It has been announced by the Master of the 4th degree of the Archdiocese of Washington 4th Degree District, SK John Winfrey, that the Honorees for the 2015 District Exemplifications have been named.  "I hope that you share my excitement with the great news of the acceptance by our Honorees. I cannot think of any more deserving men to provide an example of true Catholicism and fraternity to all of us," said Winfrey. "Please join me is congratulating and thanking the Honorees of the 2015 Exemplifications."

The Honoree for the Priest and Special Needs Exemplification on March 21, 2015 is SK Rev. Msgr. Joaquín Bazán.

SK Rev. Msgr. Joaquín Bazán has served as a Knight of Columbus for over 52 years across the Archdiocese of Washington and in New Mexico.  Monsignor currently serves the 4th Degree as Faithful Friar of Archbishop Michael J. Curley Assembly #383 and as an Associate District Friar for the Archdiocese of Washington 4th Degree District.

The Honoree for the Principal Exemplification on April 11th is SK Rev. Msgr. Walter R. Rossi, J.C.L., M.Div., B.S., KHS.

Msgr. Rossi is a long time friend and advocate for the Knights of Columbus. He may be best known to Knights across the Country and our Archdiocese from his service as Rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

 

WAA2015-8The plan for the Archdiocese of Washington District (AWD) of the Fourth Degree for Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery was to meet across from the Visitor’s Center at the 101st Airborne Division Memorial on the right side of Memorial Drive (as you walk or drive towards the Cemetery), the road leading into the Cemetery, at 0830.  The memorial consists of a bronze eagle, representing the units "Screaming Eagles" nickname, perched atop a granite stone.  Once we get together at 0830, we’ll move to the area of the opening ceremony, a gravesite, or wreath truck.  This is a great event for families and friends and a recruiting opportunity.

Due to the amazingly large turnout for the event, many of us were delayed in traffic or at metro stations.  So, some met at the 101st Airborne Division Memorial, and others were on their own and went out into the cemetery for the opening ceremony and to the trucks to get wreaths to place.

Beliow, you'll find a recap of participation and some photos.

Wreaths across America on December 13, 2014

       The plan for the Archdiocese of Washington District (AWD) of the Fourth Degree for Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery was to meet across from the Visitor's Center at the 101st Airborne Division Memorial on the right side of Memorial Drive (as you walk or drive towards the Cemetery), the road leading into the Cemetery, at 0830.  The memorial consists of a bronze eagle, representing the units "Screaming Eagles" nickname, perched atop a granite stone.  Once we get together at 0830, we'll move to the area of the opening ceremony, a gravesite, or wreath truck.  This is a great event for families and friends and a recruiting opportunity.
Due to the amazingly large turnout for the event, many of us were delayed in traffic or at metro stations. So, some met at the 101st Airborne Division Memorial, and others were on their own and went out into the cemetery for the opening ceremony and to the trucks to get wreaths to place.

The Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus has been a national leader among all civic groups and associations in our support of remembering the fallen – those who served our nation and paid the ultimate price for our freedoms.

This year, the Archdiocese of Washington District is asking its friends, families, and Assemblies to consider donating to Wreaths Across America - A non-profit that honors the lives of the fallen by decorating the graves at military cemeteries across the nation with a wreath at Christmastime.

The James Cardinal Hickey Assembly #2534 of the Archdiocese of Washington District has been collecting money for Wreaths Across America for several years. From direct support to Military Chaplains and the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), to creating and publishing the Armed With the Faith prayer book, the Hickey Assembly serves our military daily.

For almost 20 years the Hickey Assembly has served our Nation in the following major initiatives:

  • Providing the initial KofC seed money to begin development & fundraising for the World War II Memorial;
  • Overseeing the gilding of the Inaugural Address of President John F. Kennedy, a Fourth Degree Knight, at his gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery;
  • Providing Logistics, Color Guard, & Honor Guard at the annual AMS Memorial Mass;
  • Creating the Armed with the Faith prayer book with 600,000 copies published for US military personnel;
  • Regular volunteering & providing donations of wheelchairs to the VA Medical Center in Washington, DC;
  • Hosting the annual AMS Co-Sponsored Seminarian Labor Day BBQ;
  • Direct material support for Catholic VA & Military Chaplains in the Washinton, DC area;
  • Funding the annual Air Force Chaplains' Retreat; and,
  • Annual Christmas Bags program benefiting homeless & destitute Veterans in the Washington, DC area.

Your assistance in our Wreaths Across America fundraising efforts not only help us fulfil our mission in providing support to our men and women serving today, but to Remember, Honor, and Teach about those who have fallen in support of our nation.

Join our team today and help us raise funds to cover every Christian grave at Arlington National Cemetery this Christmas. 

It's never too early to give; It's never too late to thank those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

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On Sunday, May 11, 2014, Sir Knights from the Archdiocese of Washington District and the Calvert Province served as Guards of Honor for the National Mass of Thanksgiving for St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II and the procession of a 1st Class Blood Relic of St. John Paul II from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, DC.

Months of preparation were involved for this historic procession that included His Eminence, the Archbishop of Washington, The Most Rev. Donald Cardinal Wuerl, His Excellency, the Supreme Chaplain and Archbishop of Baltimore, The Most Rev. William E. Lori, Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson, Deputy Supreme Knight Logan T. Ludwig, Supreme Secretary Charles E. Maurer Jr., Supreme Treasurer Michael J. O'Connor, Supreme Warden George W. Hanna, Supreme Director Patrick Kelly and Supreme Director Tom Smith.

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