March 2015 Showlist
United Together for our Church
College Knights of the Hickey Assembly process with a blood relic of St. John Paul II on the eve of his Canonization outside of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Proud of our Catholic Heritage
Faithful Navigator Otto Heck processes with the Papal Bull declaring the formation of the Archdiocese of Washington on the 75th anniversary of its institution.
Fourth Degree Knights stand guard over the relic of St. John Paul II at an outdoor event in Washington, DC
Patriotic Service to our Community
Members of the Color Corps on Parade in Washington, DC
Serving our Nation's Capital in Charity
The Officers of the Hickey Assembly lead hundreds of Knights in countless hours of charitable service to our Church, community, and Order every year.
Expanding our Reach
9 new Sir Knights joined the Hickey Assembly at the 2015 Archdiocese of Washington Priests' Exemplification held at the St. John Paul II National Shrine.
Yesterday before a funeral I observed a little boy, probably no more than 4 years old interacting with the 4th degree honor guard. He saw them from a distance and waved big. When the Knights waved back, he ran to them as if they were the embodiment of his favorite cartoon characters. He stood in awe of them dressed in full regalia…all smiles. One Knight asked, “Do you want to be a Knight of Columbus one day?” Without hesitation the boy nodded vigorously.
I can’t remember feeling that way as a child. I admit to thinking that their swords were pretty cool, but I didn’t want to be a Knight. My dad was a Knight, though not very active. I knew many good men who were Knights. These men made pancakes and gave out tootsie rolls. That was the extent of my knowledge of the Knights of Columbus during childhood and adolescence.
When I was 18, my stepmother asked me if I wanted to be a Knight. I said no.
And later, as a young, single man I still had no inclination to become a Knight. Not that I was against them, I just didn’t want to be one. I had no idea what it was to be a Knight.
While in seminary, the Knights of Columbus sent financial gifts to me and I was aware of their prayers and encouragement. I was grateful, but I still had no desire to become a Knight. After I was ordained to the priesthood, Knights from our local council kept asking me to join. I reluctantly said yes, thinking that I could just blend into the group without really being active. During this time, I encountered many good men; men who wanted to help people, men who wanted to make a difference in the lives of others; men who share common goals and common beliefs…men who make pancakes and give out tootsie rolls.
It was not until I was assigned to be associate state chaplain and Father Prior for the Kansas Knights of Columbus that I really wanted to be a Knight. What changed? I think I saw and experienced a bigger picture of who the Knights of Columbus are. In a society that is often hostile to men and fearful of healthy masculinity, I found in the Knights strong, good men. In a society that often tells men that they are not needed or wanted, I found men who are needed, appreciated and have a profound effect on the lives of others. These men love their God; they love their Church; they love their wives and children. They love their country. I saw this and I became like that little boy at the funeral yesterday. I am attracted to all that the Knights of Columbus embody. It was always there for me, it just took me a while to want it. (I’m not the sharpest crayon in the box.)
The Knights of Columbus have always been and continue to be a force for building up and preserving the Church, the Body and of Christ. I want to help Knights live what they profess. I want to help the Knights listen to the Holy Spirit and respond to the direction into which God is moving us as we continue to serve Him and his Bride the Church.
It is my hope to encourage our Knights toward growth in their personal relationship with God through daily, personal prayer. I hope to encourage those with broken or weak relationships with their wives and children to forgiveness and healing. I hope to help those who struggle with aspects of the faith to embrace all that is true, good and beautiful…the fullness of our faith. I hope to be a part of men helping men to truly be good men. I want to be a Knight of Columbus. How about you?
Members of the Assembly will be creating Christmas Bags for the VA immediately following the abbreviated November Business Meeting. We are asking Sir Knights to begin assembling items for our Christmas bags for the VA Hospital. Instead of running to Costco and buying large tubs of this and that, we are suggesting that Knights make orders from Overstock.com or similar websites to get the biggest bang for their buck. Costco would be great, however, for items like t-shirts, socks, and briefs.The VA is looking for the following items:
Canteen Books (paperbacks)
Crossword, Word-find, or Sudoku books
XL & XXL T-Shirts
White Briefs (XL & XXL)
Christmas Gift Bags
As well, we can always use TRAVEL sized toiletries, bottled water, and rosaries for this and other VA missions that we help fulfill.
Orlando -- Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson highlighted the success of a key program executed by members of the Hickey Assembly in his annual address at the 132nd Supreme Convention. More than 125 wounded or disabled troops and veterans, family members, chaplains and support staff joined other U.S. pilgrims for the annual Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage for Wounded or Disabled Military Personnel organized by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) and supported by the Knights of Columbus. The pilgrimage, which took place May 14-19, was part of the 56th International Military Pilgrimage (PMI), which included delegations from more than 40 countries.
Video of the Supreme Knight's Address (provided by EWTN) can be found below. If you would like to donate to the Hickey Assembly, please click our "Donate" button to the right. For more information on the Warriors to Lourdes project, please visit http://www.warriorstolourdes.com
The James Cardinal Hickey Assembly #2534 of the Knights of Columbus has been a national leader in the Order and among all civic groups and associations in our support of remembering the fallen – those who served our nation and paid the ultimate price for our freedoms.
From direct support to Military Chaplains and the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), to creating and publishing the Armed With the Faith prayer book, the Hickey Assembly serves our military daily.
For almost 20 years the Hickey Assembly has served our Nation in the following major initiatives:
Your assistance in our Wreaths Across America fundraising efforts not only help us fulfil our mission in providing support to our men and women serving today, but to Remember, Honor, and Teach about those who have fallen in support of our nation.
Join our team today and help us raise funds to cover every Christian grave at Arlington National Cemetery this Christmas.
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"Today, the Knights of Columbus is providentially positioned to play a key role in the new alliance between the Church and the family called for by Pope Francis … What is necessary now is our greater involvement in the renewal of parish and family life."
-Supreme Knight Carl Anderson