Knights of Saint Columba: May 2021

By David Keane

Ever since the foundation of the Knights of St Columba, it has been the practice every May to rededicate the Order to Our Lady. Indeed we have a special prayer which must be recited at the first meeting in May each year by every council.

This year the KSC decided that in addition to the annual dedication, the Rosary would be said in streamed Zoom broadcasts each Monday from a different province, with the whole of the Order’s membership able to join in. It will take several years to cover all of the provinces but the process started this year, commencing here in Liverpool on Monday 3 May, led by Council 9 chaplain Deacon Paul Whitehead, with responses by the provincial grand knight, Ray Pealing.

On subsequent Mondays in May until the 24ththe streaming will be from Salford, the Channel Islands and Portsmouth. The head office will provide the ID and passwords, and the sessions will also appear on the KSC’s Facebook page.

• Just to return briefly to our centenary,  we have been recounting how the Order arrived in Liverpool 100 years ago and how Council 9 became the first council in England. The actual date on the council charter is 10 April 1921. It would have been nice to have a special dinner celebration to mark the occasion but we are still under Covid restrictions and a gathering of this nature is not permissible. However, Brother Ray Pealing felt we should not let it pass without some recognition of this important date so he arranged a Zoom meeting for 10 April – the day of the anniversary – with invitations sent to all councils in the province and further afield, including to widows of late brothers.
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