His Eminence Cormac, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster.
(His predecessor was His Grace Miles Francis FitzAlan Howard, Duke of Norfolk,
KG, GCVO, CB, CBE, MC GCPO, DL, Earl Marshal of England, who died in June 2002).
Rt. Hon. Sir Swinton Thomas, KCSG.
(His predecessor was the late British diplomat Sir Paul Wright, KCMG, OBE,
who died in June 2005).
Hon. Secretary Emeritus
Leo Simmonds, KC*SG, KCHS.
Hon Secretary Elect
Mary Maxwell, DSG, DCHS.
John Gibbs, KSG.
Ecclesiastical Adviser and Chaplain
Rev. Mgr. Vladimir Felzmann, KCHS, DD, Msc (Eng).
Francis Ayers, KSG, KCHS, ACIB,
John Barrie, KCSG, FCA, FCMA, JDipMA,
Richard Brumby, KSS,
Lord Mark Fitzalan Howard, OBE, KCSG,
Mary Goodwin, DCSG, DGCHS,
Robin Gowlland, KCSG, KCHS,
Dr. James Hagerty, KSG, BA, MA, MPhil, PhD, FRHistS,
John Hardman, KC*SG,
Dr. Bozena Laskiewicz, DCSS, FRCS, DLO,
William Metcalf, MBE, KSG, KCHS,
John Scanlan, KCSG, KGCHS,
Prof. Mark Watson-Gandy, KSG, KM,
David A. R. Waterton-Anderson
KSG, OLJ, BA(Hons.), COMT.
In modern times, British citizens have been generally made members of the Pontifical Orders of “Saint Gregory the Great” or “Pope Saint Sylvester,” with the other Orders being reserved for Sovereigns and Heads of State or high ranking government or diplomatic officials.
The Pontifical Orders represent one of the highest and most prestigious distinctions which the Pope, who is not only Supreme Pontiff and Head of the Roman Catholic Church, but as ‘Sovereign Prince’ (Fons Honorum) of the Vatican City State can bestow on an individual. Such awards are made to lay individuals, both male and female, largely of the Roman Catholic faith but also to those of other Christian denominations and indeed, other faiths also. Such awards are granted in recognition of an individual’s pre-eminent service to their faith, community, or the work of the Holy See on a local, national and international level.
When such an honour is bestowed, the recipient is warmly invited
to become a member of the Association .