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The National Catholic Bioethics Center
Dr. and Mrs. Haas Named to the Order of St. Gregory the Great
August 2019
© 2019 by The National Catholic Bioethics Center


We are pleased to announce that Pope Francis has named Dr. John Haas, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow of the NCBC, a Knight in the Order of St. Gregory the Great at the request of Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.  Mrs. Martha Haas has also been appointed a Dame of the Order by the Holy Father.  The awards will be bestowed by the Archbishop at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul.  For practical purposes, this is the highest honor granted to lay persons by the Pope.

Thursday, September 5, 2019
5:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Order of Saint Gregory the Great, one of the five pontifical knightly orders, was founded by Pope Gregory XVI in 1831 to honor his great sixth century predecessor. In the nearly 200 years since that time, sitting Pontiffs have awarded this honor to diplomats, artists, scientists, world leaders, and interfaith leaders from all walks of life who have shown, by their service, extraordinary love for Jesus Christ and his Church. Membership signifies recognition from the Holy Father himself for service already rendered and an invitation from His Holiness to continue a life of exemplary Christian witness. 

Please join us in congratulating John and Martha Haas for this well-deserved honor!