Pope honours Frank’s service to the Diocese

Frank Cassidy is pictured with (l-r) St John the Baptist parish priest Father Dominic Towey and the two bishops he served under Bishop Joseph Toal and Bishop Emeritus Joseph Devine.

Frank Cassidy is pictured with (l-r) St John the Baptist parish priest Father Dominic Towey and the two bishops he served under Bishop Joseph Toal and Bishop Emeritus Joseph Devine.

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An Uddingston man has been made a Papal Knight after receiving one of the Catholic Church’s highest honours.

Frank Cassidy was invested with the insignia of The Order of St Gregory the Great at a mass in his home parish of St John the Baptist Church.

Bishop Joseph Devine appointed Frank at Chancellor of Motherwell Diocese in 1997 after the Code of Canon Law was revised to allow a lay person to take on the role.

He held the post for 18 years finally retiring in December 2014, the current Bishop of Motherwell Joseph Toal subsequently wrote to the Papal Nunzio recommending Frank for the honour.

Frank said: “It was such a surprise when I learned I was to receive the honour.

“I loved my time as Chancellor and doing your duty is its own reward, but to be recognised by the Pope in this way is incredible.

“Since the Diocese of Motherwell was formed in 1947 I think I am only the second person to receive The Order of St Gregory the Great so it isn’t handed out very often and feels very special that I have received it.”

Frank was born in Craigneuk in 1934 and moved to Uddingston 26 years ago with his late wife Mary.

He spent 32 years working at Caterpillar factory and was then a director in a refrigeration firm prior to becoming Chancellor.

Frank is still heavily involved in the church, particularly in the St John the Baptist parish.