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Catholic Bishop Deeley to speak at sold out Knights of Columbus’ 100th Anniversary Ball in Brunswick

Community Author: Dave Guthro, Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland
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BRUNSWICK—Bishop Robert P. Deeley will serve as the keynote speaker at the 100th Anniversary Ball honoring a century of the Knights of Columbus Sekenger Council #1947 which is based at St. John the Baptist Church in Brunswick.

The ball will be held 5-11:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the new St. John’s Community Center, 43 Pleasant Street.

The evening will begin with a 4 p.m. Mass, celebrated by Bishop Deeley, at St. John the Baptist Church, located across the parking lot from the community center. All are welcome. Following the Mass, the ball will feature a social hour, an address from Bishop Deeley, dinner and live music through the evening.

The Rev. Sekenger became the pastor of St. John the Baptist in 1889 and served in Brunswick through 1908. He was as an anchor to charter members of the council by assisting and guiding them through the process of becoming an officially recognized council of the Knights of Columbus.

The council motto then, and now, is “None of Us is as Good as the All of Us.”

“The Knights of Columbus Sekenger Council #1947 received its charter in the aftermath of World War I,” said Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the National Knights of Columbus. “For a century, their predecessors, and now the current Knights, have fulfilled the vision of our founder, the Venerable Servant of God Father Michael J. McGivney, through service to Church and community. Indeed, there is much to celebrate.”

“The countless lives they have touched and the souls they have saved are a fitting testament to the quality of the Brother Knights in Brunswick,” said Mark Bourgoin, the state deputy of the Maine State Council of the Knights of Columbus.

“The Sekenger Council is one of forming a family of brothers and the extended family of wives and children,” said the Rev. Thomas Murphy, pastor of All Saints Parish in Brunswick. “How the Knights proudly stand to protect, love, and serve the Church is an inspiration.”

As part of the event, a memorial table for deceased Knights will be set up to pay tribute to them and bear witness to their continued absence.

“The table will have a candle to remind attendees of the light of hope which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home to the open arms of our Lord,” said Badger.

For additional information about the ball, contact All Saints Parish at (207) 725-2624.