Q: What is the Regina Nostra medal?

[White Virgin]

A: This award is presented by the bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen every five years to lay people and religious of the diocese who have faithfully served the local and diocesan Church.  

It was instituted by Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, then bishop of Metuchen, in 1986 to "acknowledge the extraordinary contribution of individual Catholics to the life of the diocese, directly or through their respective parishes," according to a Monitor article dated April 10, 1986. 

The medal [at right] was created by liturgical artist Ade Bethune and depicts the letter "M" under a crown, the element of the diocesan coat of arms that represents the Queenship of Mary, patroness of the diocese.  The reverse side of the medal shows the full diocesan coat of arms.

-Excerpted from the Catholic Spirit Newspaper, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Metuchen

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