Knights Honor New Yorkers as ‘Family of the Year’

2007-08 Knights of Columbus International Family of the Year

Dr. Mario Loomis, his wife, Donna, and their children, Joseph, Rebecca, Gabriel and Teresa

Dr. Mario Loomis, his wife, Donna, and their children, Joseph, Rebecca, Gabriel and Teresa.

A Knight of Columbus and his family from Goshen, N.Y., have received the organization’s 2008 International Family of the Year Award. The honor was presented to Dr. Mario Loomis, a member of St. John’s Council 1106, and his family at the Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention .

Dr. Loomis

A plastic surgeon, Dr. Loomis participates in Light of the World Charities, a Catholic humanitarian program providing medical care for the poor and sick in third world countries to help alleviate poverty and physical suffering. Dr. Loomis volunteers to correct cleft palate deformities in children.

He and his wife, Donna, are cofounders of a Catholic teen support program called “A Drop of Clear Water.” The initiative stresses commitments to prayer, chastity and charity. Donna is active in Catholic home schooling and, with her husband, promotes natural family planning and sexual morality.

The couple has four children: Joseph (18), Rebecca (15), Gabriel (7) and Teresa (5). Joseph is active in the Columbian Squire program and created a video presentation for teens considering a religious vocation.

Second place in Family of the Year category went to the Tuan Huynh family of Fr. Donald Schumaker Council 6772 in Minneapolis, Minn. The third-place winner was the family of Richard McEntee, a member of St. Charles Borromeo Council 13238 in Tacoma, Wash. The Philip Marvin family of Tecumseh Council 9937 in Tecumseh, Mich., earned fourth place, and Charles Steffan of Belfield Council 6310 in Belfield, N.D., took fifth place.

The Knights of Columbus is an international lay Catholic organization with 1.75 million members who belong to more than 13,000 affiliated councils. It annually recognizes families for their commitment to the organization’s principles and involvement in related activities.