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  • 135th Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus - St. Louis Missouri:

    Posted on August 3, 2017

    The City of St.  Louis‎ was the site of this year's Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus. Several thousand delegates representing 1.9 million members around the world, came together with the Knight's Supreme Council to do annual business, receive reports about the Knight's international charities and works and to network among the delegates. The presence of a number of Middle East Patriarchs gave us a good idea of the dire situation of Christians in the Middle East.
    The presence of laity and clergy from all over Canada, the United States, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and France was very inspiring to say the least. The European expansion of the Knights is recent and the growth is impressive.

    A view from the Procession of the Opening Mass for the Convention.

    Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight giving his opening address to the large number of delegates in the St. Louis Convention Center.

    Presentation of the colours at the opening banquet.

    A portion of the head table at the opening banquet.

    A view of the famous Gateway Arch with the steeple of the Old Cathedral. A much larger one has been constructed but this one dates back to the 1700s and is one of the oldest religious sites in the United States.

    The plaque outside the Old Cathedral explains why the City of St. Louis has been such an important part of the history of the Catholic Church in the western United States.

    Interior of the Old Cathedral.

    Exterior of the Old Cathedral.

    The Manitoba Group gathered for an informal social with delegates from Saskatchewan, Pennsylvania, Lithuania, Ukraine and Poland. Seen here is the Polish group treating us to some Polish folk songs.

    Cardinal  Stanislaw Gziwisz, personal secretary to St. John Paul II for his entire Pontificate, giving us a short talk and a Polish song.

    Our group from Manitoba, husbands and wives and‎ clergy.

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