Connecticut’s K of C College Councils Convene at SHU

News Story: December 5, 2009
The Most Reverend Bishop William Lori was the celebrant at a special Knights of Columbus Connecticut College Council Mass in December at SHU. 4th Degree Knights representing various Assemblies from Fairfield County attended during the mass.

Knights of Columbus from Connecticut’s three college councils assembled for a special Mass at Sacred Heart University’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit on Wednesday, December 2. Principal celebrant was the Most Rev. William E. Lori, the Bishop of Bridgeport and the Supreme Chaplain of the international Catholic fraternal order. Founded in 1882 in New Haven by Father Michael J. McGivney, the K of C has 1.7 million members worldwide and more than 21,000 college knights. This is the first time that the state has had three active college councils.

Among the participants in the liturgy were the grand knights, or leaders, of each of the college councils: Sam Dowd of Sacred Heart, Kevin Berghorn of Quinnipiac University, and Jason Maloney of Fairfield University. Concelebrants included Father Peter Lynch, chaplain of the SHU council; Father Jerry Ryle, Sacred Heart University chaplain; and Father John Grace, O.S.A., director of chaplain programs for the K of C. Music was provided by the University Liturgical Choir with SHU knight Trevor Kelly serving as cantor.

Members of the three councils plan to participate in a Rosary Walk at the opening of Holy Week 2010. They will begin a pilgrimage at Fairfield University and, over the course of several days, will walk to St. Mary’s Church in New Haven. The knights will stop at both Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac along the way, as well as at 14 spots where tragedies have occurred in a commemoration of the Stations of the Cross. The rosary will be prayed continuously during the 40-mile journey.

For additional information, contact Sam Dowd at 562-726-3693.