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Knights of Columbus success built on founderís desire for charity
https://www.osv.com ^ | April 23, 1914 | Russell Shaw

Posted on 04/28/2014 9:00:00 AM PDT by NKP_Vet

In many ways, Father Michael J. McGivney was just one more of that band of hardworking Irish-American priests who spent themselves building up the Church in America in the latter years of the 19th century. But in one truly extraordinary respect, he was unique: Before he was 30, Michael McGivney had founded what was to become the largest Catholic men’s organization in the world: the Knights of Columbus.

That happened, largely unnoticed, in early February 1882 in New Haven, Conn., in the basement of St. Mary’s Church. The young curate had assembled 80 Catholic laymen — Irish-Americans like himself — who voted to launch the new group. No one, least of all Father McGivney, suspected that 132 years later the Knights of Columbus would grow to be an international body of 1.84 million Catholic men, with assets totaling more than $20 billion and an influence for good to match.

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"We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. The Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.”

Venerable Father McGivney, pray for us.

1 posted on 04/28/2014 9:00:00 AM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: NKP_Vet

Vivat Jesus!


2 posted on 04/28/2014 9:15:02 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: NKP_Vet

Amen.


3 posted on 04/28/2014 9:21:50 AM PDT by ex-snook (God forgives and forgets.)
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To: NKP_Vet

1914?


4 posted on 04/28/2014 9:34:01 AM PDT by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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**No one, least of all Father McGivney, suspected that 132 years later the Knights of Columbus would grow to be an international body of 1.84 million Catholic men**

Bump to the top for the Knights.


5 posted on 04/28/2014 9:35:46 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Vivat Jesus!


6 posted on 04/28/2014 10:12:19 AM PDT by Dacula
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To: NKP_Vet

In before “The Bible doesn’t mention anything about knights OR Columbus.”


7 posted on 04/28/2014 10:35:27 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Salvation

Knights of Columbus is a truly great organization.

Only - real question here - which K of C members get to turn out in the outfits with the fore & aft hat, cape, and sword?


8 posted on 04/28/2014 1:43:29 PM PDT by elcid1970
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To: NKP_Vet

May the founder one day gets the offical title of “Saint” one day.


9 posted on 04/28/2014 1:51:50 PM PDT by Biggirl (¬ďGo, do not be afraid, and serve¬Ē-Pope Francis)
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“which K of C members get to turn out in the outfits with the fore & aft hat, cape, and sword”

You are referring to Color Corps members of the Fourth Degree,
which I am a proud member.


10 posted on 04/28/2014 6:40:45 PM PDT by NKP_Vet ("It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died;we should thank God that such men lived" ~ Patton)
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To: NKP_Vet

Congratulations! How does one earn that? (I’m Catholic))


11 posted on 04/28/2014 6:45:19 PM PDT by elcid1970
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Just join the Knights and proceed to the Fourth Degree. Ask any knight at your parish about it. The Grand Knight will welcome you with open arms!


12 posted on 04/28/2014 6:58:10 PM PDT by NKP_Vet ("It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died;we should thank God that such men lived" ~ Patton)
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I’m 65. If I join now, will I live to see the Fourth Degree? Real question.


13 posted on 04/28/2014 7:12:36 PM PDT by elcid1970
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There is no wait between degrees. I was a Fourth Degree within one year. I was 63 years old when I took the Fourth Degree Oath. You will meet some of the greatest Catholic gentleman in the world. We have Knights ranging from 18 years old to 90. One of the Knights that became a Fourth Degree the same time I did last year is a World War II veteran of the Battle of the Bulge.


14 posted on 04/28/2014 7:35:09 PM PDT by NKP_Vet ("It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died;we should thank God that such men lived" ~ Patton)
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One of the best decisions I ever made was joining the Knights. One of my biggest regrets is I did not join years earlier.


15 posted on 04/28/2014 7:57:32 PM PDT by dominic flandry
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At the Mass at our diocesan Eucharistic Congress, a 4th Degree Knight stands with drawn sword beside each minister of the Eucharist. It really makes you think!


16 posted on 04/29/2014 2:09:18 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I'd forgotten how much fun it is having a dog.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

LOL!


17 posted on 04/29/2014 8:27:31 AM PDT by ex-snook (God forgives and forgets.)
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To: Tax-chick
It really makes you think!

I'll bet!


18 posted on 05/02/2014 6:38:09 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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Venerable Father McGivney, pray for us.

He's dead; Jim.

19 posted on 05/02/2014 6:38:50 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Biggirl
May the founder one day gets the offical title of “Saint” one day.

I have one now.

20 posted on 05/02/2014 6:39:29 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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