2016ExemplificationLogoDue to a rush of registrations (and procrastination), the deadline for Candidates and Sir Knights registering for the Exemplification of the 4th Degree has been extended to Saturday, March 19th.  Registration will close at 11:00pm

For more information about the Exemplification, please visit our Exemplification Information page.  Sir Knights and Candidates can quickly, safely, and securely register and pay through our Exemplification Online Registration page.

ChimiakBlessingADW District Friar Msgr. Karl Chimiak blessed the Prince George’s County Police Fleet on June 30th, 2015.

To all incoming Grand Knights, Faithfull Navigators and their staffs:
Here are a dozen ways to a successful fraternal year – but only if done before June 30.

Vision begets great plans. This can be a theme, a mission statement, even a Biblical quotation. Then focus as many projects and programs through this lens.

Map out the route for the year.
• Include existing standing programs and special projects
• Have monthly, quarterly or annual effort that address vision statement items
• Account for National, State, District and local church priorities
• Adjust as needed during the year

Budget your time and resources.
• Establish the annual meeting and program calendar
• Consider fund raising as well as funds to spend
• Factor in civil holidays, church calendar, Columbian obligations

Staff the efforts with responsible leaders, workers and expectations.

Set requirements for the Good of the Order program and request religious program and project input from your priest and deacon.

Determine the heading and chart the course of the fraternal year, then get buy-in from the membership; use the official report as well as newsletters, bulletins and emails.

Draft a budget and distribute at or prior to the first meeting, ready for discussion.

Keep all meetings brief and on point by planning to use the agenda as a meeting time budget - do not overspend time as well as resources.

Lead not by words, but by example.
• Expect you or your designate to attend as many events as possible
• Use your name badge and the Color Corps presence to its fullest

Schedule your monthly, quarterly and annual reports, awards and audits early.

Provide praise and feedback at meetings and in emails.

Reflect on what was accomplished throughout the year with a final report to the membership on how well the goals were met. Remember: “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is a little extra.”

One Hundred Forty-Four Sir Knights joined the Fourth Degree at the 45th Annual Exemplification of the Fourth Degree held at the Colony South Hotel & Conference Center in Clinton, MD.  Join us in a photographic retelling of the day's events!

DSC 6795The 45th Exemplification of the Fourth Degree Class, Dignitaries, Officers, and Color Corps.

DSC 6558AWD District Master John Winfrey, Maryland District Master Thomas Gruel, and Former AWD District Master Joseph Murtha welcome sixteen new Sir Knights into the Fourth Degree
Sixteen Sir Knights joined the Fourth Degree at the 2015 Priests' Exemplification held at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, DC

"I am humbled and excited that we are able to welcome our Priests, and Brothers surrounded by the history here in the St. John Paul II Shrine," said District Master John Winfrey.  "The presence and work of so many Sir Knights are a testament to our Order's strength and years of service to our Priests, Bishops, and to Holy Mother Church."  "I offer a hearty welcome to our new Sir Knights," he added.

DSC 6555KofC Dinitaries at the 2015 AWD Priests' Exemplification: (L to R) MD State Advocate Vincent Grauso, MD State Secretary Stephen Cohen, DC State Secretary Timothy Saccoccia, MD District Master Thomas Greul, Calvert Province Secretary Joseph Murtha, Calvert Province Marshal Francis "Fritz" Leach

District Prayer Intentions

  • For the healing of Edward Cunanan
  • For the healing of Helena Jones
  • For the recovery of Ed Padget
  • For the recovery of Pete Streiner
  • For the health of Mary K Page
  • For Bill Goodwyn in his struggles with Alzheimers
  • For the repose of the souls of the 5 Sulivan Brothers
  • For the repose of the soul of Althea Patton
  • For the repose of the soul of Marcia Kubic
  • For the repose of the soul of Robert Streiner
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