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The Knights of Columbus headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut, recently, consolidated all three degrees of knighthood so that accepted members no longer have to wait months to receive their third degree. Now that designation is received on the same night during a ceremony held in a Catholic church and performed by the Knights of Columbus district deputy. The first “class” to accomplish this in Council 5940 and Council 16071 were recently bestowed their degrees during a ceremony administered by the Rev. Gus Ricciardi, of Prince of Peace Parish in Old Forge, assisted by the Rev. Philip Sladicka, of Queen of the Apostles Parish in Avoca, and Art Bobbouine, district deputy. Knights who received all three degrees in the ceremony were Tom Borthwick, Michael Dessoye Jr., Anthony Gregorio, Christopher Musso and Michael Lavelle, of Queen of the Apostles Parish, and Brandon Jopling, Joe Silinske and Sam Andrewscavage, of St. Joseph Marello Parish, Pittston. First row, from left, are Robert Ryzner, deputy grand knight; Paul A. Chromey, chancellor of Council 5940; the Rev. Gus Ricciardi, chaplain; Mike Lavelle, third degree knight; Robert Gillette, recording secretary, and Robert Pagnotti, grand knight. Second row: Tom Borthwick, third degree knight; Mike Dessoye Jr., third degree knight; Christopher Musso, third degree knight; Anthony Gregorio, third degree knight; Art Bobbouine, district deputy grand knight, and the Rev. Phil Sladicka, council lecturer.