CAFOD's former Director Chris Bain has been made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for services to international development and humanitarian work.
The Order was founded by King George III in 1818 and is awarded for extraordinary and important services abroad or in the Commonwealth.
Humbled and surprised
Chris said: "I was humbled and surprised when I was told I had been given this honour – it is clearly a recognition of CAFOD's achievements during the time I was privileged to lead the agency.
“CAFOD's life-changing work, with some of the poorest communities in the world, is possible only with our dedicated staff, generous supporters, and grassroots partners – I accept the honour on their behalf."
Our Chair of the Board of Trustees, Bishop of Salford John Arnold, said:
"Chris' many years of service to some of the poorest communities overseas through his work at CAFOD and, indeed, other development organisations, is very deserving of this tribute.
"On behalf of CAFOD's Trustees, I offer our heartfelt congratulations."
Chris left CAFOD in March 2019 after 15 years as Director to retire at the age of 65. He lives with his wife and young daughter in Ireland.