CHARITY, UNITY, FRATERNITY, PATRIOTISM
The Montana Knights of Columbus recently announced that during the fraternal year, members and their families gave over $210,000 to a wide range of charitable, youth, community and church activities and programs. This last spring, the Montana Knight of Columbus sold $38,120 worth of raffle tickets to benefit Special Olympics.
Additionally, there were over 140,000 volunteer hours expended for these activities by the 51 councils, State Officers, State Chairmen and District Deputies. There are over 5,200 members State wide.
The 2016 Supreme Convention Motto: A LIGHT TO THE NATIONS.
Nearly 100 archbishops and 11 Cardinals plus many Priests were in attendance.
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said
"When we bring new men into the order, we give them the opportunity to be better Catholics
and we multiply the good works we can do."
"We KC's need to be a light to the nations."
"We need to be shining examples for all peoples."
Ron Kazmierczak, State Deputy, Montana State Council Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic family fraternal service organization made up of over 14,000 Councils. World-wide there are close to 1.9 Million members. Member can be found in the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam, Saipan, Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland and South Korea. It is the largest organization of Catholic laity in the world.
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson noted that in 2015, the Knights of Columbus set a new all-time record for the 17th consecutive year. Our charitable donations increased from 2014 by more than $1.5 million to a new total of $175,079,192. In addition, we achieved our highest level of charitable service in 2015, volunteering more than 73.4 million hours of service. The number of service hours contributed by Knights rose in 2015 by more than a million over the previous year’s total.
"We are answering Pope Francis’ call to go to the peripheries,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said. “We can reach half way around the globe to help those in need and we can reach to our neighbor next door. And we do that every day. That makes us witnesses to the faith."
Knights of Columbus are Catholic gentlemen committed to the exemplification of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism, and defense of the priesthood. The Order is consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Order is unequivocal in its loyalty to the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on earth. It is firmly committed to the protection of human life, from conception to natural death, and to the preservation and defense of the family. It was on these bedrock principles that the Order was founded over a century ago and remains true to them today.
The official home web site of the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus can be reached by clicking on the [Councils] link below. If you want to join this organization of Catholic men, there is a local council near you. For more information contact the organization in your community.