As part of the largest Catholic Family Fraternal Organization in the world, the Patrick Cardinal O'Boyle Council is proud to serve the Capitol Hill community of Washington, DC. Located in the heart of the District of Columbia, we call St. Dominic's, St. Joseph's, St. Peter's and St. Vincent de Paul's Catholic parishes our home.

As Knights of Columbus, we are Catholic gentlemen committed to the exemplification of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism, and defense of the priesthood. Our Order is consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and is unequivocal in its loyalty to the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on earth. It is firmly committed to the protection of human life, from conception to natural death, and to the preservation and defense of the family. It was on these bedrock principles that the Order was founded over a century ago and remains true to them today.

To join this great organization of Catholic men, speak with a Knight or click on the Contact Us link above. We will be glad to answer any question you may have and to assist you on your journey to Knighthood. You will find our brother Knights working to fulfill the central mission of the Order: striving in charitable works; serving the Church and unified in following its teachings; supporting brother Knights in their temporal and spiritual needs; acting for the good of their country; and giving aid to widows, orphans, the sick and the poor. This is Father McGivney's dream, echoing across the decades, and living today in the hearts of his brothers and all of those they touch.

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KofC Soccer Challenge

The 2014 KofC Soccer Challenge for the Patrick Cardinal O'Boyle Council #11302 of the Knights of Columbus will take place on Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at the Marine Corps Barracks Soccer Field. The Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge is a competition designed for players to demonstrate the most basic soccer skill – the penalty kick. The event is open to all boys and girls in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood and Southwest Washington, DC, ages 9-14, where each player will be allowed 15 shots at the goal from the penalty line (12 yards from the goal). Pre-Registration and Photo ID is REQUIRED for ALL contestants, guardians, and visitors. All contestants MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

WHAT: KofC Council 11302 Soccer Challenge
WHO: Boys & Girls aged 9-14 residing in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and Southwest Washington, DC
WHEN: Saturday, October 4th, 2014 - 8:30am-10:00am  Awards at 10:30am
WHERE: Marine Barracks Soccer Field, 1009 7th St SE, Washington, DC, 20003
WHY: To encourage youth activity and competition through the game of soccer
REGISTER: REGISTER ONLINE (or via the embedded form below)
PARKING: Zone-6 parking is available on L Street SE and 7th Street SE
METRO: Closest Metro Stations are Eastern Market (Blue/Orange) and Navy Yard (Green)

Official Rules

  1. All Competitors, Parents/Guardians, and Guests must pre-register online at least 48 hours before the competition.
  2. The Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge is open to all boys and girls residing in the greater Capitol HIll neighborhood and Southwest Washington, DC ages 9-14.  Age eligibility is determined by the age of the contestant as of September 1st.  Proof of age is required. Athletes in High School should be advised to check with their school athletic directors or their state high school athletic associations regarding possible eligibility conflicts.
  3. All competitors must register using the official Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge Entry Form/Score Sheet (#4578) provided on the day of the competition.
  4. Each contestant receives three (3) practice kicks followed by fifteen (15) consecutive kicks from the 12-yard penalty line. All age groups kick from the same distance. 
  5. In the event a tie breaker is necessary it shall be conducted as follows:
    1. Each contestant will have the opportunity to take three (3) kicks from a position three yards from behind the penalty kick line;
    2. If the contestants are still tied, then they will continue to take turns of three (3) kicks each until a clear winner emerges.
  6. Scoring: The goal will be divided into a series of five scoring zones.  Points will be awarded depending upon the area of the scoring zones thorugh which the ball passes. Normal rules of soccer regarding penalty kicks apply for all levels of competition. 
    1. The upper corners of the goal will be designated as 20 point zones;
    2. The lower corners will be designated as 10 point zones;
    3. The center of the goal will be designated as a 5 point zone.
  7. Voilations: Penalty Kick violations including the following shall count as a kick and be scored zero (0) points for that kick:
    1. Stepping on or over the line prior to the kick;
    2. Any contact made with the ball (aside from placement).
  8. Ball Sizes: Two sizes of balls will be used in the competiton according to age level
    1. Ages 9, 10, 11 (Boys & Girls Competitions): Regulation Size #4
    2. Ages 12, 13, 14 (Boys & Girls Competitions): Regulation Size #5
  9. Judging and Scoring: Judges and Scorers will be selected by the Soccer Challenge Chairman.  Judges and scorers have final authority in verifying all scores and violations.


Per the regulations of Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., all guests on base (which includes the use of the soccer field) must have their names submitted 48 hours before admittance.  As a security precaution, all guests entering the Barracks pass through magnetic detection devices. No weapons of any kind, including knives, are allowed inside the Barracks.

Fortnight for Freedom 2013

prayer vigil for religious freedomThe Bishops of the United States have again put out the call for all the faithful to celebrate a Fortnight for Freedom from June 21 - July 4, 2013. During the Fortnight, we are all encouraged to support, or even plan events, that celebrate the Fortnight and cause all of us to take a moment to reflect on the great blessing of religious freedom that is given to each of us as Americans and that has been defended by our men and women in uniform.

To that end, the Patrick Cardinal O'Boyle Council will be supporting the many events of the Fortnight that will occur in our own backyard, on Capitol Hill. Specifically, the Prayer Vigil for Religious Freedom which will be held on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on the evening of June 22 (Feast of SS Thomas More and John Fisher) and is being organized by the Supreme Council with the assistance of the O'Boyle Council. The Council will also hold an ice cream social for pilgrims after the prayer vigil at St. Peter's on Capitol Hill.

To close the Fortnight for Freedom, a Mass will be offered on July 4 at 12:00 p.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington. This is a great opportunity for family and friends to show their patriotism as Catholics and Americans. Members are encouraged to wear their KofC lapel pins.

Knights and their families are encouraged visit the website for more information about the Fortnight.


Letter from the Supreme Knight on the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI

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: 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.


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Council Prayer Requests

September 2014

For an increase in vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life;
For an increase in vocations to the military chaplaincy;
For the unborn;
For our service men and women in harm's way;
For the unemployed, especially our unemployed Knights;
For Catholics in government and positions of power to hold true to church teachings and religious liberty;
For family unity and a return to the Faith of lapsed Catholics.;
For Catholics, other Christians, and religious minorities in Iraq, Syria, and the greater middle east;
For our Archdiocese on the 75th Anniversary of its founding.

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