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Love the Knights of Columbus!


Here am I with the Maryland State Treasurer (Dale Trott) and the State Deputy for the Knights of Columbus (Stephen Adamczyk) at the Bishop McNamara Chapter of Grand Knights.

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  1. do the K.O.C have a secret handshake? Or some handshake that helps them recognise each other if strangers Joe?

    FATHER JOE: In that there is sometimes confusion with the freemasons, that is actually a good question, Dave. The answer is no. There is no special or secret handshake. Catholics are forbidden to join secret societies. The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal organization but there is nothing secret about our general operations or the minutes of our meetings. The only matters about which we are pledged to secrecy are the four degrees of initiation. They each have a lesson that reinforces a theme important for us as Knights and Catholics. Just as a teacher does not give away the answers to an upcoming test, we keep a confidence about the lessons in these degrees. Of course, we make no secret of the themes themselves. We emphasize our fraternity or care for each other as brothers in the Lord. We practice charity and try to make a difference. We know that we can do more good together than separately (Unity). And we love our country (Patriotism). Every meeting begins with prayer and the pledge of allegiance. God bless!


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