A large gathering of Knights and their families attended the KSC Province 18 Centenary celebration Mass.

The principal celebrant on Saturday 29 June was the Rt Rev Philip Pargeter, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Birmingham; assisted by the Vicar General, Mgr Timothy Menezes; Provincial Chaplain Fr Jeremy Howard and Deacon Rev Keith Millage.

Music for the Mass was provided by Professor David Saint, the Cathedral Director of Music.

For many years Bishop Pargeter was the Order’s Ecclesiastical Advisor.

Due to unforeseen circumstances St Chad’s Cathedral was closed, and so Mass was celebrated in the neighbouring Grimshaw Room.

But nevertheless it was a wonderful service. Supreme Knight Bro Bertie Grogan and Supreme Director for Spirituality & Welfare, Bro Sean Mulligan, made the trip from London, and the Past Director for Spirituality & Welfare Bro Peter Simms Comber came from Cardiff.

During the Mass there were two new initiations of members into the Order, and six knights were elevated to Full Knighthood.

During the initiation ceremony, all the knights with the new initiates recited the Knights Oath.

This was also done during the elevation to full knighthood ceremony when the they recited the Renewal of the Oath.

It was also announced that Province 18 of the Knights is hoping to open a new Council in Stratford on Avon in the near future.

To join the Order of the Knights of St Columba you must be a practising Catholic man, aged 18 and above.

If you would like to know more about the Knights of St Columba and the support we give to our clergy, church and young people, please visit our website www.ksc.org.uk

Your local contact is Ernie Northey, who can be contacted via [email protected]

He will pass on your enquiry to the nearest local Council.

Photo Gallery by Peter Harrington

Knights of St Columba -  Centenary Mass