Papal Honour Awarded to Ottawa Director of Education

Benemerenti medalCCSTA congratulates Mr. James McCracken, Director of Education for the Ottawa Catholic School Board, on receiving the prestigious Benemerenti Medal for his distinguished service to Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Ottawa.  Please click here to read more about this honour.

On behalf of Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J. presented Mr. McCracken the Benemerenti Medal for his distinguished service to Catholic education in the Archdiocese. The Benemerenti Medal was instituted in 1832 and is awarded to those who have exhibited long and exceptional service to the Catholic Church, their families and community. The medal has the word benemerenti on the face, from the Latin word meaning “to a well deserving person.” A born leader from a humble background, Mr. McCracken is best known for brining his lively vision of Catholic Education to every interaction. He serves as an inspiration to many, and is an exemplary motivational speaker. 

Benemerenti Medal awarded to J McCrackenMr. McCracken has served as the Director of Education and Secretary-Treasurer for the Ottawa Catholic School Board since 2003, and has worked in Catholic education for over 32 years. He is an active member of St. Leonard Parish in Manotick, and his dedication to the Ottawa community is honourable. He serves as the Director for the Shepherds of Good Hope, President of the Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa (CEFO) and Chair of the 2009 Ottawa United Way Campaign, among other affiliations.