Novena for National Unity & An End to Racism

Following the pain, outrage and violence resulting from the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd, I send this message in a spirit of reconciliation, asking you to join me beginning this Sunday — the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity — in praying our Novena for National Unity & An End to Racism.

We should take to heart the words of Pope Francis. No one should “tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism.” We must all “defend the sacredness of every human life.” And we must redouble our efforts to overcome the suffering and injustice which result from the sin of racism. As we celebrate the perfect unity of the Blessed Trinity, we call upon all Knights and people of goodwill to join in prayer. Let us remember that, as Pope Francis says, “nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost.”

Our prayers are inspired by our legacy as Knights of Columbus — may we carry on in the same spirit of unity that has inspired the Order to welcome Catholic men of all backgrounds, regardless of race, from our very beginning. This is especially important as we move forward as “Knights of Columbus: Knights of Unity,” which was the theme of last year’s Supreme Convention.

As the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Time is cluttered with the wreckage of broken communities which have surrendered to hatred and violence. For the salvation of our nation and the salvation of mankind, we must follow another way.”

We pray that we all can follow this other way and come to understand that injustice to a black person is injustice to all; that regardless of race or culture, all people, without exception, are made in the image and likeness of God, and are deserving of our respect and love.

Please join me in offering this prayer for national unity and an end to racism. May we pray for the strength to learn from the courageous example of Dr. King and from the leadership of our Holy Father, and continue to work to build a society that recognizes the dignity and brotherhood of all.

As men of faith, let us together confidently turn to prayer during the nine days of this novena, beginning on Sunday, June 7, and concluding on Monday, June 15.

May God, through the powerful intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Civilization of Love, hear our prayer.

Fraternally,
Carl A. Anderson
Supreme Knight

Father McGivney, Our Founder, to be beatified

Father Michael McGivney is one step closer to recognition as a saint. The Vatican has announced that yesterday, May 26, Pope Francis approved a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to him, elevating his status to ‘Blessed’. He is the first parish priest of the United States to be raised to this honor.

McGivney’s cause was opened in 1997 in the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut where he ministered. Please continue to ask for his intercession, particularly during this pandemic similar to the one of Father McGivney’s day in the late 19th century.

Links:
Article at the McGivney Guild
Vatican Press Release (Italian)

State Virtual Convention Report

The 117th Washington State Convention was held over the phone this year due to the circumstances of social distancing.

Delegates received a phone call before 1pm and joined the line with over 100 other Knights including our State officers.

To start off there was a pre-recorded message from Supreme Knight Carl Anderson concerning Knights in the time of coronavirus. Also mentioned were the new Exemplification procedures, and that thousands of new members came in through online ceremonials. He finished by noting that this year marks the centenary of the first K of C delegation to Rome, where Pope Benedict XV was visited in 1920.

Deputy Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly spoke of the order’s charitable efforts, noting that Washington donated 1.7 million dollars to charity and was honored with the 2019 Community Champion Award for working with Special Olympics. During his reading of exemplary council efforts across the State, Burien was mentioned, highlighting the pregnancy aid program and the donations collected this year.

There was a message from the insurance agency that everything is operational and most of their activities are being conducted via Skype.

Chaplain Kenneth St. Hilaire offered prayer and spoke of the need for Catholic evangelization, exhorting all to proclaim the Gospel.

State Secretary Kim Washburn reviewed lists for credentials. In attendance were 6 State officers, 1 immediate Past State Deputy and 100 delegates/hosts, for a total of 107. The 2019 minutes were approved with no correction. Report of committees was accepted and included in minutes.

Around 2pm we moved on to elections, all State positions were announced unopposed and renewed for 2021. Delegates to the national convention were selected by votes over the phone.

The resolutions committee reported, numbers 1 through 9 were read abbreviated for time constraints and were unanimously accepted. Resolutions 10 through 14 were read in greater detail. 10 was withdrawn, 11 was not subject to amendment at State level, 12 was rejected, 13 and 14 were no action taken.

There was no new business. The Columbia Charities minutes were approved and Past State Deputy Eddie Parazoo was the sole nomination for Director. The minutes for Pennies for Heaven were approved.

Closing prayer was offered by Chaplain St. Hilaire and the convention adjourned at 2:38pm.