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Local Recipient of Papal Honor

Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg Bishop Terry LaValley and Our Ladyof Lourdes Father Richard Sturtz stand with Essex County Clerk Joseph Provoncha, who received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice papal medal Dec. 8 at the Schroon Lake church

Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg Bishop Terry LaValley and Our Ladyof Lourdes Father Richard Sturtz stand with Essex County Clerk Joseph Provoncha, who received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice papal medal Dec. 8 at the Schroon Lake church

— Essex County Clerk Joseph Provoncha, a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Schroon Lake, was recently presented with the “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice,” a papal medal.

The medal was presented at a ceremony at Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg, N.Y. on Dec. 8, 2013 by Bishop Terry LaValley in recognition for his service to the parish and Diocese of Ogdensburg.

Also known as the “Cross of Honor,” the medal is the highest medal that can be awarded to the laity by the Papacy.

“It is a tremendous honor,” said Provoncha, “I am very humbled to receive such an award.”

Having no knowledge of the award, Provoncha said, “Father Sturts showed up at my house and began to talk about the award. He then said that the Bishop would be presenting it to me.”

Joseph’s parents, Alvin and Shirley Provoncha, and his sister, Amy Garcia and family, all residents of North Hudson, attended the Dec. 8 ceremony.

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