As I write this article the District is in the middle of preparing for the Exemplification. This is a very special time of year because this is when we introduce the greatest fraternal organization to an entirely new group of men and their families, and as such change the lives of many people. While we prepare for this Exemplification I have been given some thought to who would make a good Sir Knight and what type of man is ideal for our honored order. It came to me that this is nothing new. Our world has always relayed on good men and in history we even called them Knights. We remember stories of the Knights of the Round Table where before even being considered for that great honor a man would have to demonstrate years of dedicated service to his country and Church. He would have to show the world that charity was his guiding principle in his life. Proving his strong moral character through daily acts of kindness to his fellow man. Standing for what is right and good. Moreover being the true defender of the disadvantaged and weak. So I thought how is this different from today. When we look at a prospective 4th Degree Sir Knight, do we not look for the same characteristics? Are we not looking for men of good upstanding values who will stand for what is right in our own country? Aren't we looking for the good patriot just as they did in years past? Of course the answer is yes.
Now the challenge is to find such men. I would argue they are all around us. They are the men who stand when the flag is marched by. They are the men who stop and open a door for a lady. They are the men who stop and help a child with a disability. We find these good men all around us. So why are we not trying to introduce them to an order that respects and honors these values? The order of the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree is an avenue for these men and their families to come together and work on a common goal and that goal is to make our world a better place, to serve our country, and our Holy Church. So our mission as a Sir Knight is to reach out to these good men and say come join us in a Holy Crusade to Take a Stand and Make a Difference. To those who are not a Sir Knight, I challenge you to learn more about our order and see if there is a place for you beside us. This is a mighty task but with good men such as yourself nothing is impossible.
SK John Winfrey
Master of the 4th Degree
Archdiocese of Washington District