Fr Robert McCulloch honoured by Pakistan
Fr Robert McCulloch has been awarded the Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam, the highest civilian award that can be given to foreign nationals with the citation: "For services to Health, Education, and Inter-Faith Relations.”
Fr Robert McCulloch has been in Pakistan for 34 years and has been Chairman of the St Elizabeth Hospital’s Administrative Council which provides quality medical services to the people of Hyderabad and rural parts of Sindh. The hospital also runs a medical outreach programme in rural Sindh.
He set up the first home-based Palliative Care unit in Pakistan which provides care for cancer patients who are terminally ill. He initiated projects, in 2007, to provide educational, spiritual, moral and personal formation for 150 Catholic boys and young men in Hyderabad. Two centres were set up: the Catholic Centre of Academic Excellence in Hyderabad and the Catholic Youth Development Centre.
Fr McCulloch now resides in Rome after taking up an appointment as the Procurator General for St Columbans Mission Society in late 2011.
Fr Robert McCulloch returns to Pakistan several times each year.
“I would like to thank the St Vincent de Paul Society for their sustained and generous help over many years. The citation mentions - "for services in the areas of Health and Education." Your contribution in these areas is greatly appreciated by myself and the people of Pakistan.
Fr Robert McCulloch