IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for January 20, 2019

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Standing with laborers and emergency workers Oct. 4, 2001, a priest blesses a 20-foot tall cross of steel beams that had been recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center in New York. The Knights of Columbus Heroes Fund was established on the day following the Sept. 11 attacks. (CNS photo from Reuters)

We continue the review of some of the more significant KofC events and accomplishments which have occurred since the turn of the century.

2014: The Knights launch the “Building the Domestic Church” initiative.

2014: The Knights of Columbus donates an ultrasound machine to a Baltimore pregnancy center, making it the: 500th such gift by the Order.

2015: Haitian amputee athletes attended a meeting at the Vatican, Jan. 10, in a visit sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

2015: The Guadium et SpesAward, the Order’s highest honor, was presented to Cardinal Francis George, the 11th recipient of the award since its establishment in 1992.

2015: The Knights of Columbus provided $400,000 to the Ukrainian-rite and Latin-rite Catholic communities of Ukraine. The funds were used for humanitarian relief, including projects that fed and aided homeless children and refugees living on the streets of the capital city of Kyiv.

2015: The Knights of Columbus Asset Advisors announced the creation of four faith-based investment solutions specifically designed to meet the needs of Catholic institutions.

2015: The Special Olympics World Games were held in in July, with 7,000 athletes from more than 177 countries traveling to Los Angeles for the event. The Knights of Columbus donated $1.4 million to fund the qualified athletes from the U.S. and Canada.

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  • THE NEW MILLENNIUM: 2000 AND ONWARDS
    By Knights of Columbus (2018)

    • On May 21, 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized 25 martyrs of Mexico, including six members of the Knights of Columbus. Less than one year later, Carl A. Anderson was installed as the 13th supreme knight in Mexico City and dedicated the Order and his administration to Mary under her title Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for January 6 & 12, 2019

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Standing with laborers and emergency workers Oct. 4, 2001, a priest blesses a 20-foot tall cross of steel beams that had been recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center in New York. The Knights of Columbus Heroes Fund was established on the day following the Sept. 11 attacks. (CNS photo from Reuters)

A continued review of some of the more significant KofC events and accomplishments which have occurred since the turn of the century.

2013: A new K of C initiative began to provide funding for Boston Marathon bombing victims, helping amputees acquire prosthetic devices not covered by insurance.

2013: Francis: The Pope from the New World, a K of C-produced documentary on the life story of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, aired Oct. 20. The film aired on several networks and was also made available on DVD.

2013: A major meeting led by the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus discussed the role and mission of the Catholic Church in North, South and Central America. The conference was held at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City from Nov. 16-19.

2013: Following the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Knights of Columbus in the Visayas jurisdiction delivered food, water and other necessities during a relief operation.

2014: The Knights of Columbus is recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance, as a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company.®

2014: The Order’s: Saint John Paul II National Shrine receives designation from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops as a national shrine.

2014: The Knights of Columbus Christian Refugee Relief initiative stands at more than $2 million in public donations and Order-raised funds, which are distributed to support humanitarian assistance to refugees fleeing persecution in Iraq and the surrounding areas.

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  • THE NEW MILLENNIUM: 2000 AND ONWARDS
    By Knights of Columbus (2018)

    • On May 21, 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized 25 martyrs of Mexico, including six members of the Knights of Columbus. Less than one year later, Carl A. Anderson was installed as the 13th supreme knight in Mexico City and dedicated the Order and his administration to Mary under her title Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for December 30, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Standing with laborers and emergency workers Oct. 4, 2001, a priest blesses a 20-foot tall cross of steel beams that had been recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center in New York. The Knights of Columbus Heroes Fund was established on the day following the Sept. 11 attacks. (CNS photo from Reuters)

More review of significant K of C events and accomplishments which have occurred since the turn of the century.

2012: The Knights supports the efforts of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and its Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, under the leadership of Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, in addressing contemporary challenges to religious freedom and conscience in the United States.

2012: The Guadalupe Celebration, the largest religious event in that city in a generation, was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles under Archbishop Jose Gomez, and the Institute for Guadalupan Studies in Mexico City, on Aug. 5 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

2012: The Knights of Columbus shipped aid and funds to those in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, with more than $500,000 in funds donated.

2012: The Knights of Columbus and Pontifical Commission for Latin America cosponsored a conference on “Ecclesia in America” (The Church in America), with assistance from the Institute for Guadalupan Studies in Mexico City held at the Vatican from Dec. 9-12.

2013: Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, representing the Knights of Columbus, attended the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as he was appointed the 266th Roman Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis, March 13.

2013: Knights and their families and guests gathered at “America’s Catholic Church” in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Knights Tower Carillon and to re-consecrate the Order to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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  • THE NEW MILLENNIUM: 2000 AND ONWARDS
    By Knights of Columbus (2018)

    • On May 21, 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized 25 martyrs of Mexico, including six members of the Knights of Columbus. Less than one year later, Carl A. Anderson was installed as the 13th supreme knight in Mexico City and dedicated the Order and his administration to Mary under her title Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for December 23, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Standing with laborers and emergency workers Oct. 4, 2001, a priest blesses a 20-foot tall cross of steel beams that had been recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center in New York. The Knights of Columbus Heroes Fund was established on the day following the Sept. 11 attacks. (CNS photo from Reuters)

The review continues of some of the more significant KofC events and accomplishments which have occurred since the turn of the century.

2010: Following the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti, the Order provides immediate assistance to Catholic Relief Services, establishes a relief fund and purchases 1,000 wheelchairs for Haitians suffering disabilities.  In partnership with Project Medishare, the Knights’ “Healing Haiti’s Children” program provides prosthetics and two years of physical therapy for children who lost limbs in the earthquake.

2010: Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, archbishop of Havana, receives the Gaudium et Spes Award, and with assistance from the Knights, the first new seminary in Cuba in more than 50 years is opened.  Two years earlier, a delegation of Knights from Cuba attended the Supreme Convention for the first time in 60 years.

2011: To address the severe shortage of military chaplains, the Knights established a new scholarship program for the Military Archdiocese’s Co-Sponsored Seminarian program.

2011: Building on the success of their collaboration at World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, the Knights and the Sisters of Life co-sponsor the Love and Life Centre, the official English-language catechetical site at World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Spain.

2011: The Order establishes a Shrine of Blessed John Paul II in Washington, D.C., at the site of the former John Paul II Cultural Center.  Supreme Knight Anderson announces the initiative will include permanent exhibits celebrating the life and teachings of the late pope and the 500-year Catholic heritage of North America.

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    By Knights of Columbus (2018)

    • On May 21, 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized 25 martyrs of Mexico, including six members of the Knights of Columbus. Less than one year later, Carl A. Anderson was installed as the 13th supreme knight in Mexico City and dedicated the Order and his administration to Mary under her title Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for December 16, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Standing with laborers and emergency workers Oct. 4, 2001, a priest blesses a 20-foot tall cross of steel beams that had been recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center in New York. The Knights of Columbus Heroes Fund was established on the day following the Sept. 11 attacks. (CNS photo from Reuters)

Again we continue with our review of some of the more significant KofC events and accomplishments which have occurred since the turn of the century.

2008: On March 16, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI approves a decree of heroic virtue for Father Michael J. McGivney, declaring him “Venerable.”

2008: The Order is present throughout Pope Benedict XVI’s pastoral visit to the United States.  A K of C-commissioned plaque commemorates the pope’s Mass at Yankee Stadium.  It accompanies two similar plaques, which commemorate Masses that Pope John Paul II and Pope Paul VI celebrated there.

2008: McGivney Hall, the new home of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America, is dedicated Sept. 8.

2009: The Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative launches Jan. 22, 2009.  To date, more than 250 ultrasound machines have been purchased for pro-life pregnancy centers using matching funds from the Order’s Culture of Life Fund, established in 2008.

2009: The Order hosts a “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” summit on volunteerism in New York and designates 2009 as the Year of the Volunteer.  The Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program launches; to date, the initiative has provided more than 45,000 winter coats to children throughout the United States and Canada.

2009: Giovanni Alemanno, the mayor of Rome, presents Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson with “Lupa Capitolina” award for the Order’s 90 years of service to the Eternal City.  The following year, the city hosts an exhibit about the 90-year relationship at the Capitoline Museum.

2009: Following the 127th Supreme Convention in Phoenix, the Order hosts the first International Marian Congress and Guadalupe Festival, gathering about 20,000 participants.

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    By Knights of Columbus (2018)

    • On May 21, 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized 25 martyrs of Mexico, including six members of the Knights of Columbus. Less than one year later, Carl A. Anderson was installed as the 13th supreme knight in Mexico City and dedicated the Order and his administration to Mary under her title Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for December 9, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Standing with laborers and emergency workers Oct. 4, 2001, a priest blesses a 20-foot tall cross of steel beams that had been recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center in New York. The Knights of Columbus Heroes Fund was established on the day following the Sept. 11 attacks. (CNS photo from Reuters)

We will continue to review some of the more significant KofC events and accomplishments which have occurred since the turn of the century.

  • 2005: The Knights send 2,000 wheelchairs to land-mine victims and people with disabilities in Afghanistan and elsewhere.  Through its partnership with the Global Wheelchair Mission, Knights have since distributed nearly 25,000 wheelchairs around the world.
  • 2005: Villa Maria Guadalupe, the Order’s pro-life retreat center in Stamford, Conn., operated by the Sisters of Life, opens.
  • 2006: In its first international expansion in almost a century, the Order charters its first councils in Poland, beginning with John Paul II Council 14000 in Krakow.
  • 2006: In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the U.S. Gulf, Knights donate more than $10 million and 100,000 volunteer hours to help rebuild Catholic churches and schools.
  • 2007: The Knights of Columbus Incarnation Dome, a 3,780-square-foot mosaic depicting mysteries of Christ’s life, is constructed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
  • 2007: Represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the Knights and K of C families are defendant-intervenors in a case challenging the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Court decisions in 2009 and 2010 uphold the words’ constitutionality.

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  • THE NEW MILLENNIUM: 2000 AND ONWARDS
    By Knights of Columbus (2018)

    • On May 21, 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized 25 martyrs of Mexico, including six members of the Knights of Columbus. Less than one year later, Carl A. Anderson was installed as the 13th supreme knight in Mexico City and dedicated the Order and his administration to Mary under her title Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for December 2, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Standing with laborers and emergency workers Oct. 4, 2001, a priest blesses a 20-foot tall cross of steel beams that had been recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center in New York. The Knights of Columbus Heroes Fund was established on the day following the Sept. 11 attacks. (CNS photo from Reuters)

As we approach the end of the 19th year in the 21st century it's interesting to review some of the more significant K of C events and accomplishments which have occurred since the turn of the century.

2000: Pope John Paul II canonizes six Mexican priest-members of the Knights of Columbus who were martyred during the era of Church persecution there in the early 20th century.  The following year, John Paul II beatifies Blessed Carlos Rodríguez, a layman from Puerto Rico.  Three additional members from Mexico have since been beatified, and one canonized.

2001: The Knights of Columbus Museum opens in New Haven.  In addition to a permanent exhibit on the Order's history, the museum has featured numerous temporary exhibits and priceless works of art, such as Michelangelo's 16-foot wooden study model for the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica.

2001: In response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Knights on Sept. 12 establishes its $1 million Heroes Fund.  Checks for $3,000 are presented to the families of all full-time professional law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical personnel who lost their lives at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.  Forty-five Knights were killed on 9/11.

2002: The Order establishes a $2 million Pacem in Terris Fund to promote peace and education initiatives in the Holy Land and provide support for the Christian community there.

2003: 100,000 copies of a pocket-sized prayer book, Armed With the Faith, are printed by the Order and the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, and sent to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with 10,000 rosaries.

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  • THE NEW MILLENNIUM: 2000 AND ONWARDS
    By Knights of Columbus (2018)

    • On May 21, 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized 25 martyrs of Mexico, including six members of the Knights of Columbus. Less than one year later, Carl A. Anderson was installed as the 13th supreme knight in Mexico City and dedicated the Order and his administration to Mary under her title Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for November 25, 2018

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The IWknights are quite familiar with the task of preparing and serving a large number of meals over an extended period of time via our Fish Fry and BBQ’s.  But our brother Knights in Florida have taken the task to a new and impressive level as described in the following article.

“Imagine serving 3,500 meals in one day and then doing that every day for several weeks.

That’s exactly what Knights of St. Sylvester’s Council 13277 in Navarre, Fla., did in the aftermath Hurricane Michael, which hit on Oct. 10 as one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall in the United States.

The impact of the storm is still visible at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Panama City.  Soon after the hurricane passed, the church turned into a major distribution center, handing out supplies to between 2,000 to 4,000 people daily.  Almost a month later, it still maintains that level of service, and has become a hub for volunteers from all areas.

All those victims of the hurricane, along with the volunteers, need to eat.  That is where the Knights from St. Sylvester Council step in.

‘It’s just a matter of who we are and how we’re wired,’ said Ivan Delabruere, a Knights field agent.  ‘We’ve had Knights from all over the country here.  It’s just not the panhandle.  You’ll hear some different accents with Knights’ shirts on.  Like, a Little Cajun, a little northwest.’

Members like Grand Knight Jim Brown, Faithful Captain Neal Carter and Frank Suarez have joined Delabruere, traveling over 80 miles to Panama City to serve meals since the beginning of relief efforts.  Distributing an average of 3,500 meals per day, cooked with a smoker and grill, they serve pulled pork, hamburgers, ribs and hot dogs with a secret blend of sauces to volunteers and victims.

‘We had a couple come in the other day, they got three kids at home and they hadn’t eaten anything,’ said Carter. ‘They hadn’t had a hot meal in weeks, and they came through and we gave them more than enough food for a couple of days. Just to see their overwhelming joy and gratitude for what we're doing for them. That's all we need for thanks.’

Knights from across Florida — from Navarre to Homestead — as well as Alabama, Louisiana and Indiana continue to assist in relief and recovery efforts following Hurricane Michael, whether that is in the form of serving meals, delivering supplies or removing debris.  As a whole, the Knights have raised and contributed more than $526,000 to victims throughout the state of Florida.

And the secret sauce for their cooking? Delabruere responded, ‘The secret sauce is charity.’”

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for November 18, 2018

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“Providing relief from natural disasters is a key part of putting faith into action for the Knights of Columbus and its members.  Those members - both young and old including K of C insurance agents - have been on site since Hurricane Michael hit.  They have helped with cooking and distributing food and other supplies to as many as 4,000 people a day.

A new home for a pastor displaced by the massive storm was part of the $526,000 K of C Supreme Knight Carl Anderson distributed on a visit to the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee.  Those donations included a gift of $100,000 to that Diocese to assist with the rebuilding of churches and schools.  He also met with Bishop William Wack.

During the visit Supreme Knight Anderson also personally delivered the 29-foot camper trailer to Fr. Anthony Nguyen, Pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Church—a mostly Vietnamese parish in Panama City.  Fr. Anthony has been sleeping in a classroom inside the parish hall since Hurricane Michael destroyed the rectory.

 ‘The gift of the camper trailer is an important sign of recovery for the parish families and communities of Sts. Peter and Paul,’ said Supreme Knight Anderson.  ‘While many organizations provide disaster relief services to the general public, it is the Knights’ unique mission to serve Catholic religious institutions like Sts. Peter and Paul and others in the Pensacola-Tallahassee diocese in such times of disaster.’

Fr. Nguyen expressed deep gratitude to the Knights of Columbus and Supreme Knight Carl Anderson by saying ‘It will be nice to have a home to sleep in tonight.’

Bishop Wack said the visit from the Knights provided a much needed morale boost and the involvement of Knights volunteers will be critical as the community begins to rebuild.

‘For us it's important to have not just the local Knights involved, but also Knights from the state and national level as well.  It's important because we feel like we're all alone.  It’s been critical for our morale but also just literally to help us rebuild,’ said Bishop Wack.’

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for November 11, 2018

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Doughboys gather in the reading room of the large K of C hut in Dijon, France, circa 1918 Knights of Columbus Multimedia Archives/J.C. Hemment

Cecilia Hadley has written a wonderful article about the Knights of Columbus effort in World War I.  The piece is too long to publish in this column but the link to the entire article can be found on our Facebook page (address below).  The original article is presented in Colombia On-Line and entitled: A Century after the armistice, the Knights’ work during World War I remains one of the Order’s greatest legacies.

“The United States, after years of debate, mobilized for war in the spring of 1917.  The Supreme Council had a momentous decision to make: Should the Order mobilize, too?

A year earlier, councils in New Mexico, Texas and Arizona had responded spontaneously to assist National Guardsmen sent to the U.S.-Mexico border. The Knights established recreation halls, which were open to all “regardless of creed or color,” and facilitated Mass for Catholic servicemen.

With the world at war, could the Order expand the program to a global scale?  Some Council members thought it unwise to attempt, but support for the idea swelled at the grassroots level. Councils in Missouri and Vermont, for example, quickly raised thousands of dollars to open K of C recreation centers near local military installations.  Canada had entered the war in 1914, and Canadian Knights were also raising funds to support troops.

So, in May 1917, Supreme Knight James A. Flaherty sent a letter to President Woodrow Wilson, proposing to establish centers “for the recreation and spiritual comfort” of servicemen. The proposal was readily accepted, and the Knights’ “hut program” became the flagship initiative of the K of C Committee on War Activities.

The Knights eventually established approximately 250 recreation centers in Europe, as well as 450 in the United States, each with the slogan: ‘Everybody Welcome, Everything Free.’

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