Knights of St Columba: April 2019

Province holds centenary celebration dinner

The first major event of the KSC’s centenary year was a celebration dinner held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Liverpool on Friday 15 February. It was attended by members, wives, family and friends from all parts of the province. Among the distinguished guests was our ecclesiastical adviser Malcolm McMahon, the Archbishop of Liverpool, who is pictured here together with the order’s supreme knight, Bertie Grogan; provincial chaplain Dunstan Harrington, who is parish priest at St Mary’s Little Crosby/St William of York; Ray Pealing, our provincial grand knight, and his wife Mary; Harry Welsh, the supreme director for action and social, and his wife Tricia; and John Church, the provincial social secretary, and his wife Pat.

During his speech following the dinner, Archbishop Malcolm took the opportunity to thank the knights for the assistance provided at the Adoremus National Eucharistic Congress last September. It was also a special occasion for John Hamilton, a former provincial grand knight, and Steven Owen, former grand knight of council 9, who were presented with long-service awards by Bro Bertie. As part of his trip to our province, Bro Bertie made a visit to the Isle of Man council, accompanied by provincial grand knight Ray Pealing – an occasion which was greatly appreciated by the officers and brothers of the council on the island.

• A further pulpit appeal for new members was made at all Masses at St Oswald’s, Old Swan on the weekend of 23/24 February. We thank Father Mark Beattie, the parish priest, for allowing us to make the appeal and for the warm welcome received. If further information is required please contact Bro Aiden Carney on 0151 427 7126.

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