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55 Years of Wonderment

By Staff | Jul 17, 2015

Submitted Knights of Columbus members form an honor guard at the 55th annual International Peace Garden Field Mass, which was held last week.

The 55th annual International Peace Garden Field Mass was held last Sunday, July 12th, 2015. This Mass is organized every year to bring the Knights from Manitoba and North Dakota together to celebrate the peace between our two great countries. All Knights, Catholics and their families from both sides of the border are invited to celebrate this Mass together.

The Celebrant this year was the Most Reverend Albert LeGatt, D.D. the Archbishop of Saint Boniface. The Honour Guard was Fourth Degree Members from various Assemblies, North Dakota and Manitoba. The Field Mass, which has attracted in excess of 3,000 people on a warm Sunday afternoon in July, originated in 1960 and has been held on the second Sunday ever since. The Mass is celebrated in the beautiful auditorium at the west end of the International Peace Garden, always on the second Sunday of July each year.

The Dunseith Knights of Columbus council, together with Harvey and Rugby councils in North Dakota and the Brandon council in Manitoba, formed the International Peace Garden Field Mass Association and held their first annual Field Mass in 1960. This year Rugby’s own Randy Malo is the president of the International Peace Garden Field Mass Association and is Grand Knight of the Rugby Council #4136.

The International Field Mass and Family Day is the only one of its kind, where people gather from two countries to promote good relationships and to pray for peace among all nations in a place surrounded by nature’s bountiful beauty. This year, as it has been the case for the last 54 years, the heavens were clear of rain and the mass was conducted with the pageantry and beauty deserved by something as pure and rewarding as the International Peace Garden Field Mass.

– Tribune Staff Report

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