Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?
“Supreme Knight Carl Anderson renewed a call to recruit younger members to the Knights of Columbus, saying the Order’s future is at stake.
‘This Order was started by a 30-year-old (Father Michael J. McGivney),’ Anderson said at the Mid-Year Meeting of State Deputies in Washington D.C.’ And you know, I have to believe that Michael McGivney was not the only 30-year-old who can make a contribution to the Knights of Columbus. That’s why we are putting so much emphasis on bringing young men in. For the future of the Order we have to.’
In his address on Saturday, Anderson laid out a bold vision of using technology and innovative approaches to attracting new members. The centerpiece of this is the Online Membership initiative that is being rolled out gradually across the U.S. This program allows men to join the Order online, with the goal of eventually bringing them into councils and the degree process.
Online Membership is a portal to bring in new prospects and introduce them to the Knights of Columbus, Anderson said.
‘We have to do it because we owe it to them that they can invest in a solid insurance program that’s going to protect their families; that they can get the spiritual formation and the spiritual strength that’s going to help them lead their families.’
‘We owe it to them to open up the brotherhood of Catholic men who will be there to help them and who they can help by their service. We owe it to them to open up for their membership an organization that’s effective in solving problems in their neighborhoods. So, we have a mission.’
As part of the strategy to attract younger men, the Order announced plans earlier this year to phase out the decades-old Fourth Degree uniforms in favor of a more modern look.”
Links Related to this week’s column:
- THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS’ FUTURE
By Alton J. Pelowski (Columbia Magazine).
- Supreme Knight Carl Anderson renewed a call to recruit younger members to the Knights of Columbus.
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