Clubhouse Bar Opening Times
The clubhouse bar is open to members and their guests at the following times:
Monday - Friday : 5 pm - 11 pm
Saturday: 12 noon - 11 pm
Sunday: 12 noon - 10:30 pm
Last orders are at 10:30 and all members and their guests must have left the grounds by 11pm (unless we have a late license)
We reserve the right to call last orders and close early if custom is very low.
FC Saturday Reserves win the Southern Amateur League Junior Division 6 South Title
Congratulations to the FC Saturday Reserves who clinched top spot in Junior Division 6 South to earn promotion in their first season in the SAL.
Nico Cortes (manager), Chris Wilhelmsen, Paul Gibbons, Andrew Hislop, Alfa Newman,Tony Galica, Matt Healy, Dave Long, Ryan Gemmell, Alex Buckley (manager), Askin Isik
Benny Soloman, Nat Gibbons, Michael Bath, Rex K-Addo, Fabio Pascoal, Kenny Foster
(L-R) Nico Cortes, Steven Davey, and Alex Buckley, the FC Saturday management team with the SAL Intermediate Novets Challenge Cup
FC Saturday Firsts win Southern Amateur League (SAL) Cup
Many congratulations to the FC Saturday first team who won the SAL Intermediate Novets Challenge Cup in some style beating HSBC 3s 6-1.
The OWs dominated the start of the game, quickly establishing a 3-0 lead with the opposition reduced to trying to play long ball to get back into the game. The opposition rallied after half time but failed to capitalise on an improved second half performance and the OWs were comfortable winners in the end.
This is a great start for the OWs in their first season in the SAL and both the Firsts and the Reserves are well placed to win promotion from their respective divisions.
So well done to managers Steve, Buck and Nico and all the lads, hopefully the first of many more to come.
College Hospitalité Centenary
Dear Old Wimbledonian,
As an old boy of a Catholic College founded in 1892, you are no doubt familiar with tradition. But there is one very important milestone coming up which you might not be aware of: next year, 2023, marks the centenary of the College's first working party to Lourdes. Attached is a brief history of our association with Lourdes over the past hundred years, which also explains something of our work at the shrine.
Over this time, our College parties have introduced many hundreds of old boys and others to the unique experience of serving the sick and disabled in Lourdes. This has left a lasting impression on many of those who have come with us to Lourdes, including, no doubt, some of you.
To mark the occasion, we are planning a short pilgrimage to Lourdes, coinciding with the dates when our main working party will be there. The pilgrimage will be led by Fr. Michael Holman SJ, a former headmaster of the College, whom many of you will of course know. The pilgrimage will be open to all old boys, as well as their family and friends, or indeed any friend of the College.
We are proposing a 5-day pilgrimage, running from Friday 25 August 2023 to Tuesday 29 August 2023. An indicative cost for the pilgrimage would be £500, including half-board at a centrally located hotel, flights and transfers.
Plans are still very much at an early stage, so the purpose of this email is to gauge the level of interest before going further. But I do very much hope that you will be able to join us in 2023, our momentous centenary year. It will be an opportunity to discover Lourdes for the first time from a unique perspective, seeing the work that the College parties do in Lourdes, or perhaps even rekindling memories of your own time in Lourdes.
No commitment is necessary at this stage, but if you are interested in coming on the pilgrimage, please could you reply to WimbledonLourdes100@gmail.com, indicating the number of people you anticipate being in your party.
I very much look forward to hearing from you.
President, Wimbledon College Lourdes Hospitalité
Congratulations to the OWCC 1XI and 2XI for winning promotion in the Surrey Championship
Great news from the Cricket Club:
The 1XI won promotion to Division 1 of the Surrey Championship, which is a seriously high standard and they can expect to be playing some heavyweight teams next year. This is obviously only one step off the Premiership which is full of Wimbledon, Reigate Priory and the like.
The 2XI also got promoted back to Division 3 after a couple of relegations, great for them too.
Congratulations to 1XI captain Clint McCabe and 2XI captain Sami Majid and all their players on achieving promotion to round off a great season for the club, leaving chairman Nick Fox "as pleased as punch".
Clubhouse Food at the weekend
Food is now available all weekend at the clubhouse.
Breakfast is available from 9 - 12 on Sunday mornings with a selection of baps and fries or cheesy fries for those of you who need a bit more from your breakfast.
There's a BBQ menu from 1 - 8 pm in the evening on Saturday and Sunday featuring delicious home made burgers.
Don't forget Friday night is Pizza night, check out the TakeOWAy page for this week's menu. Delicious pizzas and sides to enjoy at home or at the clubhouse.
New Books from Simon Potter MBE
Simon Potter is at it again and has published two new books with the proceeds going to charity:
It's news of two books, both published by my imprint, Glassingall Books, one written by a Jesuit about hunting in WW1, the other by me about old models!
We are looking for a House Manager
We are looking to employ someone to take on the running of the clubhouse to ensure that you members get the first class venue and service you deserve.
If you know anyone who might be interested then please ask them to contact email@example.com
The Poetry of Father Peter Banyard SJ
Fr Banyard died on 7 August, 2018. He was 87 and had been a Jesuit for seven decades and a Catholic priest for 57 years.
200 copies of a delightful anthology of his poetry have now been printed.
If you would like a copy please phone Fr Dermot Preston, who is the Superior of the Jesuit community at St Aloysius, in Glasgow, on 0141 331 4580.
A donation of £10 to Jesuit missions is all that is asked.
Many OW’s will remember Fr Peter (‘Bertie’) Banyard from his time at Wimbledon, as a scholastic, from 1955 and, after his ordination, from 1977 – ‘80.
He played both cricket and rugby (as a prop) for the OW’s. But Glasgow became his spiritual home. He was Games Master for many years at St Aloysius College and later Chaplain to pupils and staff. His poetry reflects his love of nature and, in particular, of the rugged landscape of Vatersay, in the Outer Hebrides, where he supplied three time a year for over 40 years.
A typical example of his poetry, ‘Lunchtime Landscape’ (Glasgow, 3rd November 2014), was on the memorial card at his funeral.
Lunchtime Landscape (Glasgow, 3rd November 2014)
On this third November day
the Campsie Fells are patched:
patched with sunlight,
patched with shadows.
And so my life is patched:
patched with friendships,
patched with others’ sorrows
until all is subsumed in Him
whose coat was without seam.
Belinda O'Rourke has raised £5, 658 for Cancer Research UK in memory of her husband Charlie.
Thanks to all your generous donations, Belinda has raised over £5000 for Cancer UK .
Charlie was Secretary of the OWRFC in the late 80s and early 90s and is a great loss to our community.
Belinda has kindly provided us a brief summary of Charlie's life and his untimely death which she hopes Cancer Research UK will be able to help prevent for others.
Charlie was at The College from 1975 to 1980 having been through St John Fisher and St Catherine's. He went on to Kingston Poly on the advice of Dr Poole who helped him secure a place. Charlie was always very grateful for that advice. He then went to Imperial College and did a Masters Degree. He worked in Computer software for the majority of his working life, running his own business for several years.
He was a proactive Old Boy and was both Secretary to the Rugby Club and Press Officer getting weekly news in the local Guardian in the 80's and 90's. Charlie was passionate about getting boys into rugby and supported and initiated a number of fundraising events for The College to run rugby tours for school boys to Canada, Australia and South Africa. Both our boys benefitted from these opportunities but Charlie was attending and supporting events before we even had sons!
In 1987 he had a rugby injury on the pitch that turned out to be a brain haemorrhage. After spending a week in the Atkinson Morley he was told never to play contact sports again so he became a referee and later a coach. Simon Travers was spectating that afternoon and saw the injury, called the ambulance and got Charlie treated. I have always had him to thank for his prompt action.
Last year, following a number of vague symptoms and several missed opportunities by the GP and Epsom Hospital Charlie was found to have advanced pancreatic cancer. From diagnosis to his passing we only had 10 days together and he never returned home to the house that we had planned to live in for the rest of our lives. Next week we would have lived here together for only 3 years, spending most of that time fixing it up as it was a bit of a "project"! This is a particularly cruel situation of course.
I will be walking 10,000 steps every day in March to raise money for Cancer Research UK, who are struggling with fundraising due to the closure of so many retail outlets this year. They have done some fantastic work in tackling so many of these diseases but pancreatic cancer remains a silent killer and the survival to 5 years is still only around 8% of people. Many dying in around 3 months. Early diagnosis, treatments and symptom awareness are the key to making a difference and I hope to play my part in this and pray that in future other families will not have to suffer what has happened to us.
OWA Committee Update February 2021
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The first 60 meals go out to Kingston Hospital
Thanks To All Volunteers
Thanks to everyone who has volunteered their time, money and baking skills over the last few weeks.
We have had 20 volunteers working with Richard to produce over 1700 meals for NHS staff so far and our bakers have produced over 1200 portions of cakes, cookies, flapjacks and other tasty treats.
We received the following from a member of staff thanking you all for all the hard work.
Hello and thank you again to all of you at The Old Wimbledonians Club from another grateful Kingston Hospital staff member! We really appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity in providing such nutritious food (and some treats too) for us, we often don’t have the energy to prepare our lunches or dinners for the next shift after we’ve clocked off the day before.
With best wishes, stay safe and well
Sign up to bake for Kingston Hospital ICU and COVID ward staff meals
Many of you have expressed an interest in baking for the Kingston Hospital meals.
This is very welcome and in order to make sure we don't get inundated with too many baked goods on a particular day, we have set up an online rota which you can access via the sign up button below.
We're currently doing around 80 meals a day and the requested baking quantities have been set accordingly.
Cake or cookies need to be in simple portion size and individually wrapped. Cookies, flap jacks or cupcakes fit the bill.
Please avoid nut products and fresh cream or other dairy products which have a short shelf life.
They can be dropped off at the back door of the clubhouse between 9 am and 1 pm on the days you pick from the rota.
Richard will leave ingredients for collection as available, help yourself to what you need when dropping off your baking.
Baking slots are for 12 portions and there are 7 per day on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 14 on Mondays and Fridays (to cover the day after as well).
So if you think you can produce 24 cup cakes for a particular day then sign up for 2 slots on that day.
Funding target for Kingston Hospital meals reached
Thanks to the incredible generosity of our members, we have reached the funding target to enable us to provide meals for Kingston Hospital ICU and COVID ward staff until the 7 March.
Any money left will then be donated to local good causes such as the Kingston Hospital Charity who support Kingston Hospital by: funding cutting edge equipment and high quality clinical research; helping create the best possible patient environments; and recognising the dedication and caring commitment of staff by supporting their development and wellbeing.
There are still some volunteer slots left to help Richard prepare the meals.
Wimbledon College is now amongst the top 10 State Schools as measured by alumni in Who's Who
A recent report released by Keystone Tutors entitled DOES ALMA STILL MATTER? THE SCHOOLS EDUCATING THE NATION’S ELITE which is an analysis of schools featured in Who’s Who and Desert Island Discs finds Wimbledon College in the top 10 State Schools up 30 places in the rankings from last year.
The authors use Who's Who "in the hope that this monumental (though under-explored) resource could present a new angle on schools in the UK. We liked the fact that it measures ‘impact on public life’ in a way that would see alumni recognised even if they would not have shined in an academic league table. We also hoped it would throw out the names of schools that were especially good at adding value: it is not unsurprising when a highly academically selective school comes top of an academic league table but it is more worthy of comment when a less academically selective school repeatedly produces high achieving alumni."
Big Prize Club 6th Draw Results
The results of the 6th draw of 2020 were,
First Prize (£980 ) Alan Brand
Second Prize (£110 ) John Simmonds
Third Prize (£80) Andy Salmon
Fourth Prize (£30) Alan Gardner
(due to 8 participants leaving total has had to be reduced by £80)
OWCC Cricket Match raises over £500 for the CLIC Sarjent Charity
Match organiser Tim Richards with Sachin Shah and his dad Manoj,
The OWCC Sunday Campions Team consisted of Tim, Max Jacobs, Jon Ankiewicz, Hiren Doshi, Jay Doshi, Laurence Ghafur, Joe Bell, Anthony French, Andrew Wijayesinghe, Adrian Dawson, Liam Hearty and Kennedy Warwick (many of whom can be seen above)
The cricket match between the OWCC Sunday Campions and a Wallington School pupils and staff XI raised over £500 for the CLIC Sarjent charity which fights to stop cancer destroying young lives, like that of Old Wimbledonian Sachin Shah who is undergoing treatment for osteosarcoma .
By all accounts it was an excellent game of cricket and it was good to see so many of Sachin's friends and OW club mates down at the clubhouse supporting this great cause.
Organiser Tim Richards said "It was a good day and an emotional one for all concerned particularly after Sachi's speech and words of thanks. "
Thanks to all of you who have already given so generously, the Just Giving page is still live and accepting donations if you've not had a chance to donate yet.
Project "Doing a Bit": Preparing and delivering ready meals for NHS Staff, Community Carers and the vulnerable.
The OWA committee working with resident chef Richard Brown have organised a project called Doing a Bit to help provide meals for
Doctors, Nurses and Staff on the Night Shift on the Covid 19 Wards at Epsom Hospital. They are currently staying in a hotel where there are no self-catering facilities, and they really need a supplier of nutritional hot meals while they are doing their 12-hour shifts.
Cairn House In Kingston, which is a 24 hour supported accommodation project which aims to provide a safe environment for adults with multiple support needs to enable them to move towards independence.
A food preparation facility has been set up at the OWA to prepare ready meals. We also have a commitment from a neighbourhood group from Kingston, The Revellers, who have a rota in place for the next 2 weeks to make cakes and cookies, in addition to the meals we are sending out.
The project has been fortunate to get assistance from the Save The Food Club which has been very busy collecting surplus food from Aldi and Tesco to use as ingredients in the meals as well as The Dons Local Action Group who have set up donating stations outside major supermarkets in Merton and Kingston who are also supplying ingredients for the meals.
In addition the OWA's regular suppliers, CF & MF Steer and Hill Park Express, both in Surbiton, have been fantastic in their support for this endeavour.
The project has already expanded to deliver meals to St George's Hospital in Tooting and St Helier Hospital in Sutton - the staff are all working long shifts and these meals may be the only hot food they have all day.
We are committed to be in place for the next 4 weeks (over 4000 meals based on current forecasts), but we will take on new requests and we will stay open as long as there is a need.
In addition to the amazing help above, we have also received donations from Donhead School and the Friends of Donhead and a justgiving page has been set up - please give generously to this not for profit project to enable us to keep providing meals to those on the front line.
You can also help out by signing up to bake cakes and cookies.
Saturday 18 April
We started on the 6th April and we made and delivered 72 ready-made meals.
Yesterday we opened another satellite operation, which works in tandem with the OWA hub, and we made and delivered 300 ready-made meals.
So proud of the team.
Wednesday 15 April
Calling all home bakers
Could you bake cakes, cookies or flapjacks and deliver them to the OWA clubhouse?
If so, please sign up to bake on the Doing a bit of baking.... page. Don't worry, you don't need to open an account - just put your name down against a date and include an email address so we can send you a reminder the day before!
Each slot is a commitment to bake a batch, ideally of 24 portions. So if you see that there are two cupcake slots available, that means we are hoping to have 48 cupcakes in total donated on that day.
Wednesday 8 April
This fantastic initiative has already delivered nearly 200 meals along with cakes in it's first few days of operation:
72 meals delivered to Cairn House in Kingston
30 meals delivered to the Epsom Hospitals Intensive Care Unit
30 meals delivered to St Helier's Hopsital in Sutton
60 meals delivered to St George's Hospital in Tooting
We have received very generous donations of £300 from Donhead School and the Friends of Donhead, and we always need more help to carry on this great work, please visit our justgiving page to donate and please phone Greg on 07971 165990 if you can provide ingredients or microwaveable containers (these can be dropped off at the clubhouse most days from 3-5 pm) or any other support for this initiative.
OWA Supporting Merton and Kingston with the Dons Local Action Group
The Dons Local Action Group has been set up by AFC Wimbledon fans working closely with the AFC Wimbledon Foundation to help individuals and families across Merton during the current health crisis.
They need volunteers for Food Collection points in Merton and Kingston Boroughs as well as drivers and people to work at the Kingsmeadow food hub. People are being asked to do 3 hour slots.
If you can help then please contact the OWA Committee's Dave Doran on 07866 628198.
You can donate online to the Dons Local Action Group on their justgiving page.
Look out for each other & share these details with friends, family, neighbours & online communities.
Simon Potter releases "Losing it all" - all proceeds to the Jesuit Referee Service
Cover designed by Wimbledon College Head of Art Nick England. Note the building on it!
Some older Old Wimbledonian's may recall reading The Fate of Glassingall nearly 30 years ago – a comic novel full of the sort of stories which the author used to tell his English classes. Losing It All is a modernised, updated, illustrated version of the old novel – just right for an escapist read in lock-down!
ALL PROCEEDS TO THE JESUIT REFUGEE SERVICE
London boy, Anthony, spends the summer holidays of the 1960s at Glenturret, his grandfather’s fascinating haunted Scottish country house. When it becomes a boarding school, Anthony goes into its Sixth Form, and eventually teaches there until a horrifying mystery closes it. With his inheritance after Grandpa’s death, he buys the house, but the dark force has not gone…..
“Whisks the reader effortlessly from a sunny ‘60s boyhood to the present day.” The Hill
“This sort of book is one of the better ways of recording recent history.” BBC World Service
“I was maimed by excessive laughing. Tears blotted out the text.” A. Brook
“Hilarious and touching.” The Month
“Full of such funny stories.” R. Dickens
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organisation, at work in over 50 countries around the world with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.
JRS UK has a special ministry to those who find themselves destitute as a consequence of government policies and those detained for the administration of immigration procedures.
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3 minute film of the grounds circa 1929 . Clubhouse is where the chairs are. Click on image below to see on Pathe site.
Big Prize Club 5th Draw Results
The results of the 5th draw of 2020 were,
First Prize (£980 ) Paddy Weston
Second Prize (£110 ) Eddie Bell
Third Prize (£80) OWCC
Fourth Prize (£30) Becky Dowds
(due to 8 participants leaving total has had to be reduced by £80)
Friends of the OWA now available
This is a register of local businesses, trades & professional services who offer discounts and reduced rates to OWA members.
If you browse through it you may spot some shops, restaurants, etc that you and your family use on a regular basis during the course of a year.
All businesses on the register offer discounts and preferred rates to OWA members and at present we have over thirty offerings such as:
Old Wimbledonians Cricket Fixtures, Results and Tables
Old Wimbledonians Rugby Fixtures, Results and Tables
Surrey 2 Table
24 December 2021
Old Wimbledonians Football Fixtures, Results and Tables
Saturday Firsts Junior Division 4 South
Saturday Reserves Junior Division 6 South
Sunday Firsts Premier Division
Sunday Reserves Division 4
Sunday A Division 8
Sunday B Division 13
Strollers Division 3
Amblers Division 6
OWA Notice Board
A review of the Crooked Billet
An unimpressive roast dinner
View from the Top - Ben Ryan
I got huge satisfaction out of seeing people bloom
The Don’s Don - Graham Turner
It still brings a lump to my throat to this day
A New Season and a new captain
A new era for the OWRFC
Old Boy Greg Barnett (1963 - 1970) releases first solo album at 68
Gold Coast, Australia
Greg Barnett is an Old Boy from 1963-70, who after a career in IT, retired to Australia, and is enjoying being creative at last.
The all-new The Flat White Album is his debut singer-songwriter album and was officially released January 1, 2020. It is digital-only - no physical media are available as it is the equivalent of three LPs. Triple albums have always been an extremely rare event in music, even more so for any solo debut, due to recording time, marketing difficulties and manufacturing expense. But it is available totally free on Spotify and his own website. Please consider giving the first couple of tracks a listen … you may like it … it’s relatively gentle and melodic.
Greg says that ‘creating this album has been the culmination of musical endeavour over a long life. The goal was simply for me to scratch a musical itch, meet a challenge and, hopefully, for other people to hear and enjoy’.
All the music was written, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered at home. He used a laptop to produce a complete package containing the music, website content, logos, sheet music, the ‘making of’ story, ‘karaoke’ versions, and the first few of many music videos.
Conceptually influenced by The Beatles’ White Album, it also has an acoustic approach, 30 tracks, new and old unreleased material, and simple white artwork. The addition of the word ‘Flat’ in the album title refers to his preferred coffee rather than to the singing! Greg’s musical influences include ELO, James Taylor, Leonard Cohen and many others from the 60’s and 70’s. Styles range from unadorned voice/guitar to orchestral.
Simon Potter’s award-winning poetry has been published in eight anthologies. It draws on the same startling imagination that surprises in his fiction, has mastery of form, from blank verse and sonnet to vers libre and haiku, and exhibits his usual control over word choice and imagery.
“Dark Lines” is an extraordinary collection with themes as varied as demonic possession, abuse, OCD, punishment, adoration, compulsion, childhood whimsy, hauntings, ecology and black humour - what might be expected from the inchoate landscape of the worlds of dream and nightmare.
Available from Witley Press Bookshop and Amazon (£10 paperback, £5 Kindle).
Sacred Heart Church Restoration Fund: Simon Potter has new book of poetry out and was able to donate £1000 from sales of Shooting Europe.
You may recall that back earlier in the year, you very kindly popped an advert for a novel of mine "Shooting Europe" on the OWA site, in case some OWs might be interested. The idea was that a percentage of sales from all sources would go towards the Sacred Heart Restoration Fund which is sore need of money. Thanks to buyers of the novel, I was able to give the Fund £1000 in the Spring.
Although I know that many OWs might shriek with utter horror at the thought of reading poetry (although not, I hope, those who had me for English over the years since 1972!) but I have a poetry collection out in September called "DARK LINES" - poems from the darkness of dream and nightmare.
Also of some interest is the fact that its very scary cover was designed for the publisher by Nick England, Head of the College Art Dept.
I plan to give the Restoration Fund another dollop of cash from sales of this work.
"Shooting Europe" is, incidentally, available via Amazon as a paperback or Kindle, if any of the chaps fancy a solid satirical thriller. Details of both books can be seen on
HALF OF ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE RESTORATION FUND
For information about the need for serious maintenance work on the church, why they have had to make this appeal and for more details please see the Parish Appeal webpage
OWA Big Prize Club
HAVE SOME FUN AND SUPPORT THE OWs, WARRIORS AND CRICKET COLTS
Due to unforeseen circumstances there were only 3 draws last year in 2019. Therefore there will 9 draws this year.
The results of the 1st draw (January) of 2020 (there will be 9 draws this year) were, (due to 8 participants leaving total has had to be reduced by £80):
First Prize (£980) Des Nangle
Second Prize (£110) Richard Travers
Third Prize (£80) Jim Begley
Fourth Prize (£30) Des Hawkin
The OW Big Prize Club, a registered lottery, has six annual draws. The first prize in each draw is £1000 and there are three lesser prizes.
50% of BPC subscriptions is distributed as prizes and the remaining 50% supports the facilities for the OWs, the cricket colts and the rugby warriors.
Total prizes distributed in 2018 were c. £ 7600. Annual prize money increases with increased numbers of subscribers (the annual number of draws has recently been increased from 5 to 6 per year).
New subscribers are very welcome. Anyone can join and you can have as many "tickets" as you wish for yourself, your children or grandchildren. The BPC subscription is £10 pcm.
If you would like others to join the BPC please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A big thank you to all that give their support via the BPC and good luck in future draws.
Dave DoranBig Prize Club Admin
Teddy Totman (1952-59) awarded Knighthood of St Gregory
The Old Wimbledonians Association would like to congratulate Teddy Totman (1952-59) on his recent prestigious award from Pope Francis of the Knighthood of St.Gregory. This is a well deserved recognition of many years service and time generously given to the Catholic community of Epsom.
I can proudly confirm that Teddy has received the Knighthood of St Gregory which had been awarded to him by Pope Francis in recognition of the many contributions that Teddy has made to the church over the years – to the parish, the Diocese (of which he is trustee), plus his involvement with marriage preparation and Teams of Our Lady. The award was presented to Teddy by Bishop Richard, who visited our parish especially for this occasion. Celebration of Mass and liturgy was very special, particularly with so many of Teddy’s immediate and extended family and friends.
St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Epsom
The Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great was established on 1 September 1831, by Pope Gregory XVI, seven months after his election to that seat by the College of Cardinals.
The Order of St. Gregory the Great is one of the five Orders of Knighthood of the Holy See. The honour is bestowed upon Roman Catholic men and women (and sometimes in rare cases to non-Catholics) in recognition of their personal service to the Holy See and to the Roman Catholic Church, through their unusual labours, their support of the Holy See, and their excellent examples set forth in their communities and their countries.