The Knights of Columbus

 

As quoted from: http://www.kofc.org/en/todays-knights/our-principles.html, please see this page for the orginal text.

The Knights of Columbus is "A Catholic fraternal organization founded in 1882 at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., U.S.A.by Venerable Fr. Michael J. McGivney. The Knights of Columbus has more than 1.9 million members in the Americas, Europe and Asia. For over 130 years it has provided for the financial security of its members and their families."

Also from: http://www.kofc.org/en/todays-knights/our-principles.html

"OUR PRINCIPLES  
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 – 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 the good works of individual Knights, who gave more than 73.5 million service hours in 2015, illustrating how Catholics serve each other in fraternity and mercy. 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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