Spanish Knights of Columbus inducted at St. Bernadette

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Knights of Columbus Council 6153 inducted seven first-degree Knights during a private ceremony at St. Bernadette School in Springfield Feb. 15. The ceremony, which was conducted in Spanish, was the first of its kind in Virginia and is part of a new effort on the part of the Knights of Columbus to bring together Spanish- and English-speaking communities in the Arlington Diocese.

For several weeks prior to the ceremony, Grand Knight Joe Tiago led a major recruitment effort with Father William Serrano, parochial vicar of St. Bernadette Church, after all the Masses.

"What we try and do with this council is to bridge the gap between the Hispanic and English communities and make everyone feel like one," Tiago said.

As the newly inducted Knights emerged from the ceremony, they shared some of their motivations for joining the council. Jose Torres, originally from Puerto Rico, sees this as a great way to promote charity in the community.

"When I came here I started from very humble beginnings, and it's an opportunity to give back and help others. That is what motivated me to join," said Torres.

Many of the Knights also see the organization as a way to be more involved in the church and participate in the charitable works the Knights of Columbus are known for.

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