Monsignor John Devine, our longstanding columnist, was one of two recent recipients of a newly inaugurated civic award for special contributions to Merseyside life.
Mgr Devine OBE picked up his award at a civic reception organised by the Churches Together group, collecting his Sheppard/Worlock plaque alongside his fellow award-recipient, Dr Hilary Russell, formerly Professor of Urban Policy at Liverpool John Moores University.
The plaques, named after Bishop David Sheppard and Archbishop Derek Worlock, who achieved such impressive ecumenical cooperation in the city, were presented by Paul Bayes, the Anglican Bishop of Liverpool, and made by local university students. Churches Together hope that other figures from across the denominations will be put forward for this award in the years to come.
The Churches Together event, which took place at Bishop's Lodge in Woolton on 28 June, is an annual informal networking event to which all mayors and leaders of the council within the Merseyside region are invited. Archbishop Malcolm McMahon and Bishop Tom Williams were among those in attendance at this year's gathering.