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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.

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The District will be hosting its First Chili Cook-Off Saturday, November 21st at St George’s Catholic Church, 19199 St George Church Road, Valley Lee, MD. The event begins immediately following the 5pm Mass. Not only are we expecting to have some great food but we are looking to relax with families and have some fun. Each District Assembly should try and make this event. Knights of ALL Degrees are encouraged to dust off their favorite / award winning chili and corn bread recipes and come down to Southern MD to earn right to call themselves the “Top Chili Cook Off Chef in the Archdiocese of Washington Diocese Fourth Degree."

A special thank you to Father Andrew White Assembly and Father Sabastien de Rose Council for their gracious offer to host this event.

Please feel free to pdfdistribute this flyer and a send notice to your Parish, Council or Assembly. Let’s get some car pools together and have some fun. Fourth Degree Master John Winfrey hopes to see many Knights, their families, and their Assemblies on April 18. For questions, please feel free to contact Tom Firestone at (240) 753-5200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This retreat is for men and women who have served or who are serving in the United States Armed Forces and/or Reserves.

The retreat will focus on the call to serve, the cost of service and the experience of God's presence at all times in all places. The weekend will include both periods of prayerful silence and reflective conversation.

This retreat will be facilitated by Viet Nam Veteran, Fr. Jim Conroy, S.J. Fr. Conroy has worked with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius as Novice Director of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus and as co-founder of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps.

November 10-12, 2015
Retreat Fee $185
Loyola on the Potomac
A Jesuit Retreat House
Faulkner, MD

For more information or to register please visit our web site at www.loyolaonthepotomac.com

500x240 walkwithfrancis1Our Holy Father, Pope Francis has captured the world’s attention with his infectious joy. What is striking to me is that in his actions we see the source of his joy. He loves sharing God’s love with others. His words, his gestures, his preaching teach us how to imitate Christ who is the human manifestation of God, the Father.

What Pope Francis is also quick to say is that all of us are called to be joyful followers of Jesus. Our Holy Father asks us to “bear radiant witness to communion, service, ardent and generous faith, justice and love of the poor” (The Joy of the Gospel, 288).

As a way to welcome Pope Francis, the Knights of Columbus want to invite you to consider sharing the joy you have found in your Catholic faith by taking the Walk with Francis Pledge and thereby transform our community. This initiative of the archdiocese and Catholic Charities is an opportunity for you to make a commitment to follow the Pope’s example of faith and service. We are asking everyone to consider signing the Pledge which invites you to:

  •     Pray regularly for the Holy Father and learn about the message of the joy of the Gospel, the mercy of God and the love of Christ.
  •     Serve by reaching out and caring for those in need and supporting charitable efforts in our community and beyond.
  •     Act to promote human life and dignity, justice and peace, family life and religious freedom, care for creation and the common good.

Pledges can be made by individuals or families, book clubs or Bible study groups, whole classrooms, or afterschool clubs. Teen groups are welcomed and senior groups as well. We invite you to make this pledge your own. And this pledge is not just for Catholics – I am happy to say that already we have interest from local businesses and our brothers and sisters of other faiths who desire to show their gratitude for Pope Francis’ example ministry by taking the pledge. They show us that we have many partners in the work of building communities of compassion and mercy. Now I invite you to consider asking your co-workers, neighbors and friends to join you in taking the pledge.

The pledge can be a commitment of spending a little more time in prayer each day or volunteer once a week. The length of your commitment is for you in conversation with our Lord to decide. Pope Francis reminds us “not to be a part-time Christian, only at certain moments, in certain choices. Be a Christian at all times” (General Audience of May 15, 2013). The Walk with Francis Pledge is our opportunity to deepen our relationship with Christ and be more confident, courageous, and creative followers of Jesus.

It is hard to imagine a more perfect gift to present to our Holy Father than the promise that those most in need of prayer and healing, compassion and hope will be touched by Christ’s love by all of us who have taken the Walk with Francis Pledge. While touching those most in need of our love, Cardinal Wuerl can also assure our Holy Father that we will be praying for him, for his ministry and for the Church, that all pledge takers will grow in love of God and others. Please join us in taking the Walk with Francis Pledge. Go to walkwithfrancis.org to learn more and to sign the pledge.

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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