Chaplains Stress Solidarity
Comments from the chaplains during the three-day meeting have been positive, as they develop ways for chaplains to be more effective on the state and local levels.
“Highly organized and very informative,” Father Alfred Camp, state chaplain of Mississippi, said about the gathering. “The interaction among the priests has been great. I think we are all getting a better sense of who we are as chaplains of the Knights of Columbus, and how to work better with or local chaplains and councils.”
Father James Brown, Ohio state chaplain, said that he appreciated the Knights’ concern for them as priests and the Order’s efforts to give chaplains the tools necessary to do their jobs better. He went on the K of C pilgrimage to Rome last year for the conclusion of the Year for Priests, and now sees all the Order’s efforts coming together.
“The Knights’ commitment to the chaplains is growing,” Father Brown said. “It’s awesome to see the enthusiasm of my brother priests and chaplains. We have come together from all over the world and we are working together.”
Father James Caldwell, has been Oklahoma state chaplain for four years, yet he said, “I’m learning more and more every day.” He said the spirit and enthusiasm at the meeting will encourage him to reach out even more to the chaplains in his state.
“I want to convey the need for us to be more unified as priest chaplains in the state,” he said, “and also convey what it means for us to be part of the local councils, working with the Knights on a daily basis.”