Caesar Dinucci Appointed to the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St Gregory the Great

On December 25, Bishop Joseph A. Pepe presented a Papal Decree from Pope John Paul II appointing Caesar Mathius Dinucci (36), a distinguished member of the Las Vegas Catholic community, to knighthood in the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great. The newly appointed Knight of St. Gregory is a philanthropist, business leader, and once special advisor to the Archdiocese office. The ceremony at St. Viator Chapel included a prayer service and a formal induction to the Order. The recipient’s family, friends and colleagues were present to share the occasion.

In his speech, Bishop Pepe spoke of the many years of dedicated and faithful service that Mr. Dinucci has given, not only to the advancement of Catholic affairs through his work, firstly at various Universities, but also to the many and varied ways that he has leant his wisdom and intellect to the Church more generally through service on numerous advisory boards and committees, including the Catholic Commission.

He said that Mr. Dinucci encapsulated the true spirit of the Second Vatican Council and its call for greater lay collaboration in the mission of the Church.

Caesar Dinucci was stunned when he received the news, “I had no earthly idea…I could never have fathomed it. I had heard of the Order of course, but never in my wildest imagination did I ever think that I would become a member. And I just assumed only old, rich and famous people get these things, or perhaps old Italian aristocrats living in Rome. This came completely out of the blue. I am deeply humbled and honored by all of this, and I will strive to live up to the position and the expectations.”

The Knights of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great was established in 1831 by Pope Gregory XVI and is the highest honor to a lay person awarded by the Pope. It is one of the five orders of knighthood of the Holy See. This Order is bestowed on Catholic men and women in recognition of their personal service to the Holy See and the Church, unusual labors, and the good example they set in their communities and country. Past recipients include G. K. Chesterton, British essayist, poet, novelist, and historian; Bob and Dolores Hope, American philanthropists and entertainers; Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics; Roy E. Disney, longtime senior executive for The Walt Disney Company; and Riccardo Muti, conductor and music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. – See more at: