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UK civil honour for Anglican priest’s refugee work

Posted on: June 23, 2016 11:08 AM
Canon Malcolm Bradshaw was awarded the MBE in recognition of his “services to interfaith understanding and community charities in Greece”.
Photo Credit: St Paul's Anglican Church, Athens

[ACNS] The Chaplain of the Anglican Church in Greater Athens, Canon Malcolm Bradshaw, has been presented with one of the UK’s civil honours by Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, the Royal Family’s London home, yesterday (Wednesday).

Canon Bradshaw was awarded the MBE – a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – in the Queen’s annual New Year’s Honours list in December following his work with the thousands of refugees arriving in Athens from North Africa, Syria and Afghanistan in search of sanctuary in Greece.

With the congregation of St Paul’s Anglican Church in Athens, Canon Bradshaw has worked with agencies such as the Anglican mission agency the United Society and other denominations such as the Salvation Army to provide supplies of food and water, clothing and advice to young and old who have arrived and are bewildered about where to go.

Canon Bradshaw’s MBE was also in recognition of his work “as a powerful ambassador for relief work,” the Diocese of Europe said. He has spoken on this topic to the Church of England’s General Synod and at the UK’s Christian arts festival Greenbelt.

“We rejoice with Malcolm on this happy day for him and his family,” the Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe, the Rt Revd Robert Innes, said. “Many of our congregations across Europe know of Malcolm’s tireless work with refugees and his organisational skills in working with other agencies in Athens.

“I am also impressed by his quiet determination and humility in ministry to people in need of food and shelter. It demonstrates the Gospel in action. Today’s award is richly deserved.”

When the award was announced in December, the Suffragan Bishop in Europe, the Rt Revd David Hamid, said that “It is a most fitting award recognising Father Malcolm’s outstanding achievements and extraordinary service particularly during this time of financial hardship facing the Greek people and the huge numbers of refugees arriving in Greece and transiting through the country.

“Father Malcolm has been instrumental in bringing together Churches and other groups to work together to address these challenges.

“When I spoke to him on the telephone to congratulate him, Father Malcolm said, humbly, ‘but none of this could have been achieved without the collaboration and cooperation of others.’ That is true, of course, but it was Malcolm’s drive, passion and vision that harnessed this collaboration. For that, this honour is most fitting.

“The members of the diocese as well as ecumenical partners I am sure will join me in sending our congratulations to Malcolm and expressing our joy at this recognition by HM Government.”