10/4/2013 11:02:00 AM Archbishop congratulates Squires on awards
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Squires Counselor Paul Williams, Chief Squire Jordan Gagnon, Dep. Chief Squire Mateo DeVargas, Archbishop Alexander Sample, Squires Chaplain Father David Janes, Treasurer Michael Williams.
ASTORIA — Archbishop Alexander Sample congratulated Columbian Squires from Astoria after a Mass in nearby Seaside in September. The group for Catholic young men earned awards for membership growth and a stellar project.
The Columbian Squires is an umbrella organization of the Knights of Columbus. It’s purpose is leadership development for Catholic boys ages 10-18. The Astoria circle is one of more than 1,500 Squires circles worldwide.
Squire officers from Astoria's Charles Turina Circle #4669 met with the archbishop, who congratulated the young men on the recognition of achievements from Knights of Columbus Supreme Council. The Astoria Squires circle had been awarded the Corps d’Elite and the Brother Barnabas awards the previous week.
The Corps d'Elite award marks membership growth. The Squires hit 400 percent of their goal.
The Brother Barnabas award is given each year to only 25 circles worldwide, in recognition of a single outstanding project conducted by those circles. Astoria Squires were heralded for a Christmas tree sales project. The Squires, along with their counselors and helping fathers and Knights, cut down donated trees, and set up a spot for Christmas tree sales. Money from the sales was used to order winter coats from the Knights of Columbus “Coats for Kids” program. The coats were delivered by the Squires to three local schools for distribution to needy students.
This is the first time an Oregon Squires Circle has garnered either of the awards.