Archbishop Leonard P. Blair blesses a painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe that was presented to Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, standing at left with his wife Dorian, during the 125th state convention of the Connecticut State Council of Knights of Columbus May 4-6 at the Stamford Marriott Hotel.
Anderson was the convention's honoree and banquet speaker.
The icon was presented by State Deputy Steve Bacon.
Because Anderson is the 13th Supreme Knight of the fraternal organization during its 125th anniversary year, Bacon also presented Anderson with a check for $26,000 to pay for the building of 13 homes for those suffering persecution in Iraq and Syria.
The Knights of Columbus launched a Christian Refugee Relief Fund in August 2014 to support those suffering anti-Christian violence in the Middle East.
In addition to Archbishop Blair, Hartford Archbishop Emeritus Daniel A. Cronin and Bishop Emeritus Basil Losten of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford attended the convention banquet on May 5. A video greeting from Bishop Frank J. Caggiano was screened, and congratulatory letters were read from Bishop Michael R. Cote of Norwich and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, supreme chaplain for the Knights of Columbus.
(Photo by Stephen P. Mieczkowski, Knights of Columbus)