Knights of Columbus

The Immaculate Conception Prayer Program

The Immaculate Conception Prayer Program began August 7 at the 131st Supreme Convention in San Antonio, Texas. This program features an image of Mary as the Immaculate Conception, which is a copy of the original painting that is housed in the Cathedral Basilica Notre-Dame de Quebec in Canada. The church and the Archdiocese of Quebec are celebrating their 350th anniversary in 2014.

The Immaculate Conception Prayer Program is the 16th Marian Prayer Program sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, beginning with the first program – honoring Mary under her title of Our Lady of Guadalupe - in 1979. In preparation for the 1982 Centennial of the Order, the second prayer program was initiated, which also highlighted the Immaculate Conception. Since then, the Blessed Mother has been honored by her Knights under her titles of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Our Lady of Czestochowa, Our Lady of Pochaiv, Our Lady of the Assumption, Our Lady of the Rosary and Our Lady of Charity.

These Orderwide programs of Marian Prayer have gathered together more than 16 million people at some 140,000 prayer services conducted at local councils and parishes.

Marian Icon welcomed into Archdiocese of Agana

The icon presented to State Deputy David Duenas at the 131st Supreme Convention was officially welcomed into the Archdiocese on December 8, 2013 by the Most Reverend Archbishop Anthony Apuron, OFM Cap., D.D. Metropolitan Archbishop of Agana, and the Most IMG9199Reverend Monsignor James L.G. Benavente, Rector of the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica.

Jerry Crisostomo,State Secretary, and Anthony Quenga, State Public Relations Chairman, presented the icon to the Archdiocese and the people of Guam at the beginning of Mass.

Introduction to the image

Participation in the Immaculate Conception Program

Here are some suggestions to help your council in planning your council’s participation in the Immaculate Conception Prayer Program.

Check with your Council's Grand Knight on when your council is scheduled to receive the image. Then consult your chaplain and/or pastor about the service and set a location for the prayer service to be held.

Identify council members and clergy to fulfill the various roles called for in the prayer program.

Representatives of your council should attend the service at the council from whom you will receive the image and bring the image to your council.

Instruct the congregation to say the prayers at a moderate pace to ensure the service is truly reverent.

If possible, the choir leader should review the hymns with the congregation before the service.

Collect prayer books after the service to be sent along with the image to the next council.

No money should be collected nor should any social activity be held in conjunction with the service.

The Grand Knight should record the council’s program in the log book that accompanies the image before sending it on to the next council.

Additional copies of the prayer books and prayer cards used in the program can be ordered from the Supreme Council Fraternal Services Department. Please check with the State Deputy or Marian Prayer Chairman prior to ordering additional prayer books.