Monday, June 25, 2012


Next week, I take up the mantle of leadership as the Grand Knight of the St. Paul's Council of the Knights of Columbus.

I became a member of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Council in Stephenville in 1987. Over the two and half decades I have greatly enjoyed being part of an organization that fills your heart and your mind with the joy of giving to others and the feeling that comes with making a difference.

 The Knights of Columbus are the world's largest Catholic family service organization. Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life.

The order was founded by The Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney in 1882 as a fraternal society committed to the welfare of Catholic families, in particular the widows and children of deceased members. They sought strength in solidarity, and security through unity of purpose and devotion to a holy cause: they vowed to be defenders of their country, their families and their faith.

Today, The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

In the beginning, Father McGivney and his fellow Knights “passed the hat” to benefit widows and orphans.From that humble start, the Order has grown to include top-rated life insurance, long-term care insurance and retirement products.

With more than $80 billion of insurance in force and a full-time field force of more than 1,400 serving our members and their families, we are proudly fulfilling Fr. McGivney’s vision.There is no more highly rated insurer in North America than the Knights of Columbus. A.M. Best has bestowed on us their highest rating (A++, Superior) for 35 consecutive years. In the past decade, the Knights of Columbus paid more than $3.2 billion in dividends to insured members.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.

The organization has also contributed billions of dollars and millions of hours of volunteer service to charity.

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