Speaking to the state deputies and state chaplains assembled in Dallas, Texas for the annual state deputies meeting, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson encouraged them in their charitable leadership, and emphasized the importance of evangelizing through charity. Discussing his time last month in Rome as an auditor of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization, he also called on Knights to strengthen Catholic families as a means of furthering the new evangelization. Both the Order's charity and its work to strengthen families spiritually must be oriented toward evangelizing, both in word and deed, a culture that is deeply in need of the Gospel's message of love.
With reference to the Order's charitable work, the Supreme Knight also announced that the Order had collected $350,000 in donations for victims of Hurricane Sandy and had distributed $500,000 in aid to the affected areas. Having just visited the devastated areas of Staten Island last week while helping to distribute relief supplies and funds to aid in the relief effort, Anderson singled out for special thanks the state deputies of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, who have actively overseen Knights relief efforts in areas affected by the storm.