It has been announced by the Master of the Archdiocese of Washington 4th Degree District, SK Col. Micheal Thumm (USMC-Ret), that the Honoree for the 50th District Exemplification of the Patriotic Degree of the Knights of Columbus has been named.
Monsignor Joaquin Bazan, longtime Knights of Columbus Chaplain and Fourth Degree Friar will be the honoree at the Patriotic Degree exemplification that will be held on Saturday, October 20th, 2018. Registration for the degree may be completed online. A biography of Msgr. Bazan may be found below.
Msgr. Bazan was born in Washington, DC. He received his seminarian training in Baltimore, Maryland. He was ordained on May 26, 1962 at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle in Washington, DC. He served as Assistant Pastor at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Garrett Park, Maryland from 1962 to 1970. From 1970 to 1974 he was served as the First Coordinator for Spanish Speaking in the Archdiocese of Washington. From 1974 to 1976, he was an assistant at Saint Camillus Catholic Church in Silver Spring, Maryland. Father Bazan was the Pastor at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Washington, DC from 1976 to 1984. On August 11, 1984, he was made a Monsignor by St. John Paul II. Monsignor Bazan served as Pastor of St. John the Baptist de la Salle in Chillum or Hyattsville, Maryland, from 1984 to 1994. From 1994 to 1995 he was the Pastor at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Washington, DC. Beginning in 1996, he served as a New Mexico Priest for six and a half years! He then returned to the Archdiocese of Washington and was an assistant for one year at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kensington, Maryland. Since June 2003, Monsignor Bazan has lived and served at the Little Sisters of the Poor, Jeanne Jugan Residence in Washington, DC. He continues to serve in a number of capacities within the Archdiocese of Washington, such as hearing confessions at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Monsignor Bazan has been very active within the Knights of Columbus, serving as Council Chaplain for Prince George Council #2809 from 1970, and he plans to continue in that capacity at least through 2019! In the Fourth/Patriotic Degree, he has been the Faithful Friar for Archbishop Michael J. Curley Assembly #383 for a number of years, as well as serving as one of the Associate District Friars for the Archdiocese of Washington District.
Monsignor Bazan has assisted with obtaining homes for Alcoholics, and as of December 31, 2017, over 2,200 homes had been established!
Through all of his assignments and activities, Monsignor Bazan has given a great deal as a Holy Priest and as a Knight of Columbus, for over 56 years!