By: Hunter Estes
The State of the Council
Georgetown Knights of Columbus and Friends of the Council,
It has become a custom of sorts, that, at the beginning of each semester, the Grand Knight offers a short reflection on the council and his vision for the months ahead.
Here, I offer the official State of the Council:
In short, it can be said that our council is both extremely strong and healthy. We enter this semester in ideal financial standing, which will allow us to pursue a range of events and opportunities that we have been unable to before. And, most importantly we maintain a vibrant and energetic group of Catholic gentlemen committed to service and the bonds of brotherhood.
Now, we have begun the normal set of operations here on the Hilltop, as our routine events, including card making for hospitalized children, massketball, and spiritual discussion dinners are in full swing! We look forward to kicking off other traditional events such as Grate Patrol, house masses, and sandwich makings once more. Already, this year, we have hosted a range of other fraternal events such as a pilgrimage to the local delicatessen known as Stachoswki’s, game nights, and more.
Beyond our normal events, we have planned an exciting and eventful semester. Our board plans to put together a range of new events to strengthen our faith, our commitment to service, and our fraternal relationships.
We look to deepen our understanding of our faith by continuing the series of sacramental discussions which involved inviting a Jesuit into a deep conversation of the symbolism that plays a role in each of the sacraments. We also hope to find new ways to integrate our faith into everyday life by hosting prayer sessions, Bible studies, rosary prayers, casual theological discussions, and more.
Coming up soon we will be welcoming a new set of gentlemen into our council. As we shall hold our semesterly induction ceremony on Sept. 29th. We are excited about this active new crowd, and all that they will bring to our council.
The board and I are extremely excited to once again support October as “Life Month.” During this time, we will co-sponsor and help to promote a series of events on the death penalty, abortion, poverty, and other issues that are deeply rooted in our society. We look forward to sharing this conversation with the campus and supporting the life movement in all ways we can.
Furthermore, the Knights have taken the leadership on organizing and institutionalizing an annual “interfaith week” at Georgetown, during which time, we encourage students to attend the spiritual events of other traditions. This week will then culminate with dinner, discussion, and reflection on all that is gained by bringing our campus faith groups together.
We are also currently working with the Muslim Student Association to put on an event that will bring our groups together for fruitful dialogue. As well, the Knights are working to partner with the Buddhist Student group on campus to bring together the practice of meditation with readings and prayers from Scripture.
Finally, it brings me great pleasure to announce that it was now 45 years ago that the Georgetown Knights of Columbus council was first founded. In, what is sure to be our largest event of the semester, we will be hosting a day long celebration of our rich history on the Hilltop, with events including a talk on the intersection of faith and service, a mass, and a reception. We look forward to bringing together the entirety of the Knights community on campus, as well as friends, supporters, and local alumni to celebrate 45 years of giving back to the Georgetown and D.C. community through service efforts that are grounded in our faith.
With these ambitious plans, I am proud to state that our council is indeed thriving. This semester is sure to be great and I encourage you to follow our progress through our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, as well as our weekly blog posts on our website.