Hello, I’m Mike Gaspers back with you for a half hour of information, inspiration and invitation around the activities of the Iowa Knights of Columbus.
I visit with old friends and brothers from the Onawa Knights and they remember Knights of old who influenced them. Fr. Graalup reflects on the life impact of a recently departed priest. Kevin Althaus from Dubuque explains a life project to help unwed mothers. Finally Wally Witt comes to a career as field agent in mid life. He shares some of the influences Knights are for him.
This is Knight Life. Our State Deputy Jon Aldrich Challenges us to be men of courage and do everything with Love. Our Mission is Be Men of Courage and do everything with LOVE for our fellow man, woman, child and unborn child.
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Overview of the Podcast
In early July I was privileged to attend the installation of officers in Onawa-Blencoe council 6249. It was this council and group of men that had tremendous impact on my leadership style in the early 1990’s when as a young man I served as their district deputy. Doug Zima was Grand Knight back then and is reprising his role again now. Afterwards we reminisced about days gone by and the great brother Knights who were players on the back stage then. I wonder how they would face the challenges of today?
I recall more than once Leo Marley speaking up at a meeting “we need to do this because it is the right thing to do”. Never because it was the easiest – always because it was right. I’m proud of his legacy as a brother Knight. Our conversation with Doug also reveals we have opportunity to invite those unknown younger men to make their family part of the Knight’s Family just as Leo did so well years ago.
Speaking of leaving a legacy we lost Fr Gerald Zensen in mid-July. Fr Graalup spoke with me about the memory and influence of his friend Fr Zensen. Both Fathers are Knights and served as Chaplains thru the years.
You may have picked up that Fr Zensen was a recovering alcoholic. Taking one day at a time and counting on God to be strong is a good lesson for all of us.
I traveled to a rural Audubon County farmhouse for a district meeting hosted by DD #24 Mark Kerkoff. While there I spoke with Wes Dammann GK of Manning Manilla council about a project to raise funds for an ultrasound machine. It’s impressive what a small group of Knights can do once they put their mind to it.
You heard Wes mention that Carroll – a nearby council had a goal of $10K for ultrasound initiatives as well. The Challenge is on for all Knights to step up and invite their neighbors to help in the cause of life. Wes also mentioned the efforts of the Halbur’s the 2015 Iowa Knights of Columbus Family of the Year. You can learn more at 2015 Convention Awards.
Knights are involved in so many ways to protect and nurture life. Crossing the state to the north east I speak with Kevin Althaus of St Anthony’s council 8384 in Dubuque about a project to assist young unwed mothers with housing. Mary’s Inn Maternity Home is now open due to efforts of many dedicated folks include the Knights of St Anthony’s
Kevin Althaus gives some great points about what the Knights have meant to him in growing his faith and leadership.
Another Knight Wally Witt attempts to tell me of his experience of the Knights. Sometimes at a loss for words, yet the positive emotion is strong and deep.
Wally is very much influenced not only by the Knights generally but particularly by an exemplary Knight his father Don Witt Those close to us are an influence for good in our lives if they choose to be. In this week’s Knights to Christ reflection Steve focuses on the importance of Grandparents. How do we support grandparents – and any of those called to do great things in faithful and devoted ways?
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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.
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.
The song Courageous is by Casting Crowns
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