This Week on Knight Life
Fathers For Good – from a Knightly perspective.
Hello, I’m Mike Gaspers I’m back with you for a half hour of information, inspiration and invitation around the activities of the Iowa Knights of Columbus.
This is Knight Life…our Mission is to finish this fraternal year strong – with Courage for our brother Knights, for their families, for life.
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Overview of the Podcast
Knights of Columbus – building better fathers, better husbands better Catholics – one man at a time. This is a recruiting motto often repeated in Knights circles but it is more than just words. For many of us it is true despite setbacks and recurring weaknesses – to be a Knight is to be a better person.
Culturally it is less likely a child will be born into a home with both a mother and a father present. Even less into homes where the mother and father are likely to be married to each other. Some statistics suggest that 40% of all children born today are born to single mothers….well what about the importance of fathers, present and committed to both the mother and the child?
Nationally a number of organizations are focused on making resources available for men interested in being better fathers. One we hear about is www.fatherhood.gov which you can guess by the name is sponsored by our government. It is well intentioned and there are some good resources present. For Catholics this site doesn’t offer the entire picture of fatherhood.
The Knights of Columbus also have a resource available – www.Fathersforgood.org which contains articles about values and faith based inspiration which are missing from the government site.
In either case, regardless of how much content is available, men, fathers wanting to be better dads must seek it out. Perhaps a better way is traditional fatherhood training: a man learned to be a Dad by watching his own Dad fulfill his commitments, love his mother, live with integrity and be steadfast in his faith. Now that is what the Knights can do well – and why we can say, truly, to be a Knight is to start down a path of living which will make you a better father, a better husband a better Catholic man because we learn to be these things in the charitable activities of our councils and the company of our band of brother knights.
We asked several Knights about the importance of fatherhood. Paul Lee talks with Gary Nolan, originally from Illinois but now serving as VP of ceremonials and training at our Supreme office.
While in Dallas this June attending a KofC meeting I had the privilege of speaking with Michael Victorino PSD from Hawaii and currently Supreme Warden (a title I flubbed big time in the interview). His son is a knight and professional baseball player as well. Michael is an active Knight locally and nationally. He is willing to continue to step up in leadership because his goal is to help others. Every time I’m around Mike, he is positive and outgoing and all about others.
We’ve heard viewpoints from men who started out locally and moved up in the Knights ranks. Closer to home we also talked to local Iowa Knights & fathers. Gary Harms is CEO of Special Olympics Iowa. I spoke with him about fatherhood at this year’s Plane Pull.
Paul Lee asked several Knights attending the Special Olympics opening ceremonies this past May for their thoughts on Fatherhood. We hear from Bill Onamus & Ron Meyer.
Paul is a young dad with a young family. Proving to be a leader in the Knights one doesn’t need to be a grandfather first.
Steve Hesprich offers insight and reflection on fatherhood in this Knights to Christ reflection.
For more information on the Knights of Columbus visit our website www.iowakofc.org or you can also follow Iowa Knights on Facebook or on Twitter. For more information on the Knights of Columbus Fatherhood initiative visit www.fathersforgood.org
We are a family friendly fraternity. We place God First in our lives and then with mercy and in charity act courageously to serve others.
If you feel prompted to give something back and want to become more of the Catholic man you were hoping to be, join us as we make a difference serving our church, our communities and our families.
I’m Mike Gaspers, thank you for listening. Feeling inspired? Then courageously Go Make A Difference in the World by your words and by your deeds.
Knight Life is a production of the Iowa Knights of Columbus.
The song Courageous is by Casting Crowns
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