Knights of Columbus to host initiation ceremony

Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus to host initiation ceremony

The St. Thomas Chapter of the Knights of Columbus invites all Catholic men to join its college council at its first-degree initiation ceremony Sunday, Oct. 14.

The initiation ceremony, which will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the basement of St. John Vianney Seminary (north campus, between Dowling and Ireland halls), should take about 45 minutes, followed by a general council meeting and time for fraternity for newly initiated and current knights.

The Knights of Columbus is the largest fraternal service organization for Catholic men in the world. It was founded in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, a Servant of God, to foster a Catholic layman fraternity of faith. There is an active College Council at the University of St. Thomas, about 70 strong.

Members of the St. Thomas chapter are dedicated to modeling their lives after the life of Jesus Christ, spreading and proclaiming the Gospel at all times, defending the lives of the most vulnerable in society, and engaging one another in strong, masculine, Christian fraternity.

In addition to monthly general council meetings, the knights sponsor many events on campus and throughout the neighborhood surrounding St. Thomas, including social events (softball, card tournaments, fencing and hiking), film showings, prayer vigils, lectures, pancake breakfasts, food and winter-coat drives, Christmas caroling and much more.

To learn more about the initiation ceremony, or to learn more about the St. Thomas Aquinas Knights of Columbus on campus, contact Spencer Howe, grand knight; Philip Schumaker, deputy grand knight; Sam Patet, recruitment co-chair; or Nick Shannon, recruitment co-chair.