Knights of St Columba: October 2019

By David Keane

The Annual Steve Dooley and Pat McGann Memorial Sponsored Walk – and accompanying fundraising effort – came around once more in September. The walk was launched nearly 20 years ago and over time, thanks to the generosity of parishioners, it has raised thousands of pounds for a variety of charities including the Handicapped Children’s Pilgrimage Trust, Nugent Crisis Fund, and Children With Cancer Support Group Liverpool.

This year’s edition took place on Sunday 15 September along the usual waterfront route from Albert Dock to Liverpool Cricket Club and was undertaken in support of Zoe’s Place Liverpool, and the Sisters of Charity, who provide education and support for underprivileged children in Mukuru, Kenya. We are again grateful for the permission of parish priests to distribute sponsorship envelopes after Masses at parish churches in south Liverpool and for the generous support that parishioners continue to lend these worthy causes.

The photo shows the walkers as they prepared to set off from Albert Dock. A full report on the walk and total raised will follow next month.

• It is a great pleasure to report that Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, ecclesiastical adviser to the KSC nationally, arranged for supreme knight Bro Bertie Grogan and deputy supreme knight Bro Harry Welsh to travel with him to Rome to meet Pope Francis on behalf of the order. The audience took place on 18 September.  

• We are reaching the end of our centenary year, which concludes with Mass at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Glasgow on 5 October. For the Liverpool knights, the final shared act of celebration was a pilgrimage to Scotland, with over 50 members and their families and friends visiting Iona in honour of our patron, St Columba, on 1 October.