Editor’s note: Abanaki Councill 334 also scored space on SeacoastOnline. See their article here.
On December 18, Abnaki Council 334 conducted the first ever Nativity Celebration at the Maine State Capitol Hall of Flags in Augusta. This celebration marked the first time in Maine’s history that a Nativity was placed on State of Maine property. The Nativity set was donated by the American Nativity organization, which strives to place a nativity set in every state capitol and this was also the first time the Knights of Columbus have ever placed a Nativity in any US State Capitol. Governor Paul LePage spoke about Christmas memories, Council 334 also announced the winners of the Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest and the Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest. 3 choirs performed – St. Michael School from Augusta, St. Dominic Academy Elementary Choir and the Mt. View Chamber Singers. State Deputy Norm Gray closed the ceremony with remarks indicating the significance of this event to the State of Maine, the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Church and all Christians.