This Week on Knight Life – Fraternity
Knights start out enjoying key aspects of council life & activity – their brothers and charity; and for some it turns deeper … we meet a Knight who has risen from the depths to serve the neediest among us; in his own words love saved him … love which leads to mercy – and finally to the voice of grass roots knights
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.
Continuing our reflections on the challenges facing the family we again offer a prayer by Deacon Ray Rosburg for the Family.
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Overview of the Podcast
October 15th the Iowa Executive Committee met to discuss direction and program status at the midway point of the first half of the Knight’s fraternal year. Fr William Reynolds was present and I asked his reflections afterwards about Iowa Knights and about the Synod on the Family.
Moving forward on charitable fronts is a key initiative for Iowa Knights. I look forward to reading – maybe hopefully listening – to the works of mercy as described by our chaplains.
A key corporal work of mercy undertaken by the Knights is our involvement with persons with intellectual disabilities. At the Executive committee meeting the officers and voting members disbursed funds to deserving organizations from Archdiocese of Dubuque Ministries to Quad City Sled Hockey Association to the Howard Care Center.
The CPID structure you may recall is that 10% of the proceeds are retained by the state council. A majority of these funds are disbursed to Iowa Special Olympics, the balance is disbursed to CPID organizations based upon requests and needs. Last spring Grants of $5000 each were given to Albrecht Acres to assist recovery from a fire just before camping season and to Camp Courageous to assist with a lodge by the lake project.
I visit with Kevin Klocke on the efforts of Storm Lake Knights to raise funds for CPID with a 1 – 2 – 3 punch involving a breakfast, a silent auction and tootsie rolls after mass. Here’s Kevin.
Kevin gives a lot of credit to our past State Advocate John Murray a tireless Knights promotor. The CPID is the biggest single fundraiser by the Iowa Knights netting just shy of $20 per member per year.
Also from Storm Lake is Kevin McKinney who is new to the executive committee. You may also recall Kevin is the coach for our Football Frenzy program. Years ago Kevin and I were district deputies together. He continues to volunteer his time and talent to the benefit of the Knights.
You may be wondering why the Frenzy? This easy fund raising effort is not only fun but it helps defray costs associated with our meetings and mailings thus freeing up funds which can be used for other donations like our support for Sioux City diocese’ Globe in the Classroom education effort and other deserving causes.
For Catholic gentlemen truly committed to follow the example of Jesus Christ in mercy our duty extends beyond our own lives, beyond our families to serve our fellow man … woman, child and unborn child. Knights are called to continue their education in our principles through all the degrees culminating the Fourth degree of our order – attaining this is a mark of Honor and of Devotion to Country and Charity. Composed in large part by the top leaders of the Knights, Fourth Degree brothers are integral to the order and our efforts to build up the Church on earth.
Recently our District Master Joseph Ramirez was called up to become a Supreme Membership Program Coordinator and had to vacate the master position. Dave Bellendier – past State Deputy and past Supreme Director was named to fulfill Ramirez unexpired term.
I congratulated Dave on his assignment and asked about his plans for the district 4th degree during the upcoming year.
A Fourth Degree Knight is dedicated to personal development both of faith and of true citizenship. A Fourth Degree Knight is always there to offer leadership, guidance, and encouragement, whether it is through educational programs or honoring those who are no longer with us.
Under Dave’s leadership we expect to see a further blossoming of the 4th degree in Iowa.
In August 2013 we met Doug Murray PSD from Florida. Doug describes his arduous journey from the depths of depravity to his present faith life counting the Knight’s as having saved his life. Doug discusses his journey with Antonio Banuelos
A powerful story of courage from a faithful Knight putting his life on the line for Jesus. Listening to him brings a swell of prid in me as a Knight of Columbus. Sometimes we have a tendency to write off that guy who doesn’t have his life put together yet. Doug is an example of what fraternal support and a loving wife can accomplish. Lead with mercy – and beauty. Let the Holy Spirit do the rest.
To find out more on the Iowa Knights visit our website www.iowakofc.org and search for CPID or 4th Degree pages. Or you can also follow Iowa Knights on Facebook or on Twitter for the latest news and updates.
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 created to be, join us as we make a difference serving our church, our communities and our families. Knights make it easy to give back.
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.
Knight Life is a production of the Iowa Knights of Columbus.
Music clips are from the song Courageous by Casting Crowns.