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Patrick Mason (’03)
Patrick Mason (’03)

The Board of Directors of the Knights of Columbus — the nation’s largest Catholic fraternal organization, with more than 2 million members — has elected alumnus Patrick Mason (’03) as its supreme secretary.

For Mr. Mason, his new post marks the next step in a journey that began some 15 years ago, when, as a freshly minted attorney in Gallup, New Mexico, he joined his local council. Much to his surprise, he soon found himself elected chancellor, the council’s third-highest position. Then, when his council’s grand knight was tragically killed by a drunk driver, and its terminally ill deputy grand knight entered hospice care, Mr. Mason — a new Knight and still only in his 20s — became the council’s leader.

By God’s grace, the council thrived, attracting new, younger members, and earning the prestigious Star Council Award from the Knights’ Supreme Council. Mr. Mason began representing his council at regional and national conventions and, in short order, was elected state advocate for the Knights in New Mexico. He then proceeded to work his way through the state organization’s ranks, culminating in his election, in 2016, as state deputy — the highest state-level position within the Knights of Columbus.

In 2017 Mr. Mason was elected to the Knights’ national Board of Directors, becoming its youngest member at just 36 years old. Six months ago, left his position as a partner at the law firm of Mason & Isaacson — where he represented a wide range of clients that included the Little Sisters of the Poor, the Missionaries of Charity, the Diocese of Gallup, and the Navajo Nation — to work fulltime for the Knights’ Supreme Council staff. Along with his wife, Rachel, and their five children, he has also relocated from New Mexico to live near the Knights’ national headquarters in New Haven, Connecticut.

“As part of my duties, I have to meet with bishops, correspond with members of the Church hierarchy, and inspire and form our men in the Faith,” he once remarked. “Being able to pull from my knowledge of the true, the good, and the beautiful, and being able to communicate the ideas that I found and developed at Thomas Aquinas College, has really helped me in all those regards. If it weren’t for the strength and faith that the College gave me, I don’t think I would be doing this.”