An annual gathering saluting the Knights of Columbus in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is planned for Sunday, October 7 at the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel in Loretto.
The celebration begins with the recitation of the Rosary at 1:45 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. A reception and dinner will follow at the Our Lady of Loretto Community Hall in Loretto.
The guest of honor will be Pennsylvania State Deputy Mark Jago, FIC.
The speaker at the dinner will be Reverend Gregory J. D’Emma, who was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark. He retired from the United States Army as a Colonel after 37 years of service as military chaplain.
In a 2017 ceremony at the U.S. Army War College Chapel in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Father D’Emma received the most prestigious award that can be given to an Army chaplain.
Even in retirement, Father D’Emma continues to serve. He is currently the Pennsylvania State Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus.
“Our annual diocesan gathering is an important opportunity to gather in prayer and to greet one another in fraternity in celebration of the many works of charity that are accomplished by the Knights of Columbus in their local communities and beyond,” said Bishop Mark in a letter to his brother Knights.
“I am especially grateful to the Knights of Columbus for the many activities that you undertake in support of the mission of our diocese, especially for the promotion of vocations and the education and formation of seminarians,” the Bishop stated. “It is a pleasure to celebrate this special Mass and share this dinner with you on a day that has become an annual event.”
The cost of the dinner is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children seven years old and younger. Reservations must be made in advance through the Knights of Columbus by September 29.