Island Knights Celebrate 20 Years
The St. Mark Council #9197 Knights of Columbus celebrated a historical First Degree Ceremonial last Tuesday at the St. Mark Church for only the second time in 20 years. The first and only other First Degree Ceremonial held at St. Mark dates back to the Council's formation in 1986 when the First Degree Team of the St. Francis Council of North Kingstown administered the ceremonial. The very active First Degree Team from the Narragansett Council #21 made the trek from Westerly to Jamestown to conduct last week's ceremony.
The Knights First Degree Ceremonial emphasizes the cornerstone of the group's philosophy of charity or placing our lives' emphasis on taking care of others.
Eight men from Jamestown, Exeter, North Kingstown, and Westerly took the first step to Knighthood last Tuesday by participating in the first of three Knights of Columbus Ceremonial Degrees required for one to become a full-fledged member of the Knights of Columbus. The new Knights included Jamestown residents Russell Aubin, Joseph Tiexiera, Alfred Lopes, and John Warner, all communicants of St. Mark parish. Also participating were Jeff Smith and Peter Crudden of North Kingstown, Derek LeDoux of Exeter, and James Brown of Westerly. The Knights of Columbus First Degree Ceremonial focuses on the principle of charity, the cornerstone belief and guiding philosophy of the Knights.