122nd DC State Convention: Election Results and Awards

This past weekend, on April 24th and 25th, the DC State Council held its annual convention. At this annual convention, new state officers are elected, reports presented to delegates, and awards are distributed. Taking place both at the Church of the Nativity in Washington, DC and virtually through the use of Zoom, the convention began with Mass celebated by State Chaplain and Pastor of Nativity, Rev. Pawel Sass. After Mass, delegated gathered to conduct the business session of the convention.

During the business session, the following State Officers were elected to one-year terms:

  • State Deputy-elect: Christopher Pierno, FDD, PGK
  • State Secretary-elect: Le N. Nguyen, FDD, PGK, PFN
  • State Treasurer-elect: M. Fred “Jazz” Armstrong, FN, FDD, PGK
  • State Advocate-elect: Nicholas S.C. Shields, FDD, PGK
  • State Warden-elect: Joshua R. Bryant, FDD, PGK

Several awards were also announced and distributed for council programs and individual recognitions:

  • Faith: The Catholic University of America 9542 – Monday (K)night Rosary, Mass, and Donut Social
  • Family: Potomac Council 433 – Food for Families Food Drives
  • Community: Blessed Tansi Council 11496 – Charity Works Beyond our Shores
  • Life: Washington Council 224 – Pregnancy Center Support
  • Leave No Neighbor Behind: Shrine Council 4944 – Providing Thanksgiving Baskets for Needy Parish Families
  • Family of the Year: SK Chidi & Dr. Jovita Amuzie of Blessed Tansi Council 11496
  • District Deputy of the Year: Ryan Mulvey, District Deputy #3
  • Knight of the Year: Alex Cranstoun, DD, PGK

DC Knights of Columbus Announce Scholarship Winners

DC Knights of Columbus Charities, the charitable arm of the District of Columbia Knights of Columbus State Council, is pleased to announce the winners of the three (3) $500 scholarships for 8th grade students going into 9th grade or current students in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grades moving into the next level. Applicants must be residents of the District of Columbia and be attending, or will attend, a private Catholic secondary school.

Each year, an application is offered to local schools and parishes through our local councils for students to apply. For the 2021-2022 school year the following students have been announced as winners:

  • Anthony Cole Diallo
  • Harrington Frank Mirkow
  • Frederico Alexandro Simmons

Congratulations to these students and thank you to all of the students who applied! The DC Knights of Columbus are proud of all the students throughout the community to are working to better their communities and serve their neighbors. Funds to provide these scholarships come from the annual “Columbus Classic” – our charity golf tournament. Learn more about this, other special charitable initiatives, and donate to these programs here: https://charities.dcknights.org/scholarships/

Congratulations to Supreme Knight-Elect Patrick E. Kelly

Today, the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus announced that Patrick E. Kelly, Past State Deputy of the District of Columbia, has been elected as the next Supreme Knight of the Order…

DC Knights Announce February 6th Degree Ceremony

The District of Columbia State Council of the Knights of Columbus has announced an in-person and streaming celebration of the Vigil Mass and Exemplification of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity on Saturday, February 6, 2021. Mass will begin at 4:30pm with the exemplification ceremony following the celebration of Mass in the Redemptor Hominis Church in the St. John Paul II National Shrine. The St. John Paul II National Shrine is located at 3900 Harewood Road NE, Washington, DC 20017 and offers free on-site parking.

For those attending in person, masks covering the nose and mouth will be required at the socially-distanced Mass per the regulations set forth by the Archdiocese of Washington.

While the celebration of Mass and the exemplification ceremony are open to the public, due to space restrictions, we ask that only registered candidates and their family/friends attend at this time. An online registration may be found at the bottom of this page.

For membership information and to become an Online Member, please visit our Membership Page.

Coats for Kids – 2020

As the holiday shopping season officially begins on November 27th, instead of joining in the usual events of Black Friday which are admittedly altered due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the DC State Council of the Knights of Columbus will be giving out free and much-needed gifts to DC-area children in need. On the day after Thanksgiving, new winter coats will be given out at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Northeast DC to any child who needs one as apart of the Knights of Columbus’ annual Coats for Kids program. 

Approximately 18 percent of American children and 14 percent of Canadian children live in poverty. According to the US Census Bureau, many low-income families have scarce resources to cover even the most basic essentials. The Knights of Columbus launched the Coats for Kids program to ensure that every child in North America would have access to a warm winter coat. Since the program started in the District of Columbia in 2009, councils have purchased and distributed more than 500,000 new winter coats to children throughout North America.

This is not the only opportunity to receive a coat for free from the Knights of Columbus. In addition to the event on November 27th, coats will be distributed on December 5th at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. 

This year, our distributions will be outside and focused on a drive-thru system. Cars will pull up, and, without exiting their vehicle, communicate what size they or their child need. Our volunteers will try to match that size with a preferred color, and then give the coat to the person in the vehicle.

If you cannot drive-thru, no worries! Please feel free to walk up and follow our volunteer’s directions on how best to make sure you get the size and color you need.

If your child or a child you know is in need of a coat this season, please come by and get one:

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 27, 2020 (BLACK FRIDAY)

12:00pm – 2:00pm

3900 Harewood Road NE
Saint John Paul II National Shrine – Parking Lot

SATURDAY DECEMBER 5, 2020

9:00am – 12:00pm

1600 Morris Road SE
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church – Parking Lot

More information about these events is available at dcknights.org/coats. It is open to anyone who needs a coat, particularly children ages 2 – 16 years old, subject to availability. 

Blessed Michael McGivney, pray for us!

Today, October 31, Father Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, was declared “Blessed,” the final step before being canonized as a Saint in the Roman Catholic Church. Joseph Cardinal Tobin, Archbishop of Newark, celebrated the mass at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford, Connecticut, representing Pope Francis. In the apostolic letter of beatification, Pope Francis praised Blessed McGivney as “an outstanding witness of Christian solidarity and fraternal assistance” because of his “zeal” for proclaiming the Gospel and his “generous concern for his brothers and sisters.”

The miracle recognized as coming through Father McGivney’s intercession involved an unborn child in the United States who in 2015 was healed in utero of a life-threatening condition after prayers by his family to Father McGivney. Michael “Mikey” McGivney Schachle, was present at the Mass with his parents, where they presented the relic of Blessed McGivney to Cardinal Tobin. 

Born of Irish immigrant parents in 1852 in Waterbury, Connecticut, Blessed McGivney was a central figure in the dramatic growth of the Church in the United States in the late 19th century. Ordained in Baltimore in 1877, he ministered to a heavily Irish-American and immigrant community in the then-Diocese of Hartford. At a time of anti-Catholic sentiment, he worked tirelessly to keep his flock close to the faith in part by finding practical solutions to their many problems – spiritual and temporal alike. With a group of the leading Catholic men of New Haven, he founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882 at St. Mary’s Church to provide spiritual support for Catholic men and financial resources for families that had suffered the loss of their breadwinner.

Father McGivney spent his entire priesthood in parish ministry and died of pneumonia on August 14, 1890— two days after his 38th birthday – after falling ill amid a pandemic. Recent scientific evidence indicates that that pandemic – like the current one – may have been caused by a coronavirus.

Known by his contemporaries for his devotion to the faith and his embodiment of the characteristics of the “Good Samaritan,” his cause for sainthood was opened in the Archdiocese of Hartford in 1997. St. John Paul II – who was pope at that time – lauded Father McGivney’s principles, stating in 2003, “In fidelity to the vision of Father McGivney, may you continue to seek new ways of being a leaven of the Gospel in the world and a spiritual force for the renewal of the Church in holiness, unity and truth.”

In March 2008, he was declared a Venerable Servant of God by Pope Benedict XVI, who during his visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral cited the “remarkable accomplishment of that exemplary American priest, the Blessed Michael McGivney, whose vision and zeal led to the establishment of the Knights of Columbus.”

God, our Father, protector of the poor and defender of the widow and orphan, you called your priest, Blessed Michael McGivney, to be an apostle of Christian family life and to lead the young to the generous service of their neighbor. Through the example of his life and virtue, may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ, more closely, fulfilling his commandment of charity and building up his Body which is the Church. Let the inspiration of your servant prompt us to greater confidence in your love so that we may continue his work of caring for the needy and the outcast. We humbly ask that you glorify Blessed Michael McGivney on earth according to the design of your holy will. Through his intercession, grant the favor I know present. Through Christ our Lord, Amen. 

Knights Announce Sept. 26th Mass & the Exemplification of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity

The District of Columbia State Council of the Knights of Columbus has announced an in-person celebration of the Vigil Mass and Exemplification of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity on Saturday, September 26, 2020. Mass will begin at 4:30pm with the exemplification ceremony following the celebration of Mass in the Redemptor Hominis Church in the St. John Paul II National Shrine. The St. John Paul II National Shrine is located at 3900 Harewood Road NE, Washington, DC 20017 and offers free on-site parking.

Masks covering the nose and mouth will be required at the socially-distanced Mass per the regulations set forth by the Archdiocese of Washington.

While the celebration of Mass and the exemplification ceremony are open to the public, due to space restrictions, we ask that only registered candidates and their family/friends attend at this time. An online registration may be found at the bottom of this page.

For membership information and to become an Online Member, please visit our Membership Page.

DC Charities Scholarships

DC Knights of Columbus Charities – the charitable arm of the District of Columbia Knights of Columbus State Council, annually awards scholarships to be used for students going into the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.

Applicants must be residents of the District of Columbia and be attending, or will attend, a private Catholic secondary school.

A Message from the DC State Council

June 5, 2020

 

My Brother Knights of the District of Columbia,

Since the senseless and brutal murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, alongside numerous other black men and women across our cities, our country has been wrought with righteous anger in protest and unrest. This is not the first time that we have seen black communities in pain, scared that what happened to George might happen to their father, son, grandson, or brother. Pope Francis reminds us that “we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.”

Amid the unrest in the District of Columbia, the President and First Lady visited the Order’s Saint John Paul II National Shrine. This event, while seemingly related in proximity to our national pain, was pre-planned, and unrelated in context. No Officers from either the Supreme Council or State Council were present at the event. It was planned many weeks ago by the White House as a way to commemorate the anniversary of the Saintly Pope’s visit to Poland in 1979 and to coincide with the signing of an Executive Order on International Religious Freedom which was instead signed at the White House the same day. While we stand for religious freedom in our country and around the globe, the character of the visit changed given the President’s inappropriate photo opportunity outside of St. John’s Episcopal Church the day before.

The Saint John Paul II National Shrine, while owned and operated by the Knights of Columbus, is not managed by the DC State Council. Therein, the DC State Council was not aware of and did not have any input as to the Presidential Visit which took place on Tuesday.

As DC Knights of Columbus, we stand for unity, which is what has inspired us to welcome all Catholic Men, regardless of their race, into our ranks for generations. We have heard from Brother Knights and families throughout the district who are hurting, upset, and angry at the events of the last few weeks. We stand united with them. Racial justice is a pro-life issue – the equality of every man and woman is at the core of what we believe and who we are as Catholics. At this time, we pray for unity, especially within our Order and our District. Beginning on Sunday, June 7, and concluding on Monday, June 15, Knights of Columbus around the country will be praying a Novena for National Unity & An End to Racism. Please join us as we pray and work to expel the sin of racism and hate from our hearts and our society.

We remain, as we always have, in solidarity with our Church, her priests, and her bishops. We will continue to work with the Archdiocese and our parishes to advance the mission of our soon-to-be-beatified founder Fr. Michael J. McGivney. As DC Knights, we are committed to serving our in every community throughout the District. In the following weeks and months, we will be in dialogue with members of the Community to discuss their thoughts and feelings regarding recent events, which we hope to be able to use to change the way we approach racial justice in our community.

We are Christ’s Brother. We wear His Name. We must bear this Cross.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during the March on Washington in 1963, told us that “Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.” It is still that time. We must work together, and move forward committed to the principles and ideals that we originally joined the order for – to be our brother’s keeper.

 

Fraternally,

Brandon J. Brown
State Deputy

Christopher Pierno
State Secretary

Le N. Nguyen
State Treasurer

Fred “Jazz” Armstrong
State Advocate

Nicholas S. C. Shields
State Warden

 

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