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Posted on 07/07/2004 5:06:48 PM PDT by Coleus

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I just saw this in a Knights of Columbus Newsletter and wanted to let Freepers know about it so it can be sent to Cathoilc Soldiers and their families.
1 posted on 07/07/2004 5:06:49 PM PDT by Coleus
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Serving with Faith and Fraternity

by Steve Gust

Knights have given their lives on the battlefield, and offered support and prayers for troops seeking to make the world a safer place

Archbishop O’Brien and Supreme Knight Anderson hold second edition of prayer book.In keeping with a resolution passed at last year's 121st annual Supreme Council meeting, Knights continue to offer prayer and strong support for military personnel involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Both at home and abroad, members are banding together in the hope of giving the world a brighter future.
Archbishop O’Brien and Supreme Knight Anderson hold second edition of prayer book.


In 2003, working with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, the Order produced and distributed 100,000 Armed with the Faith spiritual handbooks and sent 50,000 rosaries to troops stationed in the Middle East. Due to the book's popularity, another 100,000 copies were printed and distributed this spring.

Earlier this year, the Knights also suspended a war-time exclusion on its accidental death benefit for members killed while serving in the military or as civilian contractors in Afghanistan or Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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One of those was Army Spc. James Richard Wolf, 21, of Father Timothy Molony Council 2681 in Scottsbluff, Neb. His father Robert D. Wolf, grand knight of the council, said James had his Third Degree membership card and rosary on him in November when a roadside bombing claimed his life south of Mosul, Iraq. Wolf was assigned to the Headquarters Company of the 52nd Engineer Battalion of the 43rd Area Support Group.

"We got the news at 8:30 a.m., Nov. 6, and the first Knights were here by 9:15 a.m.," Wolf said. "There was a steady stream of Knights from then on and everyone has remained supportive."

Field Agent Allen G. Lonowski immediately offered support, Wolf said. "He was first a friend and then was invaluable with the insurance paperwork, not only with the Knights' insurance but with James' Army insurance."

Wolf, 2003 Nebraska Knight of the Year, said about 350 people attended a memorial rosary service for his son. A 50-man Fourth Degree honor guard served at the funeral.

"We had Fourth Degree Knights travel more than two hours to be here," Wolf said. "Some made it from Denver."

James Wolf, at age 18, filled out a Membership Form #100 at a pancake breakfast at the home of Council 2681. That prompted his father to join, too. James also had filled out his Fourth Degree membership application, but his military service led to a scheduling conflict with the exemplification.

Robert Wolf said support from Knights and their families has meant a lot to him and his wife Chris, and daughters, Elli, 23, and Rachael, 19. James' older brother, David, 25, also joined the Knights, and his grandfather Robert reinstated his membership.

"James was proud of his service in Iraq," his father said. "We were fortunate to see him on leave two weeks before he was killed. He kept telling us that the real story of what was going on in Iraq wasn't being told. He said America was welcomed there and doing good for the people. James was helping to build bridges and schools."

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Another Fourth Degree Knight has been in the thick of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and the war against terrorism in Afghanistan. Though he often wears a flak jacket in the field, his mission is to bring Christ and the faith to the troops. Father Steven V. Carlson, a Knight for more than 20 years, has been in both nations and is now chaplain for the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne).

He has a particular understanding of the military, having retired from the Army in 1991 after serving in Ranger and Special Forces units for more than 20 years. In 1996, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Raleigh, N.C. He is a member of Cardinal Gibbons Council 2838 and Cardinal Gibbons Assembly in Fayetteville.

"I became an Army chaplain so that our soldiers could share in the sacramental life of the Church when they are far from home," he said.

In March 2003 he was with some of the first troops to enter Iraq. With military protection, he was driving in the city of Najaf during Holy Week. He wrote about it later:

"When driving through the cities the other day, people were cheering and waving palm branches! Reminds me of the victory our Lord achieved through his passion, death and resurrection. I hope and pray that what we do here is in the name of peace and justice, and that God will work mighty things through our presence."

What most impresses him is the camaraderie among the young troops, especially when faced with deadly situations. It reminded Father Carlson of Psalm 133, "How good and pleasing it is when brothers dwell as one."

After service in Iraq, Father Carlson was transferred to Fort Bragg, N.C., and then to Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he expects to stay until fall. While at Fort Bragg he distributed some of the Order's Armed with the Faith prayer books.

"It is superb and the soldiers love it," he said. "On behalf of all the Catholic priests who serve in the United States military, we thank you [Knights] for your continued dedication to God and country."

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Other Knights involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom have returned home and resumed their family life and involvement in the Knights.

Marc G. Anguiano of Abilene (Kan.) Council 1661 saw an abrupt end to his term as grand knight when he was activated as an Army reservist. Sgt. 1st Class Anguiano was the truck master of a supply line and hauled fuels from Kuwait into Iraq. He returned home in October with memories of the early days of the campaign.

"Some of us were worried about possible chemical attacks at first," he said. "Then a few trucks were hit by RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades). There was a lot of extreme heat and sandstorms."

Getting a letter was a big event at desert camps, although there was usually a two- to three-week time lag, he said. He left three children at home: Matthew, 7, Michael, 4, and 3-year-old Megan. His wife Kristi also is an Army reservist.

After six months, Anguiano took a 22-hour flight back home and had a joyous reunion with his family. His council sponsored a Mass of thanksgiving and breakfast in which Financial Secretary Robert J. Dick and other Knights presented him with a special award for patriotic service. Anguiano also received the Star Council plaque earned during his term as grand knight.

"The Knights were very supportive while I was there," he said. "They helped Kristi and the family while I was away."

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At about the time Anguiano was returning home, Father Donald J. Williams of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Plymouth, Pa., was blessing soldiers preparing to leave for Iraq. Father Williams, chaplain of St. Vincent de Paul Council 11901, urged soldiers from the 109th Field Artillery Battalion to bring God as well as security to the people of Iraq.

"I told them that ultimately they were working for the peace that Jesus would bring," he said.

His service was for 40 members of the battalion based in Wilkes-Barre. Among those headed to Iraq was his godson and nephew, Pfc. Jeff Williams. Father Williams told him he had been in touch, via e-mail, with another soldier, named Tony, in Baghdad.

"Tony said it was dangerous and hard there," he said.

The battalion's deployment brought challenges of another sort to relatives and loved ones remaining at home.

"Parents and others here have their own battles," Father Williams said. "It’s important to stay focused and pray."

He said the men he prayed with in December, some non-Catholic, remained vigilant while on duty in Iraq and relied heavily on their faith.

Even simple gestures from Knights can mean a lot. Andrew J. Shine, the Ohio State Council's veterans and military chairman, led an effort to send 1,000 Christmas cards to troops from Ohio. The U.S. Postal Service provided a special rate since the mail was for military personnel. The cards also provided information on the Knights of Columbus.

"We received a nice thank you card on how the cards had picked up their spirits and how happy they were to get it," Shine said. "This is something any council can do."

Steve Gust, a member of Edmond (Okla.) Council 6477, is the Oklahoma State Council public relations chairman and bulletin editor.

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

2 posted on 07/07/2004 5:08:19 PM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...

3 posted on 07/07/2004 5:10:08 PM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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To: Coleus

Nice Coleus.

4 posted on 07/07/2004 5:14:38 PM PDT by fatima (My Granddaughter Karen is Home-WOOHOO We unite with all our troops and send our love-)
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To: Coleus

Nice website. I'm sending the link to my son on board the USS Ronald Reagan.

5 posted on 07/07/2004 5:24:19 PM PDT by DC native
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To: Coleus

Thanks. I'll pass this on to my brother.

6 posted on 07/08/2004 4:53:56 AM PDT by Desdemona ("He throws like a girl." - my mom's observation of John Kerry)
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To: Coleus; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Great link..thanks

7 posted on 07/08/2004 5:12:51 AM PDT by boxerblues
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To: sartorius

8 posted on 07/08/2004 2:09:33 PM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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Thanks for posting Coleus!

Ping KJ and Sarge.

10 posted on 07/09/2004 2:03:25 PM PDT by StarCMC (Please pray for the 2/7 Marines and Josh.)
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To: Coleus

BIG KofC Bump

11 posted on 07/11/2004 7:23:17 PM PDT by (Abortion is the Choice of Satan, the father of lies and a MURDERER from the beginning.)
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To: Coleus

Thanks for the ping. Nice idea - I'll have to pass this on.

12 posted on 07/11/2004 8:53:06 PM PDT by P.O.E. ("All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward." ~ Ellen Glasgow)
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To: Coleus
Thanks for the ping. I'm going to pass this on to some brother Knights that have sons in Iraq.

BTW ... I recently (and finally) completed my 2nd and 3rd degrees. All I can say is ... WOW! It certainly was intense.

13 posted on 07/12/2004 5:55:13 AM PDT by al_c
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To: Coleus

This Baptist thinks it's a great website. Thanks for posting it.

14 posted on 07/12/2004 5:57:08 AM PDT by RonPaulLives
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We should ALL adopt a soldier, and send them the Ranger Rosary, St. Michael Scapular and a miraculous medal. That, I'm sure would be stronger than a bullet proof vest.

15 posted on 08/20/2004 5:03:09 PM PDT by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion has already been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: tlRCta; RKBA Democrat; fedupjohn; Warthogtjm; markomalley; lneuser; Coleus; ArrogantBustard; ...

Please FReepmail me if you'd like to be added to or removed from the KofC ping list.

Oops! Accidental cut and paste abuse in aisle five!

20 posted on 01/13/2006 7:46:49 PM PST by AlaninSA (It's one nation under God -- brought to you by the Knights of Columbus)
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