Bishop visits the Knights of Columbus


The Maine Knights of Columbus State Convention was held on May 22 at the Senator Inn in Augusta. Front left to right: Lois Bourgoin, wife of outgoing state deputy Mark Bourgoin; Nicole Bisson, wife of elected state attorney Normand Bisson; Barbara Giroux, wife of State Treasurer Michael Giroux; Patricia Harvey, wife of Secretary of State Jon Harvey; and Joanna Deetjen, wife of State Deputy John Deetjen, Jr. Left to right are State Reeve-elect Gilman Berube, Mark Bourgoin, Normand Bisson, Michael Giroux, Bishop Robert Deeley, chaplain of the State, Father Aaron Damboise, Jon Harvey and John Deetjen Jr. Monsignor Marc Caron are in the back. Contribution photo

AUGUSTA – Bishop Robert Deeley stopped by the Knights of Columbus State Convention in Maine on Saturday, May 22, at the Senator Inn, to express his personal thanks and to share the gratitude of so many Mainers for their incredible efforts.

The convention, which brought together a large number of in-person attendees as well as Knights from across the participating state via a live broadcast, was held over the weekend and featured a mass, celebrated by Deeley, the Saturday night before the annual Faith in Action Awards Ceremony honoring excellence and achievement in Maine councils.

Bishop Robert Deeley visited the Knights of Columbus State Convention in Maine on May 22 in Augusta. Contribution photo

“I am happy that we can be here together for this convention,” the bishop said at mass, according to a press release from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. “It was a much smaller group that got together last year for the convention. It is good to be together today with more people. It is a sign that we are moving forward. Vaccines have made the difference. They are the reason for the forward movement. We can be thankful for the difference they have made. I have already been informed that next year’s convention will resume its usual format. It’s good news. “

During his homily, Deeley told the Reunited Knights, family members and others that he was deeply moved by the pivotal role the Knights of Columbus played as the impact of the pandemic reached Maine.

“The men who make up this fellowship with the support of their wives and families have been at the forefront of helping with the actions that need to be taken during this pandemic,” the bishop said. “In some cases, it was a fundraiser to help with the work of the parish or school run by the Knights. In others, it was the presence of Knights doing the extra work of setting up or cleaning the church and ensuring that protocols were followed. Due to the small number, it was, for the most part, impossible to have a guard of honor at Mass during this period. Yet I never had to wonder where the men were who would normally do this. They, or other Knights in the parish, have always been visible in their work of service which is at the heart of the Knights’ dedication to charity.

Even though the challenges were great and the security measures sometimes onerous, the Knights answered the call to serve, collaborate and cooperate at all times.

“We have followed what was asked of us, and we can be thankful that together, with the grace of God guiding us, we have kept people safe,” said the bishop. “Thank you everyone for helping to make this possible. The Knights, with their dedication to parish communities in Maine, are a powerful force for good in our church. I am so happy to know that your recruiting New members have been strong this year and it is a wonderful sign of growth in this beautiful fellowship that strengthens families and the church.

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