February 19, 2016
At the conclusion of the Red Mass on Wednesday, February 17, Mr. Dale Recinella was presented the
Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross. Mr. Recinella has demonstrated great zeal for the Catholic Faith and for the works of the Church, particularly during his seventeen years of faithful ministry to the incarcerated and their families, and the families of victims. He is well respected at Florida State Prison which houses Death Row inmates. In addition, he has exhibited obedience to the teachings of the Church and devotion to the Holy Father. Therefore, at the request of the bishops of Florida, Pope Francis has bestowed the Papal Honor of the
Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross upon Mr. Recinella. The Holy Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal is given for distinguished service to the Church, and is the highest Papal Honor that a lay person can receive in the Catholic Church.