Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Overwhelmed...

Today a meeting of the British section of the international charity Aid to the Church in Need. A Luncheon marking Auntie's retirement from the Board...an involvement with ACN which began when she was a teenager.

An announcement from Archbishop's House, Southwark:  as one of his last acts as Pope, Benedict XVI appointed Joanna Bogle as a Dame of St Gregory.

I am overwhelmed and can't write any more at the moment...




47 comments:

Malcolm said...

Oh wow Joanna. You're a Papal dame.

St Wilfrid's, Coalville said...

There is nothing like a dame....

G said...

Well done indeed Auntie! Many, many congratulations. We're all v. proud of you.

Timothy Finigan said...

Warmest congratulations, Joanna. Richly deserved.

A Reluctant Sinner said...

Many congratulations, Joanna!

Anonymous said...

Well done to a great lady - Michael - from Harrogate

Anonymous said...

Well deserved :-) You're an inspiration with the witness you give and your courage in standing up for the Church's teachings!

Unknown said...

Good for you, Joanna. In the same league as G K Chesterton AND Matt Busby can't be bad.

Virginia and Tony

Tony Flavin said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! and Wow! I amutterly thrilled and shall proceed to dance around the kitchen.

Leo said...

I'm a regular reader but infrequent commenter.. I do want to comment this time though, to say how delighted I am for you. I admire so much all that you do for the Church (and i only hear positive comments about you from others - don't know if you realise what an inspiration you are to many!) and this papal honour is thoroughly deserved.

With prayers and thanks for your continued work,

Leo

Anonymous said...

How wonderful! This is so richly deserved, and we are thrilled for you. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Sincerely,
Connie K
Florida

Fr Stephen said...

Congratulations Joanna. And thank you for all the work you have done not only with ACN but in so many other areas of the Church's life as well. It is great news.

Delia said...

Joanna, that is fantastic - but so well deserved! Very well done. We must celebrate! And how beautiful that it came from beloved Benedict before his retirement.

Mari Kate said...

Congratulations Joanna. Seldom does recognition come and what a grace to receive it from such a great Pope. Prayers..

Anonymous said...

Dear Auntie: Your UNSWERVING loyalty to the Holy See and to the Church is inspiring. Congratulations on your WELL-DESERVED Order of St. Gregory the Great. And how fitting to be notified on St. George's Day and Shakespeare's Birthday! And receiving it from your beloved Benedict XVI. Well done!
Sheila A. Waters Bronxville NY USA

Fr John said...

Congratulations Dame Joanna. An honour well deserved.

Nora said...

Oh, my! That's lovely and so very deserved! Congratulations. :)

Di said...

Congratulations and God bless from a faithful reader from Plattsburgh, New York

Terry said...

Excellent news and well-deserved. Congratulations, Joana.

Eccles said...

Congratulations!

The Music Makers said...

Dear Joanna, I echo all these comments of congratulation and well deservedness, Jeremy

Big Sis said...

Thought I'd left a message earlier, however Well Done and Congratulations from your NZ fmily! I am. So proud of you :)))

catholicofthule said...

Congratulations!

Stephanie A. Mann said...

Congratulations! A well deserved honour!

Suzanne said...

Joanna, A Hardy Congratulations from across the pond!
So Very proud*
USA

Philip said...

many congratulations!

Fr. Ed Tomlinson said...

Well done Auntie J!

Do check my blog for a video treat....

Marilyn H said...

Bravo! So wonderful to see your hard work and kindness honored in this way. Thank you for all of your beautiful writing and encouragment

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!I'm spreading the good news among all our many mutual friends in the North West.
Virginia

johnf said...

Well done dame joanna!

There ain't nothing like a Papal Dame!

The Holy Office said...

What wonderful news - I can't think of any lay man or woman who has worked so hard for the Church in England. God bless you and may this spur you on to even greater achievements. Rob

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Seaneinn said...

Congratulations, you totally deserve this. Now enjoy. Take care Sean

1catholicsalmon said...

Congratulations, a well-deserved honour!

Elizabeth Mills said...

Blessings and prayers, dear Joanna - can't tell you how proud I am to know somebody who has been elevated to the Damage!! Hugsxx

Pearl of Tyburn said...

So....will you now be changing the title of your blog to "Dame Joanna Writes"???? ;-)

This is a glorious and so well-deserved honor for you! You have been, and always will be, a heroine in my eyes. I think you are among the cream of Catholica Britannia :-)

Blessings,
Pearl of Tyburn

Robert said...

Well deserved! Many, many Congratulations!

Hayley Tomlinson said...

So delighted to hear this Joanna!
So richly deserved. Many congratulations

Anonymous said...

Hip, Hip, Hooray!

Congratulations, Joanna.
HIP, HIP, HOORAY!!!

God bless
Sonia

Cathy said...

Congratulations and very well deserved!

David Maurice Edwards said...

Congratulations.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news! I can't think of anyone more deserving of such an award. Clare

~Katherine~ said...

Many, many congratulations! What a truly great honor!

I'm afraid I had never heard of you before Mac's post, but I've spent the last two days looking over your archives, previous articles, etc. I am both delighted to have discovered this little corner of the blogosphere and rather disgusted with myself for not having done so sooner. However, I hope that ordering a copy of We Didn't Mean to Start a School for my children's-book-loving and very Catholic mother-in-law for her Mother's Day gift will at least supply some deficits in that regard. ;)

With very best wishes and still more congratulations from across the Atlantic,

~Katherine~

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Joanna. Well done indeed.

Juliana said...

From San Francisco Bay.

Huge congratulations , dear Joanna !!!
Thank you for all you do, and thank God for you!

Laudate Dominum !

MarieR said...

How wonderful, Joanna! Just beautiful and very well deserved. Many congratulations! God bless you!

Manny said...

Wow, what an honor. Congratulations! It is very much deserved.