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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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.


Servant Identity

The first and second Sundays of Lent present two sides of Jesus’ commitment to service. The first Sunday of Lent, Jesus was in a deserted place with the devil tempting him to make the world (and even his Father!) serve his needs and protect him from harm. In answer to that temptation, Jesus affirmed his identity as a servant, who, in obedience to his Father, stood in solidarity with us.

On the second Sunday of Lent, Jesus’ divine identity was revealed in such a way that the disciples caught a glimpse of some of the glory and depth that belongs to Jesus as Son of God. The Transfiguration showed the disciples that his divinity, too, was committed to our service, for it was this very service that Jesus was talking about to Moses and Elijah in the vision Peter, James, and John experienced. So it is Jesus the carpenter from Nazareth and the only-begotten Son of the Father who stand by us.

And what does that mean for us? Simply put, we might say that if serving others is God’s choice for his own life, then shouldn’t that be good enough for us, too — despite all the messages our culture drums into us about having power over others and dominating them?

This week think about yourself, your family, or your parish. If we truly embraced Jesus’ human-divine commitment to service, what would be different about how we live with and treat others?

Copied with permission from Fr. Frank Majka's Blog "The Bridge"

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Council Prayer Requests

June/July 2013

For an increase in vocations.
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 James Therry, may his recovery from back injuries continue.
For the repose of the soul of Mrs. Kathleen Powers, mother of AWD Secretary SK Chris Powers.
For Helen Loo, mother-in-law of George Farris, may she speedily recover from a serious fall.
For Fr. Patrick Riffle as he continues his training.
For the Ferguson family of Naples, who recently lost a young son to cancer.

For Deceased members of Knights' families, that we remember them every day.
For the speedy recovery of Brother Marks at St. Vincent DePaul.
For the repose of the soul of PGK Pete Brown
For the men who are going to be ordained in the Archdiocese of Washington.

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