2014 August Frontpage
College Knights from Hickey Assembly hold the canopy for the Eucharistic Procession on the eve before the Canonization of St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II
Knights, led by Marshal Mike Lynch, exit the Basilica during the 2013 Year of Faith Pilgrimage.
Knights proudly carry the colors at the 75th Anniversary Mass of the Archdiocese of Washington on St. Clement's Island, Maryland.
Knights march with thousands in a procession of the blood relic of St. John Paul II from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to the St. John Paul II Shrine in Washington, DC
Thousands gather with Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson for the National Mass of Thanksgiving for St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II.
Knights stand at attention at a Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.
The 2014 Archdiocese of Washington District Fourth Degree Exemplification Class honoring SK Rev. Gregory Gresko.
The Master, his Secretary, and Former Masters of the Archdiocese of Washington District gather at a Provincial Meeting.
Knights from the Archdiocese of Washington and across the country gathered for the 2013 Year of Faith Pilgrimage in Washington, DC
District Marshal Mike Lynch and District Master John Winfrey stand at attention at a Mass in Washington, DC.
The 2013 Archdiocese of Washington Color Guard pose at the Exemplification of the Fourth Degree.
Sun 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
225th Anniversary Mass of the Archdiocese of Baltimore
Sat 3:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Choir: Veterans Day Mass & Dinner
Sat 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sun 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Maryland State Memorial Mass
Thu 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
March for Life 2015
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In all my years as a Knight, I have seen countless occasions where our Color Corps have turned out for events that required a significant amount of time on their part for preparation, rehearsing, driving to/from the event, and then execution of the event itself. It can be a thankless job. I don’t want today to be one of those times.
Today, as Vice President of the National Christopher Columbus Association, I hosted the annual Columbus Day Celebration at the statue in front of Union Station in Washington D.C. It’s always an impressive event with the Marine Corps Band, the Honor America Corps, dozens and dozens of Color Corps members, in collaboration with the National Park Service, the Embassies of Italy and Spain, and over two dozen patriotic organizations.
Given the weather predictions we were getting all the way up to last night – it was posing to be a real concern. Vice Supreme Master Richard Head called me to say he was going to allow the Color corps the option to stand down because of pending rain throughout the morning and the concern about costly regalia being ruined in the rain.
Columbus Day does not get a rain day, it either happens or it doesn’t. In spite of the VSM giving his men the option to stay home because of pending rain, I was pleased to see several members of the Color Corps from D.C., Maryland and Virginia – along with the Masters of the Maryland and Washington Districts, the Provincial Marshall, and the Master of the Virginia District who lives in the Tidewater, Va. area; all in attendance. I arrived an hour before the event, they were there several hours before me.
The event started with a light sprinkle, and as the program got underway, the rain picked up. I tried to accelerate the program but the rain continued to get heavier. We cut the agenda down and moved right to the floral wreath presentations, 24 in all. My Brother Sir Knights stood their ground in what was now a pretty steady rain. They escorted each organization through the presentation, assisting them in the rain as necessary, got soaking wet, BUT THEY STAYED!
As soon as the last wreath was presented, I thanked the attendees and they left. But the Color Corps deserve more than just a “thank you for coming”.
I am proud to be associated with men like this; I respect highly what they did for all of us today, and am thankful that they are a part of my life.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. When it comes to the Color Corp, the attached picture of the flyer that was tucked safely in a plastic sleeve in my binder throughout the whole ceremony, tells the story better than I could.
Peter Davio, PSD
National Christopher Columbus Association
The Officers and Members of The Sullivan Brothers Assembly #2861 cordially invite you to the Second Annual Archdiocese of Washington District Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament
After 5:00 mass until 11:00 pm
Saturday, October 18, 2014
St. Raphael's Catholic Church Trumpet Room
1513 Dunster Rd, Rockville, MD 20854
To the Faithful Sir Knights of the Archdiocese of Washington District
Brothers, late yesterday evening I received notice of the Master’s appointment. I am deeply honored with the opportunity to serve as Master for the next two years. It has truly been one of the most rewarding times of my life serving these last two years. Looking forward, I think our best is yet to come.
I want to thank both of my co-nominees SK Mike Thumm, and SK Mike Lynch. Your contribution to the District and the Order is well known and highly appreciated by myself as well as the Vice Supreme Master and the Supreme Master.
I also want to thank the dedicated brother Sir Knights who have served on the District team. You have provided the time and energy to begin the face lift of the 4th Degree. We have stated from the very beginning that we wanted to build an organization that is known as much for our good works as we are for our fine Color Corps. We will continue to build on that work while building on the finest Color Corps in the Order. I ask each member of the District team to reevaluate what we have done and what is still to do, and to further recommit yourself, as I have, to getting the job done. This is our opportunity to leave an indelible positive mark on our Order. At the end of this term, it is my hope that my successors will say we made a difference.
Most importantly, to the Faithful Navigators both past and current, THANK YOU. You will likely never know much I appreciate what you have done and will do. You are where the rubber meets the road when it comes to making a difference. Without you and your members none of what we have done, or will do, could be possible.
In conclusion, I want to re-state how honored I am to be re-appointed to be the Master of AWD. This is truly the finest group of people I have ever been associated with. You have my word that I will work to earn your support and loyalty.
Now Let Set Forth To Do The Great Work Laid Out For Us!
Fraternally Yours in Patriotic Service,
SK John F. Winfrey, FDD, PGK, PFN
Master of the Fourth Degree
This article is an "apology" for Columbus Day in both senses of the word. "Apology" is a contronym, a word that has two directly opposite meanings. We often mean apology as a regretful acknowledgment of an offense or failure. It is also a reasoned argument or defense of a cause or Church doctrine. As Columbus Day approaches we had best be prepared to do a combination of both.
We can apologize first and foremost that the "Columbian encounter" did not fare well for the Native Americans. There was an exchange of diseases for example. The New World gave the Old World the "gift" of syphilis while the explorers gave the natives exposure to a host of European diseases. A sad fact: there are no "Carib" Indians alive today in the Caribbean. Nature and disease happens – I cannot apologize for that.
Did Columbus "discover" America? No. Expect to make apologies when reminded that the Norse under Leif Ericson discovered Iceland, Greenland and "Vinland", presumably Newfoundland. Some may suggest that the ancient Phoenicians sailed across the Atlantic in 1600 BC. Fair enough. Others theorize that the Portuguese and Chinese (!) explored the Americas in the 1420s.
The Knights of Columbus took Christopher Columbus as their patron because he showed the importance of a Catholic, "one of their own", in American history. There is much more to the story – the true apology - than that. Look at the Knights of Columbus flag and check for the green cross. This was the emblem emblazoned on the sails of the Santa Maria.
Christopher "the Christ-Bearer" Columbus landed at "Our Savior" San Salvador on October 12, 1492. From that moment on, Christianity and specifically Roman Catholicism took root in the Americas. From Mexico to the tip of South America the land is solidly Roman Catholic. In the United States and Canada the influx of Spanish, French, Swedish, Dutch and English explorers made for a Protestant/Catholic Christian mix, with Catholics outnumbering any particular Protestant sect.
This year, just over 1,510 years after Roman Catholicism took root in the New World, the story has come full-circle. From Buenos Aires we have seen the first South American become Pope. With the papacy of Francis I, the world is rediscovering Roman Catholicism in an exciting and positive light.
Remember this Columbus Day and every day that it is not our place to apologize the problems of the past, but to be apologists for our Catholic faith.
Gary Patishnock, PGK, PFN
Council 2203 Lecturer
ADW and Assembly 383 Patriotic Education Chair