MESSAGE FROM STATE DEPUTY

 

My Brother Knights,
The Supreme Convention just ended. Since we’re close to my birth place, boy hood days on the farm and several family relatives, this month’s message is coming to you from the shores of the “Mighty Mississippi” just four hours north of St. Louis. What a coincidence that our Fraternal Year theme “In His Love” is so closely related to the theme of the Supreme Convention’s theme: “Convinced of God’s Love and Power.”
This year’s theme comes from Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace message. In his letter to this year’s Supreme Convention gathering, Pope Francis explains: “This theme is our conviction is that God’s love impels us to share the Good News; this saving love underlies all our enthusiasm for evangelization”. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson summarized this past Fraternal Year’s extension of God’s Love at a national level, with the following: $177,500,673 and 75,112,694 volunteer hours. As Knights, each one of us Oregon Knights have contributed to those figures. As a member I hope you feel proud of these accomplishments and being a part of it.
But, we can’t lose sight of what is happening around us and our continuing vigilance:


The initiative to stop state funded abortion in Oregon
Continuing efforts to defend and promote the dignity of life, the sanctity of marriage and
the beauty of family life

  • The initiative to stop state funded abortion in Oregon
  • Continuing efforts to defend and promote the dignity of life, the sanctity of marriage and
    the beauty of family life
  • Enact the visions of the Domestic Church Initiative
  • Continuing assistance to the needy at home and abroad
  • Support for our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East


As the month of July ended shortly after our arrival in St. Louis, I was greeted with the good news from one our delegates, Membership Director Michael Woody, that Oregon added 34 new “Laborers for The Lord’s Vineyards” exceeding our initial goal of 24. I want to thank you, my Brother Knights, for accepting the “Fast Start Challenge” that the Supreme Knight asked us to execute. I sincerely thank our Membership Director, Michael, for his on-going efforts with the recruitment and keeping everyone informed. In the months ahead, I am sure you’ll hear more of the suggestions heard during this Convention that support our cause.

There are so many inspirational thoughts that were heard throughout this Supreme Convention and some seem never ending. The Opening Mass coincided with the Feast Day of St. Alphonus, one of the Doctors of the Church. A major theme throughout the many writings/doctrines of St. Alphonus was “Light to the World.” Records at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, CT indicate Fr. Michael J. McGivney had copies of some of St. Alphonus writings. Most likely they were inspirations for him as he sought men from his parish to be followers to start the Knights of Columbus.
The Gospel reading for that Opening Mass was the parable “that a candle cannot be seen if placed under a bushel; but if placed on top of the bushel it is a light to all.” I hope the relationship of that gospel reading, St. Alphonus’ writings, and Fr. McGivney actions will be an ongoing inspiration for all of us to be “that candle on top of the bushel.” This is our role as Knight of Columbus.

 

Vivat Jesus!

Frances Mohr
Oregon State Deputy

 

 
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