Posted by Catholic Weekly by Marilyn Rodrigues
on 30 July 2020
Catholics across Sydney and the country were recognised for their outstanding service to Australians in the annual Queen's Birthday honours list in fields including health, welfare, education, politics, justice and sport.
St Patrick's church in Mortlake saw two of its parishioners honoured, the Archdiocese of Sydney's Mike Bailey and former Liberal MP Paul Zammit, both with a Medal in the General Division (OAM).
Mike Bailey was educated by the De La Salle Brothers in Bankstown and Ashfield, he said they "helped develop my sense of social justice and community involvement which has guided my spirit of service and has been enhanced through supporting the assistance offered by the Club to charities and other worthy causes."
Mr Mike Bailey is the Executive Officer to the Vicar General and the Chancellor of the Archdiocese as well as serving as Chair of the Wests Ashfield Leagues Club and on the boards of several charities. The former journalist and weather presenter was awarded for services to rugby league and the community.
"I am very much a 'man in the stand' who has not played the game but worked to keep the history of Wests Magpies and Balmain Tigers alive during a very tough period for the NRL side, Wests Tigers," said Mr Bailey.