Tuesday, October 12, 2021

For Columbus Is Ours: October 12, 1492

Today, Monday October 12 is the 529th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World.

Over 125 years ago, Pope Leo XIII decreed that a votive Mass of the Holy Trinity be offered today in thanksgiving for Columbus’ discovery and bringing the Catholic faith to this hemisphere.  Commending Columbus, Pope Leo XIII wrote in his 1892 encyclical:

For Columbus is ours; since if a little consideration be given to the particular reason of his design in exploring the mare tenebrosum, and also the manner in which he endeavoured to execute the design, it is indubitable that the Catholic faith was the strongest motive for the inception and prosecution of the design; so that for this reason also the whole human race owes not a little to the Church.  – Quarto Abeunte Saeculo, 1892

We decree, therefore, that on October 12, or on the following Sunday, if the Ordinary should prefer it, in all the Cathedral churches and convent chapels throughout Spain, Italy, and the two Americas, after the office of the day there shall be celebrated a Solemn Mass of the Most Holy Trinity…  Quarto Abeunte Saeculo, 1892

In recent times, Columbus and his legacy has been unnecessarily criticized through lies and falsehoods.  But as Servant of God, Fr. John Hardon, SJ observed in his book “Christopher Columbus: The Catholic Discovery of America”, Columbus had a deep faith for Christ and expressed it in many of his writings. Fr. Hardon provides several examples from Columbus’ log:

As is our custom, Vespers were said in the late afternoon, and a special thanksgiving was offered to God for giving us renewed hope through the many signs of land He has provided.  I now believe that the light I saw earlier was a sign from God and that it was truly the first positive indication of land.  - October 11, 1492.

I want the natives to develop a friendly attitude towards us because I know they are a people who can be made free and converted to our Holy Catholic Faith, more by love than by force. – October 12, 1492. 

For Fr. Hardon, it was clear that the zealous missionary faith of both Columbus (a Third Order Franciscan) and Servant of God Queen Isabella the Catholic (declared in 1974), led them to pursue this mission.  This hunger for souls for Christ may have also been one of the reasons, Blessed Fr. Michael J. McGivney, choose the name Columbus for his new fraternal order, the Knights of Columbus.

The Knights of Columbus main website has some great resources helping to clarify Columbus' place in history:

Five Myths About Columbus

Why the Knights of Columbus?

For us Knights in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, we should be grateful for Columbus' bringing the Holy Faith to these shores.  As such, we close with Pope Leo XIII:

And, above all, it is fitting that we should confess and celebrate in an especial manner the will and designs of the Eternal Wisdom, under whose guidance the discoverer of the New World placed himself with a devotion so touching. – Quarto Abeunte Saeculo

As some in the Church today struggle with how to minister to pagan cultures, let the story of Columbus, the Franciscans who followed him, and the North American Jesuit martyrs serve as an example to us all on how to reclaim the Holy Faith that was introduced to these lands five centuries ago and with zeal share it with those who are separated from it or who lack it entirely.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Traditional Mens Retreat with Fr. John Perricone

Brother Knights,

For those around the tristate area, the Agnus Dei Council in NY will be hosting its annual traditional men’s retreat with Fr. John Perricone in November on Long Island. You can begin sending in your reservations this week. Please see additional details:

You can now send in your reservations, in full or part, starting this week.  Checks should be made out to Agnus Dei Council.

If you plan on attending the retreat I would appreciate you send in your reservation as soon as you can.  This way, if I need to reserve more rooms I can do so and not lose the ability as we get closer to the retreat weekend.

You can contact Dan at danmarengo(at)aol.com or 718-829-8056. Please see details below. 


Agnus Dei Knights of Columbus Council has scheduled it's annual Men's Retreat with Fr. John Perricone at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, L.I. the weekend of November 12 - 14, 2021.  Attached is the Flyer and a tentative Agenda so you know the format of the weekend.  Feel free to pass this along to family members or friends.  The retreat is open to all men 18 years or older.  Unfortunately, the prices have gone up from last year:

You have 2 options (all meals included for either option)

  1. Private room (single bed / private bathroom): $250
  2. Day Tripper (no overnight / drive in daily): $125

If you would like to reserve a spot, please mail your reservations to me and make your check out to Agnus Dei Council

Dan Marengo

1468 Kennellworth Place

Bronx, NY 10465

It would be appreciated if you can pay in full no later than Nov. 1st. If you prefer to initially send in a partial payment - that is fine, but still need the balance no later than Nov. 1st.  Please include any dietary considerations with your payment.

Hope you can make it and thanks in advance,






Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Organize a Columbus Day Latin Mass - Tuesday October 12

Brother Knights,

It's a few weeks away, but we wanted to send out a message reminding Knights to try and organize a Traditional Latin Mass on Columbus Day Tuesday October 12, as requested by Pope Leo XIII in his 1892 encyclical, Quarto Abeunte Saeculo, which commemorated the 400th anniversary of Columbus discovery of America.

A votive Mass of the Holy Trinity was recommended to give thanks to God for Columbus bringing the Catholic faith to the New World. 

To learn more visit our Defending Columbus page: 


Vivat Jesus,

Traditional Knights Latin Mass Network

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Prayers for Cardinal Burke

Brother Knights,

As you may have read, Cardinal Burke is quite ill from COVID and pneumonia and is need of prayers. According to several outlets, his condition is deteriorating and is in need of much prayers over the next 48 hours.  


Cardinal Burke has been a steadfast supporter of the Knights and the Traditional Latin Mass over the years.  Please consider including him in your Rosary intentions today and tomorrow and pray for healing, if God wills it.  Also you may consider praying the prayer to Blessed McGivney, who himself suffered and died from pneumonia in the month of August (see below).

Vivat Jesus,

Traditional Knights Latin Mass Network




God, our Father, protector of the poor and defender of  the  widow  and  orphan,  you  called  your  priest, Blessed  Michael  McGivney,  to  be  an  apostle  of Christian  family  life  and  to  lead  the  young  to  the generous  service  of  their  neighbor. 

Through  the example of his life and virtue, may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ, more closely, fulfilling his commandment of  charity  and  building  up  his  Body  which  is  the Church. Let the inspiration of your servant prompt us to greater confidence in your love so that we may continue his work of caring for the needy and the outcast.  

We   humbly   ask   that   you   glorify   Blessed Michael McGivney on earth according to the design of your holy will. Through his intercession, grant the favor I now present (here make your request).Through Christ our Lord. Amen

Intention: Healing of Cardinal Burke, if God wills it.


Deus, pater noster, protector pauperum atque defensor viduarum et orphanorum: vocasti sacerdotem tuum, beatum Michaelem McGivney, familiari vitae christianae apostolum, iuvenibusque ducem ad adiuvandum proximum. Per exemplum vitae virtutisque eius, Filium tuum propius sequamur, Iesum Christum, ut mandatum caritatis perficiamus ad corroborandum corpus Eius quod est Ecclesia.

Fiat nobis inspirationi famulus tuus ut confidentes tuae caritati pergamus curare indigentes et incuria captos.  Humiliter petimus ut inter caelites connumeretur beatus Michael McGivney presbyter in terra secundum voluntatem tuam. Concede propitius gratiam hanc ______(pete quod desideras)  per Christum Dominum Nostrum. Amen.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Mass of Ages - Premieres Tonight Sunday August 15 - 8pm

Brother Knights,

Blessed Feast of the Assumption! Today also marks an important day for the Traditional Latin Mass in our country. It is the release date of the groundbreaking documentary on the Traditional Latin Mass, the Mass of Ages. It is designed to help reach those not currently attending the Traditional Latin Mass. 

The documentary, which our Network supported from its inception nearly 2 years ago will premiere, tonight Sunday August 15 at 8pm Eastern. To watch you can view the documentary's Youtube Page: 

https://www.youtube.com/c/massoftheages ​ 

For more information visit: https://theliturgy.org/

Vivat Jesus!

- Traditional Knights Latin Mass Network 


Friday, August 13, 2021

The Feast of Blessed Michael McGivney

Brother Knights - 

Today, Friday August 13, is the first feast day of Knights founder, Blessed Michael McGivney, who was beatified last fall. 

His feast day falls between Blessed McGivney's date of birth, August 13, 1852, and his date of death, August 14, 1890. 

We encourage Knights to try and attend a Traditional Latin Mass today. Although he is not on the 1962 calendar, August 13 is a ferial day and a votive Mass for Any Necessity can be offered for Blessed McGivney's canonization. 

To learn more about Blessed McGivney, the Knights of Columbus has set up a resource page:


Additionally, please see our own page about Blessed McGivney:


Vivat Jesus!

Traditional Knights Latin Mass Network