ROME, Italy (2-25-2011) - Sister Judith Zoebelein, FSE was awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal under the nomination of the Holy Father. The Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award is the highest honor given to a woman religious or a lay person by the Vatican. The award was presented by Giovanni Cardinal Lajolo, President of the Governatorate of Vatican City State.
Sister was awarded the medal for her twenty years of service to the Holy See in various capacities, including her work in the Vatican Internet Office. Cardinal Lajolo spoke in the name of the Holy Father. Mother Shaun Vergauwen, Mother General, Mother Miriam Seiferman, Vicar General, and Sister Jacinta Coscia who works at the Vatican Library, were present with Sister Judith at this joyous occasion. Cardinal Lajolo recounted how his second in command, Msgr. Danzi, called Sister Judith "little pilgrim" as she was always going around to the different Vatican offices with her bag of tools and pieces of software to help out whoever needed her computer expertise. The Cardinal expressed his appreciation and gratitude for Sister's work.