Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) founder Alan Sears and his wife, Paula, have been chosen by Pope Francis for the highest possible honor the Catholic Church bestows on laypeople. The couple will be knighted into the Order of St. Gregory the Great.
“ADF has been an extraordinary help to Catholic educators and The Cardinal Newman Society over the past decade, as Catholic schools and colleges faced serious threats to their mission and religious freedom,” said Newman Society President Patrick Reilly. “What the Sears’ have accomplished by their hard work, generosity and deep faith in Christ is a testament to God’s grace and mercy. The honor is much-deserved.”