Category: kofc

The world has changed dramatically since April…

The world has changed dramatically since April 3, 1913, when Fred M. Rom was born in New York City. But the values he learned as the son of Catholic immigrants in early 20th-century America have stayed with him.
After serving in the @usarmy Signal Corps during World War II, Rom married, started a family and joined the Knights of Columbus. Today, he is a member of Our Lady of Grace Council 14765 in South Carolina, where he has lived since 2010 with his daughter, Maryann, and her husband. Rom recently shared some advice based on his experiences over the past 105 years.
The Knights of Columbus is proud to present these videos with Fred Rom as part of a long tradition of service to the military.
Via @kofc_official
#CatholicConnect #kofc #fredrom #knightsinaction #faithinaction #WW2 #WWII #army (at South Carolina)

Facts about @kofc_official ⚔️🇻🇦 1) It all st…

Facts about @kofc_official ⚔️🇻🇦
1) It all started when a parish priest wanted to help Catholic families.
The year was 1882 and anti-Catholic sentiment was running high. Catholic immigrants faced hostility and were thrown into dangerous work conditions which could cause early deaths. So 29-year-old Father Michael McGivney gathered the men of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., to establish a lay organization. The goal? To unite men of Catholic faith and provide for the families of deceased members.
2) The Knights stood up to ISIS. The Order produced a 280-page report detailing the genocide against Christians by ISIS, which was decisive in getting the genocide recognized by the U.S. State Department.
3) The Knights are saving a Christian town in Iraq that was desecrated by ISIS. They are raising $2 million to save Karamles, a town recently liberated from ISIS.
4) K of C has donated $1.62 billion (yes, billion!) to charitable causes over the past decade.
As of December 2017!
5) At the peak of the Ku Klux Klan’s power, the K of C stood as its most vigorous opponent. In one incident in 1924, hooded Klansmen abducted, severely beat and mutilated Father John Conoley in Gainesville, Fla. Knights armed with shotguns stood in the windows of the rectory, protecting another priest and the church itself from the Klan’s threats to burn it.
6) The Knights are on a mission to save 1 million lives. Little is more moving than seeing an image of a baby growing in the womb. Since 2009, the Knights have funded 900+ ultrasound machines at pregnancy care centers in all 50 states.
#CatholicConnect #KnightsofColumbus #KofC #Catholic #Catholicism #CatholicChurch #Christian #Christianity #Serve #Love #Faith #God #Trust #Charity #Prolife #MarchForLife #MarchForLife2019 (at New Haven, Connecticut)

2017 was a record-setting year for Knights of …

2017 was a record-setting year for Knights of Columbus charitable work with an unprecedented $185.6 million in donations and 75.6 million hours of service provided worldwide. Follow @collegekofc 🕊🇻🇦
#CatholicConnect #Catholic #Catholicism #DisasterRelief #Charity #Fundraiser #KnightsofColumbus #kofc #collegekofc

You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him,…

You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. You shall not afflict any widow or orphan. If you afflict they, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry. (Exodus 22:21-23)
Knights were targeted by the government and many were expelled from their homes, according to Msgr. Ramiro Valdez, executive secretary of the commission that promoted the canonization of 25 Mexican martyrs, including six Knights of Columbus.

“In Mexico, [Knights] became the greatest defenders of the Church and of the Catholic faith,” Msgr. Valdez said. “But their apostolic work also extended to taking care of the immigrants in the United States who had to leave Mexico because of persecution.”
Like many Catholic Mexican refugees during this period, the delegation brought their faith and commitment to their new community, founding Tepeyac Council 2635 in Los Angeles, which remained active until 1940.

Likewise, hundreds of thousands of Mexicans immigrated to Texas, and the Knights’ Mexican Fund provided direct assistance to many of the refugees.
According to Meyer, more than 200,000 people from every socioeconomic background were killed or martyred by 1930. On May 21, 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized 25 martyrs — including six Knights — from the Cristiada period. Thirteen more Mexican martyrs — including three Knights — were beatified in Guadalajara, Mexico, on the Solemnity of Christ the King on Nov. 20, 2005.

The future of the Order in Mexico is one of prosperity, growth, and hope. Yet it is its past that gives clarity to its mission. As Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson said in March 2011 during his visit to the Shrine of Christ the King at Cubilete Hill, the blood of the martyrs “has united forever the Order of the Knights of Columbus with the people and the land of Mexico. The Order’s history is forever linked to the history of this great nation. And that response — Love God above all things and our neighbor as we love ourselves — is the only response that we can give to the King of Kings.”
(Part 2 of 2)
#CatholicConnect #KnightsofColumbus #KofC #Catholic #Catholicism #Mexico #USA

In 1910, although Catholicism had been a part …

In 1910, although Catholicism had been a part of Mexico’s history for nearly 400 years, the Catholic Church was perceived as hostile toward the revolution, resulting in an unstable and anti-religious social and political environment. A new constitution, which included several anti-clerical articles, was drafted in 1917, setting the stage for an era of persecution that lasted more than two decades.

In April 1917, Mexican bishops living in San Antonio prepared a letter of protest, affirming that the new constitution “destroys the most sacred rights of the Catholic Church, of Mexican Society, and of Christian individuals.”

Despite these challenges, the Order in Mexico not only survived this period; it thrived. Membership grew from 400 Knights in 1918 to almost 6,000 in 51 councils just six years later.

Between 1926 and 1929, an open rebellion took place against the government’s new persecutory laws, which were formulated and strictly enforced under Mexican President Plutarco Elías Calles. Resistance to the “Calles Law” started peacefully, in the form of signed petitions, economic boycotts and demonstrations. But in August 1926, sporadic uprisings sparked the beginning of the Cristero War, or Cristiada. The rebels took their name from their battle cry: “¡Viva Cristo Rey!” (Long Live Christ the King!). To the Mexican government, this pronouncement — often last words of Cristeros before their deaths — was more than a declaration of faith; it was an act of treason. About 70 Mexican Knights were among the Cristeros who died while standing up for their faith.

During this time, the government seized Catholic schools and seminaries, expropriated Church property, and outlawed religious education. It closed Catholic hospitals, orphanages and homes for the elderly. It also banned monastic orders, expelled foreign-born clergy and prohibited public worship. Priests and nuns were barred from wearing religious garments, from voting, and from criticizing the government or commenting on public affairs either in writing or in speech. If charged with a violation of the law, they were denied a trial.
(Part 1 of 2)
#CatholicConnect #KofC #KnightsofColumbus (at International Border Mexico – USA)

#HurricaneFlorence has put the East Coast in h…

#HurricaneFlorence has put the East Coast in harm’s way! #KofC launched a donation drive to do just that. We need YOUR help! Please DONATE. 100% of the funds go to those affected by the storm.
#CatholicConnect #KofC #KnightsofColumbus #HurricaneRelief #Donate #Help #Faith #Action

Online Membership into the #KofC is now availa…

Online Membership into the #KofC is now available across the US and Canada. It’s the first step on the journey of a lifetime with the largest Catholic brotherhood. Join us today:
Via @kofc_official 🕊🇻🇦
#CatholicConnect #KofC #KnightsofColumbus #Catholic #CatholicChurch #Catholicism #PrayTheRosary