The accolade is “in recognition of Jack’s contributions to research and scholarship in the fields of ecclesiastical history and church music.”
Jack, aged 92, is a holder of the Papal Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice – “for outstanding service in the church, particularly in the fields of church music and Catholic education”. He also has an East Anglian Diocesan Medal, awarded “for church music and catechetics”.
Jack has been choir director in various parishes, including Downham Market, since 1949, and cantor at the Walsingham Shrine from 1989 to 1997.
Jack says he wishes to encourage others to pursue courses in church music so as to provide more much-needed choristers, choir directors and organists in our parish churches.