Color Corps Members from the Archdiocese of Washington, and other Calvert Province Districts, present the international colors at the 2015 Supreme Convention in Philadlephia.
Calvert Province Officials pose for a photo with Supreme Knight Carl Anderson following the Canonization Mass for St. Junípero Serra, OFM in Washington, DC
AWD & Calvert Province Knights lead the Episcopal Procession at the Canonization Mass for St. Junípero Serra, OFM in Washington, DC with Pope Francis.
AWD & Calvert Province Knights leading the procession at the Canonization Mass for St. Junípero Serra, OFM in Washington, DC with Pope Francis.
Knights from AWD & Calvert Province pose with a cut-out of Pope Francis following the Holy Father's Mass in Washington, DC.
Sat 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Christmas Concert @Calvert Memorial Nursing Center 1:00 Warm-up
Fri 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Dedication of the Trinity Dome
Sat 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
AWD District Meeting
Sat 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Wreaths Across America
Sat 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
AWD District Meeting
March for Life
10/31/2017 UPDATE: This article was updated to reflect further details from the Supreme Master about how the Social Baldric will be used.
10/26/2017 UPDATE: This article was updated to reflect an update from the Supreme Master that the Social Baldric will continue to be used.
This will be our District's first Exemplification under the new Dress Rules. At the Maryland District exemplification there were a mix of members and candidates in tuxedos and suits. Tuxedos, particularly for candidates, are no longer required but certainly can be worn. The social baldric will continue to be used at Fourth Degree Exemplifications. The social baldric can be worn at any social event under a tuxedo jacket or under a suit jacket. The social baldric should be worn over a necktie and under the jacket. The social baldric will not be worn with the new uniform. The PG-113, Emblem of the Fourth Degree, pin is now the only pin to be worn for any Fourth Degree event whether on the New Uniform, a tuxedo, or a suit. Those PG-745-US, commonly called the combined national flag pin, are now relegated to your weekday or weekend suit or sport coat.
Supreme has extended the deadline for the 25 percent discount on ordering the new uniform to Oct. 31, 2017. Remember, you can only get the New Uniform at the KnightsGear.org and the uniforms will arrive some weeks or months in the future. There are over 2,000 uniforms on back-order at this time. The New Uniform is only required for Color Corps events but we would like to see many more Color Corpsmen added to our ranks so please get yours ordered as soon as possible.
The Vice Supreme Master, in a memorandum about the new uniform, stated that, “Those members having the official member regalia (the new uniform) will be placed in front of those in current regalia…” Here’s how we did this at the Sea Service Pilgrimage earlier this month.
Whoever is leading the formation (Marshal(s) or CCCs/VCCCs will be in front regardless of new or old uniform. Right after them will be those in the new regalia or uniform, in order or colors as we do with capes. Then follow those in the Old Regalia in order as we’ve done in the past. I would make an exception here if the Host Master was in Old Regalia, and place him right behind the Marshals or CCCs.
The Laws & Rules Governing the Fourth Degree and the Color Corps Drill Manual are being updated and will be distributed when complete.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming exemplification!
Fraternally Yours in Patriotic Service,
It is rare to see a melding together of tradition and modernity as it is realized in the Papal Swiss Guards. The core mission is unchanged: since 1506 they protect the pope and his residence. What has changed are the methods and strategies, the guards that respond to the call and the environment in which they serve.
Clothed in each traditional renaissance uniform is a state-of-the-art trained Swiss security professional. They provide security services (visitors’ control, security duties, guard service and personal protection) as well as honorary services (at audiences, receptions, Holy Masses). The main task of the Corps is to "constantly watch over the safety of the Holy Father and his residence". Other obligations are:
The Swiss Guard have probably the most famous uniform in the entire world, the so-called “Gala Uniform” . The blue, red and yellow are the traditional colors of the Medici family.
The “Exerzieruniform” is entirely blue. It is worn for training and night duties. In winter and when it rains, a jacket is worn to protect the uniform from the elements.
At Easter, Christmas and at the swearing-in ceremonies an additional 17th century armor complements the Gala uniform. This includes a striking white collar, the white gloves and a silver helmet with a red feather for the halberdiers, a dark purple feather for the officers and a white feather for the commander and the sergeant. On both sides of the silver helmet depicts a relief of the founder’s Pope Julius II “della Rovere” family oak.
What many people do not realize is that the Papal Swiss Guard in their function as bodyguards have an additional “uniform”: plain-clothes. They are equipped with the SIG P220 pistol and the SIG SG 550 rifle (or its SG 552 variant) which is also in use by the Swiss Army. As Swiss Guard recruits must have passed basic military training in Switzerland, they are already familiar with these weapons when they begin their service. The pepper spray used by the Swiss Army (RSG-2000) is also in use. The Swiss Guard at the right is carrying a Glock 19 pistol and Heckler & Koch MP7 submachine gun in their function as plainclothes bodyguards.
Regardless of his uniform – or his weapons – a Papal Swiss Guard stands ready to serve the pope - “if called for, even by giving one’s own life for him.”
It has been announced by the Master of the Archdiocese of Washington 4th Degree District, SK Col. Micheal Thumm (USMC-Ret), that the Honoree for the 48th District Exemplification of the Patriotic Degree of the Knights of Columbus has been named.
Former Supreme Warden, Past State Deputy of the District of Columbia, and Former Master of the Archdiocese of Washington District, SK George W. Hanna will be the Honoree at the October 28th Exemplification. SK Hanna will be recognized for his accomplishments most recently as Supreme Warden, and as President of the DC Knights Charities, which raised enough money to recently donate 116 wheelchairs to the DC VA Medical Center to greatly assist our veterans. Sir Knights of the Archdiocese of Washington Districct are kindly asked to join the Master and Former Supreme Warden Hanna at the 48th Exemplification which will take place at Nativity Church in Washinton, DC. Registration for the exemplification and lunchon may be made online.
SK Hanna George W. Hanna has served the Knights of Columbus with distinction since joining the Order in 1981 and has held various council and assembly positions including Faithful Navigator of Washington Assembly #151, Grand Knight of Bishop Patrick Byrne Council #3877, District Master of the Archdiocese of Washington Fourth Degree District from 1996-2000, District Deputy in the District of Columbia, State Deputy of the District of Columbia from 1993-1995; and is a current member of St. Thomas Moore Council 11578 and James Cardinal Hickey Prince of the Church Assembly #2534 in Washington, DC
After 25 years of employment with the U.S. Postal Service, George W. Hanna joined the Knights of Columbus Supreme Office staff first as a Regional Program Consultant from 2000 -2004, then as the Director, Vice President, and then Senior Vice President of Fraternal Services, and was elected Supreme Warden by the Board of Directors on November 2, 2012.
George and his wife Yvonne are the proud parents of three grown children.
It has been announced by the Master of the Archdiocese of Washington 4th Degree District, SK Col. Micheal Thumm (USMC-Ret), that the 48th Exemplification of the Fourth Degree in the Archdiocese of Washington District will take place on Saturday, October 28th at Nativity Catholic Church.
The date and location has changed from previous exemplifications, as has the attire for candidates and attending Sir Knights and Columbian dignitaries.
Candidates’ dress shall be black or dark (blue or grey) business suit with black shoes, white dress shirt and tie, and candidate identification (identification provided by the secretary to the master). Armed forces, police, and firefighters may wear Class A or dress uniform. Priests and members of religious orders may wear their clerical attire.
Sir Knight spectators will wear the same dress as candidates to also include the wearing of the pin of the Emblem of the Fourth Degree (PG-113) . The Color Guard, Honor Guard and Line Guards will be in full regalia with the PG-113 pin as in the past. No other attire or formalwear is acceptable.
As well, the format for the banquet has changed to that of a luncheon to immediately follow the exemplification.
An honoree for the exemplification will be named by the Master of the Fourth Degree in the coming weeks.