Bene Merenti Medal for Pretoria Parishioner
In recognition of her lifetime of service to the Church, 97-year-old Amalia Snyman received from Archbishop William Slattery the Bene Merenti papal medal and certificate in her home parish of Maria Regina in Pretoria.
Mrs Snyman worked tirelessly among Allied troops in Florence, Italy, during World War II.
In 1947 she married Ockert Snyman, who brought her to South Africa where she immediately immersed herself in working in military Catholic communities, including Saldanha Bay and Voortrekkerhoogte.
In 1992, after her husband’s death, she joined the parish of Maria Regina where she was instrumental in raising funds for the Holy Cross Home in Lady Selborne.
Mrs Snyman continues to visit Holy Cross Home every month. She had the joy of her three children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren present at her award Mass.