Ten people from the Diocese of Charleston were chosen to receive papal honors by Pope Francis.
Eight were honored with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross while two received the Benerementi Medal. They are given for distinguished service to the Church.
The group, which includes men and women religious, deacons and laypeople, were formally recognized by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone and a crowd of family and friends at a vespers service on Jan. 13, 2019 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.
The honors, which were bestowed on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, recognizes the good works of the recipients.
The Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross
Brother Edward Bergeron, CFC, is the parish life facilitator at St. John Church in North Charleston. He has been with the Diocese of Charleston since 1996 and is a tireless advocate for the poor and disadvantaged. He professed his vows 52 years ago, and spent 17 years in Peru teaching high school, leading adult education and working with other brothers in formation.