Two Receive Medal of the Archdiocese

Fathers Jason Dechenne, CH (CPT), USA, and John M. Shimotsu, CHC, CAPT, USN, present the Medal of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, to Mrs. Tracey Harger at the U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii on June 11, 2019.

Archbishop Broglio has awarded the Medal of the Archdiocese, its highest honor, to two prominent military Catholics. Father Paul K. Hurley, CH (MG), USA (Retired), received the medal in a May 30 ceremony at Fort Myer celebrating his retirement as U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains, a post he has held for the past four years. At the U.S Army Garrison Hawaii, meanwhile, the garrison’s Catholic Pastoral Life Coordinator, Mrs. Tracey Harger received the medal on June 11.

In letters approving the awards, Archbishop Broglio wrote, “the Medal of the Archdiocese, granted infrequently, is given only to an individual who demonstrates qualities worthy of special recognition.” Those qualities, the Archbishop explained, include “exemplary moral character… fidelity to the teachings and mission of the Church… and devotion and service to the Catholic community.”