Patricia O’Sullivan awarded St Mellitus Medal
Patricia O’Sullivan, a member of St Mary’s church in Kilburn, has received the St Mellitus Medal awarded by the Bishop of London, for her life-long contribution to the Church.
Patricia was given the award in a surprise presentation by the Rt Revd & Rt Hon Lord Harries of Pentregarth during a special service to celebrate 150 years since the consecration of St Mary’s.
Patricia has been attending St Mary’s for over 65 years, having first been baptised in the church at three months old. At her confirmation, she pledged to take Communion every month for the rest of her life, and to date has done so. She attends worship every day, and plays a critical role within the church’s internal leadership. Patricia has served on the Parochial Church Council for over 25 years, fulfilled the role of sacristan for 30, volunteered as the Deanery Synod Secretary and has been a member of Area Council.
“I was very surprised and honoured to receive the medal. I have enjoyed my time at St Mary’s and seen many changes. I hope to be able to continue there for many years to come.”
Father Andrew Cain, Vicar of St Mary’s, said:
“Patricia has offered significant life-long service to the church and community and we are delighted to be able to recognise her contribution in this way. It seemed apt to celebrate the church’s 150 years, and Patricia’s dedication to St. Mary’s, at the same event and the entire congregation is very pleased for her.”
The medal is named after St Mellitus, the Bishop of London who re-founded the Diocese in AD 604 and is awarded in recognition of substantial contribution to the Christian life of London.