The Ret. Reverend Monsignor Collins Circle #1307

HOW THE COLUMBIAN SQUIRES STARTED

The Columbian Squires were started under Brother Barnabus McDonald on August 4, 1925. The Squires organization is designed to develop young men into leaders and help them strengthen their ties to the Catholic Church and to the community. Barnabus McDonald was a leader during the 1920's who became the forerunner of the Youth Catholic Ministry. He established one of the first Catholic Boy Scout groups and later, the Squires after expanding his youth programs around the country.

THE REACTIVATION OF SQUIRES CIRCLE #1307

The Ret. Reverend Monsignor Collins Circle was reactivated by Matthew Rahtelli and 24 others in 2011. With the help of Monsignor Weiss, Father Luke Suarez, and Joseph Rahtelli, they rallied young Catholic men and had their first meeting with 15 kids in the group. Investitures (inductions) were held every three months and brought in between 15-20 each time. By the end of the first Squires calender year, the Newtown Squires totaled 59 members. After the second Squires calender, the total count reached 126, the largest in all of North America. The circle currently sits at 140 members.


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