Archbishop Gregory urges an end to divisive, disrespectful speech

Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington preaching at the liturgy celebrating the Installation of Officers of the DC State Council of the Knights of Columbus.
Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington preaching at the liturgy celebrating the 2019 Installation of Officers of the District of Columbia State Council of the Knights of Columbus on July 20, 2019 at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Northeast Washington. (DC KofC/Alex Cranstoun)

In an August 1 article, Archbishop Gregory speaks about divisive and disrespectful speech and specifically mentions his meeting with the leadership of the Knights of Columbus within the Jurisdiction and his call to us at our recent installation to be caretakers of unity and fraternity. 

The full article from Archbishop Gregory was featured in the Catholic Standard. Here we have placed a few excerpts. Read the full article here


Our faith teaches us that respect for people of every race, religion, gender, ethnicity and background are requirements of fundamental human dignity and basic decency. This include newcomers to our country, people who have differing political views and people who may be different from us. Comments which dismiss, demean or demonize any of God’s children are destructive of the common good and a denial of our national pledge of “liberty and justice for all.”


I have recently met with leaders of the Knights of Columbus and many lay ecclesial movements in the Archdiocese. We discussed what we can do together to advance our Gospel mission. I encouraged them and their members to seek to promote respect for all, the common good and humble dialogue in a time of growing and destructive divisions. This request builds on the good work and outstanding service of the Knights and these exemplary lay movements in our family of faith and our Washington community. I asked their help in lifting up and defending the dignity of every person, promoting respect, civility and principled discussion of what unites us and where we may differ. We all need to reject racism, disrespect or brutality in speech and action.


I want to share this appeal with all of the faithful of this local Church and with our neighbors in this community we share. We must all take responsibility to reject language that ridicules, condemns, or vilifies another person because of their race, religion, gender, age, culture or ethnic background. Such discourse has no place on the lips of those who confess Christ or who claim to be civilized members of society. Speech that vilifies or denigrates another is a violation of the humanity of the speaker and those to whom it is directed – and deprives each of us of our God-given dignity. We must reclaim, reshape and refocus the national conversation on how we protect and promote the lives and dignity of all, especially, the least of these” (Matthew 25.)



Knights of Columbus to Fry-up Fish on Fridays during Lent

Join Knights of Columbus throughout the District of Columbia as we prepare to turn on the deep fryer and welcome in hundreds of families with a plate of fresh, batter-fried fish and a side of fries. St. Anthony Council #417, Keane Council #353, St. Martin de Porres Council #9386, and St. Cyprian Council #10008 will all be hosting Fish Fries, check out the calendar or the map and list below to see where and when they’ll be serving up the classic Friday Lenten Meal.

St. Anthony Council #417 (St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 1029 Monroe St NE)

          March 1, 2019, 12:00pm – 6:00pm
          April 5, 2019, 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Keane Council #353 (Nativity Catholic Church, 6000 Georgia Ave NW)

            March 8, 2019, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
           March 15, 2019, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
            March 22, 2019, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
            March 29, 2019, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
            April 5, 2019, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
            April 12, 2019, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

St. Cyprian Council #10008 (St. Benedict the Moor, 320 21st St NE)

            April 12, 2019, 11:00am – Until Sold Out
            April 19, 2019 (Good Friday), 11:00am – Until Sold Out

St. Martin de Porres Council #9386 (St. Luke’s, 4925 E Capitol St SE)

          March 22, 2019, 11:00am – 3:00pm