Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick Assembly Patriot Dinner a Great Success

Dinner raised $1200 for Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport

Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 hosted its Inaugural Patriot Dinner, on Armed Forces Day, May 20, 2017, which benefited the Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport.  The fundraiser dinner took place at the Knights Hall (next to St. Ann Club), 16 Hendricks Ave in Norwalk.  Since opening its doors in 2002, ABRI/Homes for the Brave has provided housing, vocational training and job placement, mental health and addiction services, and life skills coaching to help individuals, especially Veterans, leave homelessness behind. To date, the organization has worked with more than 900 individuals.

It was the goal of Faithful Navigator George Ribellino to conduct a fundraiser once a year for a specific Veterans Organization.  “One of my goals when I took over as the Faithful Navigator of the Assembly in September of 2016 was to assist an organization that works for and helps our veterans, said Ribellino.  Assembly Member Al Latte was in charge of the catering part of the dinner. Ribellino went on the say “I am so appreciative of Brother Al for leading the Sir Knights in the kitchen in preparing a fabulous meal.  I am thankful for him and the Brother Knights who helped set up, prepare, serve and clean up.”

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The Patriot Dinner was something that Ribellino and Past Faithful Navigator Ed McGettigan, Jr spoke about doing last year.  McGettigan passed away suddenly last July and Ribellino wanted to make this idea become a reality in his honor.  “I really have to thank Brothers Dave McCarthy and Al Latte for helping make this dream become a reality.   Once the plans came together the other Brother Knights were excited to help and everything wound up coming to together” Ribellino said.

Every year the Patriot Dinner will benefit a local veteran’s organization.  For the Inaugural Patriot Dinner, Homes for the Brave was chosen.  The special guest speaker was veteran and former Homes for the Brave resident Eugene Chesney.  Chesney spoke about how Homes for the Brave helped make a difference in his life and get him back on track.  Chesney went on to say, “The most amazing part of last night for me was my conversation with the older K of C veteran gentleman that sat alongside with his wife to the left of me. When we both shared how difficult it was when our units returned from a deployment that due to no choice of our own, we could not take part in. “An instant bond was formed” and at that moment I knew I could get it up there and speak from the heart. It showed me that the pride of the American Vet is not separated by generations but bridges the gap of age and previous experience. I knew i had just met more of my extended family. Thank you for the opportunity to heal even more so. “

The dinner was a sell out with 105 guests, including American Legion members from Norwalk and Wilton, and raised $1200 for Homes for the Brave.  A check was presented to Homes for the Brave CEO Vince Santilli and Eugene Chesney.  “We were tremendously honored to receive the proceeds of Bishop Fenwick Assembly’s inaugural Patriot Day Dinner and are so blessed to be regularly supported by this terrific group of Brother Knights of Columbus. We also could not have been prouder of the amazing presentation made by Homes for the Brave House Monitor Eugene Chesney,” said Santilli.

Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, is based in Norwalk, CT since 1914.  The Fourth Degree is the outgrowth and culmination of the desire of the Members to manifest their love for country and pride in their Catholic American heritage. In 1882, the Reverend Michael J. McGivney had founded the Knights of Columbus to provide mutual aid and assistance to its members and their families. At that time the Order had only three Degrees exemplifying the principles of Charity, Unity and Fraternity. In compliance with the wishes of the body as a whole, the national board of directors met in August 1899 and approved the addition of a Fourth Degree to the work of the Knights of Columbus. The new ritual was adopted on the 9th of December and went into effect in 1900 with its primary purpose to foster the spirit of patriotism through the demonstration of one’s love for its country and by responsible citizenship. It is the highest Degree in the Knights of Columbus, giving a greater knowledge and appreciation for our Catholic heritage.  For more information, go to


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Assembly 100 serve in colors for the Norwalk Annual Flag Placing Ceremony at St John Cemetery

K of C Bishop Fenwick Aseembly 100 was honored to take part in Annual Flag placing Ceremony at St John Cemetery in Norwalk.  The guest speaker was veteran Jonathan Flores was inspiring and his main point warp take time to remember all of those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom on Memorial Day!  God Bless America!  Thanks to King Industries for sponsoring this great event to honor our deceased veterans.

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Thanks Miguel Cruz for the pictures!

Assembly 100 Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Fatima

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Assembly 100 was in colors for a special tribute on the 100th Anniversary of Fatima at Our Lady of Fatima in Wilton.  Faithful Friar and Pastor of OLF, Father Reggie Norman planned a great day of events which led up to a procession and Mass with Diocese of Bridgeport Bishop Frank Caggiano.

On May 13, 1917, three shepherd children reported seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal, urging them to pray the rosary daily for world peace and an end to World War I.

 This was the first of six apparitions in 1917. The Roman Catholic Church officially recognized the apparitions as a miracle in 1930.  Pictures from The Hour Newspaper

Assembly 100 Welcomes 7 New Members to the 4th Degree

Congratulations to  newest members of Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 listed below.  They were exemplified on Sunday, 4-30-17 at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven which is the birthplace of the order.  We are honored to have these fine men join the ranks of the 4th Degree.  May God Bless them and their families.
New Sir Knights
Neil Harding
Aaron Piscane
Nick Battagino
Brian Stone
Frank Palmer
Terry Petiprin
Father Damien Pielesz

Assembly 100 Honors Veteran of the Month for April 2017

Assembly 100 in colors for April’s Veteran of the Month Gerald DeGenova at the Veteran of the Month Ceremony at the Amer

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ican Legion Post 12 in Norwalk!

Assembly 100 in colors for the 120 Annual Catholic Club Lincoln Dinner

Great night at The 120th Lincoln Day Banquet hosted by The Catholic Club of Norwalk at Giovanni’s Waters Edge in Darien! Honored to serve in Colors for the procession and singing of our National Anthem.  The Color Corps also enjoyed a great steak dinner!  

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Assembly 100 wins the 2016-2017 Knights of Columbus Civic Award

Congrats to the Sir Knights of Bishop Fenwick Assembly for winning the 2016-2017 Civic Award! The award was presented to Faithful
Navigator George Ribellino by District Master Allyn Temple at the 4th Degree Masters meeting in Brookfield on Sunday, February 5th!
The Civic Award is presented annually as a tribute to the spirit of patriotism and national pride exemplified in the patriotic activities conducted by Fourth Degree assemblies. Assemblies conducting a minimum of four different patriotic programs during the fraternal year are eligible for the Supreme Council Civic Award.


Assembly 100 fills a car with supplies for Homes for the Brave

Assembly 100 welcomed fellow Sir Knight and CEO Vince Santilli from Homes of the Brave in Bridgeport to the February 2, 2017 meeting by filling up his SUV vehicle with supplies from the Assembly members. Homes for the Brave has provided safe housing, vocational training, job placement, and life skills coaching to help more than 1,000 individuals–primarily Veterans–leave homelessness behind.  It was also announced by Faithful Navigator George Ribellino that Homes for the Brave will be the recipient of the First Annual Assembly 100 Patriot Dinner on Armed Forces Day, May 20th at 7p in the Knights Hall at St Ann Club in Norwalk.  Check out Assembly100,org in the coming weeks for more details….


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Assembly 100 Visits Knights Museum in New Haven

Great outing at the Knights of Columbus Museum on Saturday, January 21, 2017 with Council 14360 and the St. Matthew Catholic Daughters for a post- Christmas tour of the crèches from Germany and the decorated Christmas Trees from Catholic schools around the state. We also enjoyed pizza, salad and dessert.  Thanks for the hospitality of the awesome museum staff especially our tour guides Gina and John. 

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Assembly 100 attends the CT State Council Annual Pro Life Mass

Faithful Navigator and District Deputy George Ribellino and Color Corps Commander Scott Criscuolo represented Assembly 100 at the CT State Council Annual Pro-Life Mass which took place on Sunday, January 15, 2017.  Archbishop Blair was the celebrant and spoke about the sanctity and respect of human life. 

A Baby Shower for Unwed Mothers was held in conjunction with this Pro-Life Mass.  All the items collected will be distributed to Catholic agencies in Connecticut that support unwed mothers.

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