Fr Michael Beattie SJ awarded for priestly service at Lourdes
20 Jun 2016
Michael Beattie SJ has received the Chaplains of Honour of the Sanctuaries Award for services over many years to the pilgrims at Lourdes in France. He was presented with his medal and diploma during a pilgrimage to the grotto earlier this June. The conferral of this honour is an expression of gratitude for the enthusiasm and generosity of the recipients in the service of the pilgrims and the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Previous recipients include Richard Clarke SJ (1897 – 1969), known as the editor for the revived Chaplain’s Weekly and especially remembered for his presence at Mount Street during WWII. Much more recently, Nicholas King SJ, professor of Biblical Studies and currently Academic Director of Theology at St Mary’s Twickenham received the honour in August 2010.
Fr Michael Beattie SJ is currently at Mount St Mary’s College, celebrating mass and providing pastoral support for the pupils and staff. Previously he was a parish priest, in charge of St George’s Worcester, The Sacred Heart Wimbledon, Farm Street Church, The Sacred Heart Edinburgh and Corpus Christi Boscombe, Bournemouth. He was also very active as the National Secretary of the Apostleship of Prayer for 27 years, travelling the UK and abroad to promulgate this ‘School of Prayer’.
The first Honorary Chaplains were appointed on the 50th Anniversary of the Apparitions. The front of the cross has an image of Our Lady of Lourdes with the words 'I am the Immaculate Conception' and 'Hail Mary' in Latin. The reverse has an image of St Pius X, the pope who approved the appointment of Chaplains of Honour at the request of Bishop Schoepfer in 1909.