MESSAGE FROM STATE DEPUTY

 

Worthy Brother Knights and Families,
Our annual State Convention is just around the corner!! I hope Councils have their Delegates Credentials and Convention Registrations sent in? If not, contact our State Secretary immediately to inform him that you will be attending. This is necessary to facilitate his planning and lessen chances of any slow-down during check-in. Also, immediately contact either the Corvallis Council 1785 Grand Knight Emmet Jones at emmetj42@gmail.com or Financial Secretary Edward Beaudry at e.beaudry@comcast.net to help facilitate their planning process and most of all---to avoid a late fee on your part!!

Spring has sprung!! Not only is it a time to observe nature’s changing colors but also a time to observe how well your favorite flowers survived the winter? How well are they growing?


When all State Deputies were being installed with their jewel as a State Deputy last June, our Supreme Archbishop Lori followed with a very thought provoking homily and message: “You are Evangelizers of the Lord’s Love and the visions of Fr. Michael McGivney.” Certainly the words from his homily apply to all of us who made a commitment to be a Knight of Columbus.


How well have we grown the Order? Have we passed on the same message and questions to others as the Lord did to a few fishermen or Fr. McGivney did to a few men one night in the basement of St. Mary’s Church? Have we reached out to others in our Parish and asked the same questions Fr. McGivney asked—“Will you help me? Will you help the widow and children of families left without a provider for the family? Will you help the poor of our Parish?” The Knights of Columbus was started on the message of Charity. How well have we spread the visions of Fr. Michael McGivney?


Have we experienced growth within our Council? Search your own heart and contemplate why you became a Knight of Columbus. I highly suspect it might have been because of your own personal desire to do good for others, to help others. Certainly there is a Fraternal bond among members of the Order. Look at the good things we do together within our parishes and in our communities. During the State Convention, you will have an opportunity to hear about some of those activities that have been performed throughout the State of Oregon. Certainly we are likely to hear about some challenges, too. These challenges are likely to indicate a need to do more. Can we meet these challenges? Probably, since we are a “can-do” organization, it is going to mean some expansion and a growth of our Councils and the Order.


Growth proves that the Knights of Columbus is vital to today’s parishes and its families. This message is further emphasized with the Domestic Church Initiative in which Councils are asked to stress activities that relate to involvement of the family, the parish family and the poor of the community. Indirectly these activities also help evangelize the message of our Lord and the visions of Fr. McGivney.

 

Vivat Jesus!!

Francis Mohr
Oregon State Deputy

 
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