Harvey elevated to Lady Grand Cross

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Madeline J. Harvey of Brigantine was recently promoted to the rank of Lady Grand Cross by the Equestrian Order of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. The service took place at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City and was followed by a black-tie reception in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

Harvey received a papal medal in 1999 by the former Bishop of Camden, Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio, for meritorious service. DiMarzio then nominated her for membership in this prestigious papal order.

Throughout the years Harvey has been elevated to Lady, Lady Commander, and Lady Commander with Star. As Lady Grand Cross, she has attained the highest ranking status in the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

During the service at St. Patrick's Cathedral she was blessed by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and presented with the sash and medals of her rank by Cardinal Edwin O'Brien, Grand Prior, along with special blessings from Pope Benedict XVI from the Vatican in Rome.

Harvey was the only female member from the Diocese of Camden to receive this significant honor.

Headquartered at the Vatican in Rome, the Order is one of the oldest and most distinguished orders of Knighthood in the Catholic Church.  Membership is conferred upon men and women for their deep Catholic faith, leadership in church activities in the community where they live and for their goodness as individuals throughout the Camden Diocese.

Harvey, a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, serves in several ministries for her church while continuing to teach first-grade CCD (religious education) as she has done for over two decades. She is also the only female member residing in Brigantine and Atlantic County.

Harvey was accompanied by her grandson, Michael J. Paolini, for the three-day service in New York City.

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