The Red Bank Catholic community congratulates RBC Class of 1977 alumna Sister Lisa D. Gambacorto, Ed.S., RS and Directress at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, NJ, who received word that the Vatican will bestow on her its highest Papal honor awarded to laity and clergy for distinguished service to the Church during a special ceremony to be held later this spring.
The Papal award, the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, was founded by Pope Leo XIII in 1888. The medal that Sister Lisa Gambacorto will receive during the installation ceremony is known as the “Cross of Honour.”
Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski, informed Sister Lisa of the Papal recognition and stated, “I rejoice with your family and friends at this distinguished and well-deserved honor. Please accept my sincere congratulations, as well as my deep gratitude for all that you have done, and continue to do, for our diocese.”
Earlier this year, the bishop petitioned Pope Francis to bestow Pontifical Honors on members of the clergy and laity “whose work and witness have been especially valuable to the mission of the Church of Metuchen” during his years as its fourth bishop.
Sister Lisa, who was taught by the Sisters of Mercy at RBC, shared her thoughts saying, “I am deeply moved to receive this award, not only in my own name but for all the Sisters of Mercy who have served the Church. I stand on the shoulders of my Sisters.”
She continued, “I thank the Bishop and Ellen Ayoub for the invitation to serve the diocese over these many years as the Chair of the Commission for Catholic Education within the diocese and the opportunity to offer my expertise in the field of psychology and education for the diocese. It has been a pleasure to work with so many principals and teachers throughout my 16 years of service.”