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.
Fri 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
4th Degree Choir Practice St. Edward's
Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Priests' Exemplification of the 4th Degree
Sat 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Priests' Exemplification of the 4th Degree
Sat 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
AWD District Meeting
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It has been announced by the Master of the Archdiocese of Washington 4th Degree District, SK Col. Micheal Thumm (USMC-Ret), that the Honorees for the 2017 District Exemplifications of the Patriotic Degree of the Knights of Columbus have been named.
The Honoree for the Priest and Special Needs Exemplification on February 25, 2017 is SK Rev. Scott Woods, Pastor of St. Cecilia Church.
Rev. Scott Woods serves as Pastor of St. Cecilia Church in St. Mary’s City, MD and St. Peter Claver Church in St. Inigoes, MD. Fr. Woods dedication to the youth of Maryland is showcased in his work as a religious and faith counselor at St. Mary’s Ryken High School, by serving as a chaplain for the Boy Scouts, ministering to several youth groups in Southern Maryland, as an assistant Vocation Director for the Saint John Paul II Seminary, and has been responsible for numerous young men choosing to go to the Seminary.
The Honoree for the 47th Annual Principal Exemplification of the Patriotic Degree on March 25th is Most Rev. Barry C. Knestout, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington and Moderator of the Curia.
Bishop Knestout is a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Order of Malta and a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Bishop Knestout serves on the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council, the Archdiocesan Finance Council and the College of Consultors. In addition, he has been a member of the Archdiocesan Building Commission since 1991 and the Archdiocesan Sacred Arts Commission since 1994. He is a member of the Administrative Board of the Maryland Catholic Conference and the Episcopal Moderator of the American Catholic Correctional Chaplains Association. He also serves as the Region IV representative on the USCCB Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, as well as the Episcopal Liaison to the Diocesan Fiscal Management Conference. He was co-chair of the Papal Visit Planning Committees in 2008 and 2015, managing many of the preparations for the historic April 2008 and September 2015 visits to Washington, DC by Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.
Full biographies may be found belowRead more: Announcement of Honorees for 2017 Exemplifications
The 2017 Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage for Non-Wounded, Wounded, Ill or Injured Military Personnel during the 59th Annual International Military Pilgrimage (PMI) will take place May 16-23, 2017. The theme for the 59th PMI is Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace).
The pilgrimage, sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, and the Knights of Columbus, is the latest event in a long history of both organizations’ involvement in Lourdes and service to the military.
Military personnel, their designated caregivers and volunteers will travel to the Marian shrine for a time of resting, praying and healing. The retreat will consist of a number of spiritual events, including special Masses, Eucharistic Procession, Adoration, Procession and Benediction, Blessing of the Sick, a visit to the baths at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, a candlelight vigil and a closing ceremony that draws tens of thousands of troops to the sacred shrine every year.
“We will journey and pray with pilgrims from around the world,” said Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese of Military Services. “It will be an occasion to raise our hearts and minds to the Prince of Peace and beg for an increase in understanding and a decrease in strife.”
If approved and deemed eligible, all expenses for military personnel and for their designated caregivers will be covered by Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc. Companions are invited to attend at their own expense and may be offered needs-based financial assistance on a case-by-case basis. U.S.-based and European-based medical and non-medical volunteers are also encouraged to apply.
All applications and payments (if applicable) are due in full by January 15, 2017.
The pilgrimage leadership committee will review all applications. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status beginning February 15, 2017.
In preparation for Election Day, the Knights of Columbus is calling its members and all the faithful to join together in a novena to the Holy Trinity through the maternal intercession of the Blessed Mother, under her title of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the United States.
On the nine days leading up to Election Day — beginning on Sunday, Oct. 30 and concluding on Monday, Nov. 7 — please join Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori in invoking the intercession of Mary, the Immaculate Conception, for our country.
The prayer is addressed to the Holy Trinity through the intercession of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, under her title of the Immaculate Conception.
Individuals, families, councils and parishes are all invited to participate.
“The Church teaches that Catholics are called to form their consciences based on Church teaching and vote in accordance with that well-formed conscience,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. He added: “Pope Francis has said in reference to the U.S. election that we should ‘study the proposals well, pray and choose with your conscience,’ and this novena is designed to help Catholic Americans do that.”
In 1791, America’s first bishop, John Carroll, entrusted the country to the Blessed Mother, and in 1846 the bishops of the United States reaffirmed that dedication, declaring Mary as patroness of the United States under her title of the Immaculate Conception.
The novena prayer can be found HERE.
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