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Cathedral co-chairs receive papal honors


In recognition of their dedication and generous service to Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral and the Diocese of Raleigh, Mr. Timothy Mann and Dr. Henry Zaytoun received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal April 28 during vespers at St. Thomas More Church in Chapel Hill.  

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, who requested the honor from Pope Francis while he was bishop of the Diocese of Raleigh, was present at vespers and presented the medals to Mr. Mann and Dr. Zaytoun, who have served as co-chairs of the Cathedral Project since its inception five years ago.

In his remarks, Bishop Burbidge talked about the moment he asked both men to serve in that leadership capacity. Both of them, he said, asked for time to pray and discuss the matter with their wives and families.

“For all of us who know Henry and Tim, it’s not surprising to hear the three things they thought of -- prayer, marriage and family life. Fortunately, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we know the eventual answer they gave to me. And tonight the Church … honors their ‘yes’ with the highest medal that can be given to the laity,” Bishop Burbidge said. “In other words, the universal Church honors Tim and Henry for assisting in giving this local church a mother church … a cathedral.”

Bishop Burbidge thanked them for their example of faith as well as the insights and advice they provided to him.

Mr. Mann and Dr. Zaytoun addressed those gathered, a congregation that included Mr. Mann’s wife, Kerry, and Dr. Zaytoun’s wife, Mimi. They thanked their families and expressed how they worked together “like brothers.” They also expressed thanks, love and gratitude to Bishop Burbidge for his friendship and service to the diocese. And they expressed gratitude to everyone in the diocese for the growth it has enjoyed during the past decades.

Established in 1888, the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice honor translates to “For Church and the pope.”