The new Knights were sponsored by councils from Fresno, Monterey, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Jose.
KoC conducts formation ceremony in Menlo Park
In a move to support seminarians, the Knights of Columbus broke new ground by conducting its first Formation Degree ceremony at St Patrick's Seminary and University in Menlo Park on Feb. 6.
In total nine men became Knights: four seminarians, two priests and three laymen.
The new Knights were sponsored by councils from Fresno, Monterey, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Jose. Rev. Gladstone H. Stevens, PSS, president and rector of St. Patrick's, also became a Knight.
The ceremony was hosted by St. Mark Council 13225, Belmont. The Formation Degree team was led by Bert Nocum Jr., from St. Francis Chapter, their Ceremonials Chairman along with staff members from St. Francis Chapter. The K of C Color Guard, also from St. Francis Chapter, escorted the candidates into the chamber.
Supporting the new candidates were Chapter President Dave Vincent from the San Jose Chapter, Edd Palomar from the St. Francis Chapter, Shane Edgar from the Juniper Serra Chapter, Deepal Karunaratne from the Oakland Chapter and Rick Jarrett from the State Councils Vocation's Committee and Bob Leach, the Culture of Life Chairman from Northern California Chapter.
The importance of the Knights of Columbus to a parish and to our parish priests was the topic of presentations by Rev. Peter Rogers, OP, president of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, and Carlos Gutierrez, general agent for the Bay Area.
This year's major goal for the State Vocations team is to foster a new and closer relationship with the two major seminaries in California and to show support to each seminarian in his journey to the priesthood. The Knights are in discussion with St. John's Seminary in Camarillo to do a Formation Degree Ceremony there also.
(Steve Bolton is state program director for the Knights of Columbus.)
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