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.
Two Assemblies from the Archdiocese of Washington District were recently presented with the prestigious Civic Award from the Supreme Council and the Supreme Assembly. Congratulations from Vice Supreme Master Richie Head were sent as District Master John Winfrey presented the awards to Fr. John T. Dewan Assembly #3047 and James Cardinal Hickey Prince of the Church Assembly #2534
The Civic Award is presented annually as a tribute to the spirit of patriotism and national pride exemplified in the patriotic activities conducted by Fourth Degree assemblies. Assemblies conducting a minimum of four different patriotic programs during the fraternal year are eligible for the Supreme Council Civic Award.
During the 2013-2014 fraternal year, 349 assemblies received the Civic Award. To be eligible, assemblies must complete and submit the Civic Award application to the Supreme Council office by June 30.
All assemblies are encouraged to achieve Civic Award status each and every fraternal year.
It has been announced by the Master of the 4th degree of the Archdiocese of Washington 4th Degree District, SK John Winfrey, that the Honorees for the 2015 District Exemplifications have been named. "I hope that you share my excitement with the great news of the acceptance by our Honorees. I cannot think of any more deserving men to provide an example of true Catholicism and fraternity to all of us," said Winfrey. "Please join me is congratulating and thanking the Honorees of the 2015 Exemplifications."
The Honoree for the Priest and Special Needs Exemplification on March 21, 2015 is SK Rev. Msgr. Joaquín Bazán.
SK Rev. Msgr. Joaquín Bazán has served as a Knight of Columbus for over 52 years across the Archdiocese of Washington and in New Mexico. Monsignor currently serves the 4th Degree as Faithful Friar of Archbishop Michael J. Curley Assembly #383 and as an Associate District Friar for the Archdiocese of Washington 4th Degree District.
The Honoree for the Principal Exemplification on April 11th is SK Rev. Msgr. Walter R. Rossi, J.C.L., M.Div., B.S., KHS.
Msgr. Rossi is a long time friend and advocate for the Knights of Columbus. He may be best known to Knights across the Country and our Archdiocese from his service as Rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.
The plan for the Archdiocese of Washington District (AWD) of the Fourth Degree for Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery was to meet across from the Visitor’s Center at the 101st Airborne Division Memorial on the right side of Memorial Drive (as you walk or drive towards the Cemetery), the road leading into the Cemetery, at 0830. The memorial consists of a bronze eagle, representing the units "Screaming Eagles" nickname, perched atop a granite stone. Once we get together at 0830, we’ll move to the area of the opening ceremony, a gravesite, or wreath truck. This is a great event for families and friends and a recruiting opportunity.
Due to the amazingly large turnout for the event, many of us were delayed in traffic or at metro stations. So, some met at the 101st Airborne Division Memorial, and others were on their own and went out into the cemetery for the opening ceremony and to the trucks to get wreaths to place.
Beliow, you'll find a recap of participation and some photos.