This Week on Knight Life
We hear outtakes from the FOCUS convention in Nashville from a Knights perspective. Nearly 10,000 college students gathered in Nashville, Tennessee to ring in the New Year with Christ our King, at the Fellowship of Catholic University Students’ national conference. Among them were brother knights from several councils across the country. James sat down with some of them to acquire their thoughts on the conference and its importance to the college councils.
We hear Mike Gaspers speak with Lloyd Schrier a 72 year Knight from Manson. Lloyd is one of our longest serving knights in the state.
This is Knight Life…our Mission is to Go Make A Difference – for our brother knights, for their families, and for life.
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Overview of the Podcast
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The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) is an organization dedicated to spreading the love of Christ and his Church across college campuses. They accomplish this through spiritual discipleship among peers and bible studies. The goal of this national conference is to revive and restore those who are seeking Christ in their daily lives. James Maertens was fortunate enough to attend this conference and to reunite with old friends and even make new friendships.
Knights across the country contribute to FOCUS and have a lot in common with its goals. Bobby Rauch, the College Council Liaison from Supreme gives some thoughts on the importance of collaboration between these two organizations.
The conference included many opportunities for knights to enhance their knowledge of the Catholic faith and ways to improve their college councils. Many male Catholic speakers, including Matt Fradd, Jason Evert, and others provided insightful and zealous commentary that touched the hearts of men attending this conference. Knights from one of the most successful college councils, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign reflect with James on this experience.
The Principles of the Knights of Columbus are charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. There are many ways in which these principles can be seen in the FOCUS system. Jeff McGee, the Deputy Grand Knight from the council at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota, commented on these principles and their relation to the FOCUS model.
I met with several knights at this conference all sharing different experiences and joys throughout. But none seemed to be as exuberant, as passionate about the Knights of Columbus, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, and Christ our king and his Church, as Mickey Kelly, a warden from a council in Philadelphia.
Among the many events and activities included at the conference, the Knights of Columbus sponsored a free dinner and movie screening of a new documentary about Pope Francis and his life, titled, Francis: The Pope From the New World.
All of these experiences and comments by college knights wouldn’t be possible without the sacrifices of past and current knights, carrying on the dream and legacy of Fr. McGivney. James tells of his father’s advice that if you see someone in need, you give them a hand and help them out.
The final story is evidence of the importance of a helping hand that is the Knights of Columbus. State Deputy Mike Gaspers sits down with Lloyd Schrier of Manson, a man who has given 72 years of his life in service to the Knights of Columbus as well as his family, his community and his country. It is that call to charity and helping others that Lloyd, and knights like him, across the world, have exhibited for over 130 years.
In my bag of materials that I picked up at the start of the FOCUS national conference at the registration table, I found among other useful things, an agenda, prayer card, notes, I found a prayer card for the canonization of the Venerable Servant of God, and our founder, Fr. Michael J. McGivney. In closing in this session of Knight Life, I would just like to say this prayer for the canonization of our founder.
God, our Father, protector of the poor and defender of the widow and orphan, you called your priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, to be an apostle of Christian family life and to lead the young to the generous service of their neighbor. Through the example of his life and virtue may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ, more closely, fulfilling his commandment of charity and building up his Body, which is the Church. Let the inspiration of your servant prompt us to greater confidence in your love so that we may continue his work of caring for the needy and the outcast. We humbly ask that you glorify your venerable servant, Father Michael J. McGivney, on earth, according to the design of your holy will. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. The card asks that you please report any favors you may encounter through the request of this prayer, to the Father McGivney Guild at 1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, Connecticut 06510, or at w-w-w- dot father mcgivney dot org.
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