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

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 to learn more and to sign the pledge.

This year, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is again asking the nation's Catholics and non-Catholics alike to participate in the fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom from June 21 to July 4. This will be a period of prayer, fasting, and advocacy to respond to the many threats to religious liberty the United States now faces.

This year, during the fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom, share with your Council and Assembly members and fellow parishioners the importance of praying for our country during the days of the fortnight.  Encourage them to attend or coordinate an evening prayer vigil at a government building, a religious-themed concert, an art show, a procession, a panel discussion or a march for religious freedom. Your Council or Assembly could also sponsor a special showing in your parish of the film For Greater Glory, about the struggle for religious freedom in Mexico. As the fortnight takes place when the liturgical calendar celebrates several great martyrs, including St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, another option is A Man For All Seasons, the Oscar-winning film about St. Thomas More's commitmennt to the faith despite persecution.

This is a time to remind our brothers and fellow parishioners that one of the Order's core principles, patriotism, teaches us to "love our country so much that we want it to embrace what is true and good. We want our country to be a place where human dignity is recognized and respected from conception until natural death, a place where religious freedom is robustly fostered, not just tolerated. Out of love for country we are vigilant, lest our freedoms be unduly curtailed for political reasons" (Supreme Chaplain Most Rev. William E Lori, The Meaning of Patriotism, 7 Jan. 2013).

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All Sir Knights, their friends, and family are invited to attend Washington Assembly 151's:

Spectacular Motown Dance Party
Saturday, May 16, 2015
7:00pm - 11:00pm

St. Luke's Catholic Church
4925 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC

Tickets are $30 per person, or $50 per couple and may be purchased from Dave Merriweather - 202-246-9134, Charles Coleman - 202-669-3096, or Bill Smith - 240-640-9440

Light Buffet will be provided | Dress to Impress!

Given by Washington Assembly #151 of the Knights of Columbus.

UPDATED (4/15/2015): The AWD Chili cook-off that was scheduled for Saturday April 18th will be postponed until the Fall. Thank you to all those who helped set it up and who were planning to participate.


The District will be hosting its First Chili Cook-Off on April 18, 2015 at St George’s Catholic Church, 19199 St George Church Road, Valley Lee, MD. 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.

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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