Archbishop Vincent Nichols was present at a Royal Gala Dinner hosted by the Constantinian Order on evening of Saturday 28 July 2012 to mark the beginning of the 2012 Olympic Games. Here the Archbishop witnessed nine statesmen from across the world become members of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George and the Royal Order of Francis I. The Grand Master of the Order, HRH Prince Carlo of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro presided.
During the ceremony Archbishop Nichols gave an address in which he said the Olympic Games “can stimulate between us a renewed sense of community, of people getting together in joy and fun. They can show us again, in every athlete, how little can be achieved in life without self discipline, concentrated effort, and healthy competition. The physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual effort exerted by every competitor is an example for us all in how to apply ourselves to life itself. This is sport serving the fashioning of character.”