Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner. Facebook Messenger An icon of the facebook messenger app logo. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Facebook Messenger An icon of the Twitter app logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. WhatsApp Messenger An icon of the Whatsapp messenger app logo. Email An icon of an mail envelope. Copy link A decentered black square over a white square.

Dundee grandmother honoured with papal medal from the Pope

Anne Kelly with her Benemerenti medal.
Anne Kelly with her Benemerenti medal.

A Dundee grandmother has been recognised for her devoted service to the Catholic church with a medal from Pope Francis.

Anne Kelly, who visits members of her congregation when they are unwell and unable to attend Mass, was presented the Benemerenti medal by Reverend Mark Cassidy at St Mary’s The Immaculate Conception in Lochee.

The 81-year-old is so devoted to her church she set up a Facebook account during lockdown to watch weekly Mass livestreams.

A small service with Anne’s family and members of the congregation was held on December 3 to celebrate the papal decoration, which includes a medal and certificate, being awarded.

Retired¬† senior charge nurse Anne said: “I’m absolutely delighted and I’m quite humbled by the honour.

“I was very surprised, I only heard about it the day before it was given to me.

“It was such a lovely day, especially to have my family there and the family community of Lochee.”

Anne Kelly receiving the Benemerenti medal from Father Mark Cassidy.

The grandmother of 15 and great-grandmother of two was nominated by parishioners in recognition of her 35-year service to the church.

As a Eucharistic Minister, Anne assists the priest in administering the sacraments of holy communion and leads the parish council.

She also regularly visits unwell parishioners after weekly Mass and organises the congregation’s annual Christmas party.

During her service, Reverend Cassidy said Anne was recognised not only for service to the church, but for her efforts to enable and empower others to fulfil their own mission.

Anne Kelly displaying her medal with granddaughter Grace McNally.

During lockdown she has been keeping busy by watching virtual Mass services and taking part in online exercise classes every morning.

Anne added: “It was awful when we couldn’t go but Father Mark has been streaming the Mass on Sunday morning which is lovely.

“I’ve been keeping busy with exercises every morning, prancing round my kitchen.

“It’s not quite the same online but it keeps me going.”

The Benemerenti Medal was originally established as an award to soldiers in the Papal Army and was first awarded by Pope Pius VI in 1831.

It was later extended and in 1925 it became concept to award the medal as a mark of recognition to anyone in the clergy and laity for services to the church.

Only a handful are awarded each year and it remains a high honour.