Pope John Paul II described them as the "strong right arm of the Church," and many a priest would consider them backbone to parish activities.
More than just an "arm" or a "backbone" the Knights of Columbus are the largest organized "body," so to speak, of lay Catholic men. In fact, they've just cracked over 1.8 million members!
The Knights do a tremendous amount of work, all in the spirit of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. They participate in a wide range of activities: from taking care of parish gardens, to coat drives for kids, to distributing wheelchairs in earthquake devastated Haiti.
As Canadians, we should be proud to know how generous Canadian Knights are: at last year's convention Supreme Knight Carl Anderson announced that of all the state jurisdictions, the Knights in Ontario donated the most amount of money to charity -- $9.1 million. Second place was Quebec with $8.5 million (Quebec had been in first for the last few years). Per capita donations' top spot went to Knights in British Columbia and Ontario was second place.
That of course, is the financial aspect, but the Knights are also incredibly generous in their time. It was outlined in last year's report that the Knights participated in over 68.7 million hours of volunteer service. That was an increase of almost 88-thousand hours from the previous year. Already this year, the Knights have announced that they have shattered that record.
Recognizing these impressive totals, and the fraternity that goes along with the Knights, they gather once a year, along with their families, to celebrate their faith and work. This year’s gathering, the 128th Supreme Convention, comes from Washington, D.C., August 3rd to 5th.
Joining the over two thousand Knight delegates, priests and prelates, will be our own Fr. Thomas Rosica, Matthew Harrison, Sebastien Lacroix, Alicia Ambrosio and Rita Sawaya. Our extensive live coverage will bring you unmatched insight, analysis and testimonials and interviews from the convention floor.
Our coverage begins Tuesday, August 3rd at 9:00am ET. We'll be with you all day, bringing viewers the Opening Mass, the Business Session and the States Dinner. In between these events we'll broadcast Men of Faith
, a historical documentary offering a fascinating look into how Knight activities intertwine with the political and social fabric of the 20th century; A People of Life
, our documentary examining the work of the Knights in spreading a culture of life; and other features on the Knights work with the Special Olympics, their Ultrasound project, their work in Rome, and much more. We'll also broadcast Mass from Washington on Wednesday and Thursday mornings too.
for more broadcast details, and for more information on the Knights of Columbus visit their website HERE