Knights of St Columba: April 2018

Province celebrates annual dinner

The Liverpool Knights held their annual dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Friday 16 February, welcoming guests from all parts of the province and further afield.

A very warm welcome was extended to Brother Bertie Grogan, recently elected supreme knight of the order, and his wife Pauline. Also present for the first time was our new provincial chaplain – Father Dunstan Harrington, parish priest of St Mary’s Little Crosby and St William of York. It was also the last occasion on which Pat Foley would attend as provincial grand knight having almost completed his three-year term of office.

Additional names of note on the guest list were: Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, who is national spiritual adviser to the order; the KSC’s supreme director, Harry Welch, and his wife Patricia; Anne Foley, wife of Pat, the provincial grand knight; and provincial social secretary John Church and his wife Patricia.

After many years of staging this event at the Adelphi, this was the first year at the Crowne Plaza. It is always an opportunity to take stock and also look ahead – particularly pertinent this year as we celebrate the first 100 years of the KSC and look forward with confidence to another century of continuing to support the work of the Church.

• On Sunday 18 February at St John the Evangelist parish church, Kirkdale, three members of the order were elevated to full knighthood in a ceremony during the 11.15am Mass. We thank Father Roy Cooper, parish priest, for saying the Mass and for allowing us to hold the ceremony. We also thank the ladies of the parish who provided refreshments after Mass and congratulate Brothers Mathew Analogbie, Kevin Jones and Justin Malewesi on their admission to higher office.

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