Color Corps Members from the Archdiocese of Washington, and other Calvert Province Districts, present the international colors at the 2015 Supreme Convention in Philadlephia.
Calvert Province Officials pose for a photo with Supreme Knight Carl Anderson following the Canonization Mass for St. Junípero Serra, OFM in Washington, DC
AWD & Calvert Province Knights lead the Episcopal Procession at the Canonization Mass for St. Junípero Serra, OFM in Washington, DC with Pope Francis.
AWD & Calvert Province Knights leading the procession at the Canonization Mass for St. Junípero Serra, OFM in Washington, DC with Pope Francis.
Knights from AWD & Calvert Province pose with a cut-out of Pope Francis following the Holy Father's Mass in Washington, DC.
Sun 9:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Sun 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Baltimore 126th Annual Columbus Day Parade
Fri 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Solemn Procession: Worldwide Children's Holy Hour
Sat 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
AWD District Meeting
7:30 PM Sat - 12:30 AM Sun
Maryland State Columbus Day Ball
Mon 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Columbus Day Program at Union Station DC
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At the directive of the Supreme Knight, the Supreme Master, the Vice Supreme Master and in consultation with the District Master, the following is the policy on the wearing of lapel pins on the Fourth Degree uniforms in the Archdiocese of Washington:
The Supreme Knight has directed that we present an image of One Uniform, One Ceremonial, and One Drill Manual. The PG-113 pin contains our patriotic colors of Red, White, and Blue, and wherever we go for ceremonials, there is a U.S. Flag present for us to show proper respect and pride! We will forever continue to do so.
This lapel pin policy ensures uniformity no matter where we turn out or for what event. But, I will keep the other pin that I am not wearing, and a U.S. Flag pin in my pocket on a piece of cardboard or paper, so that they are available, and I hope that you will, too!
Micheal W. Thumm, FDD, PGK, PFN
Colonel, USMC, Retired
Master, Archdiocese of Washington District
To our Immediate Former Master, Sir Knight John F. Winfrey:
For four years
This Sir Knight has stood the watch
While some of us were in our bunks at night
This Sir Knight stood the watch
While some of us were busy with other activities
This Brother Knight stood the watch
Many times he would cast an eye into the congregation and see his family standing there
Needing his guidance and help
Needing that hand to hold during those hard times
But he still stood the watch
He stood the watch for four years
He stood the watch so that we, our families and
Our fellow Knights could sleep soundly, Each and every night
Knowing that our Master of the highest integrity stood the watch
Today we are here to say
'Worthy Immediate Former Master’... the watch stands relieved
Relieved by those You have trained, Guided, and Led.
My Brother Knight, you stand relieved… we have the watch..."
Congratulations, and thank you for your outstanding service!
(Adapted from Goat Locker, “The Watch”)
Master of the Archdiocese of Washington
It is with great pride I announce the appointment of our new Master. I received an email this evening from the Worthy VSM informing me that SK Mike Thumm has been appointed to the position of Master of the 4th degree.
Mike brings a background of leadership and organizational skills that will only enhance already proud name of our district.
Mike and his team will be working with me, and the current team to insure a smooth transition. Mike will officially take office on 1 Sept. Until then please copy both Mike and I on all communications.
This is indeed a proud moment for us as a District. Please join me in congratulating Mike and Patti, and wish them only success as they lead our great district into the future.
July is a time filled with expressions of patriotism -- flags flying, parades, Sousa marches, firework displays accompanied by martial music, and recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance. How often have we placed our hands over our hearts, faced the nation's flag, and recited this brief statement of fealty? Do we understand, however, what we are saying, or has the recital become a ritual, a mere collection of words, a formality before certain public events?
The Pledge is an outward declaration of fidelity to a nation uniquely conceived and to the values and beliefs for which it stands. Consider the significance of what is being expressed in the brief 31 words.
I pledge allegiance – This says that it is a personal and individual promise of loyalty. It is a continuation of the oath made by the signers of the Declaration of Independence who pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to create this nation. It is a commitment to the patrimony that has been handed down from generations past and a vow to maintain the nation’s precepts for generations to come.
to the flag – The banner is not a mere piece of colorful bunting, but a symbol of the nation, a memorial to the sacrifices that were made to create, maintain, protect and develop this country. It is a reminder of the nation’s history, traditions, culture, the principles upon which it was founded, and the values which it espouses.
of the United States of America – It does not refer to any country, but only this country, which is an embodiment of fifty states and tens of thousands of communities, each with its individual character. It is a country composed of people with heritages from every corner of the earth.Read more: With My Hand Over My Heart