Sep 16, 2013
For a second time I have had the wonderful experience of attending the Supreme Convention for the Knights of Columbus—this year held in San Antonio, Texas from August 5 through 8.
These international gatherings are comprised of clergy and representatives of the Knights of Columbus from many countries where the Knights’ membership is growing. Besides the United States (where the Knights first began) and Canada, the membership also includes men from Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Poland and very recently, the Ukraine. In addition, the beginnings of the Knights of Columbus are now starting in Lithuania.
Besides the many interesting meetings during the days of Convention, there is a great opportunity for networking among the Knights from all over the world. For the clergy present, it is the same: we meet our counterparts from different countries and have the opportunity to learn from one another.
The Knights of Columbus is the largest fraternal organization of Catholic men in the world. Besides working to strengthen the Catholic Faith within parish communities and families, they perform extensive charitable works throughout the world—the Supreme Council of the Knights, for their part, disperse over $160 million per annum on a huge variety of charitable causes in many countries.
The Knights of Columbus originated in New Haven, Connecticut in 1882, founded by a parish priest, Fr. Michael J. McGivney, to assist poor Catholic immigrant families in the eastern United States. The organization is still headquartered there; more information is available from their website at www.kofc.org.
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