Jesuit Father Andrew Whitman was awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross, one of the highest honors awarded to clergy and religious for distinguished service to the Holy Father and the Catholic Church. He received the award in a ceremony at St. Charles College in Grand Coteau, La., on January 26.
Fr. Whitman was given the award, which was established by Pope Leo XIII in 1888, for his many years of service as mathematician and administrator of the Vatican Observatory Research Group. Jesuit Father José Funes, present administrator of the observatory research group, presented the award to Whitman, who is a member of the New Orleans Province.