The "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross,” a papal honor awarded by Pope Francis, will be conferred to Mercy College's Decker this weekend.
President Decker joins 5 other local awardees who have developed specific professional skills which they generously use in the life of the Church.
At the 10:30 a.m. Mass on the Feast of Christ the King, Nov. 26 at St. Ambrose Cathedral, these leaders will be conferred the “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross”, a papal honor awarded by Pope Francis. The translation of “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross” is “For the Church and the Pontiff, the Pope.”
One of seven children and the daughter of a Mexican-American farm laborer, Dr. Barbara Quijano Decker, has served as president of Mercy College of Health Sciences since April 2006. Dr. Decker has led Mercy College to ever higher standards for professional health practitioners. She has also renewed Catholic identity through institutional evolution and the hiring of faculty to implement this vision. In particular, the health professional is prepared to treat the entire person, body and soul, with Christian mercy and love.