It’s a bit late, but one to record for posterity.
Jon Stanhope has announced that Bishop Pat Power is the 2009 Canberra Citizen of the Year.
- “Bishop Power’s commitment extends far beyond the Catholic community. He can always be found providing comfort, companionship and spiritual guidance to those in need, attending to the sick and bereaved, speaking out against prejudice and inequality, or advocating publicly for Aboriginal reconciliation, refugee welfare, peacekeeping, racial respect, the unemployed and the rights of the old and the dying.” Mr Stanhope said.
“Bishop Power is not only an exceptional example of a priest, but is an extraordinary human being who has spent his life advocating for the betterment of our society.” Mr Stanhope said.
Mr Stanhope congratulated Bishop Power on the award and said “he is a fitting individual to receive the highest recognition that can be bestowed by the Territory upon one of its own for his sustained contribution to the citizens of Canberra.”