This Week on Knight Life
This week on Knight Life we return to our 114th State Convention held Divine Mercy weekend at the Marriott in Coralville where men were honored for their contributions and became sir Knights promised to honor, protect and serve.
Hello, I’m Mike Gaspers – this Earth Day I’m back with you for a half hour of information, inspiration and invitation around the annual convention of the Iowa Knights of Columbus.
This is Knight Life…our Mission is to Go Make A Difference – and soon to “Be Courageous” for our brother Knights, for their families, for life.
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Overview of the Podcast
The Convention experience for Iowa Knights will be different for each brother and those attending various events. A highlight on Friday are activities of the 4th degree
Friday afternoon saw 98 men receive the honors of the 4th degree. These men were Knighted but first received the lesson of Patriotism and what it means to be a Catholic American citizen. What does that mean to a Sir Knight?
It is more than just a title— it is an honor, a privilege and a responsibility! Fourth Degree Knights are committed to building lives of character.
For those of us who are Catholic gentlemen and aspire to follow Jesus our duty extends beyond our own life, even beyond our family to how we serve our fellow man starting with our fraternal brother but extending to all mankind.
A Fourth Degree Knight is dedicated to personal development both his own and his brother’s. He is always there to offer leadership, guidance, and encouragement, whether it is through educational programs, civic involvement, or honoring those who are no longer with us.
We stand at the wake of a brother Sir Knight to honor his service, his memory and to provide comfort to his family.
We foster Patriotism by teaching personal responsibility in civic affairs, striving to protect symbols of national pride, honoring veterans for their service and sacrifice, and facilitating voter turnout on election days.
We hold unwaveringly to what is right and honorable. We courageously speak out for the truth. 4th degree Knights maintain a leadership role on important moral issues, recognizing that what a man stands for defines him and inspires others. Fourth Degree Knight’s glorify God by serving family and community as though Christ were the one being served.
This means working to keep God in the civic arena. It means supporting and defending laws that recognize the sanctity of life and true religious liberty, and, of course, serving the life of the Church.
The need for strong role models has never been greater. If the sanctity of life, family values, and true religious freedom are to survive, democratic nations need greater commitment from people of faith. That’s what the Fourth Degree represents. We live, we serve, we protect the truth.
John Goenz of Blue Grass shares his reflections on the fourth degree exemplification.
Following the Knighting there were pictures of all new Knights and the annual meeting of the Fourth degree to finish the afternoon. We topped off the day with an evening banquet. A Tradition with our 4th degree is to have one of the candidates give reflections on the events of the day. These comments are customarily made after the banquet. Tim O’Brien from Loras 9224 was chosen and also stood in for Fr Michael Philips the honoree who couldn’t be at the banquet. It is obvious Tim’s life has been deeply impacted by Fr Philips
Josh Link, a Knight from Loras college council 9224 caught up with his friend Tim O’Brien Saturday and got a few candid comments about the total experience of convention and what it meant to him.
Both Tim and Josh mentioned the effect on them viewing the live ultrasound (sonogram) during Saturday evening’s banquet. We will hear more in the coming weeks about the Knights of Columbus Ultrasound initiative.
One of the many reports delivered to the convention delegates was given by Vince Meis of Dubuque on the Good of the Order recommendations.
All of us are challenged to live up to these expectations. Working together we can make it happen and for many councils helped “make a difference.”
Mark Hoeger from Dubuque has made a difference there working with the men of St Columbkille’s council. Although the council is a little over a year old, they’ve made a big impact in their parish and local community. Part of that impact has been the volunteer efforts in which Mark engaged his brother Knights to join him in charitable activity. He was recognized as Iowa Knight of the Year on Saturday night.
Mark shares his inspiration to be so active engaging others in charitable endeavors and his deep love for Jesus.
This week’s Knights to Christ segment reflects upon the roots of our Charity in Christ.
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