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November 2011 ♦ volume 91 ♦ Number 11
COLUMBIA F E AT U R E S
Priests in Uniform: Twice Called to Serve A growing number of men bravely fill a crucial need as Catholic military chaplains. BY MAUREEN BOYLE
14 Giving Back to Our Heroes Knights honor veterans and their service through lasting volunteerism. BY MARY ZUROLO WALSH
16 A Celebration of Faith and Joy Through the Love and Life Centre, the Order helped to transform the lives of young Catholics at World Youth Day. BY ALTON J. PELOWSKI
21 Making Visible the Invisible Michelangelo’s frescos in the Sistine Chapel demonstrate that the human body is created for love. BY COLUMBIA STAFF
24 The Pornography Pandemic Catholics have a duty to fight against pornography and its devastating spiritual and societal consequences. BY PATRICK A. TRUEMAN
Augustinian Father Edson Wood, brigade chaplain at the U.S. Military Academy, reads from Scripture while celebrating Mass at Camp Buckner in West Point, N.Y.
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Building a better world We look with hopeful anticipation to the opening of the Shrine of Blessed John Paul II. BY SUPREME KNIGHT CARL A. ANDERSON
CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz
Learning the faith, living the faith In the rosary, Mary leads us to her son as we meditate on the mysteries of salvation. BY SUPREME CHAPLAIN BISHOP WILLIAM E. LORI
Knights of Columbus News
College Conference Offers Tremendous Learning Opportunities • Supreme Knight Addresses World Congress on Divine Mercy • Order Hosts Conference on Sustainable Investing
13 Fathers for Good Teaching your children about the saints can enliven their faith and help lead them to heaven.
Roman Missal The priest’s words and the people’s response following the consecration draw our attention to Christ’s presence at Mass. BY BISHOP ARTHUR J. SERRATELLI
Knights in Action
Columbianism by Degrees
BY DEVIN ROSE
PLUS Catholic Man of the Month
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The Fullness of Faith IN VARIOUS ADDRESSES to young people gathered in Madrid for World Youth Day this past August, Pope Benedict XVI continually reflected on the central theme of this year’s event: “Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith” (cf. Col 2:7). Just as he has spent much of his pontificate developing a richer understanding of love and hope, Benedict has now deliberately chosen to focus on faith, the remaining theological virtue. His message is simple: In order to abide in God’s loving plan for us, which is the source of our hope, our lives must be rooted in faith. The skilled teacher that he is, the pope did not leave his listeners with merely a sound bite, but instead articulated various dimensions of Christian faith. During his homily at World Youth Day’s closing Mass Aug. 21, Benedict explained, “Faith does not simply provide information about who Christ is; rather, it entails a personal relationship with Christ, a surrender of our whole person….” Some people who put great emphasis on this essential aspect of faith mistakenly perceive the Catholic Church to be simply a system of traditions and doctrines that have no relevance to living in communion with God. In response to this false idea, the pope went on to point out that a person’s Christian life is, in fact, inseparable from the life of the Church, which grounds and nourishes the faith in word and sacrament. Benedict warned, “Anyone who would be tempted to [follow Jesus] ‘on his own,’ or to approach the life of faith with that kind of individualism so
prevalent today, will risk never truly encountering Jesus or will end up following a counterfeit Jesus.” It is perhaps all too easy for Catholics in the West to take for granted their access to the sacraments and their formation in Catholic communities. But in many countries, the indispensable role of the Church and of priests is more readily perceived. In a particular way, Catholic military chaplains play a very direct and crucial role in bringing Christ to men and women in the armed forces (see page 8). The service of military chaplains also demonstrates a third, missionary dimension of faith — based on Jesus’ commandment to “proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation” (Mk 16:15). Yet, this mission is not reserved only for priests and those overseas. “You, too, have been given the extraordinary task of being disciples and missionaries of Christ,” Pope Benedict told his young listeners. In all circumstances, a living faith demands that Christians witness to the truth of the Gospel and seek to grow in holiness. Of special importance today, amid a culture steeped in pornography, is the faithful witness of chastity, which respects the dignity of the body and of human love (see page 24). In the end, all three dimensions — a personal relationship with Jesus, communion with the Church and missionary witness — are integral to a Christian faith that cannot be reduced simply to abstract belief, but instead has the power to change the world.♦ ALTON J. PELOWSKI MANAGING EDITOR
Featured Resource: Armed With the Faith OVER THE PAST years, the Knights of Columbus has provided more than 500,000 copies of a military prayer book to the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. Titled “Armed with the Faith,” the book is designed to withstand the rigors of the battlefield and is printed on waterproof, tear-resistant paper. A “civilian” copy of the prayer book (#364) is available through the Order's Catholic Information Service. Visit kofc.org/cis to order copies of the prayer book or to download it in PDF format. 2 ♦ COLUMBIA ♦
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Venerable Michael McGivney (1852-90) Apostle to the Young, Protector of Christian Family Life and Founder of the Knights of Columbus, Intercede for Us. ________ HOW TO REACH US MAIL COLUMBIA 1 Columbus Plaza New Haven, CT 06510-3326 ADDRESS CHANGES 203-752-4580 OTHER INQUIRIES 203-752-4398 FAX 203-752-4109 CUSTOMER SERVICE 1-800-380-9995 E-MAIL email@example.com INTERNET kofc.org/columbia ________ Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practical (that is, practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See. This means that an applicant or member accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.
________ Copyright © 2011 All rights reserved ________ ON THE COVER Bishop F. Richard Spencer, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, baptizes a U.S. Army major in the Red Sea in January 2011.
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BUILDING A BETTER WORLD
A Historic Initiative We look with hopeful anticipation to the opening of the Shrine of Blessed John Paul II by Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS began a new page in our history Oct. 1 by acquiring the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., as authorized by a unanimous resolution during the 129th Supreme Convention this past summer. The official purchaser is the Knights of Columbus Family Life Bureau, the same tax-exempt entity that has for more than two decades successfully administered the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, which is now located in Father McGivney Hall at The Catholic University of America. Our action comes 33 years to the month after Cardinal Karol Wojtyła became the first non-Italian pope in nearly five centuries. Those of us who witnessed this event understood that a great change had come to the Catholic Church. But we did not realize how dramatically his papacy would change the world. Pope John Paul II inaugurated his ministry as universal pastor of the Church by confidently announcing a new evangelization. In his first homily, he said, “Be not afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ. To his saving power open the boundaries of states, economic and political systems, the vast fields of culture, civilization, and development. Be not afraid. Christ knows ‘what is in man.’ He alone knows it.” The Knights of Columbus was one of the first lay organizations to stand squarely with the new pontiff. ThenSupreme Knight Virgil Dechant, who had been serving as the head of the Knights for less than two years, quickly took up the new pope’s Marian theme —
“Totus Tuus” — by expanding the Order’s devotion to the rosary and by developing a successful pilgrim icon program dedicated to the Blessed Mother. The Order later supported a wide variety of papal initiatives, including the restoration of the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica and the renovation of the Vatican’s television broadcast and transmission capabilities. And we were never closer to this great pope than during his seven visits to the United States, and his visits to Mexico, Canada, the Philippines and Cuba. Now with the purchase of the Washington center, we begin one of the great and historic initiatives of the Knights of Columbus. Following the
We begin one of the great and historic initiatives of the Knights of Columbus. resolution of the Supreme Convention, we will build a Shrine of Blessed John Paul II that will continue his extraordinary legacy as pope and will be a place where his saintly spirituality can be explored and transmitted to his beloved “John Paul II Generation” and to many generations to come. Already, we are grateful that Jesuit Father Marko Ivan Rupnik, the artist responsible for creating the beautiful mosaics in the Redemptoris Mater Chapel in the Vatican and the Shrine of St. Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo, has agreed to create the mosaics for our shrine’s chapel.
We are also grateful to Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, archbishop of Kraków, for his recent gift to the shrine of a precious relic of Blessed John Paul’s blood. We look forward to an ongoing relationship with him and with the new John Paul II Center being built in Kraków next to the Shrine of Divine Mercy. As work continues on the Shrine of Blessed John Paul II, we will remember these words from John Paul II’s Spiritual Testament, published after his death: “I want to follow Him and I want all that is part of my earthly life to prepare me for this moment. I do not know when [my death] will come but I place this moment, like all other things, in the hands of the Mother of my Master: Totus Tuus. In these same motherly hands I leave everything and everyone with whom my life and my vocation have brought me into contact. In these hands I above all leave the Church…. “I thank everyone. I ask forgiveness of everyone. I also ask for prayers, so that God’s Mercy may prove greater than my own weakness.” Because of the Knights of Columbus, the Shrine of Blessed John Paul II will soon be a place where people from around the world will answer this great pope’s request for prayers. Many will come to know, through his example, that God’s mercy is greater than our own weakness. Vivat Jesus!
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LEARNING THE FAITH, LIVING THE FAITH
The Mysteries of the Rosary In the rosary, Mary leads us to her son as we meditate on the mysteries of salvation. by Supreme Chaplain Bishop William E. Lori
FROM TIME TO TIME, I stop by faith; it is also a proclamation of the Knights of Columbus headquar- God’s saving deeds, revealed and acters to bless rosaries for distribution complished by Christ in the power of to members and their families. These the Holy Spirit. Praying the Creed, rosaries include the image of Our we should echo the Blessed Virgin mysteries of the rosary — events perLady of Guadalupe and the K of C Mary’s song of praise: “The Almighty taining to the life of Christ by which emblem, which invite us to invoke has done great things for me and God’s hidden plan of salvation was revealed. the patroness of our Order and to holy is his name!” (Lk 1:49) After the initial prayers and after pray for one another in a spirit of Next, we move to the first bead charity, unity and fraternity. separated from the crucifix by several each decade, consisting of 10 Hail The rosary is always in season, for links. Here we pray the Our Father Marys, we pray the Glory Be. This prayer expresses adoration, it helps us enter more deeply praise, and thanksgiving to into the central mysteries of our the Father, the Son and the faith that we celebrate in the Holy Spirit, and serves to reliturgy throughout the year. The rosary is always in season, mind us that the mysteries of With that in mind, I shall offer in the coming months a series for it helps us enter more deeply the rosary are the work of the Trinity. By meditating on on the Luminous Mysteries, into the central mysteries of our these mysteries in the comgiven to us by Blessed Pope pany of Mary, we are drawn John Paul II. faith that we celebrate in the more deeply into God’s own To begin, let us first recall life and love. what John Paul II taught us liturgy throughout the year. Following the Glory Be about the rosary itself. Toward that concludes each decade, the end of his papacy, he issued it is common to add the Faan apostolic letter titled The Rosary of the Virgin Mary. We can to become like the Christ of the tima Prayer, given during the apparidraw from it a deeper understanding Beatitudes. No one better than Mary tions of Mary in Fatima, Portugal, in of the rosary, along with a renewed can help us pray as Jesus taught, for 1917: “O my Jesus, forgive us our resolve to pray it each day and to she perfectly embodied the kingdom sins, save us from the fires of hell, teach our families to do so. of God and shared most fully in the lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy.” his saving mission. CONTEMPLATING THE CREED There follows three beads grouped This prayer reminds us that we alWe begin the rosary by holding in together, prompting us to pray the ways experience God’s love as mercy, our hands a small crucifix while pray- Hail Mary, in turn, for an increase in as throughout the rosary we meditate ing the Apostles’ Creed. This is a clue faith, hope and love — the theologi- on all God planned and accomto the whole meaning of the rosary, cal virtues, which are given to every plished in order to save us. In doing a prayer that contemplates all that Christian in baptism. In the rosary, so, we are aided by Mary, the Mother Christ did for our salvation. The we ask Mary’s intercession to grow in of Mercy, as we ask her to “pray for Creed is not only a summary of the these foundational virtues and us sinners, now and at the hour of foundational truths of our Catholic thereby prepare us to encounter the our death.” 4 ♦ COLUMBIA ♦
LEARNING THE FAITH, LIVING THE FAITH
TO JESUS THROUGH MARY In many of these mysteries that we contemplate as we pray each decade of the rosary, the Blessed Virgin Mary played a visible role. In others, Mary is perhaps less visible but no less present. But in each case, Mary leads us to Jesus. In other words, the rosary is a Christological prayer: It is seeing Christ through the eyes of Mary and entering into her memory, where the events of Jesus’ life were kept and understood like nowhere else. In the rosary, we call upon Mary to help us meditate on the mysteries and events in salvation history that gave us new life in Christ.
HOLY FATHER’S PRAYER INTENTIONS
Offered in solidarity with Pope Benedict XVI GENERAL: That the Eastern Catholic Churches and their venerable traditions may be known and esteemed as a spiritual treasure for the whole Church.
PoPe: CNS photo/miro Kuzmanovic, reuters
MISSION: That the African continent may find strength in Christ to pursue justice and reconciliation as set forth by the second Synod of African Bishops.
With the introduction of the Luminous Mysteries in The Rosary of the Virgin Mary, Blessed John Paul II recommended a new daily pattern for meditation on the mysteries of the rosary: On Monday and Saturday, the Joyful Mysteries — the Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity of Our Lord, Presentation and the Finding in the Temple. On Thursday, the Luminous Mysteries — the Baptism of Our Lord, Wedding Feast at Cana, Proclamation of the Kingdom, Transfiguration and Institution of the Eucharist. On Tuesday and Friday, the Sorrowful Mysteries — the Agony in the Garden, Scourging at the Pillar, Crowning
with Thorns, Carrying of the Cross and Crucifixion. And on Sunday and Wednesday, the Glorious Mysteries — the Resurrection, Ascension, Pentecost, Assumption and Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. After the final mystery, we pray the Salve Regina, or Hail Holy Queen. This prayer, which dates back to the Middle Ages, begs the intercession of Mary, our Queen and Mother, in a heartfelt plea. The rosary itself concludes with a prayer that we may “imitate what [the mysteries of the rosary] contain and obtain what they promise.” Conformed to Christ with the help of Mary’s prayers, we live in hope of heaven’s joy.♦
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Father H. Timothy Vakoc (1960-2009) FATHER H. TIMOTHY VAKOC joined the Knights of Columbus at age 18 and became a priest for the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis in 1992, serving briefly at two parishes before joining the U.S. Army as a chaplain in 1996. A three-and-a-half-year assignment at Fort Carson, Colo., preceded a post as chaplain for the 44th Corps Support Battalion from Fort Lewis, Wash. At the end of 2003, Father Vakoc deployed to Iraq. Six months later, on May 30, he was en route to his barracks after celebrating a field Mass for soldiers when his group encountered a roadside bomb. According to reports, Father Vakoc took the brunt of the blast, which resulted in the loss of his left eye and severe brain trauma. Father Vakoc was in a coma for two years after the attack, but with support from friends, family and brother Knights, he defied medical expectations and regained some movement and communications skills. He was retired from the Army with the rank of major and received a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star Medal and a Combat Action Award. After fighting off mul-
tiple infections following his injury, Father Vakoc died June 20, 2009. Like dedicated Catholic chaplains before him, Father Vakoc loved ministering to soldiers. He once told his sister, “The safest place to be is the center of God’s will. And if that is in the line of fire, that’s where I’ll be.” At present, he is the only Catholic chaplain to have been killed from wounds sustained in combat during the wars in the Middle East. Last spring, Father H. Timothy Vakoc Council 15269 was chartered at Fort Carson, becoming the latest of more than 60 K of C military councils worldwide.♦ NOVEMBER 2011
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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS NEWS
College Conference Offers Tremendous Learning Opportunities
Members of Georgetown University Council 6375 in Washington, D.C., winners of the 2010-11 Outstanding College Council Award, stand with their chaplain and distinguished council alumni. THE ANNUAL GATHERING of college Knights convened from Sept. 30-Oct. 2 as members from throughout North America assembled in New Haven for a weekend of sharing stories, swapping leadership strategies and growing as a community of Catholic leaders. The theme of this year’s College Council Conference — “So that the world may know new hope” — guided the weekend’s schedule of keynote addresses and small group sessions that allowed college-age Knights the opportunity to gather skills and approaches for their respective councils. The event was also centered in prayer, as participants gathered for Mass each day. The conference brought together more than 140 Knights from 69 schools throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and the Dominican Republic. Joining the college Knights were 11 chaplains who serve the spiritual needs of these councils. Throughout the weekend, attendees discussed membership and recruitment strategies, leadership development and what it means to be a 6 ♦ COLUMBIA ♦
Catholic gentleman. Friday night’s awards banquet featured a keynote address by Capt. Alfredo Fuentes, a retired battalion chief of the Fire Department of New York City who survived the collapse of the second World Trade Center tower on Sept. 11, 2001, while assisting with the tower’s evacuation. Fuentes was recently chosen to coordinate the Knights of Columbus Second Responders program, which will utilize the Order’s membership and infrastructure to aid communities experiencing natural or manmade disasters. “I strongly believe that many of you will become our future leaders who will be drawn by a purpose larger than yourselves,” said Fuentes in expressing his sincere hope for the college Knights. After Fuentes’ address, Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson tasked the Knights with evangelizing their campuses and communities through their actions and through their spiritual and moral strength. “Walk the walk,” he said. “That’s what the Knights of Columbus is about: Offering a place for men to make that stand.”
The annual college council awards were distributed following the supreme knight’s address, and the Outstanding College Council Award was presented to Georgetown University Council 6375 in Washington, D.C. On Saturday, Julian Gluck, chairman of the College Council Advisory Board and a member of Our Lady of the Skies Council 8200 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., gave the first address. “I longed for a deeper service and greater camaraderie,” said Gluck, speaking about his motivation for joining the Knights while attending the Air Force Academy. Gluck then introduced Michael V. Brewer, who supervises young adult outreach for the Knights of Columbus. In an address on the virtues of young Catholic gentleman, Brewer asserted that true happiness can only be found in the Lord and that college Knights need to take three steps to develop their relationship with God: basic religious education, prayer and service. Knights spent much of Saturday in breakout sessions, exploring topics such as mentoring, charitable service and Catholic business ethics. Following these talks, Supreme Advocate John A. Marrella spoke on how Knights can be leaders and evangelizers on campus. The evening wrapped with geographic caucuses followed by a trip to St. Mary’s Church, where the Order was founded in 1882, for a Third Degree exemplification and a eucharistic holy hour. On Sunday, the college Knights were asked one last important question: How can the message you’ve heard this weekend change your council, improve your campus and bear good fruit? After reflections and closing remarks, the group celebrated one final Mass together before leaving New Haven and returning to their respective college campuses across North America.♦
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS NEWS
Supreme Knight Addresses World Congress on Divine Mercy
Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson addresses the second World Apostolic Congress on Mercy Oct. 4. SUPREME KNIGHT Carl A. Anderson gathered with distinguished members of the Church hierarchy to address the second World Apostolic Congress on Mercy, held in Kraków, Poland. As part of the conference, Supreme Knight Anderson delivered a speech Oct. 4 in Blessed John Paul II’s hometown of Wadowice. The purpose of the second World Apostolic Congress on Mercy — held under the motto “Mercy as the Source of Hope” — was to bring together pilgrims from around the globe as an opportunity for them to share their experiences of mercy and proclaim it to the world. The Knights of Columbus was a major sponsor of the event, which attracted some 2,000 participants from 68 countries. Hierarchy in attendance included Cardinal Angelo Comastri, vicar general of the Vatican City State; Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, archbishop of Kraków and former secretary to Blessed John Paul II; Archbishop Szymon, Eastern Orthodox archbishop of Łódź and Poznań; and Bishop Tadeusz Szurman of the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg
Confession in Poland. The supreme knight’s remarks — titled “The Pope of Mercy: The Role of Blessed John Paul II in the Lives of the Laity” — illustrated how Blessed John Paul II’s message of love and forgiveness is vital for an active, evangelizing laity. “In our families, communities and world,” he said, “we need to be not only the heart of Christ which bleeds for man, but also the arms of Christ which stretch out between heaven and earth.” Anderson linked this idea to the family, which the late pontiff called the “school of love,” and added that “one of the most urgent needs of Christian married couples and families today is to practice a spirituality of mercy and forgiveness after the example of Blessed John Paul II. In this way, may we see more clearly the joy, pride, and love found in couples and families who learn to reconcile, growing closer in authentic love.” In addition to the supreme knight, the Order’s delegation to the event included Associate State Chaplain of Poland Father Tomasz Kraj and State Deputy Krzysztof Orzechowski.♦
Order Hosts Conference on Sustainable Investing LAST MONTH, the Order held a conference on sustainable investing in Chicago to give Catholic institutions a framework to approach financial investments in the same way that has proven successful for the Knights of Columbus. The Sustainable Investments Conference, held Oct. 13 in Chicago, brought together bishops and the financial managers of dioceses, Catholic colleges and other Catholic institutions. The conference explored how they can achieve competitive returns by investing in companies that adhere to a high standard of environmental and social responsibility and operate within a framework of strong corporate governance. The Knights of Columbus has utilized this model long before the idea was popularized, and even in difficult economic times, it has led to consistent growth of the Order’s portfolio, which now stands at $17 billion. While sustainable investing can be seen simply as “green” investing, its principles are much broader. Investing in companies that manage fairly, adhere to ethical standards, respect the environment, and operate by strong social and governance principles can lead to a portfolio that is well-diversified, lower-risk and able to achieve excellent returns. A panel of investment experts led the thought-provoking and productive gathering to discuss the processes and methodology of investing in a way that is sustainable, ethical and profitable. Speakers included David Marchick of Carlyle Partners, Joel Shaprio of Timbervest, Luther Ragin of the FB Heron Foundation, Noel Friedman of MSCI, Mary Jane McQuillen of Clearbridge Advisors and Anthony Minopoli of the Knights of Columbus.♦
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Priests in Uniform: twice called to serve A growing number of men bravely fill a crucial need as Catholic military chaplains by Maureen Boyle
uring his most recent deployment, Father Francis Foley flew every Saturday from the flight deck of a nuclear-powered supercarrier, the USS Nimitz, to nearby smaller naval vessels cruising the often-treacherous waters of the Persian Gulf, the western Pacific Ocean or the Arabian Sea. A 53-year-old chaplain for the U.S. Navy, Father Foley would be dressed in light brown khakis and a gilt cross marking his chaplain post pinned to the left collar of his uniform shirt. Carrying a Mass kit and accompanied by an assistant, he would jump into a SH-60 Seahawk helicopter with up to eight or nine Navy personnel. He would say an Act of Contrition and offer the crew general absolution before taking off for a 30- to 45-minute flight. Since sailors, Marines, soldiers and airmen often cannot walk down the street to a parish church, the Catholic chaplain must go to them, said Father Foley, who is a member of Harry G. Johansing Council 4429 in Twentynine Palms, Calif. While serving aboard the Nimitz, he celebrated daily Mass in the ship’s small chapel, often with five to 12 others. Sunday Mass, however, usually drew several hundreds and was celebrated in the ship’s foc’sle, a large open area under the flight deck and located in the forward-most part of the 1,000-footlong, 100,000-ton vessel. His weekday routine — which began at 6:30 a.m. and ended more than 15 hours later — also involved greeting crew members, attending senior officer meetings, sharing meals with the ship’s crew and offering counsel, spiritual or otherwise. “It was exciting, never dull. I loved it,” said Father Foley of his service from 2008 to 2010 as the command chaplain of one of the Navy’s largest warships. Because many young Catholics in the military know little about their faith and do not regularly attend Mass, he added, a chaplain’s encounter with them is significant. “It becomes an occasion of grace.”
Yet, today there are only 265 activeduty Catholic chaplains who minister to the 1.5 million Catholic service personnel and their families in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. These dedicated men serve at 229 military installations in 29 countries throughout the world. A PLEDGE OF SUPPORT Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, describes the Catholic military chaplaincy as “a vocation within a vocation” — involving men who have answered God’s call to the priesthood and have then responded to a need within this particular ministry. “We are engaged in some of the longest wars in the history of the United States, with servicemen and women living far from home. … It makes the chaplain’s work all that much more important,” said Archbishop Broglio, who has headed the archdiocese since 2007. To address the severe shortage of military chaplains — about 500 more priests are needed, according to Archbishop Broglio — the Knights of Columbus established a new scholarship program to assist seminarians preparing to become Catholic chaplains in the U.S. Armed Forces. The program will distribute $1 million in scholarship money to the archdiocese over a period of five years, at a rate of $200,000 per year. In particular, the scholarships will support the Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program, which the military archdiocese established three years ago. If a young man is accepted into the program, the military archdiocese in most cases will pay 50 percent of a seminarian’s five-year education — typically $12,500 per year — with the other half funded by his diocese. Following his priestly ordination, he will serve three years at a parish or in a religious community before serving as a military
Soldiers participate in an early morning march as part of the Chaplain Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Jackson, S.C.
chaplain for a minimum of three to five years. Since the program began, it has seen positive results, with a increase from seven seminarians in 2008 to 32 in 2011. “One bright light on the horizon is that the numbers are increasing, and that is a tremendous source of encouragement,” Archbishop Broglio said. The archbishop credits the Holy Spirit first and foremost for bringing more seminarians to the co-sponsored program. He also credits Father John McLaughlin, who served as the first national vocations director for the archdiocese from 2008 to 2011, and Conventual Franciscan Father Kerry Abbott, who assumed the post after Father McLaughlin’s retirement. Father Abbott, 57, recently retired after 21 years as an Air Force chaplain. During a deployment in Afghanistan, he was one of only three priests responsible for the pastoral care of the soldiers and Marines on 25 military bases. Every day, Father Abbott would make a 10- to 15-mile trek through deserts or mountain ranges to tend to his flock. “These men and women are in … forward locations, at the ‘tip of the spear,’ to bring freedom and self-determination to others. And the chaplain brings to them what they cannot otherwise receive through any other means — the sacraments of the Church,” said Father Abbott, who is a member of Mary, Star of the Sea Council 511 in Hampton, Va. “The harvest is great, but the workers are few,” he continued, adding that blessings often arise from burdens. Greater numbers of exceptional young men in recent years have responded to the vocation to become military chaplains.
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Father Fausto Kaverenge, a Kenyan-born priest serving in the U.S. Army, drinks water during a chaplain training exercise
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Father Gary Studniewski (right), a U.S. Army colonel and active-duty chaplain, leads soldiers in prayer.
ToP: Photo by John Whitman — CeNTer: Contributed photo — boTTom: Photo courtesy Father Francis Foley
ANSWERING THE CALL Some of the co-sponsored seminarians are familiar with life in the armed services, with one in 10 having grown up in a military family, according to Father Abbott. Seminarians are also often recruited from among active-duty servicemen or from the service academies, such as West Point or the U.S. Naval Academy. As a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Michael Hofer said he felt called not only to the priesthood, but also to serve as an Air Force chaplain. At the academy, he began and led a Bible study and prayer group, and he fell in love with teaching the faith and guiding others to Christ. Also strengthened by frequent reception of the sacraments, he decided to pursue the priesthood directly after his graduation. At 24 years old, he is a first-year theology student, co-sponsored by the Diocese of Rapid City, S.D, and on track to be ordained in 2016. Hofer said he does not fear being a chaplain in war zones, but enthusiastically looks forward to serving with men and women in uniform and being among them to answer their profound questions about God, life and death. “Hopefully, I will point them in the right direction and point them to God,” he said. Deacon Christopher Rhodes, a 33-year-old native of Dallas and a graduate of Morehouse College, was serving in the U.S. Army as a commanding officer stationed in Korea. He had long been discerning a vocation to the priesthood but made his final decision when he realized he would rather counsel troops as a priest than administer disciplinary actions as a commanding officer. “It’s a huge task — what a commander must do is train and protect the troops. A chaplain must be taking the same care, but on the spiritual level,” said Deacon Rhodes, who is co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky., and is scheduled to be ordained a priest in May 2012. ‘TOTAL WITNESSES FOR CHRIST’ For those in the armed forces serving at home or abroad, a Catholic chaplain acts as an anchor, helping a serviceman or woman draw on an inner strength that is an absolute necessity in military life. Sadly, due to the demands of war, the critical shortage of Catholic chaplains is felt especially in dangerous outposts like Iraq and Afghanistan. There, troops sometimes go six weeks or more without ever seeing a Catholic chaplain, according to U.S. Army Col. Robert Carpenter, who retired from active duty after 31 years of service in 2009. “These young men and women lose their close friends in battle and what do they do? They want to go see the chaplain,” said Carpenter, a member of Our Lady of the Rosary Council 12982 in Bristow, Va. With deployment rates so high, the Catholic chaplain is also essential for families on the home front. By offering marriage counseling and support to soldiers, “they are helping keep that family together,” Carpenter said. He recalled a moment while serving in Baghdad, Iraq, when he fully realized the lengths to which a Catholic military chaplain will go to bring Christ to those entrusted to his pastoral care. Three years ago on Easter Sunday, a day when the enemy was particularly hostile toward American troops, Father Abbott was celebrating Mass in a small chapel with several dozen troops. The chapel sud-
Father Kerry Abbott visits with co-sponsored seminarians during a barbecue sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, Sept. 3.
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, greets soldiers in Iraq, upon arriving at a military base to celebrate Mass on Good Friday in 2009.
Father Francis Foley distributes the Eucharist to soldiers in Afghanistan. NOVEMBER 2011
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denly came under heavy artillery fire with rocket-propelled grenades exploding all around the building. Everyone took cover, Carpenter said, except Father Abbott, who kept going, continuing to say Mass even in the face of imminent danger and death. These brave Catholic chaplains, he added, “are not just officers and priests, but total witnesses for Christ.” FAITHFUL, JOYFUL PRESENCE At present, Father Foley no longer lives among 5,500 military personnel on the floating city of an aircraft carrier, serving instead as the deputy command chaplain of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in San Diego. Until he leaves early next year for his second tour in Afghanistan, he will continue his pastoral duties with the Marines and their families stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Part of his duties includes welcoming back sailors and Marines as they return from distant war zones. Once a week, he stands alongside another chaplain and other officers, including the commanding general, as a plane carrying sailors and Marines lands at the air station. Some of the returning personnel have suffered serious combat wounds. “We thank them for their service to our country, and if they are with their mother and father, we thank them for sharing the most precious gift they have. Then, we say a prayer with them if they are open to it,” Father Foley said.
The meetings are usually brief, lasting perhaps 20 minutes, but they send a message that is greater than the moment itself: “It tells them we care about you and we are praying for you,” Father Foley said. “With the grace of God, I’m privileged to be there and to be an instrument of God’s grace.” As the co-sponsored seminarians — the next generation of Catholic military chaplains — prepare themselves for ordination and life in the armed services, Father Foley offers words of wisdom that come from almost 20 years as a military chaplain. He advises them to love Jesus Christ and the Church above all else, to count their blessings, and to not be afraid of hard work. But most of all, he said, those in the armed services must see in their Catholic chaplain the joyfulness of being a Catholic, of being a priest and of being with them: “Be faithful, be joyful and let them see that joy of Christ.”♦ MAUREEN BOYLE writes from Silver Spring, Md.
TO DONATE to the Order’s new military chaplain scholarship program, visit kofc.org/militarychaplains or send a check to Knights of Columbus Charities, One Columbus Plaza, P.O. Box 1966, New Haven, CT 06509. In the memo field, kindly write “military chaplain scholarship.”
THERE HAVE BEEN COUNTLESS brave Catholic chaplains serving the U.S. Armed Forces since the Revolutionary War. One heroic example who is honored every year on the anniversary of his death is Father Vincent R. Capodanno, a Maryknoll priest who was killed in Vietnam on Sept. 4, 1967, as he gave physical and spiritual assistance to the dying Marines of the 1st Marine Division. Father Capodanno posthumously received the Congressional Medal of Honor and was officially proclaimed a Servant of God by the Catholic Church in 2006, formally initiating his cause for sainthood. The annual memorial Mass for Father Capodanno was celebrated Sept. 6 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., and attended by activeduty and retired members of the armed forces, civilians, and many Catholic military chaplains. 12 ♦ C O L U M B I A ♦
In his homily, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio pointed out that among the scores of Navy chaplains, only two have received the Medal of Honor: Jesuit Father Joseph O’Callahan and Father Capodanno. “They were men who never forgot the specificity of what they brought to oth-
ers as Catholic priests, and yet still served all who sought their counsel, comfort and ministry,” said Archbishop Broglio. “It is that realization that permitted Father Capodanno to defy logic and remain under fire to minister to those entrusted to his pastoral care. He knew that he brought them something no other chaplain could: the healing presence of the risen Lord who entrusted his sacraments, his life, to the Church.” The archbishop encouraged those in attendance at the Mass to look to Father Capodanno as an example and source of inspiration to all the faithful, especially the Catholic chaplains serving in the armed forces. “Men and women like Father Capodanno, afire with the love of Christ, challenge us to live the Gospel and to teach all people to live as brothers and sisters. The quest for peace still stirs our hearts,” he said. — Maureen Boyle
CNS photo/courtesy of maryknoll Fathers and brothers
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The Way of the Saints Teaching your children about the saints can enliven their faith and help lead them to heaven by Devin Rose
CNS photo by mike Crupi, Catholic Courier
s Catholic fathers, we may wonder how to form our children in the faith when secular culture seems so set against us. If we don’t give our children role models, the culture will, and those models will often lead them away from God. One way I’ve found to make the faith lively and personal is through the lives of the saints. In the saints, our children can see what is true, good and beautiful in humanity, and be inspired to heroic virtue. We should teach our children and grandchildren about the saints from a young age because, quite simply, God wants all of us to become saints. Too often, we think of saints as gloomy, humorless figures who endured a life of pain for the distant reward of heaven. This unfortunate misunderstanding was highlighted by Pope Benedict XVI in an address to young people during his recent trip to Germany: “The very notion of saints has been caricatured and distorted, as if to be holy meant to be remote from the world, naive and joyless.” Indeed, no one is more full of joy than a saint! After all, to love God and follow his will fulfills us in a way that nothing else can. We should want our children to find this fulfillment, and they can discover it in the Christ-centered lives of the saints. The first step in teaching your children is informing yourself. Get a book on the saints or search for information on a reliable Catholic website. Try to find saints who have a connection to your child’s life. Good figures to start with are St. Dominic Savio and St. Maria Goretti, who both exhibited great virtues at a young age. Popular with young adults is Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, a fun-loving “Man of the Eight Beatitudes,” who died when he was 24. Of course, Knights and their families can also learn more about Venerable Michael McGivney, a humble, hard-working priest known as the “Apostle to the Young and Protector of Christian Family Life.”
Once you have informed yourself, you are ready to teach your children. Take a multi-pronged approach and make it fun. If your child is named after a saint, do something special related to that saint. For David, get some slingshots and shoot imaginary giants with your son. For Michael, make swords from sticks and stage a battle in heaven. Mary and Joseph, of course, have their own special saints in the Holy Family. Margaret, Bridget or Elizabeth can dress as queens, and Joan may don armor as the “Maid of Orleans” and lead soldiers into battle. When you pass a Catholic church while driving with young children, make the sign of the cross and wave hello to Jesus, invoking the parish’s patron saint. Some friends of ours with older children play a game in the car, taking turns naming a saint for each letter of the alphabet. You can also encourage older children to emulate a saint’s life of service by volunteering at a food bank or pregnancy center, or through other community or parish projects. Finally, look for some beautiful artwork featuring a saint and get a print of it framed. There are a number of websites offering this service. Likewise, a book featuring pictures and short biographies of the saints can be a great resource for children of any age. Pope Benedict explained the challenging formula for becoming a saint in his address to German youth: “Christ is not so much interested in how often in our lives we stumble and fall, as in how often with his help we pick ourselves up again.” A saint is someone who picked him- or herself up, by God’s grace, one more time than he or she stumbled and fell.♦ DEVIN ROSE is a software engineer who blogs about St. Joseph and other saints. He and his wife have four children.
FIND ADDITIONAL ARTICLES AND RESOURCES FOR CATHOLIC MEN AND THEIR FAMILIES AT WWW. FATHERSFORGOOD. ORG .
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Giving Back to Our Heroes Knights honor veterans and their service through lasting volunteerism by Mary Zurolo Walsh
hen Berton Francoeur arrived at the Yale-West Haven VA Medical Center in Connecticut, he wasted no time before coming face-to-face with the needs of his fellow veterans. Francoeur, an 89-year-old Knight with a cheerful demeanor, met two men whose legs had been amputated. “They hadn’t been out of the building in two years,” recalled Francoeur, who himself is a double amputee. Father Cosmas Archibong, Catholic chaplain of the West Haven VA Medical Center, blesses a handicapUpon meeting his new friends, Franaccessible bus during a dedication ceremony in December 2009. • Facing page: The bus was donated after coeur invited the two men out to dinner. resident Berton Francoeur (left) and fellow Knight Gary Thomas initiated a fundraising campaign. He then contacted a public bus service that provides handicap-accessible transportation along fixed routes and managed to arrange an outing DIVERSE SERVICE to Jimmies of Savin Rock, a popular seafood restaurant on the Managed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the volunteer program draws volunteers from hundreds of organizaLong Island Sound. Returning from their successful mission, Francoeur, who is a tions and aims to serve American veterans and their families member of Holy Father John Paul II Council 14326 in West with dignity and compassion. The Knights of Columbus was Haven, presented a seemingly improbable wish: “We’re going to appointed to the program in 2002 and has since distinguished have our own van,” he announced. “Everyone said, ‘You’re crazy.’” itself by volunteering in the vast majority of all VA medical faNonetheless, Francoeur passed the idea to fellow Knight cilities nationwide through “Serving Those Who Served,” a Gary L. Thomas, who was then the newly appointed state rep- fraternal initiative executed through the Order’s Fourth Deresentative for the Veterans Affairs Volunteer Service (VAVS) pro- gree, which is dedicated to the principle of patriotism. The Knights “seem to get how valuable their volunteer servgram. Thomas offered to help, and a committee including Francoeur and several other veterans helped strategize a plan to ice is,” said Laura Balun, director of the VA Voluntary Service design and obtain a large, accessible van for the West Haven VA. Office. “I can’t say all 350 organizations [that work with us] The two Knights were soldiers from different eras: Francoeur get that.” Knights currently volunteer at 139 of the 153 VA medical enlisted in the U.S. Army one week after Pearl Harbor and served as a pole line construction worker in countries such as Egypt, centers throughout the country, according to Balun, and in India and Libya, whereas Thomas served as a Portuguese linguist 2010, there were 946 K of C members who volunteered more during Vietnam. Yet, these two men had come together to help than 98,000 hours — an increase of about 8,000 hours compared to 2009. veterans in need. The Knights of Columbus is also a member of the National Eighteen months later, with the help of fellow Connecticut Knights and veterans, the Veterans’ Amputee Support Group had Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs and, raised $108,000 — over $11,000 more than the total sum needed due to its large representation in VA hospitals, serves on the to purchase a small bus specially equipped for amputee passengers. committee’s executive committee. In that capacity, the Order Such stories of K of C volunteers coming to the aid of men and has the unique ability to influence VAVS policy, according to women who have served their country are not uncommon. retired Marine Col. Charles Gallina, the Knights’ assistant for Throughout the United States, the Order’s participation in VAVS military and veterans’ affairs. “We are not a veterans’ service organization,” said Gallina. allows Knights to help veterans restricted by immobility, imprisoned by loneliness or limited by a lack of knowledge of available “We come to the table as a Catholic fraternal service organization, which brings nothing more than our willingness to supservices to gain independence, companionship and awareness. 14 ♦ C O L U M B I A ♦
port the program based on our principle of charity. It is be“That is such a service,” said Burns. “Here you’ve got somecause of our respect and appreciation of veterans and what they one with a smile and a friendly face.” have done for us that we serve.” At the local level, Knights fill veterans’ needs in a variety of THE GIFT OF FREEDOM ways. K of C volunteers regularly escort veterans to and from There are plenty of smiles among the amputees who use the medical appointments, serve as drivers, staff information desks handicap-accessible bus that is now available at the West at VA medical facilities, and distribute rosaries and prayer books. Haven VA. With their new transportation, the veterans are free They provide direct support to the Catholic chaplains at the VA to go on various outings, including to restaurants, shows and hospitals and take veterans to and from Mass on a regular basis. sporting events. The vehicle fosters a brotherhood among Additionally, the Knights of Columbus has partnered with those veterans who use it since it can carry up to eight motorthe Global Wheelchair Mission to assist veterans with disabil- ized wheelchairs at once. ities. In 2007, the Order donated 2,000 wheelchairs with a “With the van we can go out as a group,” Francoeur said. total value of $1 million to veterans in Washington, D.C., “You have the advantage of being more friendly with each Chicago, Los Angeles and the Dallas area. Twelve cadets rep- other and getting to know what people like and don’t like.” resenting Msgr. O’Keefe Council 8250 at West Point received But more importantly, he added, Thomas and his fellow special permission to help with the wheelchair donation in Knights have helped the veterans reclaim what they had fought Washington. Smaller scale distributions have followed. to provide for their fellow countrymen: “These men and State Deputy Peter A. Gabauer women fought for our freedom, Jr. of the District of Columbia reand now they have the freedom called when Knights from local to come and go.” universities distributed wheelIt is also significant that the vechairs at Washington’s VA Medical hicle has enabled veterans to atCenter on Veterans Day 2008. A tend the funerals of close friends, man in his early 90s pushed his such as Jimmy Pauneto, a Vietbrother in a heavy wooden wheelnam vet and member of the vetchair that dated back to World erans’ support group, who died War II. When he received a new, last February. lighter wheelchair, along with a Marty Onieal, a 95-year-old cup of coffee and gratitude for his veteran of World War II, has service, he began to cry. taken a number of rides in the “Sometimes it might seem like bus and compares his newfound giving a cup of coffee is not that freedom to “winning the lottery.” important, but it makes an enor“We never expected so much,” mous difference,” Gabauer said. said Onieal, who served on the “Somebody cared about their servcrew of the Queen Mary and was “These men and women ice and remembered them, and an infantryman during the African that is what this is all about.” invasion in 1942. fought for our freedom, Gabauer has also participated in For Thomas, helping veterans is and now they have the local stand-down events for homeespecially meaningful to him in less veterans over the past several light of his experience as a veteran freedom to come and go.” years. The day begins when homeand a Knight, and because both less veterans are invited off the his father and father-in-law restreets and into a local VA medical ceived the Purple Heart. He is also center. The veterans receive a medical check up, followed by impressed by the character of individual veterans, particularly various stations that include information on how to file taxes those who are amputees. and how to find a place to live, a process that usually enables “I’ve never heard any of these guys complain about not havthe veterans to obtain housing that very day. A free dinner and ing legs,” Thomas said, adding that he is currently trying to new clothing donations cap off the event. form a discussion group for veterans to help them understand “It’s simply an honor to support those who served and pro- the positive roles they play in society. tected this country,” said Gabauer. “I want to try to make them realize how important they are, Cardinal James Hickey, Prince of the Church Assembly, of not only to each other but to other Americans,” Thomas which Gabauer is a member, also staffs a pharmacy coffee cart added. “Lots of people see them and say, ‘There goes an at the Washington VA Medical Center for veterans who are American hero.’ They are icons to many people and they don’t waiting to pick up their medications. realize it.”♦ Stephanie Burns, chief of volunteer service for the facility, said that the Knights’ work makes the waiting time pass quickly. MARY ZUROLO WALSH writes from Hamden, Conn. NOVEMBER 2011
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inging and waving flags of their home countries, young people from around the world filled the Palacio de Deportes as it opened its doors to World Youth Day pilgrims in Madrid. From Aug. 16-19, the 12,000-seat arena, located in the heart of the city, was host to the Love and Life Centre: A Home for English-Speaking Pilgrims. On three consecutive mornings, youth quickly filled the arena to capacity as they gathered for catechesis and Mass. More than 40 hours of programming at the site — leading up to and organized around major World Youth Day events — featured dynamic panel discussions and keynote addresses, musical performances, and a eucharistic healing hour. Elsewhere in the venue, pilgrims packed meeting rooms for breakout talks, walked through bustling exhibition halls and took time to visit chapels set aside for silent prayer. The Knights of Columbus and the Sisters of Life co-hosted the official catechesis and youth festival site, which welcomed those who traveled to Spain from throughout the English-speaking world. Among the more than 500,000 registered pilgrims, there were some 30,000 English-speaking delegates from the United States, 6,000 from Canada, and many more from Australia, Great Britain and numerous other countries. In anticipation of celebrations with Pope Benedict XVI later in the week, the Love and Life Centre’s programs helped to teach, entertain and form tens of thousands of these pilgrims amid a joyous, faith-filled atmosphere. Organizers recorded approximately 100,000 visits over the four-day period. 16 ♦ C O L U M B I A ♦
WORKING TOGETHER The Knights of Columbus has been present at every international World Youth Day celebration since Blessed John Paul II came to Denver in 1993. John Paul II first instituted World Youth Day in 1985, and since that time, the event has included major international celebrations every two or three years. At World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, the Order collaborated with the Sisters of Life to host the “Love and Life Site” on the campus of a local university. The success of that collaboration prompted plans to organize the premiere English-language site in Madrid. In order to better serve the pilgrims invited to this much larger venue, the Knights and Sisters solicited help from a number of co-sponsoring organizations: Holy Cross Family Ministries, Salt + Light Television, the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), the Apostleship of Prayer and World Youth Alliance. In addition, about two-dozen college Knights were among the approximately 250 volunteers who assisted in the setup and operation of the site. Numerous priests and religious sisters — including Jesuit and Holy Cross priests from cosponsoring organizations and 48 Sisters of Life — were also present at the Love and Life Centre to attend to the pilgrims’ spiritual needs. Many of the staff and volunteers organizing the site were alumni of previous World Youth Days. “My grace to say ‘yes’ to my vocation was in Rome [in 2000],
a celebration of faith and joy Through the Love and Life Centre, the Order helped to transform the lives of young Catholics at World Youth Day by Alton J. Pelowski
PoPe: CNS photo/Paul Haring
and I’ve been to every World Youth Day since then,” said Father Columba Maria Jordan. A native of Ireland who was ordained for the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal last May, Father Columba assisted with leading worship music during the Love and Life Centre’s activities. What he most looked forward to, however, was “being a priest for the first time at a World Youth Day and hearing lots of confessions.” To facilitate the thousands of confessions heard at the site over a four-day period, the Sisters of Life coordinated confessional spaces, as well as liturgies and a eucharistic adoration chapel named after Blessed John Paul II. They also organized a special audiovisual exhibit titled “You & Me,” which shared four testimonies from people who made lifechanging decisions. “The exhibit begins with people’s openness to share where they’ve been,” said Sister Elizabeth Ann, the exhibit’s coordinator. “In many cases, they have made decisions they regret. But then they speak of a choice they made now, a choice for love, and what the Lord did with their ‘yes.’”
Pope Benedict XVI waves to the crowd from his popemobile as he arrives for a welcoming celebration Aug. 18 as part of the World Youth Day festivities in central Madrid. NOVEMBER 2011
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As more than 8,000 visitors to the site made their way through, the sisters were on hand to talk to pilgrims seeking support — especially if they were seeking healing from painful experiences such as abortion. “It doesn’t take much,” added Sister Elizabeth Ann. “People are thirsting to know that there is hope and that they can start over. And we have seen a lot of hope on their faces.” CALLED TO LIVE DIFFERENTLY Following special gatherings of Canadian and Australian pilgrims, the Love and Life Centre’s programming officially kicked off Tuesday, Aug. 16, with music from the Catholic band L’Angelus, a keynote address by Father Robert Barron of Word on Fire Ministries and a “Catholic Underground” holy hour. On Wednesday, Curtis Martin, president and founder of FOCUS, delivered a keynote address on the “universal call to holiness.” He noted that Pope Benedict, in his inaugural homily in 2005, challenged youth to lives of greatness, made possible through faith in Christ. “The challenge is that you can’t become great and remain comfortable,” Martin said. “You have to live differently — above the world, not being drawn down into the things of the world.” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia underlined this challenge during a panel discussion on religious freedom that followed the talk. “Our job, and especially your job as young leaders, is to let God change us, and then through us, God will change others and the world,” said the archbishop. “We win the world by winning one soul at a time for Jesus Christ and his Church, starting with ourselves.” Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson then told the audience that believers have the responsibility to demonstrate that Christianity is not opposed to happiness, as some people might claim. “Christianity promotes human happiness, and the people who follow the truth of Jesus Christ celebrate their lives and live joyful lives,” he said. “That is what being an authentic witness means today.” Over the next several days, this theme of being a joyful witness of the Gospel continued in homilies, talks and discussion panels about topics such as the civilization of love, the theology of the body, and faith and entertainment. It was a message that resonated with volunteers and pilgrims alike. “The one common thing we can all take away from [World Youth Day] is the fire of love that we have for Jesus Christ and for our faith, and wanting to take that out to the rest of the world,” said Stephen Hart, a member of Creighton University Council 6268 in Omaha, Neb., and a recent graduate. “I think the biggest thing I hope to gain from this is a deeper sense of gratitude for my faith. Seeing all of these people here and recognizing the love that they have for their faith has been really powerful for me.” ‘THE SOURCE OF TRUE HAPPINESS’ As the Love and Life Centre’s programs drew to a close on Friday, the largest World Youth Day events were about to begin. On Friday evening, hundreds of thousands of people lined 18 ♦ C O L U M B I A ♦
College Knights stand in a church built around a cave in Manresa, Spain, where St. Ignatius of Loyola lived as a hermit and authored the Spiritual Exercises. As spiritual preparation in the days leading up to World Youth Day, the Knights made a three-day pilgrimage to a number of Catholic sites, including the Basilica-Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza and the Benedictine monastery at Monistrol de Montserrat. the streets of Madrid as Pope Benedict XVI led the Stations of the Cross, which incorporated elaborate Spanish sculptures that are used during Holy Week processions. Fourteen young people representing countries that have experienced significant suffering in recent years — such as Japan, Haiti and Sudan — accompanied the pope by carrying the official World Youth Day Cross between each station. The next day, more than 1 million youth trekked to the airfield of Cuatro Vientos, located southwest of Madrid, for a prayer vigil led by Pope Benedict. The pope said to his young listeners, “If you abide in the love of Christ, rooted in the faith, you will encounter, even amid setbacks and suffering, the source of true happiness and joy.” As storm clouds loomed overhead, pilgrims braved wind and heavy rain to pray together, in solidarity with the pope. Benedict thanked the pilgrims for their “joy and resistance” and, as the rains subsided, concluded the vigil with a time of silent eucharistic adoration. The pilgrims — representing nearly 200 countries — spent the night at Cuatro Vientos and awoke to celebrate World Youth Day 2011’s closing Mass with Pope Benedict. The many who had visited the Love and Life Centre no doubt recognized in their experience of the preceding days a beautiful foreshadowing of the grand celebration in Cuatro Vientos and of the pope’s message to youth. Thanks to the teachings they heard and the grace they encountered at the Love and Life Centre, they were better prepared to experience their common faith and the lasting joy that comes from an encounter with Jesus Christ. Additional information about the Love and Life Centre, including photos and video, can be found at wydenglishsite.org and wydcentral.org.♦ ALTON J. PELOWSKI is the managing editor of Columbia.
Clockwise from top left: Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson speaks at the Love and Life Centre. • Canadian pilgrims place the World Youth Day Cross on the main stage. • Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York prays while leading catechesis at the Love and Life Centre Aug. 19. • Undeterred by the rain, pilgrims cheer as Pope Benedict addresses them during the papal vigil Aug. 20. • Supreme Chaplain Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., processes with the monstrance during a eucharistic healing hour Aug. 19. • Sisters of Life participate in the Love and Life Centre’s activities. • Internationally renowned artist Alexander Acha performs at the MarianFest celebration Aug. 17.
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The Mystery of Faith The priest’s words and the people’s response following the consecration draw our attention to Christ’s presence at Mass
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the sixth in a series of articles on the Roman Missal in anticipation of the new English-language translation, effective in the United States beginning Nov. 27.
ith the introduction of the new translation of the Roman Missal this Advent, the priest will no longer say, “Let us proclaim the mystery of faith,” after the consecration. Instead, he will simply announce, “The mystery of faith.” Attention to the theological reasons for this subtle change can open us to a richer appreciation of the Eucharist. The words “the mystery of faith” have been part of the institution narrative since the 7th century. Before the Second Vatican Council’s reform of the liturgy, they were said by the priest inaudibly as part of the consecration of the wine. With the liturgical revisions in 1969, the formula was moved to its present position and made audible. The priest’s words, “Let us proclaim the mystery of faith,” have now been shortened in the new missal text to render the Latin text, mysterium fidei, more faithfully. This shorter formula also conveys more accurately the purpose of these words, since they are not, in fact, an invitation to “proclaim” the mystery of faith. Rather, when the priest says “the mystery of faith,” he is inviting the people to make an acclamation. Unlike a proclamation, an acclamation is addressed directly to someone; it is spoken in the second-person, not the third-person. This interpretation is clearly seen in the new translation of the missal. In response to “the mystery of faith,” the people will use one of three options: “We proclaim your death, O Lord, and profess your resurrection until you come again.” Or, “When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your death, O Lord, until you come again.” Or, “Save us, Savior of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection, you have set us free.” Even though two of these formulas use the word “proclaim,” the whole formula is not merely a proclamation, but an 20 ♦ C O L U M B I A ♦
acclamation directed to the Lord, who is now present among us in the Eucharist. By contrast, our present response — “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again” — is not an acclamation. It simply declares what the mystery is and, for that reason, will no longer be used. Following the acclamation, in the anamnesis (memorial) of the Mass, the priest himself recounts, or proclaims, the death that Jesus endured for our salvation, his glorious resurrection and his ascension into heaven. When the priest says “the mystery of faith” immediately after the consecration, he draws our attention to Christ, who is crucified, risen, ascended and present among us. The words of the priest remind us that Christ is here to form us as “the Church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all” (Eph 1:23). Jesus, now present sacramentally, truly and really in our midst, is bringing to completion in us the fullness of our redemption. The phrase “the mystery of faith” is one of the most powerful in the Roman liturgy. The word “mystery” is a rich biblical word that denotes God’s plan for the creation of the world and for our salvation hidden for all eternity and gradually revealed and accomplished in Christ. In the Eucharist we find this mystery of faith: Jesus accomplishing our salvation through his sacrificial death of the cross. How can our hearts not be filled with wonder and awe! How fervent our spontaneous response to this great gift! Ultimately, the Eucharist, present on the altar, demands our response not only in words of acclamation, but in a life that truly reveals the mystery of faith, God present to us and saving us in Christ.♦ BISHOP ARTHUR J. SERRATELLI of Paterson, N.J., is a member of Paterson (N.J.) Council 240. In February 2011, he became secretary of the Vox Clara Committee, formed to oversee the new English translation of the Roman Missal.
La Cene (The last Supper) by Philippe de Champaigne (1602-1674); Detroit Institute of Arts; Scala/White Images/Art resource, NY
by Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli
Making Visible the Invisible CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano via reuters — NeXT SPreAD: The Creation of Adam, Original Sin, and detail of The Last Judgment by michelangelo buonarroti (1475-1564); Sistine Chapel, vatican State; Photos by erich lessing / Art resource, NY
Michelangelo’s frescos in the Sistine Chapel demonstrate that the human body is created for love
he Sistine Chapel’s 12,000-square-foot painted ceiling, depicting the drama of creation and salvation history, took four years to complete and was finished on All Saints’ Day in the year 1512. The fresco on the chapel’s back wall depicting the Last Judgment was painted nearly three decades later. These great works by the Renaissance master Michelangelo were inspired by both the art of the ancient Greeks and by Christian revelation. During the pontificate of Blessed John Paul II, Michelangelo’s frescos were restored, and the images now shine in their original, vibrant colors. During the restorations, many of the braghe, or loincloths, that had been added during controversies about the paintings’ nude images were removed. John Paul II recognized that to regard these images as obscene would be contrary to the intention of the artist and to the genuine meaning that the works expressed. In 1981, in his catechesis on the theology of the body, the pope stated that, unlike pornography, these works of classical art “lead the viewer through the body to the whole personal mystery of man. In contact with such works, we do not feel pushed by their content toward ‘looking with desire,’ as the Sermon on the Mount puts it; in some way we learn the spousal meaning of the body, which corresponds to and provides the measure for ‘purity of heart.’” Upon the completion of the restorations, John Paul II delivered a homily in the Sistine Chapel on Easter Friday 1994 in which he called the chapel “the sanctuary of the theology of the body,” adding that “it expresses in a certain way the hope of a world transfigured, the world inaugurated by the risen Christ.” In the painting of the Last Judgment, he said, “we stand before the glory of Christ’s humanity. … As the only Mediator between God and men, from the Sistine Chapel Christ expresses in himself the whole mystery of the visibility of the Invisible.” These themes in Michelangelo’s work were recently explored in an audiovisual presentation called “A Body for Glory,” part of a multilingual, multifaceted exhibition at World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid. The Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family presented the cultural and catechetical event, titled “Called to Love,” with support from the Vatican Museums and the Knights of Columbus. In the guided one-hour journey through the exhibit space, visitors also reflected on key questions about human identity and experience and on John Paul II’s pastoral work with families. For more information, visit calledtolove.com. The following reflections excerpted from the “A Body for Glory” presentation were written by Father José Granados, vice president of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Lateran University in Rome, and Elizabeth Lev, who teaches Christian art and architecture at Duquesne University’s Italian campus.
Pope Benedict XVI arrives to celebrate a baptismal Mass for 21 infants in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican Jan. 9, 2010. NOVEMBER 2011
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CALLED TO LOVE, MADE FOR GLORY What is the body? How can we interpret its desires and inclinations? What is its language, and how can we understand what it says? Christianity helps to give a response to these questions, revealing to us the destiny of the body. As Michelangelo has shown us in the Sistine Chapel, and as John Paul II has taught us in his catecheses on human love, the body is made for glory, for the fullness of love, in the image of the risen body of Christ. … It was this Christian vision of the body that inspired the masterpieces painted by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. And to realize this new synthesis, the great artist found inspiration in the way the Greeks considered the body, transforming this Greek vision in a way that could express what is specific to Christian faith: a body loved by God, created for love.
ADAM AND EVE, TEMPTATION AND FALL Before the fall, the bodies of Adam and Eve are harmoniously intertwined, complementing each other. Their union leads them to walk together toward the Creator. How different their bodies are after sin: deformed and heavy bodies, full of wrinkles! To sin is to separate oneself from God, the Father and the source of all that is good. Because the body is the primary witness to the Creator, his first gift, the sinner rejects the language of the body and therefore sees it as a burden and a prison. Now they are no longer harmonious bodies; they clash with each other, transformed into instruments of egoistic domination. “Adam, do you remember? In the beginning He asked, ‘Where are you?’ / And you answered, ‘I hid myself from You because I was naked’” (John Paul II, Roman Triptych).
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THE CREATION OF ADAM: ORIGINAL SOLITUDE In the body of Adam, Michelangelo has shown us his idea of perfection. But there is an important difference between the body of Adam and the Greek Apollo, because this Adam’s body is not self-sufficient, is not a perfection closed in on itself, but points to the Creator, to the One who gives it life. Their fingers touch so that they ignite the spark of creative energy. Our body reveals to us that we have our origin in Another; it reveals to us that we are children.
THE RISEN CHRIST For his Christ, Michelangelo took the head of Apollo as his model. Doing so, he showed the divinity of Christ. But Michelangelo did not adopt the body of Apollo, because it is distant, aloof, untouchable. Michelangelo preferred the Belvedere Torso as a model. In this fragment of a Greek statue, discovered in the time of Michelangelo, we find a body full of movement and energy, a body we can feel from within, a body that communicates life and love. This is not a vengeful Christ, but a Christ whose dynamism sets the whole scene in motion. We can see in it what John Paul II has said: the body is given to us as a task; it is given to us to be formed. We are called to integrate its affections with true love for the other, to guide its energies toward work and communion. This is what Jesus has done in his body and what he now wishes to communicate to us. The human body conceals a mystery, which Michelangelo wanted to represent in the Sistine Chapel, this “sanctuary of the theology of the body” as John Paul II called it. The body is neither a prison from which to escape, nor a barrier to overcome. In the body, life is opened to greatness because in it we receive a singular gift. The Sistine Chapel invites us to turn our eyes to the heights, to the Origin from whom this gift comes. Michelangelo wondered at the body made by the Creator, who imprints in the body the beauty of his image.
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The Pornography Pandemic Catholics have a duty to fight against pornography and its devastating spiritual and societal consequences by Patrick A. Trueman
n a conversation with a priest in my diocese, I shared my spiritual director’s report that every other confession he hears from men involves the sin of pornography. The pastor’s response was shocking: “Oh, it’s much worse than that!” Since then, this sad reality has been confirmed by many others: The sin of pornography is overwhelming Catholic men. Pornography is now more popular than baseball. In fact, it has become America’s pastime, and we are awash in it. Porn is on our computers, our smartphones, and our cable or satellite TV. It’s common in our hotels and even in many retail stores and gas stations. For many men — and, increasingly, women — it is part of their daily lives. Yet, Catholic teaching on the subject is clear. Use of pornography is a “grave offense.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “Pornography … offends against chastity because it perverts the conjugal act, the intimate giving of spouses to each other. It does grave injury to the dignity of its participants (actors, vendors, the public), since each one becomes an object of base pleasure and illicit profit for others” (2354). In Life of Christ, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen wrote, “The penalty of those who live too close to the flesh is to never understand the spiritual.” Hardcore pornography on the Internet offers an ocean of perversion. It takes the mind where it should never go, loosening its moral moorings and leaving it adrift in a treacherous sea of sin. That is the fate of those who give themselves over to pornography: They find themselves alone with their images and an insatiable appetite for more. While astounding to many, users of pornography eventually put religion, marriage, family, work and friendships secondary to their desire for pornography. They may want to change, to go back to life as it was before porn, but most will return and descend further. Dr. Mary Anne Layden, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program at the Center for Cognitive Therapy, likens pornography to crack cocaine. In a testimony to the U.S. Senate in November 2004, she noted, “This material is potent, addictive and permanently implanted in the brain.” 24 ♦ C O L U M B I A ♦
Sadly, for the regular consumer of pornography, confession and contrition are normally not sufficient to break from pornography because, like drug abuse, pornography is not just a bad habit — it is often an addiction. A DESIRE THAT DOES NOT SATISFY Addiction to pornography is now commonplace among adults and is even a growing problem for children and teenagers. Few who are addicted will get help, and the consequences can be lifelong and severe. Pornography’s addictive strength is a result of long-term, sometimes lifelong, neuroplastic changes in the brain. Psychiatrist Norman Doidge, author of the best-selling book The Brain That Changes Itself (Penguin, 2007), writes, “Pornography, by offering an endless harem of sexual objects, hyperactivates the appetitive system. Porn viewers develop new maps in their brains, based on the photos and videos they see. Because it is a use-it-or-lose-it brain, when we develop a map area, we long to keep it activated. Just as our muscles become impatient for exercise if we’ve been sitting all day, so too do our senses hunger to be stimulated” (108). With pornography, in other words, our brain’s pleasure system that excites our desires is activated, but there is no real satisfaction. This explains why users can spend endless hours searching for pornography on the Internet. Doidge further notes that porn viewers develop tolerances so that they need higher and higher levels of stimulation. Thus, they often move to harder, more deviant pornography. More than a decade ago, Margaret A. Healy, adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law, and Muireann O’Brian, former head of End Child Pornography, Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT), observed a link between adult and child pornography. Since that time, scores of current and former law enforcement authorities have noted that many adult porn consumers will eventually move to child pornography, even if they are not pedophiles and had no interest is such material at first. These findings account, in part, for the prevalence of child pornography in the world today.
Viewing porn changes the user’s attitude toward sex, his or her spouse and society. He or she uses sexual fantasies to get aroused, tries to get partners to act out pornographic scenes, is more likely to engage in sexual harassment and sexual aggression, and views sex as a casual, non-intimate, recreational privilege. Laydon and other clinical psychologists have reported that, ironically, erectile dysfunction is commonly associated with constant porn use among men. One reason for this is that the constant search for sexual images and oftenaccompanying masturbation lead to dissatisfaction with one’s spouse. After all, a man’s wife cannot possibly maintain an image that competes with the women in the fantasy world of pornographic videos and images. The regular porn consumer sets himself up for disappointment and the almost-certain disintegration of his marriage. Marital love is meant to be a total giving of oneself to a lifelong, faithful partner. It is a trusting, selfless giving. By contrast, pornographic sex is selfish, demeaning and mechanical. In his catechesis on the theology of the body, Pope John Paul II emphasized that there is a “moral goodness” in marriage, which is faithfulness. That goodness can be adequately achieved only in the exclusive relationship of both parties. Too many people miss out on that unique goodness of marriage and settle for the temporary, perverted and unfulfilling excitement of pornography. PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN A father has a duty to keep his children from pornography and a sacred obligation to set an example of purity for his family. What greater authority could a father have about the harms of pornography than the words of Christ?: “But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Mt 5:28). If you have become a porn consumer, ask yourself this: Am I the same man who professed fidelity to my wife on my wedding day? Fidelity cannot be maintained if one consumes pornography. Wives of porn consumers feel as though their husbands are committing adultery. Affairs of the mind are every bit as destructive as affairs of the heart. Divorce lawyers report a high correspondence between pornography consumption and divorces. One 2004 study in Social Science Quarterly titled “Adult Social Bonds and Use of Internet Pornography” revealed that persons having an extramarital affair were more than three times more likely to have accessed Internet porn than those who did not have affairs. Further, those ever having engaged in paid sex were 3.7 times more apt to be using Internet porn than those who had not. If you have a porn habit, your children may follow. Many pornography addicts report that their first exposure to porn was the discovery of their parent’s porn collection, which started them on a life of sexual confusion and exploitation. A 2006 survey of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children revealed that 79 percent of youth gain unwanted exposure to pornography in the home. To a child, pornography normalizes sexual harm, according to Dr. Sharon Cooper, a pediatrician at the University of North Carolina. “Research has shown that the prefrontal cortex — the home of good judgment, common sense, impulse control and emotions — is not completely mature until children are 20-22 years of age,” she explained. The introduction of pornography to the brain’s pre-
frontal cortex is therefore devastating to key areas of a child’s development and may be life-altering. “When a child sees adult pornography … their brains will convince them that they are actually experiencing what they are seeing,” Cooper added. In other words, what a child sees in porn is what they believe is reality. Some children will actually emulate what they see in pornography and experiment on siblings, relatives and friends. Many studies show that children exposed to pornography initiate sexual activity at an earlier age, have more sex partners, and have multiple partners in a short period of time. A 2001 study in the journal Pediatrics also found that teenage girls exposed to pornographic movies have sex more frequently and have a strong desire to become pregnant. THERE IS HELP AND HOPE Thankfully, there are organizations, counselors and resources that provide hope for those suffering from the destructive effects of pornography on children, marriages, relationships and society. Many who have been addicted — adults and children alike — have been helped through counseling or online exercises offered by recovery services. It is critical, however, that each person and each family does a reality check. Ask yourselves whether you and your family are protected from the scourge of pornography. Do you have adequate parental control or filtering software on your home computer? Is the computer in an open area of the home? If you have children, have you talked to them about the spiritual and social cost of pornography? Do you have premium cable or satellite channels on your TV that offer pornography as regular fare? If you are viewing pornography or indecent material, you are harming your very soul and perhaps those of your children and your spouse. The biblical warning is severe: “If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out” (Mk 9:47). At a minimum, make sure that your computer both at home and in the office is filtered and that you have an “accountability partner” — perhaps your wife or a good friend — who has access to your computer and the sites you visit. Finally, get involved in the war on pornography. It is worth the fight for you, your family and your nation.♦ PATRICK A. TRUEMAN is the president and C.E.O. of Morality in Media. A member of St. Francis Xavier Council 6608 in Buffalo, Minn., Trueman served as chief of the U.S. Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division, under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
RESOURCES • Morality in Media provides a website — PornHarms.com — that offers peer-reviewed research on the harm of pornography and resources to protect men and their families from these harms. Founded by Jesuit Father Morton Hill in 1962, Morality in Media is the nation’s oldest anti-pornography organization and is supported by the Knights of Columbus. Visit moralityinmedia.org. • The Order’s Catholic Information Service makes available in booklet form Blessed Are The Pure In Heart: A Pastoral Letter on the Dignity of the Human Person and the Dangers of Pornography (2007) by Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo. To download or request the booklet, visit kofc.org/cis.
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KNIG HTS IN ACTI ON
REPORTS FROM COUNCILS, ASSEMBLIES AND COLUMBIAN SQUIRES CIRCLES
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Council 11943 in Wayne, N.J., donated $2,100 toward the construction of a parish sign, lighting and landscaping. Funds for the donation were raised through a series of pancake breakfasts. MEDALS FOR TROOPS
An honor guard from Father Giles Assembly in Modesto, Calif., looks on while Father Joseph Illo blesses a fire truck during a Mass for first responders. Knights sponsored the Mass and blessing in honor of area police, fire and medical personnel.
MEDICINE FOR AFGHANISTAN
At the request of a U.S. soldier serving at a medical clinic in Afghanistan, Islands Council 10579 in Savannah, Ga., collected 200 bags of care items for sick children ranging from infancy to 10 years of age. Knights collected clothing, stuffed animals, baby lotion, diapers and other personal items for children who come to the clinic for help or medical aid.
next to a Planned Parenthood facility. Pamphlets about the initiative were distributed prior to all Masses at St. Peter and Paul Church in West Bend and at St. Mary Church in Mallard. The collection the following week raised more than $2,600, bringing the total contribution to Mary’s Choice to just over $3,600.
Redemption Council 3032 in West Bend, Iowa, pledged to match parish contributions up to $1,000 for Mary’s Choice, a pregnancy resource center in Sioux City that is
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Des Quatre Clochers Council 12275 in Cacouna, Quebec, donated $250 to erect a field cross in its community. The large wooden cross can be seen from a good portion of the surrounding area. GARDEN HELP
Good Shepherd Council 8857 in Hope Mills, N.C., started a special baptism presentation program for all infants who are baptized at the council’s parish. At the end of each baptism ceremony, Knights present the father of the child with a medal of St. Joseph and the mother with a rose and a prayer card.
St. Mary Assembly and Immaculate Conception Council 140, both in Portsmouth, N.H., launched a troop support program to provide religious medals and rosaries to soldiers deploying from the Pease International Airport. To date, Knights have distributed more than 1,100 rosaries and 500 medals to the troops.
Father Donald Andrie of Father Hecker Council 14586 at St. Luke University in Allendale, Mich., stands with his racecar during the Faster Pastor Race at the Berlin Speedway in Marne. Each year, area pastors are invited to the speedway to participate in an interdenominational race. Council 14586 used the event as an opportunity to host a tailgate party and fundraiser, and to cheer on its racer, Father Andrie.
Cathedral of St. John Berchmans Council 10728 in Shreveport, La., assisted the parish garden committee by purchasing and spreading 80 bags of new pine mulch at the cathedral’s prayer garden. Knights assist with the garden at least two times each year, after which they join the garden committee for lunch. BENEFIT FOR EMILY
Our Lady of the Magnificat Council 14493 in Kinnelon, N.J., hosted a breakfast to benefit Emily Bott, a 4-yearold girl who was born with Peters Anomaly. This rare eye condition results in blurred vision and in some cases complete blindness, and Bott has undergone several procedures
Petty Officer 2nd Class Marcus Velasco (second from right) of Father John Francis “Jake” Laboon Council 13395 at Naval Base Kitsap in Silverdale, Wash., prepares to serve dinner to residents of Benedict House, a residential facility for homeless men that is operated by the Archdiocese of Seattle. After a long day of work at the naval base, Knights volunteered to serve dinner at the facility.
to help ease the high pressure within her eyes. The benefit breakfast raised $2,000 to help the Bott Family cope with its ongoing medical expenses. HOSPICE DONATION
Bishop Adolph A. Marx Council 1553 in Brownsville, Texas, donated $2,000 to Sunshine Haven in Olmito, an organization that provides hospice care for the terminally ill of Cameron County who do not receive financial assistance from the state or their families. Funds for the donation were raised at the council’s weekly bingo game. FAIR TRADE FOR EL SALVADOR
St. Clare of Assisi Council 14225 in Coquitlam, British Columbia, raised $600 for the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Philadelphia through the sale of fair trade coffee. The funds will be used to provide tuition, transportation and school supplies for two high school students in El Salvador for one year.
K N I G H T S I N AC T I O N
6010 in Layton, Utah, held a benefit breakfast that raised more than $470 for the Carmelite Nuns of Salt Lake City. More than 100 parishioners attended the event. ISAIAH HOUSE
Steve Paduano and Richard Rose of St. Thomas More Council 6062 in Hauppauge, N.Y., speak to parishioners while selling “One Nation Under God” lawn signs at St. Thomas More Church. Proceeds from the signs, which feature the U.S. flag and the emblem of the Order, were added to the council’s charitable fund.
BREAKFAST FOR DEACONS
Perham (Minn.) Council 1773 hosted a pancake and sausage breakfast that raised $1,484 to offset the educational costs of two parishioners who are studying to become permanent deacons. SPAGHETTI FOR CALEB
Father John J. Harris Council 2524 in Presque Isle, Maine, sponsored a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Caleb Derosier,
a local infant who has leukemia. Derosier, the grandson of council member James Derosier, has undergone chemotherapy and is presently in remission. If the leukemia returns, however, the only remaining option will be a bone marrow transplant. The spaghetti dinner raised $1,200 to help find a bone marrow match for Derosier and other leukemia victims.
Holy Cross Assembly in Detroit hosted a naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens at an area K of C hall. U.S. District Judge Victoria A. Roberts of the Eastern District of Michigan naturalized 52 immigrants as citizens of the United States. The assembly also provided a color guard for the ceremony.
Bremerton (Wash.) Council 1379 donated $1,550 to the Olympic Peninsula Kidney Center, a nonprofit dialysis clinic. Funds for the donation were raised at the council’s annual spaghetti festival. WINGMAN CANCER FOUNDATION
Members of Immaculate Conception Council 14405 in Cainta, Luzon, distribute used clothing to needy members of the community. Knights traveled to a depressed village in the hills of Tanay to distribute the clothes as needed.
San Antonio de Padua Council 9195 in Anaheim, Calif., provides ongoing support to The Catholic Worker Isaiah House, a facility that provides food and shelter to homeless members of the community. In addition to a financial donation each year, Knights and their wives also prepare hot meals for the shelter on a scheduled basis and provide donations of clothing.
Slidell (La.) Council 2732 donated $1,000 to the Wingman Cancer Foundation, an organization founded by Sgt. John Larrieu to aid Air National Guard and Army personnel in and around Slidell who have been diagnosed with cancer. Larrieu started the organization after he was diagnosed with cancer. FOR THE SISTERS
St. Rose of Lima Council
INK FOR VOCATIONS
Villa Park (Ill.) Council 8365 presented seminarian James Connelly of St. Alexander Parish with a scholarship to support his studies for the priesthood. Funds for the scholarship were generated through the council’s printer ink cartridge recycling program. Connelly’s scholarship is the sixth that Knights have granted with money from the program. APOSTLES OF LABOR
Msgr. Henry O. Carroll Council 444 in Newburgh, N.Y., participates in the “Apostles of Labor” program at St. Patrick Church to help maintain the parish facilities. In 2009, St. Patrick Church was forced to fire all of its
Lyndal Rogers of Father Abbot Raphael Desalvo Council 14619 in Scranton, Ark., cut planks of wood while building a pavilion to cover the RV of a local man. When Knights discovered that a man with intellectual disabilities was living in a burned-out motor home, Knights set to work renovating the RV and building a pavilion to cover the van from the elements. The council volunteered more than 500 hours to the project to ensure that the man had an adequate place to live.
contractors in an effort to save money. Since then, parishioners have organized volunteer work crews to undertake the jobs once performed by paid laborers. The council is responsible for cleaning the church each Thursday. In the warmer months, the council also helps to maintain the two cemeteries that are owned by the parish. FOOTBALL SIGNING
Wyoming Council 2240 in Attica, N.Y., hosted an autograph session with former NFL player Conrad Dobler that raised $465 for the council’s charitable fund.
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S TA R C O U N C I L W I N N E R S
Star Councils Awarded
total of 1,078 councils earned the Star Council Award, the highest distinction available to a local K of C council, for the 2010-11 fraternal year. These councils, led by the grand knights listed here, conducted the required charitable and fraternal programs in the “Surge … with Service” areas and also achieved their membership and insurance quotas. Each council will receive an appropriately engraved plaque from the Supreme Council in recognition of its accomplishment. Of these councils, 348 earned the Double Star Council Award for meeting 100 percent of their insurance quota and 200 percent of their membership quota. Numbers in red indicate councils that achieved the Double Star Council Award. Additionally, 3,260 councils earned the Columbian Award for excellence in programming; 2,882 attained the Father McGivney Award for meeting their membership quota; and 2,059 earned the Founders’ Award for meeting their insurance quota.
764 2736 3568 4083 5597 7584 10354 10731 12270 13163 13367
2443 6419 6834 8410 10208 12458 14010 14609
Paul J. Adams David L. Worsley Andre Patterson Timothy G. Didyoung William B. Watkins Kevin Patrick Hicks Kenneth T. Friedrich Charles C. Smith Roger M. Carreker Charles G. Ingram Kenneth H. Brown
4859 Lawrence T. Nakata ALBERTA
3241 10060 10547 10986 12658 13487 14492 14497 14746
David E. Hurta Maciej K. Bukczynski Ronald J. Deak Robert P. Reti Julien J. Bilodeau Robert M. Kennedy Patrick H. Watson Aleksander A. Gurgul Rodel P. Nagera
7465 7646 9380 9678 10799 11440 11738 11855 12144 12164 12345 12696 12856 13779 14230 14357 15001
Ernest A. Delgado Ulius S. Aycock Gerald A. Brown Marcel A. Baadte Thomas R. Whipp Clarence Black Brother Kenneth E. Ford William Barrett III George W. Soyster Kenneth E. McDonald John C. Harrison John S. Bridges III Joseph S. Kosikowski Timothy Walters Louis E. Abney Anthony C. Smitherman Gerald J. Schulte
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Marty J. Hogan Dennis L. Bosch C. Jerry Kihn Norman E. Rottler William R. Welch Michael A. Deitering Herb B. Vaught Jr. Raul Castilla
1256 Stephen J. Wauthy 5566 Cpt. Edward G. Monteiro 8319 David L. Diogo 9775 Richard J. Coulombe 10500 Jimmy Leung 10681 Edgardo R. Panes 11359 Theo B. Van Den Hoven 12861 Philip Barnwell 13072 Gabriel S. Sta Maria CALIFORNIA
750 1292 1740 2692 3162 3583 3585 3629 3926 4060 4398 4436 4440 4588 4728 4922 5392 5568 6039 6043 6066 6922 7309 7987 8747
Hector V. Nava Sr. Joseph B. Tassone Nicholas R. Vilicich Xavier R. Baeza Henry E. Beazley William E. Irwin Lawrence W. Franko Robert A. McNerney John D. Merwin Terry A. Gotowka Joseph M. Kristofl Antonio E. Cortes Mario Madril Thomas B. Silvey Jr. Ruperto P. Ubaldo Carmine W. Estep Michael D. Gonzales Douglas W. Moore Martin J. Magee Michael G. Kliment Francis J. Abi-Nader Henry C. Morrow Juan F. Calvillo Matthew P. Troiano Charles N. Hudson
8879 9022 9206 9363 9667 10414 11033 11236 12834 12887 13111 13179 13195 13237 13311 13403 13445 13672 13756 14158 14445 14499 14541 14660 14754 14772 14836 15034 15051 15076 15099
Michael S. Moore John W. Pullman Mario E. Diaz Joey M. Chavez Roy E. Richards Pablo V. Quiba III Pablo M. Pastor Timothy T. Fukuda Richard L. Casey Robert J. Stefun Robert E. Duginger Julian P. Monsarrat III Charles F. Guitron Eduardo P. Francisco Gregory A. Hastings Keith R. Morlock Brian L. Curley Bruce Pyle Niceforo Albino Prado Richard M. Stuart Kenneth K. Nguyen Natividad Garcia Mario M. Amboy Donald M. Keegan Gary L. Rohr Primo M. Sumagaysay Remson C. Gaetos Joseph G. Hummell Cesar Mejia Torres Dudley C. Dabbs Jr. Romeo L. Cabrera
539 1498 3285 4699 4732 5064 7880 8909 10937 11918 12020 12392 12567 12720 12800 12979 13131 13961 13981 14398 14436 14806
Joseph M. Bosse Brian A. Rollins Keith R. Iverson John L. Bonato Franklin C. Zadel Michael J. Hoskinson Robert C. K. White Sr. Alex R. Onda Christopher J. Kennedy Kevin J. Anderson Clyde R. Labriola Joseph G. Leyba Jesse Taitano Arthur Padilla Michael J. Powl Thomas M. Dedin William H. Remy Jerry J. Stravia III Dannie R. Butler Martin J. Mohr Michael F. O’Shea Jason R. Gray
4 10 185 2336 3037 3733 5779 6376 6626 8882 9921 10817 11245 11835 14209
Raymond J. Simeone John J. Mooney Timothy P. Reilly Carl T. Holte Dennis S. Costello Julius F. Gerbi Michael J. Cianciolo Peter J. Dlubac Michael C. Rees William F. Howard Anthony J. Bozzuto Christopher J. Kelly Richard A. Raffone Michael R. Burns Frederick E. Dauser Jr. 14664 Michael A. DeGregorio
3182 6543 6768 7297 11796 12374
Richard S. Johnson John M. Brenner Francis J. Swift Jr. Dennis A. Huss Kevin C. Duffy Thomas V. Nicastro
778 2075 2112 3599 5407 5629 5960 6265 7109 7210 7567 7589 7667 8037 8101 8155 8419 8838 9924 10201 10377 10462 10572 10757 10853 11046 11069 11079 11138 11328 11488 11673 11877 12141 12196 12240 12376 12402 12956 13139 13153 13209 13240 13283 13307 13338 13369 13527 13639 13654 13676 13996 14084 14132 14178 14203 14212 14222 14278 14295 14390 14391 14456 14485 14573 14717 14730 14815 15007 15154
4358 4599 5484 6532 8081 9923 10355 10633 10821 11402 11461
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
417 433 9542 11302
William C. Smith Paul Zummo Christopher Pierno Scott B. Shiller
Michael A. Hooker Peter J. Bishop James R. Multeri Michael E. Carinhas David M. Kanaszka Sr. Michael E. Milot David W. Brightwell William A. Gamble Kenneth E. Seguin Sr. Michael R. Sutko Hugo SantiagoRamos David P. Hall Maurice A. Powers Vincent J. Cipriano Richard T. Kowalczyk Richard K. Overbeck Ralph A. Guriere Louis E. Barrera Lawrence Baranick Nestor O. Torra Jr. John L. Gudavich Thomas J. Brown Charles W. Sharpe Sr. Jeffrey T.Vespo Christopher J. Berens Allen J. McCaffery Sebastian P. Turso Joseph A. Irene John A. Steele David L. Carpenter Daniel R. Fanelli Richard T. Brown John F. Barrett Thomas J. La Rocca Jr. Michael J. King Alain J. Fradette Richard J. Meinsen George del Campo William E. Fink William F. Sodan Thomas J. Burger Billy J. Luecke Peter P. Capece James P. Brown Ronald F. Kosey Jose M. Martinez Kristian Fernandez Mark S. Erickson Thomas A. Anzelone Humberto C. Yero Charles E. Gripka Christopher W. Grant John V. Montaldo Gary R. Govanus Gerard M. Hayes Daniel L. Bigalke Eric B. Brown Francis J. Burke III John D. Wilbur Jr. Charles A. Finnigan Jr. Alexander A. Santos Peter Tortolano Wayne D. Clegg William A. Fischer Gerald F. Grillo Richard L. Carlson Arthur Kevin Kelleher Lesandro E. Santiago Phillip M. Keane John A. Kolley
12287 12580 12862 12905
Andrew M. La Rocco Steven J. Jamell Karl L. Stevens Thomas A. Albers Ronald A. Plues Thomas J. Schuler James J. Moleta Angelo M. Sampona Frank M. Meo Stanley Wasowski Rodolfo G. Pena-Perez Stephen A. Burger Michael J. Hentz Edward M. O’Connor Mike F. Planovsky
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Richard M. Kobylski Gerald F. Farnell Robert Santos Mark R. Noel
5652 11395 11507 11629
Francisco S. Taitague Ronald J. Taitano Cristobal F. Tedtaotao Gerard Es Terlaje
14105 Franklin P. Barcelona IDAHO
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William E. Bucki Robert E. Sherry Kevin P. Hipskind John M. Armacost David W. Ganz Carl J. Geimer John L. Becker Jr. Mark E. Stevens Timothy E. Schall David M. Martin Mark E. Michuda James D. Croy
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Hugh F. O’Hagan Robert H. Pontious Robert D. Hauber Pete F. Hunter Joseph R. Deutsch Troy J. McCann Donald G. Hauser Richard K. Zettler Eric J. Schurr Clarence J. Topf Jimmie L. Puck Martin J. De Decker William M. Redlinger Richard D. Anderson Steven A. Leppert James A. Schebler Paul R. Lee Jeffrey A. Wellik
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Walter Hodge Jr. Scott M. Jeno Thomas M. Ryan Rodger R. Jacquet Richard M. McKenna Thomas E. Steinmetz Sr. John R. Kelty Jr. Gerald A. Vinduska Robin E. Paxson Jeremy C. Sauer Dennis R. Wright Anson Konkel Michael J. Hiltner Dennis C. Meehan Gage D. Ridder Duane G. Weigel William M. Sutton Jr. Gregg B. Collins Dennis G. Huffman Eugene M. Merlotti Edwin F. Standish Jeffrey J. Richmeier William R. Dickinson Kelly G. Mages Robert C. Hager James L. Thompson Thomas A. Cavaliere Gary W. Shinliver Michael E. Barnard William A. Riley Sean M. Robinson
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Larry D. Courtney Michael M. Nuzzo Edward L. Voit Joseph S. O’Bryan Sr. Charles R. Marz Robert R. Lancaster John W. Staudt Jr. Michael K. Ward Edward T. Brown Thomas J. Ferguson
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Robert D. Kenvyn Samuel Mistretta Carroll C. Baudoin Richard J. Vidrine Sr. Paul W. Allen Keith C. Black Jr. Thomas K. Wacker Kerry T. Williams Jr. Fred A. Gauthier Derwin D. Savoy Wilfred J. Cintron Terrence J. Parker Robert J. Boitmann Faustino S. Dalmau Stephen R. Peterson
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Roscoe N. Gacusana Ricardo A. Villacorte Socrates P. Palacios Edgardo R. Bongulto Francisco T. Tabuloc Jaime E. Pastor Roderick A. Anarna Lauro C. Melendez Ronaldo R. Valeroso Dexter P. Reyes Raymundo C. Soliman Jr. Mariano T. Machacon Hesiquio R. Mallillin Adel R. Calaguas Tirso M. Guevara Tagumpay P. Ramirez Guillermo M. Liwanag Timothy C. Alvarez Joel R. Galapon Reynaldo G. Mallari Benecer S. Lariosa Jr. Brice Dacanay Abella Joseph Benedict Amistoso Laba Roderick S. Salvador Nicanor C. Felix Cezar M. Ronquillo Rodrigo V. Ponce Danilo T. Carungay Jorge J. Galang Oscar C. Remo Aurelio F. Lineses Robert V. Umangay Medardo O. Reynoso Christopher C. Gonzales Ramon A. Javellana Eufrocinio J. Diaz Romualdo O. San Juan Eduardo T. Arriesgado Martiniano Felimon de la Cruz Edgardo P. Brion Bobby R. Paulo Eric R. La Guardia Rodolfo G. Fabian Reynaldo G. de la Cruz Giovanni E. Labao Dennis C. Andrada Amado V. Alcantara Pedrito M. Alvarez Fernando P. Laguer Manuel P. Soriano Romulo A. San Miguel Ronato S. De Vera Rodrigo C. Rosqueta Leopoldo E. Bautista Angelito P. Dadula Cayo S. Mercado Fermin E. Laguna Januario C. Cortez Danilo F. del Rosario Rodolfo G. Cruz Rodolfo B. Boncay Nichol N. Reyes Sr. Alfonso Sierra Idio Alvin Dino Firme Ricarte E. Idago Lauro L. Evangelista Arnulfo S. Lugtu Rafael P. Camaing Jr. Rolando B. Regalado Renato C. de Guzman Rufino G. Prado Jaime N. Echeverria Jr. Jimmy D. Lee Jenny V. Antioquia Remy M. Macapinlac Benigno V. Cruz Rudy R. Tejada Henry C. Arceo Tercinio J. Melendez Wilfrido A. Monzon Freddie F. Ramos Ronito P. Abrina
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1107 1435 9425 14199
Lawrence A. Caron Bruce P. Ray Arthur A. Kowalchuk Mark E. Desjardins
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Joseph H. Ceci Anthony Vitelli James D. Biscoe Michael S. Miller Michael P. Horan David A. Meneghini Carlos Contreras David S. Skarwecki Richard Anderson Dennis T. Beyer Jerome Ndecky Jeffrey M. Forsyth Donald J. Enright Ricardo Navarro Darryl L. Bryan James P. Wholey Ernest O. Tucker Marc L. Longenecker James H. Murry Douglas H. Sherbert Francis D. Leach
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Daniel R. Arsenault John L. Brouillard Robert W. Graham John B. Courtois John H. Curry Edmond N. Etti William J. Lucier Robert P. Conlon Joseph V. Feraci Jr. Steven J. Tavernaro Michael J. Walsh Steven A. Garney Edward M. Kremzier Miguel O. Ferreira Theodore J. Tudryn
414 1224 1546 2515 3230 3830 5436 6824 6980 7304 7337 7487 7591 7719 7761 7816 8169 8291 8500 8605 8695 8710 9301 9962 10724 11432 11658 12258 12423 12479 12668 12985 13035 13251 13419 13450 13453 13475 13485 13579
Richard A. Wasmer John A. Worden Raymond L. Geiger James D. Bauer Robert H. Johnson Joseph Panozzo Rick D. Wolfe Mark A. Kwiatkowski Steven J. Borchert Robert J. Keller Thomas T. Tracy Kevin L. Wilterink Brian R. Sutherland Dave C. Emmette David S. Lawrence Peter M. Bertsch Michael R. Rozewski Robert L. Ellis Joseph M. Salvia Gerald L. Corbat Donald R. Champine Peter T. Kavanagh Robert A. Sobb Michael Wachowski Anthony J. Jubinski Daniel S. Bischer Thomas J. Trompics Michael G. Bertram Eugene J. Cianek Dennis S. Panas Thomas P. Fabus Robert B. Hyatt Tony A. Schaub Christopher S. Woodaz James J. Kelly Jeffrey J. Southerland Gary J. Parent Arthur F. Koester Joseph J. Salvador Wayne J. Lapointe
13600 13799 13863 13950 13958 14404 14409 14598
William J. Brown Tommy D. Gray Robert J. Otradovec William S. Sabanos David A. Sliwinski Terrance J. Kelly Edward V. Smith Jason W. Bargenquast 14642 Robert C. Grove Jr. 15213 Brian J. Egeling MINDANAO
4409 Timoteo T. Orquina Jr. 4576 Nestor I. Villanueva 4639 Rodolfo D. Catapang Jr. 5831 Antonio B. Partoza 6610 Jose A. Tarrosa 6974 Arnel M. Ladio 6982 Florencio V. Ceballos 8006 Guillermo T. Malabon Jr. 8212 Ranulfo D. Lopez 8330 Nelson A. Basa 8389 Merlito D. Paciente 8764 Rosindo J. Almonte 8824 Gregorio P. Dublas 9388 Jun Jerry T. Ostos 9688 Victorino A. Flores 10261 Jose S. Amoroso 10338 Wilfredo B. Tinoy 10359 Adelberto G. Samuya 12608 Valentin H. Loable 13858 Samson F. Zate 14207 Wildon C. Barros 14287 Gregorio D. Yap Jr. 14564 Magno P. Porticos Jr. 14718 Victorino B. Carino Jr. 14893 Felixberto C. S. Jampit 14966 Luis C. Cadano MINNESOTA
1556 3949 4487 4653 4967 7879 8571 9140 9905 11949 14145 14420 14616
Jeffrey N. La Vigne Brian J. Boulanger Michael P. Smith Kevin J. Otto Mark A. Slaikeu Tom J. Thomas Anthony M. Malecek Norbert W. Vossen Theodore S. Brausen Jason W. Lapaglia David B. Silker Joseph A. Rabaey Kenneth C. Sinclair
Corey D. Ketchum Andrew T. Atherton Paul W. Tallarovic Dave J. Gruenbacher Walter John Morrow John R. Landgraf Robert J. Colombatto John D. Kubicek Robert J. Goeke Michael W. Johnson Stephen P. Claxton John M. Ryan David P. Govero Jimmie E. Randolph John W. James Robert J. Barquero Robert C. Smith Juan E. Hinojosa Gordon A. Carmichael
6294 Steven P. Zachmann 13022 Dale C. Barnum NEBRASKA
7614 7714 9264 9704 9898 10047 10510 10895 10909 11001 11280 11800 13080
Orvil G. Holz Robert L. Unruh Jr. David H. Boman William D. Scheideler Dustin J. Brabec Vern J. Baran Andy B. Otte Paul Ryba Mark A. Pelan Clement A. Pella Michael R. Wernke Richard P. Theobald Michael A. Lampe
4928 12543 12690 14544 14784 15061
Michael J. Morris Franklin B. Whitaker Fred Wells Joseph H. Feldhouse Anthony J. Perrella David P. Zeamer
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5904 10599 11776 13763
Cyril J. Reid Rick W. Kavanagh Dermot F. Whelan Kevin Organ
92 John F. Flanagan NEW JERSEY
802 James A. Romano III 12331 Larry J. Necaise 15155 Christopher S. Fetters MISSOURI
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10154 10490 11382 11794 12323 13604 13671 13682 13823 13901 13908 14270 14402 14489 14561 14575 14719 14745 15126
Anthony R. Turk Norman H. Hageman Steven M. Eilertson Christopher J. Yancey Glenn E. Bock Stephen J. Van Cleave Denis C. Boland David M. Mason James E. Ellison Arthur J. Schumacher Rodney K. Jones Bart A. Brendel Everett W. Foss Michael G. Tesmer Barry A. Cogan Edward F. Holstein Clarence J. Duttlinger Nelson Q. Souza Brad W. Kempker Edward H. Jasper Roy J. Hinkamper Larry J. Thompson Alan H. Niederer Fahren J. Green Stephen J. Van Horn Richard H. Manson Charles W. Hornback Anthony F. Vaiana John J. Berra
783 1672 1736 1778 2560 3240 3294 3359 3665 6139 6245 6342 6364 6380 6621 6735 6903 7244 7333 7429 7581 7677 7784 7926 9021 9852 10005 10220 10322 10419 10627 11349 11378
Frederick C. Cowburn Richard M. Scott Brian J. Conn Bernard D. Germanio Hugh V. Brown David J. Farrell James E. Vargas David A. Gallagher John D. Lange Daniel A. Janelli James K. Wilcox Ralph J. Liberatore James H. McCormick Philip P. Oddo Carmine J. Amico Christopher J. McCoy Bruce D. Devine Daniel A. Kulak William C. Giaimo Samuel M. Green Francis J. Brady Timothy F. McGough William Kadar Richard P. Mastronardi Denis P. McPartland John J. Nowicki Joseph F. Sansone Michael P. Kunigonis Adam P. Buga John P. Arrambide William F. Cerwinski Timothy J. Hoye Scott R. Minnihan
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Kelly P. Keppel Timothy M. Eck Donald J. Lynch Jr. Paul Pinkman Jon A. Dilliplane Joseph R. De Luca Jr. 14493 George L. Weinand 14615 Jeffrey E. Kleinow 14712 Steven M. Picciano 15012 Anthony F. Palmisano NEW MEXICO
7633 10835 13596 13684 14920 15062
Robert L. Montano John R. Brault Michael R. Jaramillo Martin A. Guillen Steven E. Pink Guerrero H. Macias
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Sebastian A. Laspina Anthony C. Burgio Patrick T. Crawford Richard T. Kenney Brendan M. Dolan Thomas J. Campbell Joseph M. Gunning Paul V. Fizzuoglio Ralph W. Cornelius Theodore C. Newkirk John N. Biggs Joseph E. Camolli Thomas J. Martin Richard P. Gruber Peter B. Coleman John T. Finn John A. Sullivan Onofrio Marcario Anthony F. Sileno David S. Kepler Matthew F. McDonald Frank M. Sambets Timothy J. Beers Robert A. Waidler Thomas M. Hickey Ray G. Gamino John E. Klos Richard C. Distefano Edward T. Mechmann Jose F. Maldonado John J. Di Pasquale Matthew G. Cola James A. Tornello Edward M. Herrington Donald R. Sharpstene
1074 David H. King 2838 Jerome E. Fonke 3498 Joseph W. Caradonna 4507 Thomas W. Luibrand 5487 James D. McCullough 7024 Nicholas J. Nastasi 7232 Barry L. Van Scoyoc 8886 Marti D. Felker 9549 Richard G. Chambless 10505 Robert J. Hinchey 10892 Norman J. Malisos 11817 Larry G. Seese 11911 Joseph P. Temple 12455 Joseph J. Rothengast 12610 Peter J. Falk 13812 David M. Lucas 15085 Stanley F. Finn NORTH DAKOTA
9126 Peter Philip Kraemer 9174 Cecil P. Von Bank 9906 Corey Bohlig NOVA SCOTIA
5030 Michael W. L’Oiseau 7077 Claude B. Cajolais
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9832 10921 13141 14078 14329 14333 14349 14397 14654 14807 14840 14990
George R. Siracuse James P. Mueller William R. Schell William L. Hilderhoff Barry R. Wolfe Joseph C. Lamont Charles A. Becker Victor Mazziotti Steven A. Wagner Brian J. Golias Jay R. Landis Francis M. Krakowski
11706 Heriberto Ruiz-Lopez 11902 Pablo HernandezRodriguez 13326 Crucito Diaz-Ramos QUEBEC
13585 Raymundo G. Foz RHODE ISLAND
113 Raymond J. Riel 383 R. Barry Chevrette SASKATCHEWAN
1534 3031 5259 9760 12415
Robert A. J. Tiede Eric Dwayne Lautsch Leonard J. Bell William P. Meuse Pepito G. Escanlar
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John F. McCarthy Paul E. Cunningham Matthew E. Guarnieri Louis J. Gutierrez Samuel E. Snow Gerald A. Krittenbrink James B. Quintus Anthony E. Lechtenberg Wesley C. Deaver Gary A. Atkinson Frederick T. Pope Jr. Vernon G. Christian
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Kevin W. Meloche Ramon Y. Solis Patrick J. Malloy Benjamin Aguilar Paul E. Poirier Mark B. McAvoy Brian D. Anthony Daniel J. O’Connor Julian D’Angela Colin B. Bogue Gregory P. Fernandes Fidel C. de Guzman Anthony Savio Fernandes Andre Larocque James Gomes Robert I. Cheeatow Charles F. Maheu Leo E. Parent Peter D. Lebrun Ronald C. Moro Brendan J. Barrett John G. Larmond Gerald J. Kupferschmidt Hisham Marrow Franciszek K. Lenart
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984 Edward J. Weihbrecht 4242 Robert R. Mineo 4397 Thomas G. Ryder 7549 Joel F. German
4298 4307 4457 4868 5090 5656 5678 6812 6878 7347 7697 7736 8156 8327 8404 8417 8738 8773 8807 8960 9151 9310 9600
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5029 Patrick J. Powers 10296 William R. Grocott TENNESSEE
3537 4264 6321 6645 6695 7449 7764 9317 14041 14482 14521
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799 John J. Little 1003 Robert B. Armstrong 1202 Stephen R. Richardson 1422 Mario H. Cantu 1459 Ben J. Bindel 2710 Roy E. Casas 2801 Matthew J. Redlinger 3071 Jeffrey D. Lander 3110 Joe M. Verastegui 3313 Larry L. Kuciemba 3404 George E. Wing 3491 Philip J. Chauvin 3558 James C. Stark II
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George C. Michalko Charles L. Hether Edward J. Hartry Sean P. Wink Michael F. McDonough
7943 Laurent B. Jalbert VIRGINIA
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Thomas J. Galvin Joseph R. Arseneault Timothy F. Whitney Edward B. Walsh Darryl J. Adams Robert S. Elder
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MEMBERS OF Montrose (Colo.) Council 1188 and volunteers from the Boy Scouts of America pour the foundation for a new latrine at the Boy Scout camp in Norwood. Knights donated $5,000 and some construction materials to the Western Colorado Council of the Boy Scouts to help build the much-needed facility. Knights also volunteered alongside Scouts during the construction process to help keep costs down. The new latrine will allow Scout troops to use the camp with proper sanitation facilities.
TROY PAUL (far left) and Jim Hickey (third from right) of Thompson (Manitoba) Council 5961 stand with representatives from Futures Program and some of the baby items that Council 5961 collected to aid pregnant teenagers. Knights and parishioners from St. Lawrence Church collected more than $500 worth of new baby items for the organization. Also pictured are (from left): Lorise Cablik, Futures Program coordinator, Atalia Hickey, Nolan Belton and Alyssa Harman.
A HORSE-DRAWN SLEIGH carries members of St. Padre Pio Council 15015 in Starachowice, Poland, and their families during a council-sponsored fraternal event. Knights organized the sleigh ride so that council members and their families could get to know one another better. The ride took participants through the woods of the Świętokrzyskie Mountains and ended at a stable where children visited with animals and where council members roasted kielbasa over a campfire for all those in attendance.
DAVE SIMMONS of St. Paul the First Hermit Council 14222 in Summerfield, Fla., and his wife, Sonja, pack items for Project Supporting our Soldiers (SOS) at an area restaurant. Knights collected baby formula and over-the-counter medicine for infants in the Kunar Province in Afghanistan after several members of the U.S. Air Force and Army reported that babies were dying due to a lack of basic baby necessities.
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An honor guard comprised of Knights from throughout Michigan Fourth Degree District #2 looks on as (from left) Vice Supreme Master George A. Dann, Supreme Director Thomas M. Wegener and Joseph Salvia place a wreath at the fallen soldier memorial at Patriarche Park in East Lansing. Following the district’s Fourth Degree exemplification, the 216 new Fourth Degree Knights joined other K of C members, an armed forces color guard and a bagpipe band for a procession and memorial service at the nearby park.
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PLEASE, DO ALL YOU CAN TO ENCOURAGE PRIESTLY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS. YOUR PRAYERS AND SUPPORT MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
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‘I FELT A RENEWED CALL TO THE PRIESTHOOD.’
FATHER KENNETH M. DOS SANTOS, MIC Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception
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My journey to the priesthood began when I was an altar server. I was 7 when I first heard the call. After high school and a two-year technical school, I worked in electronics for 10 years. I acquired wealth — I had a house, a car, a girlfriend, money — and yet, I was miserable. My mother, I remembered, had always encouraged me to be more involved with the Church and to pray the rosary. I told myself, “If I get more involved in the Church and pray the rosary, I will become a priest.” I then started to attend daily Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in Litchfield, Conn. I became an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist and felt a renewed call to the priesthood. It is hard to put into words, but my eyes were opened while distributing the precious blood of Christ. I eventually joined the Marians of the Immaculate Conception and am able to write to you today as an ordained priest. “His mercy endures forever.”