By Mr. Phong Tran, Vietnamese Catholic Community
On October 16th, 2016, the Knights of Columbus Virginia State Council performed the installation for the Our Lady of Lavang, VA, Council 16468. In colorful ceremonies with traditional pageantry, Knights of Columbus – Our Lady of Lavang, VA, Council # 16468 installed its new officers.
The Installation of Officers ceremony took place in St. Veronica Catholic Church, Chantilly, Virginia. A total of 15 Knights were installed and took part in the ceremonies – with family, friends surrounded by other church members in attendance.
The Mass was administered by the new Pastor, Father Liem T. Tran of Holy Martyrs of Vietnam Church and concelebrated by the Spiritual Director, Father John Son Hoang of Our Lady of Lavang Catholic Community.
District Deputy Philip Bayer presided and administered the oath of office to fifteen of the newly elected officers.
Installed at the church altar were:
- Grand Knight: SK Phong Tran
- Chaplain: F Gioan Son Hoang, O.P
- Deputy Grand Knight: SK Sang Cao
- Chancellor: SK Phuong Nguyen
- Recorder: Hung Le
- Financial Secretary: SK Tuyen Dao
- Treasurer: Gia-Hoa Nguyen
- Warden: Hoach Nguyen
- Inside Guard: Hai Tran
- Outside Guard: Thomas Murray
- Advocate: SK Kiem Cao
- Lecturer: SK Thao Le
- Trustee 1 Year: Tien Nguyen
- Trustee 2 Years: Tuan Le
- Trustee 3 Years: Long Nguyen
The State Council officers and their wives attending included: Mr. & Mrs. Mike Gasper (State Deputy), Mr. Stephen Raschke (Past State Deputy), Mr. & Mrs. Steven J. Kehoe (State Secretary), Mr. & Mrs. Philip Bayer (District Deputy), Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Galvin (District Deputy), Mr. & Mrs. Tom Yehl (District Warden, P.G.K.), Mr. Bill Cinnamond (District Warden, FDD), Mr. & Mrs. Le Nguyen (State Council Director) and Mr. John Chung (Field Agent).
Mrs. Corinne Monogue (Director of Multicultural Ministries) and Mrs. Liz Puglise were also present at the Mass and Installation from the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.
Part of the ceremony was the presentation of the jewel of office – often draped on the neck of the new officer by his wife. A stem rose was presented to the wives.
The church hall was beautifully decorated in a patriotic theme including a meaningful table with KofC cake that was set-up by Grand Knight’s wife, Mrs. Oanh-Oanh T. Tran.
The Our Lady of Lavang Community of the Diocese of Arlington, is grateful to be blessed with it’s own Knights of Columbus Council.