GR Diocesan Knights Priests, Religious, Clergy Dinner 2023

By: Gary Merritt - Thu, Jun 29, 2023 1:47 PM

Another succesful Priests Appreciation Dinner was held in the Grand Rapids Diocese.

The Honor Guard of the Fourth Degree posted the Colors and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Opening prayer and grace was led by Fr. Tony Russo, 8117 Council Chaplain and Pastor of St. Robert of Newmister. Our emcee for the evening, Scott Hamilton, welcomed all in attendance. After dinner he introduced the speakers and kept things moving.

The lighthearted atmosphere of the evening was shown when Fr. Mark Bauer was mistakenly introduced as the State Chaplain. Although Fr. Mark appreciated the promotion, he did not accept; he said he is comfortable serving as the GR Diocesan Chaplain.


Bishop David Walkowiak's address highlighted the importance of this type of an event, where we can gather, religious and lay in a casual atmosphere. Renewing old friends and making new ones. He thanked the Knights for their service to the church and its principles.

Fr. Logan Weber had the pleasure of leading us in the St. John Vianney Prayer for Priests.

The Fraternity and visiting continued long after the closing prayer.