Council 5476 Calendar Updated 11/5/13

Knights’ Council 5476 Events Page has been updated.

Please remind our brothers to check the schedule of events on our Webpage – Events/Council Activities. Please click the link to “Follow” this site so that updates and posts will automatically be sent to you.

Please note the monthly Meeting Date Change for November – prior to our Monday Night Football Social on November 25th. PASS THE WORD!

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Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s Men’s Conference 10/26/13

Gentlemen of Saint Bridget Parish,


I am writing to you to let you know about the upcoming Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s Men’s Conference which will be held on October 26th here in Richmond at the Greater Richmond Conference Center. The conference is from 9 am till 4:30 and will feature Bishop DiLorenzo and a national speaker, Richard Lane.


This conference is a great opportunity for the men of our diocese to come together and have a day of spiritual renewal. We are facing low registration right now and because I know that you are each very active men in our parish, I am reaching out to you. I know that you will really enjoy the conference if you attend, but I’m also hoping that you will spread the word to other men you know! Bert Drummond, Associate Director of  the Center for Marriage Family and Life of our Diocese, is planning a great day for all of the attendees. If you want to contact him directly for specific information, his email address is or by phone at 622-5148.  For more information on our website and to register, go to:


I hope that you will be able to attend and help us by spreading the word!

Yours in Christ–


Stand Down for Homeless Veterans 11/15/13

This was received by PGK Dick Willig and was asked to pass along to the Council:


The McGuire Veteran’s Medical Center will hold a Stand Down for homeless veterans on Friday, November 15th. We have been invited as Knights of Columbus, by the Veteran’s Administration and the Blue Star Mothers, to assist in this endeavor. It is a huge undertaking including distribution of various items to veterans as well as screening for health issues and other needs. The event will take place on November 15th from 8 AM until noon. However, there is a primary need which we can fulfill by helping to set up for the event from 2:30 PM until 6 PM on Thursday, November 14th. Last year the Stand Down assisted some 500 veterans, either homeless or in dire need of help.


I encourage you to bring this to your council’s attention, soliciting volunteers as well as items for contribution. I will be happy to pick up any items donated, a list of which is included herewith. Items can also be brought to the multi-media room where the event will be held (Bingo room) on the 14th..

Please provide me with the names and contact for any Knight who will assist and their preferred day.Those working on Thursday will not be in direct contact with the veterans but are most in need. Assistance on Friday, after the event, is also needed to take down the tables, etc. from noon until 4 PM. Your attention and assistance is most appreciated.



Richard A. Willig; PFN/PGK

Richmond Assembly 1165


Items needed: Hand & foot warmers; White socks (male & female); Underclothing (male & female); Clothing; Coats; Gloves & Hats; Deoderants; Body wash; Shaving cream; Razors; Wipes (for cleaning & for body); Band-aids; Flashlights & batteries; Backpacks; Sweat pants & tops (male & female).


All clothing should be new or lightly worn.


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Diocese of Richmond sees increase in young priests

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Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 12:02 am, Wed Oct 23, 2013.

Associated Press |

Twenty-two seminarians are preparing to become priests in the Diocese of Richmond, the largest contingent of candidates in decades, church officials said.

In 1997, only three candidates were in training to become priests.

The Rev. Michael Boehling, who oversees clerical vocations for the diocese, said the increase is a promising sign for the future.

There has been a nationwide priest shortage since the 1960s, but “the Lord continues to call young men to serve the church” in Virginia, he said.

Today’s seminarians are younger, better educated and more devoted to traditional church teachings than many of their predecessors.

“They are articulate and bright, well-rounded individuals who are mature for their age,” Boehling said.

They also seem more committed to doctrinal orthodoxy, combating abortion and defending traditional marriage. Priests ordained in the 1960s tended to be drawn to issues of war and peace and social justice, he said.

“The call to the priesthood has always been a countercultural impulse,” Boehling said. “In the ’60s, they were responding to a culture that said, ‘Let’s go to war.’ Race issues were intense at the time.”

Today, he said, “young people see a world of secularism and relativism where anything goes and your truth can be different from my truth, whereas the church would say there is one truth. The world changes, so what they are countercultural to has changed as well.”

Danny Cogut of Falls Church thought he was set for life when he took a job as a defense analyst after graduating from the College of William and Mary in 2007 with degrees in mathematics and computer science. Then he was drawn to the priesthood.

“There was no lightning bolt moment, no sign in the heavens,” he said. “I can only describe it as a little tug at the heart” to consider a life of service to the church.

He began to pray about it and had several conversations with his priest. Finally, he decided to apply to the diocese to begin the discernment process for the priesthood. He started at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore in 2010 and will finish in June 2015.

Matt Kiehl, 25, a fifth-year seminarian at Theological College in Washington, also thought he would have a secular career when he graduated from George Mason University in 2009 with degrees in government and international politics.

“I always had a remote interest in the priesthood but nothing serious,” said Kiehl, who grew up in Midlothian. But after graduation, he said, “I didn’t have a sense of peace I was expecting about my career choice.” He began to pray about the direction his life would take and found himself drawn to the priesthood.

“It’s a decision that’s been affirmed many times,” he said. “It’s a decision I make every day.”

Kiehl and Cogut said the clergy sex-abuse scandal had little impact on their decision to become priests.

“I knew priests were fragile human beings, and some — unfortunately — have deep psychological illnesses that were not addressed,” Cogut said. “To our shame, some leaders in the church didn’t do what they should have to prevent these things from happening. But I think we’ve learned from that.”

Kiehl said it gave him “a resolve to be a holy and healthy priest who reflects the love of Christ to those we serve.”