Celebrating his first Mass in St. Mary’s Church in New Haven since being installed as the head of the Archdiocese of Baltimore on May 16, Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori urged Knights of Columbus state deputies to allow the Word of God to shape their hearts and minds so they may become exemplary leaders for the faith and for the Order.
When reading the Bible or listening to the Scripture readings at Mass, Archbishop Lori said, “We should remind ourselves that it is truly the inspired Word of God and, therefore, we should have only one goal: to find Christ and to hear his voice, to allow his heart to speak to our heart. … The Scriptures are, in written form, God’s one word, his only Son, through whom he created us and through whom he redeemed us.”
He added, the Word of God should “shape how we think, what we believe, how we worship, what decisions we make and, indeed, how we participate in the mission of the the Knights of Columbus.”
At the end of Mass, before blessing the ceremonial jewels of office for the newly elected state deputies, Archbishop Lori prayed that the Order’s leaders would “confirm and strengthen” their brother Knights and their families in the faith, in keeping with God’s word. The newly elected state deputies then came forward with their wives for Supreme Knight Carl Anderson to confer the ceremonial jewels.
In a formal address later to the state deputies, Archbishop Lori, who is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, spoke about the upcoming Fortnight for Freedom, to be observed from June 21 to July 4.