St. Francis College Chancellor, Dr. Frank Macchiarola, has been awarded the Papal Honor of Knight Commander of the Holy Order of St. Gregory the Great.
Bishop of Brooklyn, The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, announced Pope Benedict XVI has presented Macchiarola with this honor. Pope Gregory XVI constituted this accolade in 1831, in four classes.
Macchiarola is awarded under the Knight Commander class.
This honor is awarded to men and women, usually part of the Catholic Church to acknowledge their service to the church. Macchiarola's avid activity within the New York City education system and church got him this award.
For twelve years Macchiarola was President of St. Francis College, his alma mater.
He also taught at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University, Columbia University's Graduate School of Business, City College, Baruch College, and City University Graduate School.
Macchiarola also served as president and chief executive officer of the New York City Partnership, Inc., an organization committed to improving city conditions.
He was also the chancellor of the New York City Public School System, and deputy of the New York State Emergency Financial Control Board for New York City.
In addition to Macchiarola's role in the education department he is a respectable Catholic. Because of his love for the Catholic Church and good citizenship, Macchiarola was awarded the honor of a lifetime. The induction ceremony took place on Sunday, October 28 at St. James Cathedral Basilica in Downtown Brooklyn.