As we enter the Year of Faith, The Blessed John Paul II Shrine in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus in the District of Columbia are answering the call of both the Holy Father and Cardinal Wuerl to gain an increased awareness of our faith in order to live as better examples of it. To that end, there will be a series of theological presentations for the DC community, on the role of the family in the New Evangelization. The series will consist of four presentations and will take place at the Blessed John Paul II Shrine. The first speaker in the series will be Fr. Patrick Smith, Pastor of St Augustine Catholic Church in Washington, DC. Fr. Smith’s lecture is titled “Catholic Manhood-The Man of God.”
For more information, and to regsiter for this event, please visit our event page.
Dear Brother Knight,
Earlier this month, the world learned of Pope Benedict’s decision to retire from the Papacy, effective today.
As he steps down from his role as the leader of our Church, and in the days of transition that follow, our thoughts and prayers are with Pope Benedict XVI, who has worked so hard in leading the Church, and has always been such a good friend to the Knights of Columbus. We wish him all the best in his retirement. In addition, we pray for all those cardinals who will take part in the conclave, and for the pope’s successor, that God may inspire them as they carry out the mission with which they are entrusted.
Our Supreme Chaplain, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore has written a Prayer for the Church in this time of transition. I ask you to please commit to pray this prayer daily until the Church has a new pope, and to encourage your brother Knights and fellow parishioners to do the same.
We have developed a website for this campaign: PrayerfortheChurch.com. In addition to sharing the prayer itself, please share this site with your council and your parish. The site will allow individuals to add their names to the list of those praying for the Church daily, and will assist them in sharing the prayer and their commitment with family and friends.
This Memorial Day weekend, wounded and disabled American military veterans are traveling to Lourdes, France, as part of the 55th International Military Pilgrimage.
The Knights of Columbus moved up to number 909 on Fortune magazine’s recently released 2013 ranking of America’s top 1,000 companies.
Following a devastating tornado in suburban Oklahoma City, Okla., the Knights of Columbus has initiated local disaster response efforts to help those affected.
People of faith must send a clear message to Congress that they support religious freedom and rights of conscience. Please act today to contact your elected representatives.
Former Columbia Editor Ordained to Priesthood