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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.’
Links Related to this week’s column:
- KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS PRESENT HOME TO PRIEST WHO LOST RECTORY IN HURRICANE MICHAEL
By Victoria Verderame (11/8/2018)
- K of C Supreme Knight Carl Anderson delivered a camper trailer to Panama City pastor and $100k Donation to Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocese to aid relief work
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