Msgr. Peter Routhier, rector of The Cathedral of St. Joseph in Burlington, was the recipient of this year’s Anchor Award.

“The Anchor Award is the highest award given by the state Knights of Columbus for outstanding service to the Church, community, and council,” said Past State Deputy Steve Shover who served as emcee at the Oct. 7 celebration at The Delta Marriott Burlington Hotel in South Burlington.

The attendees enjoyed a delicious meal, great company and gladly celebrated this well-deserved honor with Msgr. Routhier. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the hotel lost power for much of the evening, but it did not hamper the festivities.

Grand Knight Dan St. Hilaire and District Deputy William LaCroix of Council #279 Burlington gave several remarks to express their gratitude and appreciation for Msgr. Routhier and thanked him for the help he has given the council.

He has supported many of the council’s community outreach initiatives, is generous with time and donations, has been present for many families, and actively recruits for the council to encourage membership.

Msgr. Routhier was appreciative of receiving this honor. “None of this is possible without the people who help us live out our vocation,” he said, adding that it is important for everyone to work together to continue to do God’s work and to pray with him. Such good works cannot be done alone, he said, speaking of charity, service, fraternity, and great love for God. He thanked everyone for being a part of his life.

“Msgr. Routhier is now the chaplain for Council #279 in Burlington, but I remember when he was the chaplain of Council #297, and he always supported our council and helped us a lot,” said Honor Guard Member and Grand Knight Valdemar Garibay of St. Albans. “I appreciated everything he did for our council, and I am blessed to be present as part of the Honor Guard to help celebrate his special occasion.”

Before the award celebration, the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard attended and assisted at Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Burlington. They were from Burlington, South Burlington, and St. Albans.