KULPMONT - The Monsignor Joseph J.C. Petrovits Knights of Columbus Council 4281 hosted an exemplification of the third degree at Holy Angels Parish in Kulpmont May 18. Forty-eight candidates from District 54 in Kulpmont, Mount Carmel, Shamokin and Elysburg and councils chartered in Orefield, Allentown, Pocono Pines, Limerick, Danville and Pottsville received full honors of the order and were "knighted."

Kulpmont Council was represented by 26 of the candidates. More than 30 observers, with dignitaries, including state Treasurer John Fitzpatrick and state Treasurer-Elect Rick Corriveau were present to witness the ceremony. The degree was celebrated in honor of newly canonized St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII.

After formalities, attendees gathered at Holy Angels Activities Center for a reception and catered meal by Deputy Grand Knight Paul Niglio with committee members, including, Joe Candelora, Mike Shannon, John Buggy and Nick and Bob Chesney.

Privileges of third degree membership include the ability to serve as a local council officer, admission to state and supreme council business meetings, and right of entry to the level of fourth degree in the order.

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization with more than 1.8 million members. Founded in 1882, it is named in honor of Christopher Columbus, and was formed to protect the financial future of Catholic families in the event of the tragic death of a breadwinner and to provide charity to those on the margins of society. Membership is limited to "practical Catholic" men aged 18 or older. You may contact your local council or a member of Kulpmont 4281 for more information or to apply for membership.

Host grand knight and District 54 Deputy David Shinskie wishes to thank the Rev. Andrew Stahmer, pastor of Holy Angels, for use of the facilities, Council 4281 degree committee for their work and preparation, registration chairpersons, Sir Knights John Feudale, Bob Chesney, Charles Kaminsky and David Bartol, the third degree team from southern York County and district councils assisting in this degree.