Knights of Columbus works closely with the Vatican
The Knights of Columbus have had a long history with the Vatican
President George W. Bush greets Knights at Supreme Convention
President George W. Bush speaks at the 2004 Knights at Supreme Convention in Dallas, Texas
Our Founder, the Venerable Michael McGivney
Father Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882 in New Haven, Connecticut
Vice President Mike Pence speaks at March for Life
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and Deputy Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly talk with Vice President Mike Pence prior to his address to the tens of thousands attending the rally prior to the March for Life
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson meets with Pope Francis
True to its founder’s vision, the Knights of Columbus stands in solidarity with Pope Francis in the Church’s mission of charity and evangelization.
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson speaks at the Supreme Convention
The 13th supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, Carl Anderson has led the Knights and their families since 2000 to unprecedented levels of charitable giving and support for their communities and Church.
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson greets Pope Francis
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson was among the participants in the Vatican’s Council for the Laity’s 28th Plenary Assembly recently held in Rome.
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston
His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo is the metropolitan archbishop of Galveston-Houston and pastor to its 1.3 million Catholics (and over 4 million non-Catholics) and 440 priests in 146 parishes and 60 schools spread over 8,880 square miles.
All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:
Charity - Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.
Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.
Fraternity – The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.
Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.
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July 2017 Diocesan Conference Presentation
Please click on the following link to view, and download, the PowerPoint presentation from the July 2017 Diocesan Conference for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston....
Shield a Badge with a Prayer
Shield a Badge with a Prayer The “Shield a Badge with a Prayer” program is designed to show support to local Law Enforcement Officers through daily prayer. The Texas State Council is promoting this...
Texas Knights Lead Order in Charity
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson announced on June 9 that the Knights set records once again for charitable dollars donated and volunteer hours. For charitable dollars, Knights donated $177.5 million with...
VA Visitation Schedule
The new VA Visitation Schedule was provided by Tido Peralez and Alex Garza. The schedule begins July 2017 thru June 2018. To view the schedule, click on this link and scroll to the very bottom of...
Councils Donate Almost $75,000 to Seminarians
Our Vocations Chairman Greg Friend reported that during the 2016-17 Fraternal Year, our diocesan councils provided $74,533 to our 49 Seminarians at St. Mary's Seminary. At least $500 was provided to each...
Chapter Delegate Form for Fraternal Year 2017-18
Chapter Officer elections are July 11. Delegate form for FY 2017-18 must be present in order to vote. For delegate form, go to Resources link, select forms, then chapter forms.
A major report submitted to Secretary of State John Kerry making the case that genocide is being waged against Christians in the Middle East was released today by the Knights of Columbus and In Defense of Christians at a news conference at the National Press Club.
The Knights of Columbus has been recognized as a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere® Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices.
The Knights of Columbus has welcomed the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s unanimous passage of a resolution that would express Congress's judgment that the Islamic State's targeting of Christians, Yazidis, Turkmen, Kurds and other ethnic minorities constitutes "genocide."
Councils can strengthen Catholic family life through our prayer program and consecration to the Holy Family
A mini football “combine” was held over the weekend in Indianapolis for Special Olympics athletes to experience a series of drills and activities similar to those performed by athletes simultaneously participating in the NFL Scouting Combine.
During Lent, Knights are encouraged to share what their councils are doing in response to Pope Francis’ call to grow in faith by performing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
A new online petition is urging U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry not to exclude Christians from a declaration of genocide at the hands ISIS. Co-sponsored by In Defense of Christians (IDC) and the Knights of Columbus, the petition can be signed at StopTheChristianGenocide.org
Christians in the Middle East continue to face persecution and extinction simply for their belief in Jesus Christ. Their fate, however, has largely been ignored by the secular media.
The Knights of Columbus is asking those considering a Lenten sacrifice to give “40 Bucks for Lent” and use the hashtag #40BucksForLent to help Middle Eastern Christians and other religious minorities suffering religious persecution there.
On the Monday prior to Super Bowl Sunday, California Knights of Columbus and representatives from the Supreme Council joined Football Hall of Famers Anthony Muñoz (Cincinnati Bengals) and Dave Casper (Oakland Raiders), Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio and his wife Linda, and several current NFL players and coaches to distribute coats to the students at an inner-city Catholic grammar school in San Francisco.
Shield a Badge with a Prayer
The “Shield a Badge with a Prayer” program is designed to show support to local Law Enforcement Officers through daily prayer. The Texas State Council is promoting this program as a “Community” Activity” and encourages your Council or Assembly to start a “Shield a Badge with a Prayer” program. The goal of “Shield a Badge” is to have every officer “adopted” and to have a daily prayer said for that officer’s Safety, Good Judgment, and a Safe Return Home. The commitment is for ONE year. A daily prayer is offered up for the safety of the assigned officer. The officer’s name and badge number is given to the prayer sponsor. There are NO promises beyond a prayer every day (no personal contact, no phone calls, and no gifts.) Communication with the officer is limited to a card or note several times a year letting them know you are praying for them. If an officer retires during the year, the prayer sponsor will be notified and a new officers name will be given. As new officers are hired, new prayer sponsors will be assigned.
Implementing the Program
- A liaison is needed from the Council/Assembly to contact the local Police / Sheriff Department. Ultimately, the program needs to be approved by the Chief of Police or Sheriff. The liaison will need to explain the program to the Chief and get the approval. Meeting with the Police Chaplin or the Community Officer may help or assist when presenting the program to the Chief. The Chief or Chaplin can then explain the program to the rest of the department so they are aware and have a better understanding of the program. It should be stressed to the Chief that only the officers name and badge number will be given to the prayer sponsor. Any communication with the officer will be limited to a card or note several times a year letting the officer know that the sponsor is praying for them and their safety. Seasonal cards are welcome; but only cards, NO GIFTS. And there should be NO attempt to make personal contact with the officer.
- Once the Chief approves the program, a list of officers will need to be obtained and the program coordinator from the council/assembly will begin assigning officers to a prayer sponsor. There are no limits to how many officers a prayer sponsor can have. Just like membership drives, a sign up drive can be done following all masses involving more than just council members.
- The coordinator will need to keep track of the prayer sponsors, which includes the name, address, email, and phone number. He will also need to track the prayer sponsor with the assigned officer to ensure that all officers are adopted out. If a prayer sponsor wishes to withdraw from the program another sponsor will be assigned to that officer. – See attached sheet.
- The coordinator will also need to periodically check with the police department for any officers who retire or leave the force. When that happens, the prayer sponsor will be notified and another officer assigned to that sponsor.
- When a prayer sponsor signs up, they will be given a “Prayer Card” with the officer’s name, ID, and mailing address of the police station (see example). The “Prayer Card” can be placed somewhere as a reminder to pray for that particular officer. The prayer sponsor will also be given some guidelines and what is expected of the prayer sponsor. In larger cities with larger police departments, the council can support the local substation or a specialized unit.
- There is no operational expense for the “Shield a Badge” program. The prayer sponsor is responsible for cost of mailing cards to the officer.
Other things to consider:
- There is power in prayer and there are no prescribed prayers for this program. Not sure how to pray or what prayer to use, don’t despair. Just talk with God respectfully and openly. Prayer is a conversation with God. When praying, do not worry about how the prayer is phrased. Pray for others whenever you think of them (at work, home, doing chores, in the car.) A prayer for a police officer can be as simple as “Dear Lord, please keep Officer _______ safe today.”
- One thing that frustrates officers is when a parent points to an officer and tells their child that if they continue to misbehave, the officer is going to take them to jail. Officers want children to know that they are someone the child can trust and someone that they can go to when they are scared, lost or needing help. Participating in the “Shield a Badge” program and getting the children to pray for an officers safety is a great way to build a strong bond with a police officer.
- Check out the original Shield a Badge website: www.shield-a-badge.org
"Those officers put their lives on the line everyday to keep us safe; the least I could do is say a prayer for their safety" - Mrs. Houters -prayer sponsor
"I was the first officer on the scene of a person with a gun call. When I arrived, he put the gun down and no one was hurt. I knew my prayer sponsors prayers were answered" - Officer Moreno
"In a time when police are so often criticized, observing awful things or working long hours - just receiving a personal note made the day a little brighter!" - Officer Brock
"Knowing that someone would take the time to pray for me who dosen't even know me, was very powerful" - Officer Minton