The Papal award “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice” was presented to Cecelia Glembocki by Cardinal Rylko at the Dom Polski in Rome, Italy on October 23, 2016. She received this highest award given by the Holy Father to the faithful for service to the church and the Pope. It was established in 1888 by Pope Leo XIII and is granted for lifelong distinguished service. The presentation was made during the 35th Anniversary of the John Paul II Foundation. Representatives of the foundations’ affiliates from more than 50 countries were present.
Cecelia has been actively involved in the Friends of John Paul II Foundation in Washington, DC for many years and as president for four. She and her husband Raymond represent the ACPC Polish Booth at the National Conference of Social Studies for teachers. More than 4,000 educators have attended this yearly conference for the past seven years.
The Polish booth features not only historical facts but is about notable Poles who have made great contributions to the history of the world. The booth also features lesson plans, posters, DVD’s, leaflets, etc. She has developed an educational legacy project to promote St. John Paul II’s legacy that has reached more than 45,000 youngsters in three local dioceses.