Earlier this month, the Franciscan Friars Conventual celebrated a Mass at the Basilica dei Santi XII Apostoli in Rome, Italy in honor of Friar Donald Kos’ 80th birthday. The friars incidentally care for the basilica, which is right next door to their General Curia.
Friar Donald has had a remarkable year and indeed a remarkable life. In January 2016, Pope Francis awarded him the The Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal for his work to the Church. Other recipients of the medal include the German chemist Otto Hahn, The Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg, and the Australian community worker Monica Gallagher.
Friar Donald’s service to the Church is remarkable. Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Friar Donald professed his Solemn Vows in 1957 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1961. He holds various degrees, including a BA from St. Bonaventure University near Olean, New York and doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.
He has spent the last 55 years living in Italy and working for his Order and the Church. His ministries among others have seen him take on the roles of Postulator General of the Conventual Franciscan Order, Judge of the First Instance at the Vatican Tribunal, Procurator General, and currently Judicial Vicar of the Ecclesiastic Tribunal at Vatican City.
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