October of 2010, Monsignor Thomas Knopf-Bigelow was admitted to the Legion
of Honor of DeMolay International, an organization dedicated to mentoring
young men 12-21 years of age. The ceremony and celebratory dinner
were held at the Hiawatha Masonic Lodge in Minneapolis,
Membership in the Legion of Honor is awarded to those who have "actively
demonstrated outstanding leadership in some field of endeavor, whether it
be a civic, professional, fraternal or spiritual arena... [and] who can be
implicitly relied upon [as DeMolay legionnaires]... to aid young men in
carrying the ideals of DeMolay into every walk of life [from the DeMolay
International was founded in 1919 with the mission to prepare young
men to "lead successful, happy, and productive lives" through
the use of "timeless principles and practical, hands-on experience".
Today, it has over 1,000 chapters around the world. Some
of the young men mentored by DeMolay include the astronauts Frank
Borman, Edgar Mitchell and Vance Brand, Minnesota Twins great Harmon
Killebrew, author John Steinbeck, news anchorman Walter
actor John Wayne.
Msgr. Knopf-Bigelow wearing the Legion of Honor
award at the dinner given in his honor.