Update from Gary Port – July 2013

Worthy Knights,

On Sunday July 28, 2013, Holy Rosary Catholic Church with our District Deputy Sam Patterson hosted

the Installation of Officers Ceremony for the 2013-2014 fraternal year.

DD Sam Patterson’s District 27 includes:

our  Msgr. Francis J. Byrne Council 5476 (St. Bridget) ,

Fr. Charles G. O’Leary Council 6457 (Holy Rosary),

Msgr. Thomas O’Connell Council 6589 (St. Paul’s),

Fr. William J. Nolte Council 11533 (St. Benedict’s),

And the Bernard J. Quinn Council 11710 (St. Peter’s/Cathedral  of the Sacred Heart).


DD Sam was pleased to report our newest  Parroquia del Sagrado Corazon Council 15747 (Sacred Heart Catholic Church).

Three of their Worthy Knights were introduced and joined in with the  celebration.

Several State Council members assisted with our installation and celebration including:

State Deputy Tony Fortunato, State Warden Mike Casper, Executive Secretary Richie Head and Associate Marshall Kelly Mortensen.

Our leadership looks forward to meeting you soon and  growing our Council’s initiatives together for this new fraternal year.

Our Officers for this 2013-2014 Fraternal Year are:

Paul Kitchen: Grand Knight

Gary Port: Deputy Grand Knight

Randy Boyd: Financial Secretary

Matt Costello: Treasurer

Richard Bopp: Chancellor

Dale Matanic: Warden

Rick Witty: Recorder

Ronald Coombs, Jr.: Outside Guard

Steve Pellei: Inside Guard

David Geary: Advocate

Alan Serafim One Year Trustee

Mike Kozak: Two Year Trustee


Gary, DGK:741-8666

Tours of the Knights’ Tower – Sept. 5-8, 2013

On September 8, 2013, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Knights’ Tower Carillon. That weekend, to mark this special occasion, the Basilica will offer an extraordinary opportunity to journey up into the Tower and view our Nation’s capital from this spectacular vantage point. Tour opportunities are available Thursday September 5 through Sunday September 8, 2013. Visitors will ascend the Tower elevator to the observation level where they can take in spectacular views in all four directions.


To take advantage of this unique experience, sign up for one of the available tour times. Registration opens on August 5, 2013 at 9:00am, to reserve your free tickets please visit towertours.eventbrite.com


Mailing Address:
Basilica of the National Shrine
400 Michigan Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20017-1566

Contact Name: Communications Department
Telephone Number: 202-281-0620


Let me know if anyone in the groups would be interested in going on Sept. 8. There are many K of C events planned as well, such as a special mass and remarks by Carl Anderson.  This is an event that could include spouses, family. Thanks.



ZENIT—The World Seen From Rome

Pope Francis on Homosexuality: a Look Beyond the Headlines
Revisiting the Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Debate, By Ann Schneible


ROME, August 05, 2013 (Zenit.org) – The day after Pope
Francis returned to Rome from World Youth Day in Rio de
Janeiro, an event which saw millions of young people gather
on Copacabana beach for Mass and prayer, the top story from
secular news outlets across the globe featured a picture of
Pope Francis beside the headline: “Who am I to judge gay
The headline was derived from a statement made by the Holy
Father during a press briefing held on the papal plane en route
to Rome following the WYD celebrations. In addition to
speaking about those with same-sex attraction, Pope Francis
also answered questions about the Vatican Bank, women
priests, and his reflections on his visit to Brazil.
Media outlets have especially honed in on the following words:
“If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who
am I to judge that person?… these persons must never be
marginalized and they must be integrated into society.”
Some advocates of gay rights and same-sex “marriage” have
hailed these words – or rather, this selected quote – seeing it
as a sign that Pope Francis is leading the way for the Catholic
Church to change its teaching on the homosexual lifestyle.
They also cite it as an improvement over the teachings of
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who was deemed more
“judgmental” in matters pertaining to homosexuality.
For reasons that are open to interpretation, the secular media
has been selectively “positive” in its representations of Pope
Francis, in the same way it was often selectively negative
about Pope Benedict, his other predecessors, and about
Catholic teaching in general. This is evidenced by the relative
media silence toward Pope Francis’ statement regarding
women priests, made at the same press conference, in which
he firmly states that the Church’s position on the issue was
For the rest of this article go to: http://www.zenit.org/en/



Knight’s Fellowship Opportunities

United partnership


Brother Knights,


How about some fellowship, fun, a small amount of competitiveness, exercise your mind and body, oh did I say fun…..


Come to the K of C Bowling League kickoff meeting and BBQ dinner at the Columbian Ctr. on Pump Rd. on Tuesday, August 13th at 6:30pm……We bowl on Thursday nights at Sunset Bowl on Broad St. @ 7pm……..It is a 4 man/woman team….we are usually finished at 9:30……


Don’t want to bowl, but want to serve….the fall RIR race is on Sat. Sept, 7th…this has been a fund raiser for the Council in the past…..we meet around 12 noon  at Redeemer Church at Atlee and Meadowbridge Rds. and are finished at race time…if interested email

Eric May……. eric_w._may@juno.com