During the Mass culminating the 25th anniversary of the Lay Centre and marking the beginning of its alliance with Catholic Theological Union (Chicago, USA), Most Rev. Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R, Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life & Societies of Apostolic Life, bestowed on Prof. Dona Orsuto, co-founder and director of the Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas and Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Theology at the Angelicum, the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great (Ordo Sancti Gregorii Magni), in recognition of her "personal service to the Holy See and the Church, unusual labors, support of the Holy See, and the good example set in her community and country."
The Order was established on September 1, 1831, by Pope Gregory XVI, seven months after his election. It is one of the five orders of knighthood of the Holy See. Members of the order have no privileges, except the right of riding on a horse inside Saint Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, a right that has not recently been exercised.
Female members of the Order are entitled to be addressed with the style Dame in front of their name followed by the initials DSG.
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