Two Priests Receive Papal Honors

July 24, 2003

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, announced today that Pope John Paul II has bestowed papal honors upon two priests of the Archdiocese of Washington, Reverend Michael J. Mellone and Reverend R. Cary Hill, in recognition of their service to the Catholic Church. The two now will have the title “Monsignor.” Their honors will be formally conferred during a liturgy held later this year. The date has not yet been set.

These new honors bring to 45 the number of Archdiocesan priests, out of 318 total, who have received papal honors.

Monsignor Mellone, named a Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II, has been the Secretary for Clergy of the Archdiocese of Washington and the pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle parish in the Woodley Park neighborhood of Washington, DC since June 2003. Prior to that, he was Episcopal Vicar for Montgomery County and, from 1991-2003, was pastor of St. Martin in Gaithersburg, one of the largest parishes in the Archdiocese of Washington. From 1989-1991, he was pastor of St. Peter Claver in St. Inigoes, MD. He also has served as an associate pastor at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Washington, DC; Our Lady of Mercy in Potomac, MD and St. John the Evangelist in Clinton, MD. He was ordained in 1976.

Monsignor R. Cary Hill, named a Chaplain of His Holiness by the Pope, is pastor of St. Stephen Martyr, in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, DC. He had served as the archdiocesan Secretary for Clergy from 2000-2003 and was the archdiocesan Secretary for Parish Life and Worship from 1996-2000. Msgr. Hill served as pastor of Sacred Heart parish in LaPlata from 1990-1996 and was pastor of Our Lady’s Church in Medley’s Neck and chaplain for St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown from 1983-1990. He also served as chaplain for the George Washington University Newman Center from 1975-1983, and earlier was an associate at St. Jerome in Hyattsville and St. Mary of the Mills in Laurel. Ordained in 1966, he received an M.A. in Theology from The Catholic University of America in 1970.

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