic medals to six, including five gold, placing her at the top of the list of British Olympian medalists.
Raymond Friel, Managing Director of Caritas Social Action Network, has been recognized for his education services with an OBE, after his nearly 30-year career in education.
Evelyne Cosgrove, former principal of St Mary’s Catholic School in Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland, received an OBE for her educational services.
Keywords: John Battle, Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald, Tony Blair, Raymond Friel
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