State Deputy's Message

October 2017

What does it mean to be a member of the Knights of Columbus?  The answers vary with everyone.  For some it means supporting our priests and, our seminarians and religious through the Adopt-A- Seminarian program.  For other, it means raising funds to assist people with intellectual disabilities through our annual “Tootsie Roll” program.  Others promote the culture of life during Respect Life Month. Still others support the needy, sick, elderly or the youth in our communities. Being a Knight means these and more. They are all experiences we have come to know as Knights members.  Therefore, we join the Knights of Columbus, to help others in times of need.

As leaders in the Catholic Church, we are challenged to live the Gospel in our daily lives by building a better world one charitable act at a time.  Our service programs should reflect our involvement and commitment to our Church, Youth, Family, Community, Council and Culture of Life.  Have you and your Council put an action plan into place?

When you are having a function to raise money for one of our many projects use this as an opportunity to recruit new members. Being a Knight also means asking other Catholic men to join our cause.  For our Order to continue to grow and do more and greater things for our Church and communities, we should always ask others to join with us in supporting our programs.  This could be your son, nephew, friend, neighbor or co-worker.  Invite them to celebrate our Faith.

While the example of our daily lives and our programs may interest someone in the Knights, we must take the next step and invite them to join.  Each new member has his own talents to add to the Order.  Once a new member has joined our ranks, use his talents by encouraging him to take an active role. The benefits for him and his family will be tremendous.

Vivat Jesus,

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