We are very happy to announce that four of our council members were elevated to Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus on Sunday.
The Fourth Degree is the patriotic degree of the KofC, tasked with fostering a spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the United States of America.
Congratulations to Council Grand Knight Jim Cosgrove, Deputy Grand Knight Mike Walsh, Financial Secretary Neal Cullen and Treasurer Ed Welsh.
The investiture ceremony was held at the Crown Plaza in Cherry Hill, NJ and welcomed nearly 300 new Fourth Degree Knights. All told, more than 600 Sir Knights and Ladies attended the event.
Fewer than 18 percent of all Knights join the Fourth Degree, which is optional, and whose members are referred to as “Sir Knight.” Wives of Sir Knights are referred to as “Ladies.”
The most notable members of the Fourth Degree, the Color Corps, is an elective membership. Their distinctive presence in parades, wreath-laying ceremonies, confirmations and other Catholic functions is a visible reminder of the Fourth Degree’s service to the community.
The Color Corps enters the gala.
It was a packed house of nearly 600 with just shy of 300 new candidates.
The dais was full of dignitaries.
At the gala a table is kept empty for all men and women who gave their lives in service to their country.
An excellent selfie by SK Neal Cullen and Lady Melissa.
Lady Maryanne and SK Ed Welsh.
Lady Jennifer ejoys the gala dinner with her husband SK Mike Walsh and SK Jim Cosgrove.
Lady Lisa and SK George Hayes, our insurance field agent.
On Thursday, September 3, Assumption Council 3397 held a Mass and ceremony of installation at Glassboro’s Church of St. Bridget for our 2015/2016 slate of officers. We look forward to continuing the great work we conducted last year and expanding both our service to the community and the membership of the council.
All of our Brother Knights in attendance for the installation.
Deputy Grand Knight Michael Walsh lectors at Mass.
Deacon Kevin Heil offers the homliy.
Fr. Goyette presents the Eucharist.
Past Grand Knight Ray Iacovone opens the installation ceremony.
Fr. Goyette blesses the jewels of office.
District Deputy Joe Williams Installs Grand Knight Jim Cosgrove.
Deputy Grand Knight Mike Walsh’s son Jack bestows his officer jewel.
Al Duaime is installed as Chancellor
Neal Cullen is installed as Financial Secretary.
Sir Knight Tony Hocker is installed as Warden.
Ed Welsh is installed as Treasurer.
PGK Ray Iacovone thanks his daughter for installing him as Trustee.
Deacon Kevin Heil is installed as Advocate by Fr. Goyette.
Jeff Knowles in installed as Inside Guard.
Michael Shawaryn is installed as Outside Guard.
Our Past Grand Knight Ray Iacovone, surrounded by his family, is recognized for his service to the council by Grand Knight Jim Cosgrove.
On March 14, Bishop of the Diocese of Camden Dennis Sullivan, along with Father Phil Johnson of St. Thomas More Parish in Cherry Hill and 30 other men, received the honor of the exemplification of the Third Degree of the Knights of Columbus at St. Peter Parish in Merchantville.
In attendance, as well, were brother Knights and dignitaries. Front row, Deacon Michael Carter; Msgr. Michael Mannion, Associate State Chaplain; Father Anthony Manuppella, pastor of St. Peter; Bishop Sullivan; Andrew Lipenta, State Deputy; Reggie Beckett, Vice Supreme Master, Fourth Degree; and Dr. Daniel Rossi, Supreme Director.