This Statue in Forest Park representing Louis IX of France (1214–70), the namesake of St. Louis, MO. This equestrian sculpture captures the king as a soldier. Courtesy of forestparkstatues.org.

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

“My brother Knights, eight centuries ago, a king of France led his nation by the example of his faith.  Unlike other kings people could remember, this one invited the poor to eat at his table and even washed their feet.  He cared for lepers, defended the rights of his citizens and protected the Church from the abuses of civil authorities.  He sought to protect Christians in the Middle East, spending years in Syria.

He led France in an exceptional era of its history.  He was considered the ‘first among equals’ of the monarchs of Europe and was called upon to settle disputes beyond his own kingdom.

Putting his faith first, this king built his royal chapel, the beautiful Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, to enshrine one of history’s most precious relics, our Lord’s Crown of Thorns.  Louis IX, king of France, lived the ideal so often expressed by Pope Francis — that true power is service.

St. Louis was a leader of knights, and today, the Knights of Columbus meets in the city named for him.

For generations, this city was the gateway to America’s West.  It is also a city with a rich Catholic heritage and deep roots for the Knights of Columbus.”

The preceding were the opening remarks from the Supreme Knight’s (Carl Anderson) Annual Report delivered to those attending the KofC 135th Supreme Convention in St. Louis in August.

You can find the direct link to this week’s feature article – the entire Annual Report –  along with information about the IWknights at: www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights 9981.

Links Related to this week’s column:

http://www.kofc.org/en/columbia/detail/annual-report-of-the-supreme-knight2017.html

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