Susan recog­nised for her in­cred­i­ble work with Pa­pal award

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A Perth church goer has been recog­nised for her hard work, with a top Pa­pal award.

Susan Cas­sidy was pre­sented with the Pro Ec­cle­sia and Pon­tif­ice dur­ing a ser­vice of solemn ves­pers last week­end.

Pro Ec­cle­sia and Pon­tif­ice is the high­est award the Catholic Church can give to a lay per­son.

The award was given to her to recog­nise her ser­vices to the parish and the dio­cese.

It was pre­sented dur­ing the ser­vice at St John the Bap­tist’s Church in Perth by Stephen Rob­son, Bishop of Dunkeld. As a child, Susan sang in the St John’s church choir, and for the past 30 years has been the church’s or­gan­ist and choir mistress.

She reg­u­larly ac­com­pa­nies the mass liturgy, in­clud­ing at the Catholic church’s ser­vices of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, first com­mu­nion, con­fir­ma­tion, wed­dings and funer­als.

Bishop Rob­son paid trib­ute to Susan’s tal­ents as a com­poser and ar­ranger at the ser­vice.

He said:“She has a gift that com­bines joy and rev­er­ence.

He added:“Miss Cas­sidy has also served as the di­rec­tor of mu­sic for Dunkeld dio­cese’s pil­grim­ages to Lour­des for over 30 years. This, com­bined with her life­time’s work as a Catholic teacher, at first in Law­side Academy and St John’s High, Dundee, and then at St Columba’s High School and St John’s Academy, Perth, makes her a wor­thy re­cip­i­ent of this pres­ti­gious award - the high­est award a lay per­son can be given.”

The ser­vice on Sun­day was also at­tended by Canon Steven Mul­hol­land, St John’s parish priest, and Susan’s brother, Fa­ther Mark Cas­sidy, who is parish priest at the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion parish in Lochee, Dundee.

Susan’s friends and fam­ily, in­clud­ing the church choir, at­tended a re­cep­tion fol­low­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of her award.

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