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Caritas chairman receives honour on Australia Day

Chairman of Caritas Australia, Bishop Hilton Deakin, was honoured on Australia Day by being made a member of the General Division of the Order of Australia.

Bishop Hilton received the appointment for his service to the international community, particularly through his work with the Catholic aid agency, Caritas Australia and to the people of East Timor.

"I am honoured to accept the award which I feel is a recognition of Caritas Australia's work both in Australia and overseas," said Bishop Hilton Deakin.

"After my own experience of seeing suffering and then to see the work of Caritas Australia, especially through the aid and relief they provide during disaster allows me to understand the crucial importance of our work. Helping others is part of being a follower of the gospel.

Bishop Hilton has been deeply involved with Caritas since 1994, when he was appointed as the Deputy Chairman. In 1997 he became Chairman. Bishop Hilton holds the roles of Vice President of Caritas Internationalis and the President of Caritas Oceania.

Other prominent Catholics honoured include Emeritus Professor Peter Drake, foundation vice-chancellor of the Australian Catholic University, who has been made a Member of the Order of Australia, and Mrs Joan Sainsbury was also awarded a Medal of the Order of Australian for her service to the community and the St Vincent de Paul Society.

Click here for a complete list of awardees with Catholic affiliation.

Caritas Australia

Australia Day Honours - Accolades for principals and principles (Catholic Weekly)
Australia Day 2003 Honours List (Worldwide Photos Ltd)
Bishop Belo's lonely struggle for east timor peace and justice, by Bishop Hilton Deakin
Caritas Australia

28 Jan 2003