This Week on Knight Life
…. more from the 134th Annual Supreme Convention – A Light to the Nations as we hear from Canadian Knights and Iowa Delegates. We also get an alternate view on “stay thirsty my friend” as fraternity – brotherhood is seen as the object of what we desire most and what we have in Christ. http://www.kofc.org/en/conv/2016/agenda.html
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 – Thirsty for Brotherhood
The 2016 Olympic competition is over half done as I record these thoughts. Many eyes are on the athletes and the coaches in Rio as they compete. What these folks do now in competition is more important than anything they may have been said up to this point. It’s time to produce results and actions always speak loudest!
I am reminded of another Olympic story recently made into a movie: The Boys in the Boat. The setting is the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. The talk: Nazi Germany’s superior athletes would win everything. The Action: eight young men from the Northwest US with blue collar backgrounds proved that commitment, determination, trust and unity is the recipe for victory. I will let you look up the rest of the inspiring details or watch the movie for yourselves.
However I got to thinking how our councils share in that basic story. The talk in our culture: God and religion are not important – man chooses his own destiny & meaning. The action: men of the KofC stand to defend our religion and choose service to others as giving meaning to life. We know this to be true in our councils. Not everyone however is aware of who we are and what we are about so we tell our story.
One mission of the Knights is to be evangelists to the culture starting with our own parishes and families. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson recently said, “Profess what you believe, profess what you know and live what you profess. That’s our heritage, our legacy and that is our message.”
While visiting the country store in Toronto during the 134th Supreme convention I made an acquaintance with a Canadian Brother who seems to be doing just what the Supreme Knight is asking – professing his faith. Listen as he share’s part of his life’s story with passion.
I often speak of Knights as this Band of Brothers. Salvatore puts this into action and reminds me that these are and should be more than words. It was strange to hear Brother Mike, although certainly not the first time I’ve heard it. This time though there was added meaning because of Salvatore’s commitment to brotherhood based in Jesus Christ.
Like those 1936 Olympians we need good men in our boat who desire to be better men. In the Knights we learn to trust each other as brothers. True to the vision of Fr Michael McGivney in unity and with fraternity Knights strengthen Catholic families and the men who lead them. That is our winning combination sure to achieve lasting success.
Just outside of the country store I ran into Wally Streit of Alberta Canada. Wally is the all-time leading recruiter in the Knights of Columbus with over 2,000 new members from the 1970’s thru today. What’s his secret? I asked him to tell us.
Wally Streit demonstrates the importance of personal encounter when recruiting new brother Knights. He also helps them to see how their contribution is a multiplier when joined to the Knights.
This is Mike Gaspers for the Knight Life. We have been talking with Canadian Knights Salvatore Tessoni as he explained his connection and passion for brother hood and Wally Streit PSD of Alberta shared his thoughts on recruitment and leadership.
I invite you to learn more about the Supreme Convention highlights by visiting www.kofc.org and clicking on the convention link. I also encourage 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. Be inspired again by the story of Iowa Knights as you listen online.
I return to Iowa Knights in attendance at this year’s Supreme convention in Toronto. Many were first time attendees and I asked for their impressions. Steve Vonnhame has been active in the Knights a very long time. Currently he serves as Secretary to the Iowa Master and District Deputy in the Des Moines metro area to name two involvements. Here is Steve’s impressions right up to being interrupted.
We had to cut that interview short as the marching bagpipe band was beginning to warm up for banquet festivities.
I caught another first timer in a bit more quiet locale and we visited at length. Here is Dave Ritchie from Solon Iowa with his impressions of convention but more his resolve to carry it back home.
I have to thank David for prompting me to re-purpose “stay thirsty my friend”. For Knights like David this means thirst for deeper faith experiences, thirst for mercy, thirst for authentic Catholic fraternity. That’s a Knight of Columbus.
David brought is entire family to convention. They all seemed to have a great time participating in the various activities. I’m certain David leaves convention inspired to do more in the Knights as he headed back home.
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 focused on happenings at our 134th Supreme Convention held August 02-04 in Toronto Canada with impressions from Steve Vonnahme and David Ritchie Iowa delegates.
We’ve also touched on the importance of adding to our fraternity of Catholic men. I urge us to consider our own parish. Most parishes have young families who are not yet fully integrated into the life of the parish; who may not yet understand the benefits found in the fraternity of the Knights of Columbus – this band of brothers. We just may have what they are looking for: a means to have time with their family and together with their family give back to their community in ways that really make a difference. Knights are men that that can stand with these young
husbands and fathers to help them, in the context of their own family, to profess what they believe and live what they profess.
To do that is to build the Domestic Church. To do that is to strengthen our Parish.
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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.
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