In honor of the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney and in commemoration of Founder’s Day, all councils are invited to participate in our “Outreach Week” initiative by conducting charitable programs between Saturday, March 22, and Sunday, March 30.
In founding the Knights of Columbus, in addition to protecting the families of the Order’s members, Father McGivney also looked to bring Catholic men together to assist those in need. For this reason, “charity” was chosen as the first principle of the Order. Our Order’s long history of service to those in need reflects Pope Francis’ call for all the faithful to undertake acts of charity. It is that commitment to helping those in need that is at the heart of our “Outreach Week” initiative.
As you attend upcoming council meetings, please encourage everyone to take part in this Orderwide initiative. Please visit kofc.org/community for ideas on specific programs your councils may wish to conduct and to view a poster that will be sent to all councils for use in promoting their “Outreach Week” programs. Whatever your councils choose to do, the important thing is that each and every council do something to help those in need.
While councils are conducting outreach programs during this week and throughout the year, it is important to remember that every program represents a membership recruitment opportunity. A great way to convince a prospect to join the Order — or to get a current member to be more active — is to invite him to participate in one of our charitable programs.
Encourage each grand knight to tell us about the programs his council conducts during “Outreach Week” by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will feature the best programs in the Knights in Action section of Columbia, in Knightline and on the website.
Thank you in advance for the key role you will play in making this Orderwide “Outreach Week” a success.