Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and the 1.8 million members of the Knights of Columbus extend cordial best wishes and prayers to our newly elected pope. The election of Pope Francis - the first pope from the American hemisphere - highlights the fact that America is the continent of baptized Christians, and a place of central importance to the faith today. Pope Francis is well known also for his emphasis on charity - the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. Both in our efforts for evangelization and in our charitable work, we will strive with him to bring the light of Christ to the people of our continent during his historic pontificate.
Master of the Fourth Degree SK John Winfrey has announced his decision to name SK Rev. Msgr. Richard A. Hughes the Honoree for the March 16th, 2013 Priests' Exemplification.
Monsignor Hughes' service to the order and our Church is unparalleled, having served in many capacities over the years as Chaplain, Friar (Both Assembly and District), and Ceremonial Friar, among his many other roles throughout the years. Monsignor Hughes has been the rock of wisdom and guidance for years providing support to Faithful Navigators and Masters alike.
"It is my unquestioned privilege to name Rev. Msgr. Richard A. Hughes the Honoree for the March 16th Priests Exemplification," said Master Winfrey. "For those in the district who have had the honor of knowing and working with Monsignor Hughes over the years, this selection comes as no great surprise."
This year's Priests' Exemplification will take place at 9am at the Blessed John Paul II Shrine in Washington, DC.