This Week on Knight Life
…. Mixing Faith & Fraternity the start of school presents opportunities to reflect on our freedoms and attend to learning our duties toward them. From Western Iowa to Dubuque where two Knights share their enthusiasm for the mix of faith and fraternity which is the Knights of Columbus.
Hello, I’m Mike Gaspers back with you for a half hour of information, inspiration and invitation around the activities of this band of brothers the Iowa Knights of Columbus.
This is Knight Life…our Mission is Be Men of Courage and to do everything with LOVE for our fellow man, woman, child and unborn child.
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Overview of the Podcast – Mixing Faith & Fraternity
Around Iowa children of all ages are returning to school reluctantly leaving behind summer and hopefully looking forward to learning new life skills.
A tradition of mixing faith & fraternity and patriotism was renewed at Danbury Catholic as 4th degree members of Holy Rosary Council Knights of Columbus arrived to help the students usher in the new school year. Following prayer our nation’s flag was raised and Knights stood at attention as we pledged ourselves to the freedoms for which this flag represents.
Sir Knight Neal Seuntjens addressed those gathered. AS a veteran the flag represents in a very real way duty, honor and love of country for Neal. He pointed at the flag as a reminder of the freedoms we all were enjoying at that very moment: to peacefully assemble, to pray and to even have this school because of what that flag represented.
May we and those children ever keep bright that symbol of freedom and take upon ourselves the duties this right demands. May we strive to understand and appreciate these freedoms; especially the freedom of religion upon which our school, council and parish are founded.
School is starting not only for countless school districts but also for colleges. Recently heard that many of these young people are at risk of drifting away from their faith during these college years and this bothers me (although many consider it to be normal and perhaps that bothers me more).
Fortunately there are a number of very fine Knights of Columbus College Councils which offer a great opportunity for young Catholic men to become engaged on campus – creating a great balance of faith and fraternity. I spoke with Johnathon Langenburg our college district deputy about the value of belonging to a college council.
Values matter as do the associations we keep. College years are formative and the bonds created there often last a lifetime. College Knights of Columbus offer a positive faith based connection. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Encourage your son to consider joining a fraternity at college – encourage him to become a Knight of Columbus for life.
It is so very important in my opinion for Fathers to not only set an example for their sons but to invite and encourage those sons to belong to something bigger then themselves.
I return to Neal Seuntjens for an explanation on the reasons to be a Knight of Columbus. He stresses being the strong right arm for our parish priest and taking care of those who are less advantaged: the unborn, those with intellectual disabilities and the aged. Neal reminds us that another benefit is the protection the Knights offer to Catholic families.
Why are you a Knight — challenges all of us to not only answer this question for ourselves but to share it with others – to inform, inspire and yes to invite others to join the Knights.
This is Mike Gaspers for the Knight Life. We have been talking with Johnathon Langenburg on the value proposition offered by the College Knights of Columbus where life long bonds are created. We also reflected upon the first days of school, our flag and the freedoms it represents which we are called upon to support and defend.
I invite you to listen again to this week’s interview and those previously aired as easy to play podcasts at http://iowaknightlife.org/. You can share the podcast link on Facebook or email it to your friends with sons heading to college. You can be inspired by the story of Iowa Knights as you listen online.
On a warm and windy July afternoon I had the opportunity to catch up with Mike Demoully District Deputy #54 from Dubuque. We had just concluded a district organizational meeting speaking to the plans and priorities for our councils in the upcoming year. The success of these plans rests on the foundation laid down the year before. Mike and I talk about why he is so enthused about the Knights and what is coming next.
Mike is always positive and building on what is going right. His home council is very active with a ton of charitable activities and lots of fun building fraternity.
Listening in to our conversation was Grand Knight Al Schraeder. I called on him to fill us in on activities that really impacted him.
The positive energy which surrounds Al and Mike is infectious. They are examples of great leadership at the council and district level. Have fun, build fraternity, do lots of activities and recruit men to stand along-side.
This is Mike Gaspers and you are listening to the Knight Life show where each week we strive to tell the story of the Iowa Knights from an insider’s point of view. This week we’ve heard from a couple of members of the St Columbkille council in Dubuque Iowa. Mike Demoully achieved Star District deputy and plans to repeat this year. Al Shraeder just missed contest of champions but he is game on to reach that goal this year. Both are having a great time.
We continue of reflection on fraternity and its value to our faith life. Steve Hesprich considers the role hardship can play in building fraternity
I thank God for placing me in the midst of brothers to carry me over my life obstacles. We shall overcome and we shall do so together as brothers.
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I’m Mike Gaspers, thank you for listening. Feeling inspired? Then act courageously and with love to put your faith into action by word and by deeds starting in your own family.
Interested in this Band of Brothers? Contact a Knight or your parish priest and we will bring you into this fraternity of Catholic men. Be Strong. Be Courageous. Step into the Breach with Us for Faith and Family
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