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State Secretary 2019 - 2020

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Patrick Kelley
June 2019

My Dear Brother Knights,

Electing me to serve as your State Deputy is an honor and a deeply humbling experience at the same time.

Twenty years ago, when a Priest and a stranger from my then “new” parish asked me if I would consider joining the Knights of Columbus, a strange sense of familiarity came over me as I faintly remembered that name from my childhood some 40 years before. I could only remember that there was something so good about that name and that organization that I knew I was being called to become a member. Today, I stand before you, humbled and honored at the same time as I accept this great privilege you have bestowed upon me and the challenges that come with it.

I am convinced that while the needs of the less fortunate continue to grow as resources to help them dwindle, we, the Knights of Columbus here in Washington, can rise to the challenge. It is in helping the less fortunate that we see the face of Christ in each other and feel his healing hands upon us. It is in that helping and healing that we shall continue to grow our Order and it’s abilities to serve all of God’s children and truly live up to the virtue of Charity to which we have all committed our lives.

Let us go forth, renewed in His spirit and inspired by His example of helping and healing others that by our words and deeds we shall continue to build up his church here on earth.


Vivat Jesus,

Pat Kelley
State Secretary