Eventbrite - 49th AWD Exemplification of the Fourth Degree


warriors lourdes pilgrimageThe 2015 Warriors to Lourdes pilgrims are pictured outside of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary in France. Participants included more than 80 wounded, sick or disabled military pilgrims, in addition to K of C representatives, clergy, family members, support staff and volunteers. Photo Courtesy of Knights of Columbus / Columbia MagazineThe 2017 Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage for Non-Wounded, Wounded, Ill or Injured Military Personnel during the 59th Annual International Military Pilgrimage (PMI) will take place May 16-23, 2017. The theme for the 59th PMI is Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace).

The pilgrimage, sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, and the Knights of Columbus, is the latest event in a long history of both organizations’ involvement in Lourdes and service to the military.

Military personnel, their designated caregivers and volunteers will travel to the Marian shrine for a time of resting, praying and healing. The retreat will consist of a number of spiritual events, including special Masses, Eucharistic Procession, Adoration, Procession and Benediction, Blessing of the Sick, a visit to the baths at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, a candlelight vigil and a closing ceremony that draws tens of thousands of troops to the sacred shrine every year.

“We will journey and pray with pilgrims from around the world,” said Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese of Military Services. “It will be an occasion to raise our hearts and minds to the Prince of Peace and beg for an increase in understanding and a decrease in strife.”

For a Pilgrimage Brochure for U.S. residents, click here.

If approved and deemed eligible, all expenses for military personnel and for their designated caregivers will be covered by Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc. Companions are invited to attend at their own expense and may be offered needs-based financial assistance on a case-by-case basis. U.S.-based and European-based medical and non-medical volunteers are also encouraged to apply.

To apply for the 2017 Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage, click here.

All applications and payments (if applicable) are due in full by January 15, 2017.

The pilgrimage leadership committee will review all applications. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status beginning February 15, 2017.

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The Archdiocese of Washington District is hosting a night at the ballpark on Saturday, 16 July 2016.  Watch the Washington Nationals play the Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:05 PM.  The AWD Color Guard will present the colors prior to the first pitch.

Tickets are $40 and the seating is located in the 100 level Left Field section.  Proceeds will benefit the Knights of Columbus Military Chaplain Scholarship Fund supporting the Archdiocese of Military Services.

To reserve tickets, please contact SK Jeff Koscho (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 301-659-9101).  We ask that ticket reservations are made by 31 May and payment by the 11 June 2016 AWD District meeting.  Please make checks out to the Archdiocese of Washington District.  Payment can be mailed to SK Koscho at 5800 Chris Mar Ave., Clinton, MD 20735.

This event is open to all Sir Knights, Family, and Friends.  Pre-game tailgating is encouraged.


The District will be hosting its First Chili Cook-Off Saturday, November 21st at St George’s Catholic Church, 19199 St George Church Road, Valley Lee, MD. The event begins immediately following the 5pm Mass. Not only are we expecting to have some great food but we are looking to relax with families and have some fun. Each District Assembly should try and make this event. Knights of ALL Degrees are encouraged to dust off their favorite / award winning chili and corn bread recipes and come down to Southern MD to earn right to call themselves the “Top Chili Cook Off Chef in the Archdiocese of Washington Diocese Fourth Degree."

A special thank you to Father Andrew White Assembly and Father Sabastien de Rose Council for their gracious offer to host this event.

Please feel free to pdfdistribute this flyer and a send notice to your Parish, Council or Assembly. Let’s get some car pools together and have some fun. Fourth Degree Master John Winfrey hopes to see many Knights, their families, and their Assemblies on April 18. For questions, please feel free to contact Tom Firestone at (240) 753-5200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This retreat is for men and women who have served or who are serving in the United States Armed Forces and/or Reserves.

The retreat will focus on the call to serve, the cost of service and the experience of God's presence at all times in all places. The weekend will include both periods of prayerful silence and reflective conversation.

This retreat will be facilitated by Viet Nam Veteran, Fr. Jim Conroy, S.J. Fr. Conroy has worked with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius as Novice Director of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus and as co-founder of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps.

November 10-12, 2015
Retreat Fee $185
Loyola on the Potomac
A Jesuit Retreat House
Faulkner, MD

For more information or to register please visit our web site at www.loyolaonthepotomac.com

District Prayer Intentions

  • 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 SK Bob Burkhardt
  • For teh return to health and speedy recovery of SK Ed Fox
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Deacon Rich Fisher
  • For the return to health and cure of cancer of SK Sid & Lady Liz Marcus
  • 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 private intentions of William Goodwin
  • For the private intentions of Roy DeMesse
  • For the private intentions of SK Randolph
  • For the repose of the soul of Susan Wolf
  • For the repose of the soul of SK Virgil Lofty, FDD, PGK
  • For the repose of the soul of Mrs. Geraldine Brandon, mother of District Secretary Joe Massimini
  • For the repose of the soul of SK Guy Bevins
  • For the repose of the soul of SK Rev. Mr. Kevin Butler
  • For the repose of the soul of Most Rev. William G. Curlin, Bishop-Emeritus of Charlotte and former Auxiliary Bishop of Washington.
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