Bishop Patrick J. McGrath recently conveyed the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Award on a pair of religious from the Blessed Virgin Missionaries of Mount Carmel (Philippines), who are retiring after serving in the Diocese of San Jose. Those honored were, second from the left, Sister Maria Adelfa Luminate, BVMC, and second from the right, Sister Mary James Gonzaga, BVMC. They were joined by, from left, Sister Kristine Japitanta, BVMC, and Sister Gloria Solis, BVMC. The papal award is bestowed on individuals for their service to the Church. The local diocese nominates an individual for the award, which is granted by the Holy See.