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Knights of St John International make history: Exemplify 100 Noble Degree members (See pictures)

L-R: Gen Frank Wesleski, Supreme President KSJI and Lt Gen Tom Dzanowicz leading the Knights.

L-R Gen Dale Gossiaux, past President; Col Paul Jasper, Trustee US Subordinate Commandery; Brig Gen Emmanuel Toe, Supreme Subordinate 2nd Vice President and Maj Gen Brian Stehlin SS President.

 

The Ladies Auxiliary with their Supreme Respected President, Iris Turner, Lady Pauline Opara, New York Grand Respected President, Bishop Elias R. Lorenzo and Dr Monsignor Anselm Nwaorgu.
Commandery 680 Newark, New Jersey recipients.
L-R 2nd Lt Harold Uche, Worthy President, Commandery 680, Newark; Brig Gen Titus Brown Osuagwu; Gen Dale Gossiaux, Col Dave Wilson Sr. Gen Frank Wesleski and Major Charles Igwebuike, Commander District 4, New York Grand.
Bishop Lorenzo, Exemplifying the Noble Ladies.
Canada recipients
676 Trenton KSJI & LAUX
New York KSJI & LAUX
Maj. Gen Noble Chijioke (CJ) Okafor, Interim Supreme Secretary, KSJI.
Noble and Lady Innocent Enwere at the event
L-R Gen Dale Gossiaux, past Supreme President, Maj Gen Martin Bella, Supreme Trustee, Gen Frank Wesleski, Supreme President and Lt Gen Tom Dzanowicz, Supreme Secretary Emeritus.
Standing L- R 1st Lt Lawrence Ibe, Adjutant District 4 New York Grand, Corresponding Secretary Commandry 680, Newark, New Jersey, Secretary Noble Degree Committee KSJI 2022, Rev Father Emeka Okwuosa and Noble Jude Nkama. Sitting is Noble Dr Monsignor Anselm Nwaorgu, Spiritual Adviser New York Grand Commandery, USA.
L-R Col Dave Wilson Sr, Interim Secretary New York Grand, Maj Gen Chijioke (CJ) Okafor, Supreme Secretary
L-r: Brig Gen Titus Brown Osuagwu, Supreme Cadets Chairman, Supreme Subordinate treasurer, Chairman Noble Degree Committee; Maj Gen Chijioke (CJ) Okafor, Supreme Secretary; Gen Dale Gossiaux, past Supreme President; Maj Gen Brian Stehlin, SS President, Gen Frank Wesleski, Supreme President, Maj Gen Martin Bella, Supreme Trustee; Lt Gen Tom Dzanowicz, Supreme Secretary Emeritus ; Col Paul Jasper, Trustee, US Subordinate Commandery; Col Dave Wilson Sr, Grand Secretary NY Grand.
Recipients from Philadelphia Commandery
Noble Michael Dortu from Commandry 960, Newark, NJ.

L-R Col. Dave B Wilson Sr, New York Grand Secretary, and Brig Gen Titus Brown Osuagwu, Chairman Supreme Cadets, Treasurer Supreme Subordinate USA, Chairman Noble Degree Committee 2022.

L-R: Lady Iris Turner- Respected Supreme President LAUX, Lady Pauline Opara- Respected President, New York Grand LAUX, Lady Juliet Ezeigbo- Respected President Commandery 592, Newark.

On Saturday, August27, 2022, the Knights of St John International (KSJI) held their Noble Degree Exemplification at St Michael’s Church, Union, New Jersey, United States of America (USA). The ceremony was celebrated by the Most Rev. Elias R. Lorenzo O.S.B, Bishop for Union County and Vicar General, Archdiocese of Newark.

He was assisted by Monsignor Anselm Nwaorgu (the Spiritual Adviser of KSJI New York Grand), and a host of other priests including Rev Dr Erasmus Okere (Spiritual Adviser of Commandery 680, Newark), and Rev Peter Iwuala (Spiritual Adviser District 4 New York Grand. Incidentally, all three of Advisers are recipients of the Noble Degree.

The event commenced with a dinner reception organized by Monsignor Anselm Nwaorgu for the visiting Supreme and Supreme Subordinate officers who had arrived the previous evening. The Noble Degree is the fifth (5th) and highest degree, the ultimate honor to be bestowed upon members of the Knights of St John International for their long and meritorious service to the Order and the Holy mother, the Church.

For the first time in the history of the Order, a total number of 100 members were Exemplified and this is made up of the Knights, Ladies Auxiliary, priests and the Bishop. There were speeches by the Supreme President, General Frank Wesleski,  the Interim Supreme Secretary Major General Chijioke Okafor, the Supreme Secretary Emeritus Lt Gen Tom Dzanowicz, Brig Gen Dale Gossiaux, Supreme Subordinate President Brig Gen Brian Stehlin, Brig. Gen Titus Osuagwu – Chairman of the Noble Degree Committee as well as Lady Iris Turner – Supreme Respected President, Ladies Auxiliary, Knights of St John International.

Other officers who were present to grace the occasion include: Major Gen Martin Bella – Supreme Trustee, Brig Gen Emmanuel Toe – Supreme Subordinate 2nd Vice President USA, Col Paul Jasper, Trustee, US Subordinate Commandery and Lady Pauline Opara, New York Grand Respected President, Ladies Auxiliary, among other distinguished personalities.

Members,  like the Supreme Subordinate Secretary, Brig Gen Francis Balla Kollie, have continued to praise the successful organization and hosting of the 2022 Noble Degree Exemplification by the Ritual Director, the Interim Supreme Secretary – Major Gen Chijioke Okafor, the under-secretary Ritual and President New York Grand Commandery, Brig Gen Richard Morse ably represented by the New York Grand Secretary, Col Dave Wilson, Major Charles Igwebuike, the District 4 Commander, and more especially the Noble Degree Committee members headed by Brig Gen Titus Osuagwu as Chairman, 1st Lt Lawrence Ibe as Secretary, Captain Don Anigbogu – Commander, Commandery 680 Newark, 2nd Lt John Akwuobi of Commandery 626, New York, 2nd Lt Anthony Anijah – Paymaster, Captain Umezurike Madu of 676, Trenton as well as Captain Theo Sule of Commandery 960, Newark.

The event was rounded off with a party for the Brothers and Sisters who came from all over the United States and Canada. Chairman of the Noble Degree Exemplification – Brig Gen Titus Osuagwu gave a vote of thanks while the Spiritual Adviser of New York Grand Commandery, the Rev Dr Monsignor Anselm Nwaorgu said the closing prayers for the historic event.

 

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3 comments

  1. Wonderful publication
    Congratulations to the Knights of St. John International on the Noble Exemplification.

  2. Sir Augustine Akalusi

    Awesome KSJI, all labour and tolls have really yielded good fruits and results, bravo comrades!!

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