Cathedral Council honors Bishop Loverde

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The Knights of Columbus hold a special place in the heart of Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde. Not only has he been a Knight for 40 years, but he served as state chaplain both in New York while he served in Ogdensburg and for the last 17 years as bishop of Arlington.

The Knights showed their appreciation for the bishop's loyalty when they hosted a dinner April 16 at the Portofino Restaurant in Crystal City and presented him with a new pectoral cross. Among those in attendance were many Grand Knights from councils across the diocese, as well as State Deputy Stephen Raschke from the Richmond Diocese.

Grand Knight John Knox of Cathedral Council No. 6790 hosted the celebration. Father Robert J. Rippy, cathedral rector and chaplain of the Cathedral Council, served as master of ceremonies. Past Grand Knights Larry Cerruti and Kerry Gorton helped organize the event.

Father Rippy read letters of congratulation from Batlimore Archbishop Willaim E. Lori, supreme chaplain, and Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services.

"Over the past 17 years as the bishop of Arlington, Bishop Loverde has taught us all how to be the best Catholics and the best Knights we can be, fully honoring his motto of 'Encourage and Teach with Patience,'" said Knox. "For the past 50 years of his priesthood, Bishop Loverde has been called many things - friend, teacher, father - but most of all we are proud to call him our brother Knight."

"I still can't understand why God called me to be a bishop," said Bishop Loverde. It has been a privilege and a challenge to be a bishop for 28 years, the last 17 as shepherd of the Arlington Diocese, he said.

"You belong to an order committed to the church," the bishop told his fellow Knights. "I can say as a testimony wherever I have been, the Knights of Columbus have been such a stalwart for the church in so many ways," promoting vocations, helping families, young people and those with disabilities.

"I am proud to be a Knight and honored to be state chaplain," he said. "I treasure what you do for the church."

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2016