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.
I’d always thought that “The Passion of Jesus,” with a capital P, referred to Jesus’ suffering and death. But what if we talked simply about the passion of Christ, with no capital P?
Then the passion of Christ would be more about the intensity (the passion) with which Jesus welcomed people, ate with them, reached out to them in their need and enjoyed their company. It would also be about the passion with which he did his Father’s will and showed people that the Father was also passionately committed to them.
As a matter of fact, in Jesus’ case the two meanings of the one word “passion” are not unrelated. One of the great New Testament scholars of the last century argued that because Jesus lived with passionate intensity and preached a loving, forgiving God, the religious leaders found him to be a threat to their power and authority and decided to kill him, handing him over to Pilate, who had him tortured and crucified.
So this Good Friday, try to realize that Jesus’ Passion came from his passion for his Father and for us. That makes the story of Jesus’ last days not just about physical suffering but about the greatest act in a life of passionate faithfulness and love.
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Today we honor the great saint – Patrick. It can be argued that his evangelization is directly responsible for the saving of Western Civilization. This man, taken as a slave as a young man, escaped and returned to his captors armed with the faith. His faith and his missionary spirit brought the light of Christ to the Emerald Isle. Below is the prayer of his breastplate; the armor that we should wear as Knights.
I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.
I arise today
Through the strength of Christ's birth with His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection with His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.
Isaac Newton, once said, "If I have seen farther, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of Giants." We Americans have a great legacy of presidential leadership and patriotism.
As we celebrate Presidents Day, we remember the legacy and contributions of our greatest leaders. However, today I would like to focus on our first president.
George Washington was the first president of the United States of America. He served two terms as president, over the period from 1789 two 1797.
Before he became president, he played important roles in the military, leading the American Continental Army to victory over the British in 1783. Washington's patriotic leadership is inspiring because he led in a time of great difficulty, challenge, and uncertainty. He had none of the amenities of the modern world, nor the stability of strong government. For many families, having food on daily basis, during a harsh winter was a luxury. During such a difficult time, Washington was called to "free us" from the repression of the British. Eleanor Roosevelt describes the challenges best in one of her "My Day" letters.
"To me, the days at Valley Forge best show the stuff of which Washington was made. He went through great discouragement, with an Army that was ragged, poorly fed and never warm, with insufficient ammunition, and with a divided government back of him which often provided no money with which to pay his soldiers.
His soldiers were deeply concerned about their homes and families. Because they knew that food would be lacking at home if the seeds were not planted and the harvest garnered, they frequently asked to go home in groups which made the strength of his army uncertain, even though they promised to return.
What vision Washington must have had of the future to make him fight the Revolution through to victory! No wonder he was tired at the end, no wonder he longed to join his wife and live in peace at Mount Vernon. How simple the little problems of farm management must have seemed as he labored at his desk at Valley Forge!" – Eleanor Roosevelt
As we commemorate Presidents' Day, let us think of the great sacrifice, service, and patriotism of our presidents. However, let us not forget our first president. George Washington. He was a giant among men. He carried the weight of a nation, and became the father of our great nation. He was a true American patriot.
Sir Knights, brothers, we are called to be like Washington! We are called to be patriots for we have stood on the shoulders of giants!
"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