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Milites Veritati Volume I, Issue i

Our Council Named Outstanding College Council for 2009 It is with tremendous pleasure that we announce that the Supreme Office of the Knights of Columbus has selected us as the recipient of 2008-2009 Outstanding College Council trophy. Over 140 student delegates, from 65 colleges and universities across the globe, competed for various honors at the international 2009 College Council Conference in New Haven, CT, from October 2nd-4th. “While many college councils demonstrated impressive achievements this year, to be named Outstanding College Council is an exceptional distinction. This year’s winner demonstrated a strong commitment to community service, social justice activism and spiritual formation,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson.

Indeed our Council’s activities span volunteer work at Vernon Hall Nursing Home to catechesis through our St. Joseph Society. We are a group of men deeply committed to Christ, Holy Mother Church, and each other’s spiritual formation—diligently building up the Kingdom of Christ one man at a time. “To put it plainly, being a Knight has changed my life,” said former Grand Knight John A. Dunn. “My involvement with the Harvard Council taught me how to live as a Catholic devoted to serving my community. The Knights have deepened my faith, strengthened my values, and made me a better man.” We welcome everyone to explore our rich history and brotherhood at Harvard, comprising both undergraduate and graduate men, from all academic disciplines. 1

“Knight of Columbus councils throughout the Order are called to work as ‘the strong right arm of the Church’ and continue the legacy started 127 years ago by [the] Venerable Father McGivney. An outstanding college council not only knows and accepts these challenges, but faces this task with a sense of dedication and determination that elevates the entire Order and promotes a new Catholic evangelization on their campus,” said Supreme Knight Anderson. The John Paul II Council at Harvard University is proud to pursue this task in the service of Holy Mother Church and our Catholic community.

Upcoming Events Going to be in the Cambridge area soon? Stop by these events to reconnect with your brothers! 2nd Annual White Ribbon Against Pornography Campaign Sunday, 2/14: St. Valentine’s Day Healing Mass, 5PM, St. Paul Lower Church. Monday, 2/15: “Habits of the Heart: Pornography and Vocation,” Drs. Angela and David Franks. 6:30-9 PM, DiGiovanni Hall, St. Paul Church Tuesday, 2/16 - “Libertarianism vs. Human Freedom: The Case of Pornography,” Dr. David Franks. 7:30-8:30pm, Emerson Hall 108 Wednesday, 2/17: Recitation of the Holy Rosary, 7PM, St. Paul Student Chapel, all are invited to join us for prayer and reflection. Thursday, 2/18: “Somebody’s Daughter,” a documentary about the effects of pornography on relationships and family life, 6:30-9 PM, DiGiovanni Hall

Lenten Catholic Film Series (Fridays of Lent at 7 PM) All films will be viewed in the Student Lounge February 19th: Groundhog Day (1993) (PG) February 26th: The Lives of Others (2007) (R) March 5th: Amazing Grace (2007) (PG) March 12th: Ikuru (“To Live”) (1960) (PG) March 19th: The Mission (1986) (PG) March 26th: Babette’s Feast (1988) (G)

For full event details, please see our Council Weblog ( Please also watch for details about our upcoming Rush (February 28th March 7th) and the return of St. Joseph Society starting in March


In Solidarity with our Priests Knights “On the March” for Life This year our Council was proud to have several brothers journey down to the Annual March for Life in Washington, DC. The Knights, as usual, had a strong presence with many college councils represented and numerous volunteers and pro-life advocates from parish councils from across the nation. Brothers in attendance from Council 14188 were Alan O’Connor, Jim Ritch, Mauricio Artavia, and Simon Orozco.

The Financial Secretary’s Desk Alan O’Connor, Q: I’ve moved away from Cambridge, do I still have to pay dues? A: As long as you are a member of the Harvard council, we still get charged a per capita contribution by the State and Supreme Councils to support their administrative costs and charitable work. Hence, the options are to pay your dues, to transfer to a council in your new place of residence, or to formally withdraw from the Order by submitting a signed statement of your intention of doing so to me in writing. Q: How much are dues for 2010? A: Regular members: $40 / yr Studying abroad / military: $15 / yr Priests and seminarians: $ 0 Q: How may I pay my dues? A: By check payable to Harvard KofC mailed to myself, or using the Paypal link on the website. Q: I’m not receiving Columbia magazine, what should I do? A: If you ask me, I can look up what mailing address Supreme has on file for you and make any necessary change. Alternatively, you can update your contact info at eb/en/about/contact/address_contact.html

In honor of the Year for Priests declared by the Holy Father, please join your brothers in praying for priests that the Lord may sustain them in their valuable work for the salvation of souls and that more young men will heed the call to a life of loving service as a priest of Jesus Christ. A Prayer for Priests Divine Savior Jesus Christ, who has entrusted the whole work of your redemption, the welfare, and salvation of the world to priests as your representatives, through the hands of your most holy Mother and for the sanctification of your priests and candidates for the priesthood, I offer you this present day wholly and entirely, with all its prayers, works, joys, sacrifices, and sorrows. Give us truly holy priests who, inflamed with the fire of your divine love, seek nothing but your greater glory and the salvation of our souls. And you, Mary, good Mother of priests, protect all priests in the dangers of their holy vocation and, with the loving hand of a Mother, also lead back to the Good Shepherd those poor priests who have become unfaithful to their exalted vocation and have gone astray. Amen.

Council 14188 Joins St. Paul Parish in Welcoming Fr. Michael Drea as Pastor On June 1, 2009 His Eminence, Seán Patrick Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston appointed the Reverend Michael E. Drea as the Tenth Pastor of St. Paul’s Parish and the Senior Chaplain to the Harvard Catholic Chaplaincy. Following Fr. Drea’s official Installation Mass on the Solemnity of All Saints, the Council presented Fr. Drea with a spiritual boquet of 286 Rosaries in pledge of our loyalty and support. Worthy Deputy Grank Knight Fermin Mendez is pictured here presenting our pledge to Fr. Drea.


Great Events in the Lives of our Brothers

Something special happen in your life or the life of a Brother? Share it with us ( or, and we’ll be sure to include it in the next newsletter!

Brother Andrew Lauer Married Brother Lauer was married July 7, 2009 to Ana Posada. The couple is now expecting their first child, a daughter, later this year.

Brother Kyle Leingang Married Brother Leingang was married November 21, 2009 to Susie Caplan.

Brother Peter Syski Engaged Brother Syski was engaged to Helen Renton on November 1, 2009. The couple plans to wed in April.

Brother Paul Kolb Completing Doctorate at Oxford Paul writes: Having recently completed my masters, I am a first year (of hopefully three) DPhil student in Music at Queen’s College, Oxford, supported by a Clarendon Fund Scholarship and Queen’s College Graduate Studentship. I am (at the moment) studying exegesis in late fifteenth-century bitextual motets. I’m frequently found singing 16th-century recusent music from facsimile and am also involved with the Oxford Gregorian Chant Society, providing plainsong and polyphony for various Sung Masses around the city.


Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 1  

The first issue of the biannual Harvard Knights Newsletter.

Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 1  

The first issue of the biannual Harvard Knights Newsletter.