With over 60 years passing since his death, Fr. Emil Kapaun has been awarded the Medal of Honor for his brave and heroic service to our nation during the Korean War. Fr. Kapaun, an Army Chaplain, was awarded the posthumous honor on April 11, 2013.
Fr. Emil Kapaun
Fr. Emil Kapaun
The Archdiocese of Washington District has honored Fr. Kapaun and many of his fellow Catholic Chaplains with a section of its website dedicated to telling their stories of heroism and their Catholic patriotism.
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and the 1.8 million members of the Knights of Columbus extend cordial best wishes and prayers to our newly elected pope. The election of Pope Francis - the first pope from the American hemisphere - highlights the fact that America is the continent of baptized Christians, and a place of central importance to the faith today. Pope Francis is well known also for his emphasis on charity - the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. Both in our efforts for evangelization and in our charitable work, we will strive with him to bring the light of Christ to the people of our continent during his historic pontificate.
Master of the Fourth Degree SK John Winfrey has announced his decision to name SK Rev. Msgr. Richard A. Hughes the Honoree for the March 16th, 2013 Priests' Exemplification.
Monsignor Hughes' service to the order and our Church is unparalleled, having served in many capacities over the years as Chaplain, Friar (Both Assembly and District), and Ceremonial Friar, among his many other roles throughout the years. Monsignor Hughes has been the rock of wisdom and guidance for years providing support to Faithful Navigators and Masters alike.
"It is my unquestioned privilege to name Rev. Msgr. Richard A. Hughes the Honoree for the March 16th Priests Exemplification," said Master Winfrey. "For those in the district who have had the honor of knowing and working with Monsignor Hughes over the years, this selection comes as no great surprise."
This year's Priests' Exemplification will take place at 9am at the Blessed John Paul II Shrine in Washington, DC.
Worthy Sir Knights and Color Corps members,
The past few months have been a difficult time as we transition from one uniform standard to another. I am well aware that many of you, whether you have been color corps in the past or not, for personal reasons, have decided not to purchase the new uniform. I respect your reasons, and I encourage those who have not yet decided to make the purchase, to carefully consider your choice and continue your active participation in the Fourth Degree Color Corps.
For previous Color Corps members who have decided not to make the transition, I know that I can speak for our order that the Knights of Columbus, its members, and the countless men, women, children, churches, communities, and families will be forever grateful for your prayerful dedication and active participation as members of the Color Corps.
The opportunities to "step up and step out " as Fourth Degree Knights are unique to the Archdiocese of Washington District. The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Saint Matthew's Cathedral, The Saint John Paul ll Shrine, Columbus Day at Union Station, Red Mass, White Mass, ordinations are but a few, and the list goes on.
Our order was founded on service. We, as Knights of Columbus, especially as Fourth Degree, are charged with fulfilling the obligations we have taken. We are the most visible element of our order. Please do not allow the issues with the uniform transition to in any way disrupt continued conduct of the many patriotic programs already in place. I strongly encourage you to maintain and expand these events. I ask that every Fourth Degree member remain as active as possible in the many activities we sponsor, and seriously consider the Fourth Degree Color Corps as another opportunity to outwardly express our commitment to Patriotism.
My commitment is, as I hope it is also one you share, to remain the "Strong right arm of the Church"
Thank you for your service,
Please share this with your assembly membership.
Fraternally and Patriotically,
Once again I must remind you not to call the Supreme Master’s Office about the patch for your New Uniform Beret. The Supreme Master’s Office does not handle that (although the e-mail used for it, makes you think so!). In the past few weeks, that office has been receiving an extreme number of calls about how to get the patch, and asking questions about the uniform. You all use the chain of command well, so I do not believe that we are doing this.
To order the new uniform, please visit https://kofcuniform.com