Knights of Saint Columba: January 2020

By David Keane

Isle of Man pair awarded Benemerenti medals

It is with great pleasure that we congratulate two long-serving members of the Isle of Man council who have received Benemerenti medals for their service to the Church.

Council Brothers Peter Lee and Brendan Caley are seen here in the photograph along with KSC colleagues following the presentation of their medals and certificates, during a Mass celebrated by council chaplain Monsignor John Devine (also in the photo). The Benemerenti medal is awarded by the Pope to members of the clergy and laity for long and exceptional service to the Catholic Church. It was originally established as an award to soldiers in the Papal Army but is now mostly a civil decoration.

Each year the Liverpool province holds a special dinner in honour of our council chaplains and other members of the hierarchy and clergy as a means of thanking them and showing appreciation for the support and assistance we receive from the clergy in pursuing the aims of our order. The 2019 dinner was held at Bootle Cricket Club on 12 November and we thank provincial action and youth officer Alf Swain and provincial social secretary John Church for making the arrangements. 

The council 9 annual sponsored walk took place last September, as previously reported in this column, and we can now confirm that the final amount raised is £7,320. This will be divided equally between the Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice in West Derby and the Sisters of Mercy project supporting underprivileged children in Mukuru, Kenya. Thanks to all who supported us by contributing and helping us to raise much-needed funds for these two worthy causes. /