Steve Griffin, District Master of the Fourth Degree of the Alabama Knights of Columbus, has announced that Bishop Robert J. Baker of Birmingham has accepted the appoinment as Faithful Friar of the Fourth Degree.
In making the announcement, Griffin said, "It is with a great deal of gratitude that I announce that the Fourth Degree of the Alabama Knights of Columbus has a new District Friar for our State. The Most Reverend Robert J. Baker S.T.D. – Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama has accepted the appointment as Faithful Friar of the Fourth Degree in our State.
"I know that the nearly 8500 members of the Alabama Knights of Columbus (and their families) join me in welcoming our new Friar and offer our most sincere appreciation for his willingness to serve as our spiritual guide in the Patriotic, Fourth Degree of the Alabama Knights of Columbus.
"We look forward to our future with Bishop Baker providing spiritual leadership and know too that all members of the Knights of Columbus look forward to progressing to the Fourth Degree of our Order and serving in the Visible Arm of the Order.
"The Knights in our Great State of Alabama are better today as a result of the Bishop’s decision to serve us as we continue to serve our Church, Clergy and Country."
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic lay organization. We are celebrated for standing in solidarity with our priests and bishops and for our unwavering support for life. We provide members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families, and young people. With more than 1.7 million members in more than 13,000 Councils around the world, the Knights of Columbus annually donates more than $143 million and 68 million hours of service to charitable causes.