"With Heart and Voice" Host Richard Gladwell receives the Benemerenti Medal

Sun, 03/29/2009 - 2:00pm
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With Heart and Voice host Richard Gladwell
Bishop Matthew Clark will present the prestigious Benemerenti Medal, one of the Vatican’s highest honors to the laity, to Richard Gladwell, host and producer of WXXI’s long running live and nationally syndicated radio program With Heart and Voice.
The medal will be given to Mr. Gladwell by Bishop Clark at a special concert in Mr. Gladwell’s honor at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park, on March 29, 2009 at 2 p.m.. Choirs and musicians from several area churches will be on hand to perform musical selections, all favorites of Mr. Gladwell, and officials from WXXI and other community organizations will offer thoughts about his accomplishments.
The event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception.
The Benemerenti Medal was instituted by Pope Gregory XVI in the early 19th Century and is conferred on those who have exhibited long and exceptional service to their community. The gold-colored medal is inscribed with the word Benemerenti – “to a well deserving person.” The ribbon attached to the medal is of the Papal colors. Long a listener and after receiving requests of several other admirers of Mr. Gladwell's work, Bishop Clark wrote to Pope Benedict XVI to ask that the award be given to Mr. Gladwell.

With Heart and Voice airs on Classical 91.5/HD91.5-2 Sundays at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and on public radio across the country.



Medal from Vatican to Richard Gladwell

What a thrilling occasion Sunday March 29th will bring at 2 p.m. for Richard Gladwell, a genius at what he does and master at what he gives to the national community of worship music lovers! So well earned and so well deserved, Richard! God's richest blessing fill you and your wife's heart tomorrow during what will prove to be a glorious event! Peace be with you. George