Papal award for Tim McNally

2012-05-14 00:00

TIM Mc Nally (73) was honoured yesterday with a Papal Award at the St Mary’s Catholic Church in Pietermaritzburg.

The award was presented by Cardinal Wilfrid Napier.

The Papal Award is bestowed by the Pope on deserving Catholics who have served others through acts of service, and it comes with a citation. This is motivated by others who nominate a candidate, this nomination is ratified by the local Catholic Headquarters, who send it to Rome.

McNally was modest about the award but his friends and fellow congregants were all thrilled. The former attorney-general of Natal said he joined the St Vincent de Paul Society as a young man of 17 with a desire to serve poor communities.

Vincent De Paul was a Catholic priest who devoted his life to uplifting the lives of the poor and destitute and he tried to give them hope through his missionary work. His legacy continues today through the work of Catholics who volunteer their time and efforts through the Vincent de Paul Society to help the poor by visiting them in their homes and helping them with food, clothing, medicine and other essentials.

McNally has dedicated his life to being a “Vincentian” and at the age of 73 he was thrilled to receive this recognition for his dedication.

The award is a gold lapel pin with the figures of St Peter and St Paul. McNally served as the national president of the Vincent de Paul Society for six years and is still deeply involved at many levels.

He said: “The society started in Pietermaritzburg more than 100 years ago and it appealed to me as it was a way to balance my professional life and to also live out my Catholic faith and do good for others.”

McNally also serves on the board of several local charities.

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