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KofC Presents Marching for Life Around the World


In anticipation of the National March for Life to take place on Capitol Hill on Friday, January 22, 2016, despite the impending winter storm, the Knights of Columbus released a video highlighting various Marches for Life from all across the globe. See the video below for glimpses of the Pro-Life movement from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Italy, Ireland and more.

Move WYD – City of Saints

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Check the new Move WYD (Mów ?DM) video with Fr. Jonathan Kalisch O.P. Fr. Jonathan talks about how he found his vocation in Kraków, memories from previous WYD, the Knights of Columbus and their mission during WYD, St. John Paul II and the people who were healed thanks to St. Faustina.

The interview was recorded during II International Preparatory Meeting in Wadowice in November 2015.

New Knights of Columbus Film “Guadalupe” to Air on Salt + Light


Through a special partnership with ABC Television Network in the USA and as part of ABC’s Vision and Values Series, Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation is pleased to announce that a new Knights of Columbus produced documentary Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message will begin airing on S+L on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 9 pm ET/ 6:00 pm PT.

Narrated by actor Jim Caviezel, Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message paints a comprehensive and inspiring picture of the history, facts, legacy and continued relevance of Our Lady of Guadalupe throughout the western hemisphere and beyond.

Over the course of four days in December 1531, the Virgin Mary appeared to an indigenous convert named Juan Diego. Most experts and historians affirm that more than any other, this event, and the image miraculously imprinted on Juan Diego’s tilma (cloak), has resulted in the mass conversion of millions of Native Americans to the Catholic faith. The message of Our Lady of Guadalupe helped to build bridges between the two worlds and began the transformation of our continent. Her appearance compelled people and cultures to unite under her mantle of compassion and charity in a way that did not exist before. Through her intercession, then and now, Americans have found a deep sense of common faith, hope and identity.

Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message brings this remarkable history to life through modern reenactments, 3D animations of the mysterious image giving an unprecedented glimpse into the intricacies of the centuries-old wonder. Featuring interviews with leading theologians, historians and experts on the scientific inquiries into this miraculous event. The film delves into the inexplicable existence of the image on Juan Diego’s tilma, the mystery found in her eyes and unveils breaking new anthropological insights into the symbols that spoke directly to the hearts of the indigenous people.

For more information about the film, including broadcast times and the DVD release, visit www.guadalupethefilm.com or follow the hashtag #guadalupethefilm.

Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message will air on S+L TV on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 9 pm ET/ 6:00 pm PT. You can also watch it online at that time on the S+L TV live stream here or you can purchase the DVD on our online store here.

Repeat times:

Sunday, December 13, 2015: 1:00 am ET, 10:00 pm PT; 1:30 pm ET, 10:30 am PT
Sunday, December 20, 2015: 9:o0 pm ET, 6:00 pm PT
Monday, December 21, 2015: 1:00 am ET, 10:00 pm PT; 1:30 pm ET, 10:30 am PT
Tuesday, December 22, 2015: 9:30 am ET, 6:30 am PT
Thursday, December 24, 2015: 9:30 pm ET, 6:30 pm PT
Friday, December 25, 2015: 1:30 am ET, 10:30 pm PT; 2:00 pm ET, 11:00 am PT

Also on December 10th, Noel Ocol had a chance to talk with David Naglieri, the writer and director of the film about the message of the Guadalupe story he wanted to bring to the audience.

Have a look:

See trailer below.


Calling all Knights


This past week I had the good fortune of being able to attend the 133rd Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Given that I am not a member of the order, it was my first time attending such an event, albeit as a member of the media. I had seen the event play out year after year on Salt + Light, however what I saw in person was something that I wasn’t quite prepared for. The sheer size and scope of the event is truly impressive.

The pageantry of the Knights was on full display, but by no means at the expense of substance. Talks and homilies like those given by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia or of visiting bishops from Iraq and Syria are reminders of the fidelity of the order to the Church. Reports and meetings are an incredible indicator of their endless litany of charitable works around the globe.

Grand gatherings in the Church are perhaps most valuable for their ability to encourage individuals and allow them to see that they are very much a part of something bigger. For any Knight of Columbus who helps with his local Special Olympics or runs a food drive at his parish, getting to walk into a gigantic convention hall, with hundreds of priests, bishops and Cardinals along with thousands of brothers in the order, it cannot but be a boost to their efforts.

Next year, the 134th Supreme Convention will take place in Toronto. Having been able to witness the event for myself, my message to those Knights of Columbus here in Ontario and surrounding areas would be take advantage of a tremendous opportunity. There is nothing like strength in numbers, and with all the good work being done in a world where the Church is perhaps not appreciated for its good works, being surrounded by your fellow Knights of Columbus is sure to be an encouraging and uplifting experience.

Catholic Archeological Discovery in the United States – Perspectives Daily

Today on Perspectives, a landmark Catholic archeological discovery is made at the site of the Jamestown settlement, a group of US Senators plan to defund Planned Parenthood, growing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and a look ahead to the 133rd Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus.

Canadian Premiere of John Paul II in America


Canadian Premiere on Salt + Light
Sunday April 12, at 9pm ET / 6pm PT

A new Knights of Columbus produced documentary on St. John Paul II and his relationship with North and South America will air April 12 on Salt + Light.

John Paul II in America: Uniting a Continent explores how the papacy of St. John Paul II left an indelible mark on the American continent. Driven by his singular conviction of a “United American Continent” under the patronage of Our Lady of Guadalupe, John Paul II’s papal travels from Argentina to Alaska generated massive crowds, shaped an entire generation and ultimately changed the course of history.

Narrated by actor Andy Garcia, the film features rare archival footage and insightful analysis from leading figures, including Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley of Boston, Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson, John Paul II biographer George Weigel and former Vatican spokesman Joaquín Navarro-Valls. Viewers will be both intrigued and moved by the documentary’s unprecedented framework for understanding one of the giant figures of our times.

Fr. Michael McGivney – a model for the New Evangelization


Today marks the 124th anniversary of the death of Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus. This young priest from New Haven, Connecticut remains a compelling model for all as we’re called upon to participate in the New Evangelization. Inspired by the Beatitudes, he was a man ahead of his time. He  worked to restore the dignity of the marginalized, especially widows and orphans. He inspired the men of his parish to see themselves as capable of changing the world for the better. He made parish life  – not just an obligatory pit-stop at the end of the week – but the centre of community life. Under his leadership his flock grew in faith and eventually made an invaluable contribution not only to their neighborhood, but far beyond it.

There’s so much that we can learn from this humble, imaginative priest. When I was working on the The Church Alive series, I found many parallels between today’s vibrant parishes and the approach that Fr. McGivney adopted in his day. In fact, many of the great ideas that we see with regard to the work of the laity and the importance and relevance of Catholic social teaching are exemplified in Fr. McGivney’s parish ministry (long before Vatican II was on the horizon!) What’s particularly noteworthy is that he was born into difficult, turbulent times and yet through God’s grace shone with heroic virtue. And the same can be said of the Knights of Columbus, the lay organization which he founded; these men in as much as they remain faithful to the original charism of Fr. Michael McGivney are a tremendous force for good in the world.

To learn more about Fr. Michael McGivney  check out the Fr. Michael McGivney documentary trailer. Interested in finding out more about the Knights? Watch the 132nd Supreme Convention which took place recently in Orlando, Florida. We’ll rebroadcast our live coverage on August 23, 2014. Here’s the line-up.

And if you’re still trying to wrap your head around what exactly the New Evangelization is, then check out the Church Alive Series. We’ve got a comprehensive study guide to accompany the series for those who’d like to tackle these big issues  in your prayer group or classroom. After all, the Synod on the Family is around the corner, and you’ll want to be up to speed as the Church examines some of the most pressing questions of our times.

CNS photo – Father Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, is depicted in an image from the Knights. Father McGivney’s cause for sainthood took a step forward with a decree in 2005 approved by Pope Benedict XVI, when Father McGivney was given the title “venerable.” Father McGivney founded the fraternal order for Catholic men in 1882 in New Haven, Conn. It has since become the largest lay Catholic organization in the world with more than 1.7 millions members.

KofC 132nd Supreme Convention: Msgr. Oder Homily



Homily of Msgr. Slawomir Oder

Postulator of the Cause for Canonization of St. John Paul II

St. John Paul II Relic Veneration

132nd Supreme Convention

We can find it difficult to talk about God. He is so transcendent! Only because Jesus, His Son revealed to us His love, the Father’s love, can we talk about God, using human categories, without fear. I think that Saints are the most beautiful thing the Lord wants to tell us about Himself. Saints are, in fact, the revelation of the grace of God and of His love.

During the canonization process of St. John Paul II, I was in North Canada. In the middle of the village I was visiting, there was a particular construction, made with stones. It was similar to a human person. I asked about the meaning of this monument and was told that it is called “Inuk shuk”, which means in the local language: “man was here”. It indicates, in the white desert of the Arctic, the place where man has passed, finding something to eat and refuge against the wind, snow and cold.

Saints are the sure sign of the presence of God in history! Saints are the most beautiful thing The Lord wants to say to us about Himself!

We can find in the book of the life of St. John Paul II the sure road which leads, through faith, humility, prayer, and love of neighbor, to full communion with God.

Meeting with a saint, any saint, confronts us with an alternative end to the well-known episode in the Gospel of Mark, in which a young man asked Jesus “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus, looking at him with love, told him: “Go, sell everything you have and give it to the poor. Then come, follow me.” The young man went away sad. He was scared of this radical guidance from Christ. A saint is the one who believed the Master, because before he heard the demands of Jesus, he felt his love, His eyes full of love. He met the love and entrusted himself to the Master!

In his homily at the canonization of John Paul II, Pope Francis recalled that on one occasion, Saint Pope Wojty?a had said, “If the world will remember me, I would like to be remembered as the Pope of the Family and of Life.” He himself was able to enjoy his own family very briefly: when he was nine years old his mother died; as a 14 year old boy he lost his brother, and at the age of 21 years he lost his beloved father. But how rich and deep must have been his experience of love in his family! Years later John Paul II talked about his family home as his first seminary, and about his father as the one who first formed his priestly identity.

From his father, Karol learned to pray. From his father, he took a deep devotion to the Holy Spirit, to which he remained faithful to the end of his life. It is this deep love and entrustment to the power of the Holy Spirit that made John Paul II a witness to hope in the contemporary world.

It was his father who instilled in young Karol an ardent love for the Mother of God, when in his strong soldier’s hand he held Karol’s childlike hand, prayed the Rosary and took Karol on pilgrimages to Marian Shrines in Wadowice, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, Czestochowa, sites close to the heart of every Pole. It was during these pilgrimages, that his father entrusted small Karol to the Blessed Mother. This entrustment bore fruit years later when, in a mature and personal way, it became the theme of the priestly, episcopal and later the papal ministry of Wojty?a, who completely entrusted himself to Mary, “Totus Tuus”.

In his family, John Paul II learned to respect life and its heroic defense. Three years before the birth of Karol, his little sister died, but the memory of the gift of her life was preserved in the family and passed onto Karol. When he was 13 years old, he witnessed the heroic attitude of his older brother, who as a doctor, during an epidemic of scarlet fever, while caring for the sick, became infected and died. For Karol Wojty?a, the family is the place where he experienced the true love of God and neighbor. When Jesus looked at him and told him, “Follow me”, Karol knew His love and entrusted himself to this love… and followed the Master.

At the beginning of his pontificate, he looked at the path that led him to the Chair of Peter. Seeing the enormity of the love he had experienced in his life, Pope John Paul II wrote “Debitor factus sum”, “I am a debtor”. He lived his life and papal ministry to repay this debt of love, making his life a gift for others, the gift of love.

Among the many titles by which the faithful from all over the world addressed Saint John Paul II in letters that I received during the canonization process the dominant title related to a family member: they addressed him as “Father”. For many, he was and remains the embodiment of fatherhood. Not only because he was the pope, who should be addressed as “Holy Father,” but because he was simply “father” who loved, admonished and corrected, challenged and taught love of God and of all people. His life invites us to make the everyday reality lived in the community of family and the experience of brotherhood, a way for everyday growth in holiness.

I recall the witness of a Burmese nun who during a meeting with John Paul II asked him what she should do to become a saint? The Pope did not say a word, but looking at her with love, he embraced her in his arms and hugged her to his heart. That was the answer: embrace your neighbor in your arms, look at him with love and hug him to your heart, where the love of Christ is present!

Saint John Paul II reminds us that without love man cannot live, cannot fully experience the encounter with Christ. The first school of this love is the family. It is the place where God allows us to experience his fatherly embrace of love and teaches us to embrace others with the same love.

In this experience of love, which man generates within his family, the meaning of gift and gratitude is born. The roots of the perception of being a debtor lay here, and from here, the human heart grows in its desire to repay its debts in love. From this experience, man takes his first step along the path of sainthood — not only the sainthood that involves elevation to the glory of the altars, but the sainthood of every day life, extraordinary in its simplicity and ordinariness, a sainthood to which every man is called.


In concluding this reflection, I would like to recall the words of Saint John Paul II as he addressed the Knights of Columbus in 1979, at the beginning of his pontificate. They are still relevant today: “May the Lord reward you and through your efforts bring forth abundant fruits of evangelization in the Church. May your dedicated activity… help you realize [within] yourselves those…attitudes without which no one can truly evangelize: trust in the power of the Holy Spirit, true holiness of life, deep concern for truth, and an ever-increasing love for God’s children”.

“Trust in the power of the Holy Spirit, true holiness of life, deep concern for truth, and an ever increasing love for God’s children” have been the substance of Saint John Paul’s everyday existence and have led Him to the glory of the altar.

May the grace of the presence of the relic of Saint John Paul II among us be a vivid reminder of these words! May we be attracted by his example and encouraged by his words. May trust in the power of God, true holiness of life, deep concern for Truth, and generosity in charity be the “high standard” of our ordinary lives.

May the example of St. John Paul’s life help us to be able to hear the voice of God in our lives and become ourselves the most beautiful word that the Lord wants to say about Himself to the people of today.

Through the intercession of Saint John Paul II, may the Lord’s blessing be upon you, upon your families and upon all the Knights of Columbus! Amen.

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Cardinal Lacroix of Quebec Addresses KofC Supreme Convention



Below is His Eminence Gerald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec’s, address at the 132nd Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention, delivered on Orlando, Florida on August 5, 2014:

Bonsoir chers frères Chevaliers de Colomb,

Salutations chaleureuses de Québec et du Canada,

It is a blessing to be with you here in Orlando, Florida, to share in this 132nd Supreme Convention.

When I told my friends and family that I was coming to Orlando, many thought I had a rendezvous with Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom! I told them that although it would have been great to spend some time in the theme parks and visit the Magic Kingdom, I had other plans for this week. An important theme was on my mind: building God’s Kingdom in brotherly love just as Jesus taught us in the Gospel. And that is more than magical; it is a holy endeavor and a wonderful mission.

Do you remember this song? It was very popular in the Church a few decades ago:

We are one in the Spirit,

we are one in the Lord,

We are one in the Spirit

we are one in the Lord,

And we pray that all unity

may one day be restored:

And they’ll know we are Christians

By our love, by our love,

Yes, they’ll know we are Christians

By our love.

We will walk with each other

we will walk hand in hand

we will walk with each other

we will walk hand in hand

and together we’ll spread the news

that God is in our land:

And they’ll know we are Christians

By our love, by our love,

Yes, they’ll know we are Christians

By our love.

We will work with each other

we will work side by side

We will work with each other

We will work side by side

And we’ll guard each man’s dignity

and save each man’s pride:

And they’ll know we are Christians

By our love, by our love

Yes, they’ll know we are Christians

By our love.

You will all be brothers: our vocation to fraternity. That is the theme that not only brings us together as brother Knights of Columbus this year, it is that same theme that sends us out to a world that needs to see this love in action through our daily lives, in every family, neighborhood, parish, council and assembly.

Pope Francis reminded us in his message for the celebration of the World Day of Peace this past January that:

The question naturally arises: Can the men and women of this world ever fully respond to the longing for fraternity placed within them by God the Father? Will they ever manage by their power alone to overcome indifference, egoism and hatred, and to accept the legitimate differences typical of brothers and sisters?

By paraphrasing his words, we can summarize the answer given by the Lord Jesus: “For you have only one Father, who is God, and you are all brothers and sisters”. [1]

In a particular way, human fraternity is regenerated in and by Jesus Christ through his death and resurrection. The Cross is the definitive foundational locus of that fraternity which human beings are not capable of generating themselves.[2]

From Day 1, our Order, with our Venerable Founder, Father Michael J. McGivney, has held up Fraternity as a fundamental value to live out our mission as disciples of Jesus Christ and as members of the Knights of Columbus. Charity, Unity and Fraternity.  And as we celebrate this 132nd Supreme Convention, these three guiding principles continue to inspire us.

But how can we truly promote fraternity in today’s world? How can we bring these life-giving principles to our everyday lives and help change the world we live in?

Have you heard of the conversation that took place one day in a Canadian forest? It took place in a maple forest. A leaf from a maple tree had a conversation with a root from the same tree. The beautiful green leaf is high up in the tree. It overlooks the forest, balancing in the wind and has a great view of the scenery. The root, as you can imagine, is pretty discrete, way down, mostly underground. The proud leaf engages in a conversation with the root and says: “Oh, hi there! What are you doing way down there?” “I am a root. I feed the whole tree. I send the sap and minerals up to the trunk, to the branches and to the leaves so that you will have life and grow.” “Oh”, responded the leaf, “that must be so boring. You down there and me way up here…” And the root responds: “Well, what do you say we continue this conversation when autumn comes around?”

You and I are filled with good intentions, beautiful desires to do a lot of good. But the only way to accomplish all of this is by being rooted in faith, in Christ. He is the One who sends us the Spirit, who continuously renews us and gives us the perseverance, the generosity, the love to build the Kingdom of God in today’s world through charity, unity and fraternity. We can’t do this by ourselves, counting only on our human strength.

Without God’s constant help and support, without our lives being rooted in the Word of God and fed by the Holy Eucharist, we could easily become self-centered and forget our call to share and give of ourselves. Pope Francis rightly recalls that:

Fraternity needs to be discovered, loved, experienced, proclaimed and witnessed to. But only love, bestowed as a gift from God, enables us to accept and fully experience fraternity.[3]

As every year we experience the somber days of autumn when the trees loose their leaves, we also experience our own autumns; storms, trials and tribulations, weaknesses, sin. Sometimes we feel like we’ve lost a lot of leaves. But if we are deeply rooted in Christ, our faith will allow us to experience a new spring, where life once again triumphs after a long winter. That is the experience of the Paschal Mystery, where the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ show us that life triumphs over death, love over hatred, peace over war, and solidarity and fraternity over selfishness and indifference.

Brother Knights: Do not underestimate the power of fraternity. Know that every act of fraternity can produce a lot of good fruits. Do not wait just to do great things, spectacular events that are noteworthy. Love as Jesus did, every moment of every day. Love every person that you encounter on your path. That is Jesus’ teaching: “And a new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this, all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”[4]

That is how the world will know that we are disciples of Jesus Christ. That is how we will become missionary disciples. And let us never forget that with Jesus Christ, spring is always around the corner. A new chapter in our lives, in our Order is always possible. A renewed world where fraternity reigns, where we live as brothers and sisters is possible, with God’s help and mercy. That is our vocation and we will continue to work to live it out fully.

And they’ll know we are Christians

By our love, by our love,

Yes, they’ll know we are Christians

By our love.

[1]cf. Mt 23: 8-9

[2]Pope Francis, Message for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace, January 1, 2014.


[4]John 13: 35