Eventbrite - 49th AWD Exemplification of the Fourth Degree

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.

District Scouting Liaison SK Dr Reginald Greer, PGK, PFN is being honored by the Maryland Catholic Conference for his 25 years of service as Captain of the 25th District.  Congratulations to SK Dr Greer for this well deserved honor.

The Master of the 4th degree SK John Winfrey is proud to announce the Honorees for the two District Exemplifications.  

The Honoree for the Priest and Special Needs Exemplification on February 22, 2014 is SK Maurice Hunt FDD, PGK, PFN.

SK Maurice Hunt FDD, PGK, PFN Before passing this last year Maurice (Mo) served our Country, Our Order, and his community faithfully in many capacities for many years. In particular. Maurice served the Maryland State council as a District Deputy, Warden to the State Deputy and Maryland State Activity/Project Chairman. He also served the Archdiocese of Washington District as a District Marshal and as District Membership Director.

The Honoree for the March 29, 2014 Exemplification is SK Fr. Gregory Gresko.

Fr Gresko is a long time advocate for the Knights of Columbus. He currently serves as Washington DC Associate State Chaplain, as well as Chaplain of the Blessed John Paul II Shrine. Fr Gresko is a member and strong supporter of James Cardinal Hickey Assembly.

 

It is my sad duty to report the passing of District Membership Director and our former District Marshal SK Maurice E. Hunt.  Maurice passed away at 1:10am on Monday, September 30, 2013 after having received the Annointing of the Sick from our Faithful District Friar Rev. Msgr. Chimiak.  Visitation and funeral arrangements can be found below:

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Wake Services at Huntt Funeral Home, 3035 Old Washington Road, Waldorf, MD
2-4pm (Honor Guard Report at 1:30pm)
6-8pm (Honor Guard Report at 5:30pm)
FULL COLOR CORPS REGALIA WITH SWORDS, Combined National Pin
District Marshal Harold Sanders and CCC Mike Davenport Commanding

Friday, October 4, 2013
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Peter's Catholic Church, 3310 St. Peters Dr. Waldorf, MD
10:30am - Report is at 9:30am SHARP!
FULL COLOR CORPS REGALIA, bring swords, but won't be needed for the Mass, Combined National Pin
District Marshal Mike Lynch and CCC Mike Davenport Commanding

Two hundred thirty seven years ago, the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence.  At its core are two sentences that define what it means to be an American:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,  that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…

To we Knights of Columbus, this is the armor, sword and shield that should inspire us as Americans. 

Consider the following:
We hold these truths:  We believe in these facts, not theories or abstractions.
To be self-evident: Plain for all to see and understand, without need for proof.
That all men are created equal: Everyone is a child of God, made in His own image.
That they are endowed by their Creator: (large C) God has given them to us.
With certain unalienable Rights: Rights that cannot be taken away.
That among these are:  There are more, but the next ones are the most important ones.
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness:  Notice the order:  The Right to Life comes first and foremost, then Liberty, then the Pursuit of Happiness.
That to secure these rights:  People and governments may try to take them away.    
Governments are instituted among Men:  People start governments to keep and retain their rights, not to give them away.
Deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed:  The State exists for the sake of the people, not the other way around.

Our country was founded on principles and ideals.  The further we stray from these ideals, the greater the risk that the Right to Life and the Freedom of Religious Liberty become imperiled.

District Prayer Intentions

  • For peace and a cessation of pain for SK William C. Kuchmas, III, PSD, and for his family as he enters hospice care.
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Dr. Donald E. Bouchard, DDS
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Lady Thelma Rice
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of SK Tom Casey
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of SK Anthony I Colbert, PSD, FDD, PGK, PFN, FS
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Steve Holowenzak
  • For teh return to health and speedy recovery of Sara Anderson
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Ray DeVous
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Maruice Mann
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Liz Marcus
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Bob Jack
  • For the return to health and cure of cancer of Ed Madden
  • For the return to health and cure of cancer for Yoshitaka Takeuchi
  • For tthe return to health and cure of cancer of SK Ed & Lady Janet  Madden
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Eileen Santangelo
  • For the private intentions of Matt Santangelo
  • For the repose of the soul of Susan Wolf
  • For the repose of the soul of Addie McBride
  • For the repose of the soul of Thomas J. Donnellan
  • For the repose of the souls of the victims of the shooting in Parkland, FL, for the consolation of their friends and families, and the healing of their community and our nation.
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