June 14, 2014 FLAG CEREMONY conducted at the San Marco Catholic Church… with KNIGHTS in attendance.
To: Ben Farnsworth From: Jose Granda Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014 Re: Emailing Italy 2014 Ben attached are pictures that we took the day we spent with Peter at the Seminary and the Vatican in Rome. I'll explain the pictures below: #19- Picture taken from the roof of Peter's Seminary in Rome with the Vatican in the background. From left are: Jack Drobnick (Knight), Joe Granda, Peter Vale, John Arceri (Knight), Liliana Arceri, Joe Batte (Knight), Anne Batte, Eunice Drobnick, Alice Calavera (Widow of former Knight), Pam Cote (Alice's daughter), Maria Granda. #21 Picture of Peter receiving the Knight of the month award at a restaurant in Rome where we took him and several other seminarians from the State of Florida. #22 Another picture of Peter receiving the award from our Council given to him on your behalf. #23 Picture of Peter and I hugging each other after I presented him with the check from our Council. #24 Peter showing the envelope with the check from our Council. We had a great time with Peter and his friends from the Seminary. We went to Mass with him to the Panteon in the morning, this is a very rare treat. After lunch we went to the Vatican where we went to the Swiss guards quarters and into the private chapel of the Pope where we had been invited to witnessed a ceremony performed by the one of the 3 Cardinals in charge of St. Peter's to promote one of Peter's friend from LIchtechstein that was being, promoted I guess, to the highest level of Monsignor before becoming a Bishop. Afterwards, in his honor we were asked to join a Mass at St. Peter's Basilica, reserved for dignitaries and a lot of red hats that afternoon. The Knights of Columbus Council #6344 was well represented at the Mass. We ended going to Mass twice that day. The Mass was magnificent, in Latin like the old days, the Homily was in Italian and not as good as Fr. Tim even though it was given by the main Cardinal in charge of the Basilica. Peter will become a transitional deacon in October 2016 and the ceremony will be done at St. Peter's Basilica and he has invited all of us to attend. Our group is planning on being there with Peter, maybe other Council members would also like to participate. Peter is finishing his final exams for this year this week and will be leaving soon for Scandinavia where he has been assigned to a local church for the summer. Please let me know if you have any questions. Joe