News & Events
Jun 30, 2017
Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism
By Connie Dunwoody
On Wednesday, June 28, 2017, Bishop Gary Gordon, Fr. John Laszczyk
(St. Andrew’s Cathedral), and Fr. Alfredo Monacelli (St. Joseph the Worker) were knighted by Master of the 4th Degree Andy Sambrielaz, at the Pastoral Centre in Victoria.
As 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, also referred to as ‘Sir Knights’, Bishop Gary, Fr. John and Fr. Alfredo have gone through all the lessons of the Order and have again reaffirmed the importance of the lessons of ‘Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism’ and giving the Holy Spirit the chance to enlighten us about these lessons.
“Living the lessons of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism help us live out our duty to God, our duty to our Country, which God has so graciously given to us, and our duty to our brother and sister which Jesus himself revealed to us when he talked about the greatest commandment of all. We want to thank Bishop Gary, Fr. John and Fr. Alfredo for being a part of the 4th Degree of the Knights of Columbus,” said Andy Sambrielaz, after knighting Bishop Gary, Fr. John and Fr. Alfredo in the presence of Pastoral Centre staff.
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded by Fr. Michael J. McGiveney in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1982, it was named in honour of the mariner Christopher Columbus. Originally serving as a mutual benefit society to working class and immigrant Catholics in the United States, it developed into a fraternal benefit society dedicated to providing charitable services, promoting Catholic education and Catholic public policy positions, and actively defending Catholicism in various nations. The Order is still true to its founding principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism.
In 2015, the Knights of Columbus set a record in charitable giving for the 17th consecutive year, exceeding $175 million dollars worldwide, and more than 73.5 million hours of service. Canadian Knights donated $22,241,473 and gave more than 9 million hours of service. In the past decade, Knights donated more than 700 million hours of service for a total worth more than $15 billion in curent dollars.
Charitable activities include an infinite variety of local, national and international projects. Charitable activities unique to the Knights include the Christian Refugee Relief Fund, Disaster Relief, Ultrasound Initiative, and Coats for Kids. The Knights also partner with international charities including Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission and Habitat for Humanity.
Bishop Gary Gordon, being knighted by Andy Sambrielaz, Master of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus
Fr. John Laszczyk (R), knighted by Master of the 4th Degree Andy Sambrielaz
Fr. Alfredo Monacelli (R) is knighted as Pastoral Centre staff look on
L to R: Fr. John Laszczyk; Fr. Alfredo Monacelli; Andy Sambrielaz, Master of the 4th Degree; Bishop Gary Gordon; and Oscar Pérez de Tagle, Grand Knight, Sacred Heart Council 15445, representing Bishop Demers Assembly 3364
L to R: Oscar Pérez de Tagle, Bishop Gary Gordon, and Andy Sambrielaz