This Week on Knight Life
Frontline unity — we hear from a Knight from half way around the world who chooses serve and protect us and from another who draws parallels between serving our country and serving as a Knight.
Stress is placed upon Knights actions really do make a difference and because of our unity the impact is greater; and in unity we find bonds of fraternity
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 – Frontline unity
The Knights of Columbus was founded in March of 1882 by a parish priest the Venerable Fr. Michael J. McGivney. Members of this fraternity still look to Fr McGivney for guidance and so we join together with Fr John Ludwig in prayer:
I received an email from Paul Martin Grand Knight of the St Augustin council in Des Moines. Attached to this email was a letter from Alex Fink, a 3rd Degree Knight who joined the Knights of Columbus in 1993. While he had a period of inactivity, Alex has been very supportive and active in his Council for many years. Alex is also currently deployed to Afghanistan.
Brother Fink wrote to his council and I quote: “Things are fine here in Afghanistan. We don’t have the snow here in Kabul….just the occasional rocket fire and suicide bomber.
I’ve written a letter that I thought you might want to share with the Knights. Just a bit of an update on how things are going here and how much I appreciate all the support that you all are providing to me and my family. Please share as you see fit.”
We have dramatized his letter here on the Knight Life in order to share his reflections with many more Knights and friends. May God Bless Commander Alex Fink, his family here and those he leads in Afghanistan. Please consider joining your prayers with ours for Alex, his family, all those deployed and for the peace loving Afghan people that they may be free of war and strife.
I met another veteran recently after he completed the Knighthood degree in Dunlap. I visited briefly with Brother Tony Smith upon his reflections of the experience.
I like that Tony connects his service to country with the activity of service performed in Charity by brother Knights.
Councils across Iowa are currently engaged in our Founders Day Church Drive Recruitment effort. Encouraged by endorsements from our Iowa Bishops and many pastors, we invite you to consider membership in the Knights. You can protect your family – Spiritually and materially as well as to give back to your community and those in need standing shoulder to shoulder with other like-minded men.
To find out more visit our membership page.
Speaking of protecting your family, Fr McGivney’s founding vision included the financial welfare of families should something happen to a parent. This task is still a key part of the Knights mission today thru our highly rated voluntary insurance program. Check out the Insurance Page on Iowakofc.org.
Our agents are brother Knights who share our values and our faith – for Brother Knights by Brother Knights is their motto. For these Catholic men it’s not only about being in business, it’s about protecting families and defending our faith.
I was able to speak with Mike Bormann about his journey from member to award winning agent in the Knights.
When you give back as a Knight it is compounded in our unified efforts. Giving back isn’t limited to those we don’t know but often as not it’s in our own backyard as we shall soon hear.
For this we turn next to a Knight from Sioux City. I first met Steve at a district meeting and we talked about his experience with the Knights and what they have come to mean to him.
These guys act like you’re family. What a great compliment.
We turn now to reflections from Steve Hesprich on unity – a founding principle of the Knights.
We often form each other in faith through our charitable activities undertaken as Brother Knights of Columbus allowing Jesus to prune away the chaff. Then we take our place on the fontline as defenders of the faith in unity with each other and with God.
We are story people. We want to share our story; we want to hear your story; your story as told by yourself. To find out more on the Iowa Knights visit our website www.iowakofc.org. You can follow Iowa Knights of Columbus on Facebook or on Twitter @IAKnights for the latest news and updates. Consider posting a comment about your experience with the Knights of Columbus.
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. Don’t forget to March with us this Saturday!
Interested in the Band of Brothers? Contact a Knight or your parish priest and we will bring you into this fraternity of Catholic men.
Knight Life is a production of the Iowa Knights of Columbus.