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.

FrWoodsRev. 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.

BishopKnestoutBishop 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 below

 

Rev. Scott Woods

Fr.Scott Woods photo 021017Fr. Scott Woods is a native of the Washington DC area. He was born and raised in Takoma Park, MD and moved to the District of Columbia when he was only 12. He grew up in the Episcopal Church, but joined the Catholic Church while a freshman at Archbishop Carroll High School in Northeast Washington, DC, many years after he first began saying he wanted to be a Catholic priest. After graduating from Archbishop Carroll in 1994, Fr. Scott entered St. Pius X College Seminary in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He then studied theology at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, from 1998-2002. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2002 for the Archdiocese of Washington at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Since his ordination, Fr. Scott has served at St. John Neumann Parish in Gaithersburg, MD, Mount Calvary Parish in Forestville, MD, and Assumption Parish in Southeast Washington, DC. He also was chaplain to the Youth Office of the Archdiocese and chaplain to Bishop McNamara High School. Fr. Scott is currently pastor of two Churches in Southern Maryland: St. Cecilia's Parish in St. Mary’s City and St. Peter Claver's Parish in St. Inigoes. In addition to his parochial duties he serves as chaplain to St. Mary’s Ryken High School and St. Mary’s College of Maryland and also fulfills the role of the Archdiocesan Chaplain for the Catholic Committee on Boy Scouting. Since 2011, Fr. Scott has served as Assistant Director of Priest Vocations for the Archdiocese of Washington. In this capacity, he has guided many men to the priesthood or religious life and women to the consecrated life.

 

Most Rev. Barry C. Knestout

Knestout Coat of armsBishop Barry C. Knestout was born and raised in Maryland. One of nine children, he lived with his family in Ankara, Turkey for four years as a child, then grew up in Bowie, Maryland, where he attended both Catholic and public schools. He received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Maryland in December 1984. He began his seminary studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland in 1985 and was ordained a priest in June 1989.

After ordination, Bishop Knestout served as a parochial vicar at two parishes, St. Bartholomew in Bethesda (1989-1993) and St. Peter in Waldorf (1993-1994) before being named priest-secretary to Cardinal James A. Hickey in 1994. He continued in that role until the cardinal’s death in 2004, also serving as priest-secretary to Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick in 2001 and from 2003 to 2004.

Named a Monsignor by Pope John Paul II in 1999, Bishop Knestout was executive director of the Office of Youth Ministry/CYO from 2001-2003 and became pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Silver Spring in 2004. In October 2006, he returned to the central administration of the archdiocese to serve as Secretary for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns. Less than two years later, in April 2007, he was named moderator of the curia. In this role, as the “chief of staff” for the archdiocese’s central offices, he assists Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl in managing and overseeing all administrative affairs.

He 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. He 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. With his training in architecture, he oversaw contests for architecture students from The Catholic University of America to design the papal altar and chair used at the Papal Masses celebrated at Nationals Park and at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

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