It has been announced by the Master of the Archdiocese of Washington 4th Degree District, SK Col. Micheal Thumm (USMC-Ret), that the 48th Exemplification of the Fourth Degree in the Archdiocese of Washington District will take place on Saturday, October 28th at Nativity Catholic Church.

The date and location has changed from previous exemplifications, as has the attire for candidates and attending Sir Knights and Columbian dignitaries.

Candidates’ dress shall be black or dark (blue or grey) business suit with black shoes, white dress shirt and tie, and candidate identification (identification provided by the secretary to the master). Armed forces, police, and firefighters may wear Class A or dress uniform. Priests and members of religious orders may wear their clerical attire.

Sir Knight spectators will wear the same dress as candidates to also include the wearing of the pin of the Emblem of the Fourth Degree (PG-113) . The Color Guard, Honor Guard and Line Guards will be in full regalia with the PG-113 pin as in the past. No other attire or formalwear is acceptable.

As well, the format for the banquet has changed to that of a luncheon to immediately follow the exemplification.

An honoree for the exemplification will be named by the Master of the Fourth Degree in the coming weeks.

capodannoprayercardThe Memorial Mass for Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 5 September 2017 in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, Northeast, Washington, D.C.  His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the United States Military Services, will be the main celebrant.  This annual Mass is celebrated in memory of Father Capodanno, killed in Vietnam on 4 September 1967, as he aided embattled Marines.  Father Capodanno posthumously received the Medal of Honor, and in May 2006 the Catholic Church officially proclaimed him a Servant of God, formally initiating his cause for beatification.  The Father Vincent Capodanno Guild is the only official organization set up to promote the cause for canonization of Father Capodanno.

For more information, please visit  All are invited to attend the Memorial Mass on the 50th anniversary of his death.  There will be open seating, so please plan to arrive early.  Color Corps members are encouraged to participate and to arrive 1 hour prior to the Mass.    If reserved parking is necessary for our disabled attendees, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Military members are encouraged to wear uniform of the day, and business attire is appropriate for civilians.   

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.

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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