The 141st Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus

“First in Faith and Charity” 

The 141st Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus began August 1st – 4th in Orlando, Florida, with the attendance of 2800 knights and their families. 

The convention began with the Mass, celebrated by Bishop John Noonan of Orlando.   Following, the opening business session (annual reports of the Supreme Knight) took place. The convention’s pastoral, cultural, and rescuing programs during the past year were discussed, along with future programs; especially regarding the development of a pastoral-academic program, and Bible Studies for men.

During the convention’s first day, Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, the first mother superior of the Sisters of Life, was presented the Gaudium et Spes Award (the Order’s highest honor).

Many people participated in this conference, such as monks, religious sisters, and laity from different parts of the world, in which the fraternity, which includes over 2 million men, is present.

Archbishop Bashar Warda, from the Archdiocese of Erbil, participated in this convention, as the Knights of Columbus continue their support for the pastoral programs which take place within the Archdiocese, along with Archbishop Thabet Polus Habeeb, from the Archdiocese of Alqosh, who supervised the reconstruction of Karamlesh when he was the parish priest at the time, as the reconstruction process was supported by the Knights of Columbus.

The reverent bishops met with Mr. Patrick Kelly, the Supreme Knight, on August 2nd, 2023, and they discussed new ways to expand support for the pastoral programs for the Church in Iraq, through supporting Catechism activities and youth formation.