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WCC Congratulations for Dame Sheilagh Kesting

Friday November 18

Sheilagh Kesting receives her certificate, signed by the Pope, and medal from the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Leo Cushley, marking her investiture as Dame of the Order of St Gregory the Great


The general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has extended his congratulations to the Rev Dr Sheilagh Kesting after she was ‘knighted’ by the Roman Catholic Church.

The Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said: “This recognition by the Roman Catholic Church demonstrates the ever deepening bonds of connection between churches of different confessional traditions, and is a testimony to Sheilagh’s great contribution to that end.”

Dr Kesting, recently retired as the Church of Scotland’s ecumenical officer, was invested as Dame of the Order of St Gregory the Great, an honour very rarely given to non-Catholics, last week. It means she can style herself Dame Sheilagh Kesting.

Dr Tveit said: "For many years, Sheilagh has served the ecumenical movement with tremendous knowledge, dedication and warmth. Her ability to build relationships is reflected in this prestigious honour, and she has made a lasting impact within the WCC fellowship as well as other ecumenical bodies… I am grateful for her gracious manner of leadership and wish her all the best in her retirement."


Elizabeth Lintower - Friday, November 18th, 2016

“This honour is very welcome but one should note those given Papal honours do not style themselves "Dame" or "Sir", etc.”

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