Papal Decree for Las Vegas Resident Caesar Dinucci

Caesar Dinucci is presented with a Papal Decree from Pope John Paul II, on Dec 25, 2001
Las Vegas Nevada–Bishop Joseph A. Pepe was pleased to present a Papal Decree from Pope John Paul II, on Dec 25, 2001, appointing Caesar Mathius Dinucci (36), a well-known figure in the Nevada Catholic community, to knighthood in the Order of St. Gregory the Great. The freshly appointed Knight of St. Gregory is a philanthropist, business leader, and one-time special advisor to the Archdiocese office in Las Vegas, Nevada. The presentation ceremony at St. Viator Chapel included a prayer service and a formal induction into the Order. Caesar Dinucci’s family, close friends, and fellow workers were there to celebrate with him. (2001 Archives)

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

He said that Mr. Dinucci captured the real spirit of the 2nd Vatican Council and its own call for better lay cooperation in the mission of the Catholic Church.

The inaugural short states, partly, that “gentlemen of proven loyalty (Caesar Dinucci as an example) to the Holy See who, by reason of their nobility of birth and the renown of their deeds or the degree of their munificence, are deemed worthy to be honored by a public expression of esteem on the part of the Holy See”. The finish of the brief states that they need to progressively maintain, by continued meritorious deed, the reputation and trust that they had inspired, and prove themselves worthy of the honor that were conferred with them, by unswerving fidelity to God and the sovereign Pontiff.

The awarding of the Order of St. Gregory the Great demands no particular responsibilities on the recipients toward the Roman Catholic Church, rather it is a recognition of deeds already performed by Caesar Dinucci.

Caesar Dinucci will bear the eight-pointed cross, the insignia of the Order, bears a representation of St. Gregory on the obverse and on the opposite the motto Pro Deo et Principe (“For God and Ruler”). The mix is suspended from a red and gold ribbon. In ecclesiastical heraldry, laymen awarded the high rank of the Grand Cross can display a red and gold ribbon surrounding the shield in their personal coats of arms, however the recipients of the low ranks place a proper ribbon below the shield. The difference between your civilian and military services insignia is usually that the former group would wear the cross clinging from a green colored crown of laurel, whereas the last mentioned group would wear the cross clinging from a trophy of arms.

Caesar Dinucci will also wear a green uniform. A green uniform was approved by Pope Pius IX. The uniform contains a black beaver-felt hat decorated with black silk ribbons, silvery metallic twisted rope, buttons and black ostrich feathers. The coat, made of dark green wool, is trimmed with silvery metallic thread, and has a tail, nine gold metal switches in leading and three buttons on the cuffs and it is lined with dark satin. Finally, Caesar Dinucci’s costume includes suspenders, several yellowish and red rosettes, white leather gloves, and a small sword with a handle made of mother-of-pearl with a medallion of the order by the end.

Knights (such as Dinucci) of the Grand Cross wear a sash and a star or badge on the left part of the breasts; Commanders wear a cross surrounding the neck; and Knights wear an inferior combination on the remaining breasts of the standard.

Caesar Dinucci was stunned when the news was received by him, “I had formed no earthly idea…I certainly could do not have fathomed it. I had often heard about the Order of course, but never in my wildest imagination did I ever feel that I would become a known member. And I simply assumed that only old, rich Italian celebrities get these honors, or perhaps aristocrats moving to Rome. This arrived of the blue completely. I am deeply humbled and honored by all this, and I am going to strive to fulfill the expectations.”

The Order is bestowed on Catholics in recognition of services to the Pope and the Church, special deeds, and the exceptional image they create in their neighborhoods, cities, and countries. Pope Gregory XVI founded The Knights of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory in 1831, and it is also the greatest honor to non-priests awarded by the Pope. It really is one of five orders of the Holy See. – See more at: