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Second St. Michael Award Conferred
During the final Business Session on Thursday, August 7, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson conferred the St. Michael Award for exemplary service to the Order on Javier G. Nájera Cabrales, who has served as a special consultant to the supreme knight for Mexico.


Two New Board Members Elected
In the Business Session on Wednesday morning, Supreme Convention delegates elected two new members to the Order’s Board of Directors to replace two retiring members.


Supreme Chaplain Offers Memorial Mass
The annual Memorial Mass at the Supreme Convention serves as a reminder to all Knights and their families that each person needs God’s forgiveness, pardon and peace, said Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori. In his homily, Archbishop Lori recalled the story told by St. Augustine about his mother, St. Monica.


2014 International Family of the Year Award
One of the most impressive traits of the members of this year’s International Family of the Year is their deep commitment to the culture of life. James and Stephanie Bell, married for 26 years, have 10 children, ranging in age from 2 to 24.


The Transfiguration Touches All Lives, Says Cardinal O’Malley
In a Mass for the feast of the Transfiguration, Cardinal Seán O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, said that the faithful must not only be converted to God in their own lives.


States Dinner Highlights Program for Wounded Veterans
Speaking as a special guest at the States Dinner Tuesday evening, actor Gary Sinise, who played the Lt. Dan in the movie “Forrest Gump,” thanked the Knights of Columbus for its support of his foundation for wounded military personnel, saying, “You have shown that you can be a shining light of hope” for severely injured veterans.


Convention Opens with Concelebrated Mass
With reverence and fanfare, the 132nd Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention officially commenced Tuesday morning with the opening Mass at the Orlando World Center Marriott.


The Image of Father McGivney
The pictures and paintings of Father Michael McGivney that are held reverently by the Supreme Council show a man of strong yet calm features. He exhibits both the determination of a man of action and the depth of a contemplative soul, qualities that helped him found the Knights of Columbus in 1882.


Chaplains Meeting and Membership Seminar
At the annual Chaplains Meeting during the Supreme Convention, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson spoke about the new program for families that the Order is rolling out in October.


Florida State Deputy and Wife Work as Team
When the Supreme Convention was last held in Orlando in 2006, Paul Koppie was the Florida state warden, the entry position for state officers. As the convention returns this year to Orlando, Koppie has moved along the “chairs” and is now in his second year as Florida state deputy.


Tour Explores Space Center Named for a Knight
During the convention tour of the Kennedy Space Center, many parents took pleasure in telling their children how old they were and where they were living when the events displayed in the exhibits took place.


State Chaplain Relies on Knights
As Florida state chaplain, Msgr. Thomas Skindeleski encourages pastors to count on the Knights of Columbus within the parish.

Sir Knights Staff Adoration Chapel
The traditional duty of a knight is to serve the king of the realm. Knights of Columbus have a higher calling to serve the King of heaven and earth.

Columbiettes Are Key Greeters
“The Columbiettes are the greatest help to us, we couldn’t imagine doing an event of this size without them,” said Florida Past State Deputy Doug Murray, who is the current state membership director.

A Florida Shrine Shines with the Presence of God
Not far from the self-styled “The Happiest Place on Earth” is one of the holiest places. Thanks to the vision and persistence of a Florida priest, the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe stands a few miles from Disney World and other exciting attractions of Orlando.  Photos