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Vol. 17 No. 08

April 15 - 28, 2013

Roy Lagarde / CBCP Media

The Cross

A Supplement Publication of KCFAPI and the Order of the Knights of Columbus

CATHOLIC Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Media Director Msgr. Pedro Quitorio III was awarded with the exclusive edition of KCFAPI watch led by KCFAPI Chairman Hilario G. Davide, Jr., KCFAPI President Guillermo N. Hernandez and KCFAPI Executive Vice President Ma. Theresa G. Curia. Also in photo are State Deputies Arsenio Isidro Yap (Luzon), Rodrigo Sorongon (Visayas), Balbino Fauni (Mindanao), and KCFAPI Independent Trustees Juan Abraham Abando, and Emiliano Deliverio.

FBG awards BC Holders with ‘timeless watch’ THE Fraternal Benefits Group (FBG) of the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI) awarded qualified Benefit Certificate (BC) holders with the exclusive edition of KCFAPI watch last April 5 at the Social Hall, Fr. George J. Willmann SJ Center in Intramuros, Manila. “With KCFAPI’s aim to increase the coverage of our KC members and their families, we have launched this program inspired by no less than the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, honorable former Chief Justice Davide,” said Vice President for Fraternal Benefits Group Gari M. San Sebastian. He added that the watch is the symbol and reminder for the BC holder of their continuing support and dedication for the coverage that they availed of from KCFAPI.

“This is not actually for the KCFAPI only but for their [Brother Knights] families and beneficiaries as well. This is just a first step so that all our BC Holders may later find value on their insurance coverage at KCFAPI. And as a member, this is the primary objective of the K of C: to render financial assistance to our members and families and through the insurance program that we are able to manifest or concretize the primary duty of a Knight which is to be a provider whether he sticks around or provide his families’ benefit who will be left behind,” San Sebastian added. He also cited that the KCFAPI Watch is a privilege and a reminder that they will enjoy the 24/7 coverage or what they called the insurance benefits from KCFAPI just like what the 26 brother knights and families did —they were

able to avail the KCFAPI watch. “We would like to thank first and foremost the guidance of the Holy Spirit through the inspiration and initiative of our Board of Trustees led by Chairman Davide, KCFAPI President Hernandez, State Deputies and the management who are very supportive of the FBG programs and acknowledge the group effort of our sales force from Area Managers and Fraternal Counselors. With this, we are requesting all our members to avail this privilege as a Knight and at the same time to increase their coverage up to the maximum level,” San Sebastian furthered. FBG Manager Michael Cabra also acknowledged the awardees through his message. “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the KCFAPI watch recipients –a big number of them from

Luzon Jurisdiction, for the KCFAPI employees who availed of the 2 million benefit program, thank you for setting the example. You really Walk your Talk! For the FCs who were able to convince their BC Holders (KCFAPI Watch awardees), may you have more JUMBO FYCs to come,” Cabra said. The ‘timeless watch’ has the signature of KCFAPI Chairman and former Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide, Jr. inscribed on it. It was launched late last year during the weeklong celebration of KCFAPI’s 54th anniversary. To avail of the watch, the Benefit Certificate (BC) holder must get a P2,000,000.00 coverage on a single Benefit Certificate. Chairman Hilario G. Davide, Jr. delivered an inspiring message and remarked that his signature on the watch is the same signature he affixed on

KC Phl welcomes St. Camillus’ relic THE Fourth Degree Honor Guards of the Knights of Columbus in the Philippines provided security for the relic of the Heart of St. Camillus de Lellis, patron of the sick and hospitals, which arrived in the country last February for a series of pilgrimages until March 10. Brother Knights all over the country were requested to accompany the relic in its series of pilgrimages across the nation in preparation for the 400 years Anniversary Celebration of St. Camillus’ death in July 2014. The relic was brought to Davao City last March 4 to 5. Meanwhile, Fr. Renante Sentillas,

rector of St. Camillus College Seminary, advised sick people not to lose hope as the help coming from God is ever present through the various health care ministries being implemented and other people willing and ready to serve them. “The sufferings we experience in our daily life can be redemptive and salvific if we accept them, bear them, and carry them in our daily life. It is not that easy, but it is not impossible,” Sentillas added. “Many sick people have lived saintly and heroically braved Christian life by carrying their sufferings wholeheartedly.” (KC News/Jennifer M. Orillaza)

documents when he was at the Supreme Court and a Philippine Representative to the United Nations. Among the prominent awardees were the KCFAPI President Guillermo N. Hernandez, KCFAPI Executive Vice President Ma. Theresa G. Curia, and Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Media Director Msgr. Pedro Quitorio III. Other awardees were Danilo Sanchez, Milagros Sanchez, Maria Ofelia Somera, Gari San Sebastian, Angelito Bala, Edwin Dawal, Christine Joy Infante, Michael Cabra, Neil Jerome Rapatan, Adrian Boston, Jude Bigornia, Anthony Boaging, Emilia Boaging, Ana Kristel Yap, Virgilio Matias, Elena Bernabe, Gerardo Alday, Marcial Abucay, Arlene Flores, Manueline Garcia, Reupert Manuel Garcia, Arnel Uy, and Rema Pazvia Cabatu. (Yen Ocampo)

Relic of St. Camillus in Mindanao

Inset is a photo of St. Camillus’ relic escorted by Brother Knights and authorities in Calbayog City. (Photo from The Camillians‘ official Facebook page)

Council 5739 helps build seminary THE Knights of Columbus’ San Fabian Council 5739 helped in the ongoing construction of Mary Help of Christians Theology Seminary of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan in Barangay Palapad, Pangasinan. The Council Chaplain and Parish Priest Msgr. Oliver E. Mendoza tapped the services of the local Brother Knights to contribute voluntary workforce in the ongoing construction of the seminary, according to Brother Pompeyo Tercero. “Some materials, like the bricks came from Laguna and Mindoro. Hopefully, this seminary will be blessed by Archbishop Soc on May 28 or in June before the start of school year 2013-2014,” he added. The San Fabian Knights of Columbus Council 5739 also planted trees around the vicinity of the construction site. Meanwhile, the San Fabian Council is continuing its visitation of the Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help every week. Voluntary donations given every 9th day of the novena

Relic of St. Camillus. This recent picture was taken at the Chapel of Southern Philippine Medical Foundation where the 4th Degree Honor guards of various Davao 4th degree Assemblies provided the security and honor from the airport to the different hospitals in Mindanao. These Honor guards were from Mabutas Assembly, Davao Gulf Assembly and Clo-

Members of the Knights of Columbus Council 5739 render voluntary work to build the Archdiocese’s Mary Help of Christians Theology Seminary.

will go to the Olupan ng mga Pari para sa Bokasyon or the K of C Priestly Vocation Program. “To date we have already received an amount of ten thousand pesos remitted to

Mass Wedding

Mass Wedding. K of C Council 4639 in General Santos City sponsored a "Kasalang Bayan" wherein 12 couples recently said "I Dos" at the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Church. Council members and the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (DMI) acted as wedding sponsors.

the parish office for credit to the vocation account of the Archdiocese. This council activity is continuous and passes each member's family whole year round,” said Tercero. (KC News)

Feeding Program

Feeding Program. More than 100 children in Nueva Ecija became beneficiaries of the Knights of Columbus Council 4073’s feeding program held recently in coordination with the Vialogo Company.

vis Thibault Assembly headed by their different Faithful Navigators: Alberto Malcampo, Boy Pancha and Hernando Jordan, respectively. District Master Rey Trinidad coordinated with these assemblies for a smooth, orderly and peaceful guarding of the relic of St. Camillus de Lellis, the patron Saint of the sick, hospital and healthcare workers. (MindanaoNews)

Luzon Jurisdiction gets ‘triple number one’ FOR the third time for this Columbian Year 2012-2013, the Luzon Jurisdiction of the Knights of Columbus in the Philippines received “Triple Number One” in the three major categories of recruitment in gross intake, membership growth net of suspensions, and net of suspensions, deaths and withdrawals. “We got this Triple Number One as of March 29. Category ‘One’ is the most difficult. Last Columbian Year 2011-2012, Mindanao was 12th, Luzon was 14th and Visayas was 18th. All three jurisdictions were never a factor in the top five of category ‘One’ - Gross Intake,” said Luzon Deputy Arsenio Isidro Yap. He added that since middle

of December, they were already a serious contender in all three major categories until the historic Valentine's Day and the day after they got the Triple Number One for two consecutive years. “Three months to go and I'm hoping, I'm praying and I'm dreaming that our Jurisdiction would make history by being Triple Number One for the Columbian Year 2012-2013. A feat that is difficult to achieve if ever it was achieved at all by any jurisdiction in the past and with the concerted effort of the State Officers and District Deputies. Let us encourage our Grand Knights to do their part and make this dream a reality,” said Yap. (Luzon News)


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C2 Hilario G. Davide, Jr.

Chairman’s Message EASTER Sunday is the greatest solemnity of the Liturgical year—more than Christmas or any other major celebrations. It is the feast of feasts. It is the day that gives meaning to all our days. “If Christ has not risen, our preaching is useless and so is your faith,” says St. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians (15:14). This may be the reason why the Easter Vigil celebration is so elaborate. It has so many readings that details about how God prepared the world for the resurrection of His Son by dying on the cross and ultimately becoming victorious over death. In this celebration, there is also the blessing of the fire, the lighting of the paschal candle and the renewal of baptismal promises. The Easter liturgy is not only nostalgic about those Easter celebrations when I was young in my home parish in Argao, Cebu, but it also brings a sense of newness as a Catholic realizing how Christ provokes new life by his resurrection. Pope Francis talks about this newness in his homily at his first Easter Vigil as Pope. This newness, he says, sometimes comes as surprises—but we should not be afraid of God’s surprises. In utter simplicity that characterizes his person, Pope Francis exhorts us in his Easter homily: “Let us not be closed to the newness that God wants to bring into our lives! Are we often weary, disheartened and sad? Do we feel weighed down by our sins? Do we think that we won’t be able to cope? Let us not close our hearts, let us not lose confidence, let us never give up: there are no situations which God cannot change, there is no sin which he cannot forgive if only we open ourselves to him.” With this thought, I wish to greet my fellow Knights, likewise the Officers and Staff of the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc., a most meaningful Easter. May the Risen Lord bring joy and fulfillment to our endeavors throughout the year. Vivat Iesus!

Guillermo N. Hernandez

President’s Message In such a short span of time since he became the leader of some 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, Pope Francis has become so amazingly popular. I don’t think this is on account of what he has said to us as by far as it just largely resonated what his predecessors had voiced out before. His actions are the ones that make the difference, they are something else. Unprecedented and so endearing, they radiate the very traits of a Pope that the modern world so desperately needs at this time. Simple, humble, compassionate and loving, he easily becomes the Holy Father for everyone even to non-Catholics and especially for the poor, the youth, the sick and troubled. From the simple robe and the simple cross that he used when he first appeared in the balcony of Vatican as the new Pope, he has already broken some centuries-old tradition and protocol in the way he conducts himself especially in public. It was just so natural and irresistible for the Holy Father to personally make himself available to the faithful. Kissing the sick, embracing the children and even walking the streets of Vatican unannounced, he prefers to be himself—as he was as Cardinal Mario Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina—to the dismay and chagrin of his security detail. No doubt, Pope Francis at this early has shown us what a Catholic should and must be, the one at the top bending down to touch those below. In Buenos Aires where he was once a Jesuit Provincial and later as Archbishop, he is simply called “Fr. Jorge” who is popularly known for taking the bus, cooking his own meals, paying his own bills and taking time with people in the streets that, like him, live in simplicity. His taking of the name “Francis”, which is unprecedented, signals of what kind of pope he wishes to be: a reformer that works through evangelical spirituality and radical poverty—like St. Francis of Assisi. With his example that is worth emulating not only by bishops and priests but also by lay persons, I must say that like what Blessed John Paul II foresaw in his Tertio Millennio Adveniente during the Great Jubilee Year 2000, the Church is now at the “springtime of new Christian life.”

FBG to hold Service Training in 3 Jurisdictions TRAINING is the key to competitiveness and staying competitive is the key to sustainability. With this as inspiration, the Fraternal Benefits Group (FBG) of the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI) conducted a simultaneous Fraternal Service Training nationwide which started second week of April and runs until the fourth week of the month. The training will provide an opportunity and broad structure for the organization and will also help the participants

in attaining their personal growth, according to Fraternal Benefits Group Manager Michael Cabra. Specific topics to be discussed are the sales processes and plans and programs of the group. The training also aims to help the fraternal counselors become familiarized with the Order of the Knights of Columbus and history of the insurance arm of the Order. An Area Managers’ meeting was also held on April 16 at the KCFAPI Social Hall in Intramuros, Manila. (Yen Ocampo)

FBG visits Northern and Northwestern Luzon THE Fraternal Benefits Group of the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc (KCFAPI) headed by the Vice President for FBG Gari San Sebastian held a series of meetings in Northern and Northwestern Luzon from March 26 to 28. More than 20 Fraternal Counselors attended from Northern Luzon Cordillera Braves including the Area Manager of the Year Salvador R. Aspuria, Sr. and three other awardees including the FC of the Year Runner Up, Anthony N. Boaging. “We discussed about the first quarter performance and activity strategy to hit early attainment and target in 2013 and to surpass their performance in 2012. I also gave them some updates on KCFAPI products, sales analysis, product re-orientation, FC incen-

tives programs, and FBG plans and program for the year,” said San Sebastian. Meanwhile, the KCFAPI-FBG went to Vigan with the Northwestern Luzon Thunders last March 27. “One of the District Deputies Mario Valmaceda handed over to me a new council, a newly formed council for possible chartering within this year,” San Sebastian added. He likewise mentioned that the Northwestern Luzon Thunders group was able to hit their first quarter target and according to Area Manager Josefino Valencia, they are very optimistic that they will hit their assigned targets for the year. He added that they also held a membership campaign for growth & development and FC recruitment. (FBG News)

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April 15 - 28, 2013

The Cause for the Beatification of Father George J. Willmann, SJ EMULATING the virtues that bespeak of sanctity of a person, like Father George J. Willmann, is what we need today to draw us into a deeper living out of the fullest meaning of our Catholic Faith in the context of increasing secularism. Thus, we believe, is one of the most important objectives in initiating the Cause of the good Father George. As prescribed by the Congre-

gation for Causes of Saints in Rome, a person may be elevated to the honors of the altar if he has lived up to a “heroic” degree of the supernatural virtues of faith, hope and charity, as well as the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance. We believe that Father Willmann practiced them all to an exceptional degree. In order to establish and wid-

en the fame of Sanctity of Father Willmann, may we call on all Brother Knights, their families and friends to respond to the following appeal: • Submission of testimonies on Fr. Willmann’s heroic virtues; • Recitation of Prayer for his Beatification in private and during K of C meetings and affairs; • Invocation of his intercession in our prayers;

• Submission of Reports on answered prayers through the intercession of Father Willmann; • Visitation of his tomb in the Sacred Heart Novitiate Cemetery, Novaliches, Quezon City. • Membership to Fr. George J. Willmann Fellows. This is a challenge for all of us Knights of Columbus members, who dearly love Father George J. Willmann, SJ.

Prayer for the Beatification of Father George J. Willmann, SJ LORD God, look down upon us, your children, who are trying to serve You with all our hearts, in our beloved land, the Philippines. Deign to raise Fr. George J. Willmann, of the Society of Jesus, to the honors of the altar. He is the wise, strong, cheerful, dauntless model that all of our Filipino men need in this new era, in this new millennium. He was your Knight, Your gentle warrior, especially in his ministry with the Knights of Columbus.

A man leading other men, in the war of good against evil, in the war of the Gospel of Life against the Culture of Death. Make him the lamp on the lamp stand giving light to all in the house. Make him the city set on the mountain, which cannot be hid, so that all of us may learn from his courage, his integrity, his indomitable spirit in the struggle to lead men to God, and to bring God to man. We ask you this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Michael Cabra

My Brother's Keeper

Golden Eggs with KCFAPI

EGGS, in general, are a traditional symbol of rebirth. In Christianity, they symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus. Though an egg appears to be like the stone of a tomb, a bird hatches from it with life. Similarly, the Easter Egg, for us Catholics, is a reminder that Jesus rose from the grave, and that those who believe in Him will also experience eternal life.

We at KCFAPI feel the same way for every benefit certificate delivered to our fellow Brother Knights and family members. We believe that in each Benefit Certificate we deliver, a new life will soon benefit from it. The period of insurance contribution may appear like a 40 day season of Lent for some, but maturities and Family Benefit is indeed like a Golden

Egg found during the hunt on Easter Sundays. KC Assurance plan is one example of a Golden Egg. A forty year old Brother Knight who gets a P1Million insurance coverage will only save about P80,350 every year. It is only P220.00 per day for the next 6 years. He would have contributed only a total of P482,100 for a P1Million insurance coverage

which increases every year until it doubles to P2Million on the ninth year and up. No other financial company can offer this much of a guaranteed protection. Indeed a Golden Egg available only for K of C Brother Knights and immediate Family members. For a comprehensive presentation of KC Assurance plan, please feel free to contact a fraternal counselor in your area.


The Cross

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A Pope of Charity, Unity and Fraternity By Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson JUST days ago, I stood in St. Peter’s Square in Rome as the new Holy Father, Pope Francis, was introduced. As the pope came out onto the balcony to address Rome and the world for the first time, he said: “And now let us begin this journey, [together] as bishop and people. This journey of the Church of Rome, which is to preside over all the Churches in charity, is a journey of fraternity, of love, of trust between us. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the world, so that a great brotherhood may be created.” When I heard those words, I felt the way our first supreme knight, James T. Mullen, must have felt 131 years ago when he heard Father Michael J. Mc-

Givney speak of our Order’s call to charity, unity and fraternity. The pope’s address was a clear call to these virtues, which are the fundamental principles of our Order. How inspiring for us to have those principles highlighted and reinvigorated by Pope Francis’ call for charity, love, trust, fraternity and brotherhood—and how clearly his words highlight the timeless relevance of our Order 131 years after its establishment by Venerable Father McGivney! The pope’s election was a joyful moment for the Knights of Columbus and the Church. We have in Pope Francis a holy man, a dedicated man and a man who will lead the Church forward in its mission of the new evangelization. As his greeting to the world made so clear, there is much in common with the core principles of our Order and

those of our Holy Father. And in many ways, we share a very similar history with him. His roots, like the Knights, are in the Americas. And as more than one person has remarked to me, Pope Francis is the son of European immigrants in the New World, just as Father McGivney was. What’s more, Pope Francis—like Father McGivney and generations of Knights after him—is well known for his personal work with the poor and those most in need. Even his choice of name— Francis—evokes not just St. Francis of Assisi’s charity, but also the words the Lord spoke to that humble saint: “Rebuild my Church.” It is a stirring reminder of the need to continue our work of the new evangelization, of rebuilding the Church through prayer and living out faith through charity.

FBG to hold service training program THE Fraternal Benefits Group (FBG) of the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI) will hold a two-day fraternal service training program on April 25-26 at the KCFAPI Social Hall in Intramuros, Manila. The training will provide orientation to participants regarding the Order of the Knights of Columbus and its insurance arm, the KCFAPI whose primary objective is to provide optimum mutual benefits to all its Brother Knights and their immediate families.

The participants will also learn the featured plans of KCFAPI like KC CARES and other insurance benefit plans. Regular speakers are Benefit Certificate Holders’ Relations Office Manager, Edwin B. Dawal and Underwriting Department Manager, Carmelita S. Ruiz. FBG Vice President Gari San Sebastian and FBG Manager Migz Cabra will discuss the fraternal service program and incentives, sales technique, and updates regarding the various KCFAPI products. (KCFAPI News)

First Degree Exemplification

The K of C Council 15139 conducted a first degree exemplification rites last March 31 at their chamber in Maywood Village 2, KM 18, Parañaque City

Visayas Jurisdiction holds simultaneous Walk for Life rallies

Brother Knights from different councils participated in the Walk for Life rally held on March 23.

THE Knights of Columbus Visayas Jurisdiction led by State Deputy Rodrigo N. Sorongon held a simultaneous Walk for Life Rally last March 23 in three regions -Western Visayas, Central Visayas and Eastern Visayas. The rally demonstrated their opposition to any form of abortion. Right to life participants from Iloilo Province - South, Central and North marched through the streets around

Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral and proceeded to the Auditorium for a short program. Rev. Father Esperidion Celiz and Rev. Father Nathaniel Genpeson in their separate messages, commended the outstanding public witness of the brother knights to the fundamental human right to life and to the moral imperative of upholding the dignity of each member of human family. (VizNews)

News Briefs

CONGRATULATIONS to newly Chartered San Mateo Municipal College Council 15660 and to District A-12 District Deputy Charlie Maghanoy and Council Grand Knight John Noland Santiago. Council 15660 is the 1st College Council in the Province of Rizal and in the Diocese of Antipolo. *** The K of C Council 8254 will be holding a family day on April 21. This activity aims to strengthen the relationship of the families, according to Diego A. Arias, Council Director. *** The Fr. Alfredo Paguia SJ Council 3362 which considers the Metropolitan Cathedral of Immaculate Conception as its home is the host for the visiting Relic of St Therese in Zamboanga City which started last March 12. Great task awaits members of the Council during the arrival, veneration and sending off of the Relic. *** The Visayas Jurisdiction will conduct their 9th Visayas State Convention on May 18-19 at the Bohol Tropics Resort Hotel. *** A Blood Letting Program was recently held through the K of C Visayas Jurisdiction and spearheaded by Brothers Nelson Lopez and Vic Buendia (Iloilo South and Central). More than a hundred people voluntarily donated blood at the Alta Tierra Integrated School at Alta Tierra Village, Jaro, Iloilo City to save other people’s lives.

St. Francis’ life, like that of our new Holy Father, was a daily witness to love of God and neighbor—and ours must be too. Our principles are just words if we do not live them out. In his first homily as our Holy Father, Pope Francis said, “If we do not profess Jesus Christ, things go wrong. We may become a charitable NGO, but not the Church, the Bride of the Lord. When we are not walking, we stop moving. When we are not building on the stones, what happens? The same thing that happens to children on the beach when they build sandcastles: everything is swept away, there is no solidity.” So as we celebrate Pope Francis’ election and the recent 131st anniversary of our Order’s founding, let us all as Knights redouble our efforts as men of faith—and men of action based on that faith.

Alan Holdren / CNA

The faithful, charitable witness of Pope Francis highlights the timeless importance of the Knights’ founding principles

Let us also pray for our Holy Father as he requested the evening of his election, and let us work even harder for those who need the most help in our society. Let us invite the men of our councils to become even more active in service to their neigh-

bors. In short, let us take the call of both Father McGivney and Pope Francis to heart and live out charity to our neighbor, in unity with our Church and our Holy Father, and in the spirit of fraternity. Vivat Jesus!

Pope Francis could renew Catholicism in Americas, says Knights’ chief JUST as Pope John Paul II influenced many in Poland, the rise of an Argentinian to the papacy is set to dramatically change the lives of many Christians, according to the head of the Knights of Columbus. "I think it offers the same kind of a potential for a great renewal of Catholicism and Christianity all throughout the Western Hemisphere," Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said. Last March 13, the 76-year-old head of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was elected Pope. A humble man by all accounts, the Jesuit priest took the name Francis after the famous 13th-century saint of Assisi. Anderson compared the recent election to Bl. John Paul II's election in 1978 that brought hope to Eastern Europeans in the midst of the Cold War. "35 years later now," he said, "we have a Pope coming from Latin America, from the Americas, and I'm sure in

the United States so many millions of Hispanic Catholics are looking now to Pope Francis as someone who will really change their lives for the better, too." Since 1881, Anderson's Knights have made it their mission to offer assistance to people throughout the Americas and abroad according to their founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity. Their presence is felt throughout the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean and even overseas through their 1.8 million members. They have also been prominent in promoting Bl. John Paul II's idea of uniting North and South as "a single entity with a Christian heritage and a Christian future," as Anderson put it. The Knights are enthused that this concept is well engrained in the experience of the Buenos Aires-born Pope. "Pope Francis speaks directly to that, is a product of that," said Anderson. "His entire ministry has been that and so

we're going to be strongly united with him in moving this forward." Their work of better uniting members of the Catholic Church in the Americas has been given a major boost with the election of a Latin American pope. "I think the next step will be to bring this reflection more closely into North America and into the entire Western Hemisphere, that we can begin to do the work, not just speak about the potential but begin the actualization of the potential." For the Knights, said the Supreme Knight, "it's going to be a very important pontificate." As for their specific work at this point, he concluded, "we need to take our part and cooperate with so many others in the Church's reality, build the Church like the Lord said to Francis and I think we're going to see Him say the same thing to Pope Francis." (CNA/ EWTN News)


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FBG creates fanpage for AMs, FCs

THE Fraternal Benefits Group (FBG) has revived its Facebook fan page for more interaction between the Area Managers and their Fraternal Counselors. Many appreciated the activities and events of FBG using the social media, according to FBG Manager Michael Cabra. “We also developed a facebook fan page for our Area Managers and their Fraternal Counselors and every time we have meetings, Fraternal Service Trainings events, we keep it posted and updated as well,” Mr. Cabra added. Bro. Migz mentioned that “Top AM for the Month” will be announced using facebook and other social media. Mr. Cabra also urged his fellow Brother Knights to ‘like’ and ‘share’ their three FB fan page -KCFAPI-FBG, KCFAPI-AM, and KCFAPI-FC. (FBG News)

Visayas Jurisdiction holds bloodletting activity THE Knights of Columbus Visayas Jurisdiction in South and Central Iloilo organized a bloodletting program in cooperation with the Philippine National Red Cross. The event was held at the Alta Tierra Village in Jaro, Iloilo and was organized by two pro active Provincial Deputies, Nelson Lopez and Vicente Buendia, Jr., and supported by various district deputies and councils. Other activities were also held on the same day, like eye consultation, food nutrition, therapy, insurance promotion and membership campaign. “This multi-faceted activity was the first of its kind. In totality, the project was a great success,” said Visayas Deputy Rodrigo Sorongon. Exemplification A day earlier, Bro. Sorongon together with State Program Director Noeni Nepomuceno and State Essay Chairman Edgardo Gerada went to Eastern Visayas to hold Third Degree Exemplification rites. Exemplification Teams for the Third Degree in the Eastern Visayas Region were also

Brother Knights of South and Central Iloilo.

present to observe the ceremony based on the new exemplification handbook. The following day, the same team went to Central Visayas Region to hold the Third Degree exemplification. The local team is hoping to precisely and with uniformity execute the ceremonial procedures as mandated by the new Third Degree Exemplification handbook.

Bro. Sorongon met the Provincial Deputies and District Deputies of Eastern and Central Visayas, and discussed the membership campaign, council reactivation, payment of Supreme Dues and Council management. He also invited them to campaign for more participants to attend the upcoming Visayas Convention on May 18-19 at Bohol Tropics Resort in Bohol. (Anthony Nazario)

Nueva Ecija and Aurora hold 2nd Grand Family Day

Children playing with the clowns during the second Knights of Columbus Grand Family Day in Nueva Ecija and Aurora last April 6.

THE provinces of Nueva Ecija and Aurora held their second Knights of Columbus Grand Family Day last April 6 at the Crystal Wave Resort Hotel and Restaurant in Talavera, Nueva Ecija. Hundreds of Brother Knights together with their families attended the event including some Luzon state officials such as Boni

Martinez, Pasky Carbero, Monchit Ocampo, Romy Estrella. Also in attendance were KCFAPI Vice President for Fraternal Benefits Group Gari San Sebastian and Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for Life Network Administrator Raymond Bandril. Central Luzon Area Manager Manuel Naldoza noted that the

guests enjoyed the raffle prizes, free ice cream, pop corn, cotton candy for the children, fun games, welcome drinks, pick a prize discounted entrance fee for K of C members and families, photo booth, among others. “There were a lot of games and prizes prepared for the kids and sister wives. There were 1000 servings of ice cream, 1000 wel-

come drinks 600 cotton candies for the children and participants, entrance, zipline, rooms all at 50% off and a lot of surprises,” said Naldoza. The second K of C Grand Family Day was a joint project of the Roundtable of District Deputies of Nueva Ecija and Aurora and the KCFAPI- Central Luzon Conquerors. (KCFAPI News)

Kcfapi makes its mark in the Year of Faith KCFAPI had its maiden two-hour session of a series of monthly catechism last March 21, 2013 with the theme revolving around “The Season of Lent in the context of the Year of Faith”. The catechist was none other than Bro. Chito Jongco who is currently the Head Servant of the Beloved of the Lord Community and a member of the Catholic Lay Preachers of the Philippines and the Federation of Transparochial Charismatic Community. He likewise gives talks to different spiritual communities and even in government agencies like the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Senate. He has a radio program in DZRV, Veritas Station, aired every Sunday from 9:3010:00pm. In response to the call of the Catholic

Church to develop and demonstrate one’s faith, the KCFAPI, will invite various speakers to help employees appreciate, practice and profess their faith. The line-up of monthly themes has been selected by KCFAPI’s spiritual director, Msgr. Pedro C. Quitorio III. Bro. Chito cited several examples from the bible why humans reject God’s call by making three excuses: cannot attend to God’s invitation because he is busy taking care of his land, busy attending to his oxen and lastly, attending to his newly-wed wife. Bro. Chito explained that these excuses are symbolisms. The land stands for the tangible properties we own such as houses and cars, the oxen symbolizes business or occupation and the wife represents our family or loved ones. He asked the participants to make

no excuses and always heed God’s call or invitation. He then discussed the difference between praying and merely reciting a prayer. As compared to just saying a prayer, talking to God requires some sense of action. One cannot be inconsistent, praying faithfully and doing wrong things at the same time. He made mention of several wrong beliefs that some Catholics still practice, including “knock on wood”. The speaker concluded the catechism by inviting the participants to attend more spiritual gatherings, read the bible and attend prayer meetings to deepen or enrich one’s faith in the Lord. He reminded everyone never to use “being busy” as an excuse for not doing the work of God. (Lei Ann B. Palacay)

CBCP Monitor

Vol. 17 No. 08

April 15 - 28, 2013

Forum on family, culture of death slated

Sunstar Editor Nini Cabaero receives a plaque of appreciation from K of C Provincial Deputy Ramon E. Aguilar. Cabaero delved on the importance of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill and its implications during the Forum: Culture of Life. Looking on is Communications Director Emm R. Espina.

A FORUM about the continuous assault of the culture of death on the family and society was held by the Knights of Columbus Visayas Jurisdiction last March 16 at the Sacred Heart Center, D. Jakosalem St. Cebu City. The forum, entitled the “Forum: Culture of Life”, aimed to create more awareness especially in the wake of the passage of the RH Bill, Divorce Law, and Freedom of Information. Resource speakers were lawyer and author Makilito Mahinay, who discussed the RH Law. Bro. Mahinay is a fourth degree knight. Also invited was Sun Star

Editor Nini Cabaero, who delved on the Freedom of Information Bill and its implications on the basic rights of the public to have access to public records. The forum which was organized by the Knights of Columbus Metro Cebu, the Knights Journal and Skygo was participated in by personalities from the academe, professionals, and media. Provincial Deputy Ramon Aguilar announced that the forum was only the start of an advocacy initiated by the Metro Cebu Knights and will be held on a bi-monthly basis in the succeeding months. (Ramon E. Aguilar/VizNews)

2013 FC of the First Quarter BROTHER Lauro L. Evangelista, also known as Bro. Larry, has been with KCFAPI since 2001 under the effective leadership of Central Luzon Believers Area Manager Bro. Efren M. Casupanan. Bro. Larry is a consistent awardee since he started as a fraternal counselor, a three time Fr. Willmann, SJ –Knights of the Round Table or WKRT and 2 times FC of the Year in 2008 to 2009. He is blessed with a loving wife, Cecilia, a science teacher at Marcelo H. Del Pilar National High School and two kids, Ces Lauraine, age 15, a 3rd year High School student of MHPHS, and Marc Emman, age 11, a Grade 6 student of Plaridel Bible Church Sunbeam School, Malolos Bulacan. He was so happy and ex-

cited when he was informed of the good news. He said, “I really worked hard for it, and hope to continue until I attain my dream of P5Million FYC for 2013”. Kudos to you Bro. Larry! May you have more benefit certificates to close and continuously inspire other fraternal counselors. (Migz Cabra / FBG News)

Chamber Blessing

Chamber Blessing. The blessing of the newly constructed K of C Chamber of Sto.Rosario Council 14273 of Bgry. Igang, Pototan, Iloilo was held last March 31 led by KC Chaplain Fr. Bernard Taypen. Visayas State Treasurer Jun Jo led the ribbon cutting ceremony, assisted by Grand Knight Julius Decepulo and Brgy. Captain of Brgy. Igang Jssie Almeria, who is also a senior Knight.


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