KSC delighted to support Embrace Liverpool

News of the Knights of St Columba, Liverpool province

The KSC played an important role once again in this year's Embrace Liverpool youth conference, at the Metropolitan Cathedral on 21 November, as provincial grand knight Pat Foley explains.

For the second year running we experienced a truly awe-inspiring and successful day in the presence of over 1,500 young people. It is easy in this day and age to underestimate the talents and vitality of these youthful participants – and the contribution made by them to the programme of music, drama, comedy, dance and, of course, prayer was impressive indeed.

My thanks go to the brothers who were able to attend and who set up display boards, banners, photographs and projectors both inside and outside the Columba Chapel in the Cathedral. I am grateful also to Michael Nolan, provincial action convener, and to Danny Grimes who presented at short notice a collection of photographs and delivered a workshop on the Knights of St Columba to a very keen and interested audience. (Terry Conneely, our supreme action convenor, had withdrawn on health grounds.)

The day concluded with Mass on the vigil of Christ the King, with the knights invited to take part in the procession. For all the knights present it was a memorable day – and you can see some of our group pictured with a young audience at a workshop in the Columba Chapel.

• The Order is approaching the centenary of its foundation in 1919 and a series of major events are being planned nationally and locally. Liverpool has the unique distinction of being the home of the first English council (branch) of the Order, which was established in Glasgow on 12 October 1919. The very first meeting of the Liverpool council was held on 7 November 1920 at St Mary's Parish School, Highfield Street – then the oldest parish in the city, founded by the Benedictines in 1707. Membership of the Order grew rapidly and very soon further councils were set up across the Liverpool area and beyond.

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