Military & Veterans Activities
WTL Airport Support Awards: USO and TSA
The Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS), USA, and the Knights of Columbus cosponsored Warriors to Lourdes (WTL) pilgrimage was held 17 May - 23 May 2016, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Lourdes, France in conjunction with the 58th Annual International Military Pilgrimage (PMI), 20-22 May, which included delegations from 45 countries. Read More
A New Fourth Degree Knight
On April 16, 2016, Master Eugene Daly, with the help of Marshall Phillip Clingan, knighted Norman Labrecque into the Fourth Degree as a member of Assembly #3381 in Tacoma Wash. Norman was conferred as a First Degree Knight on April 1, 1944 and is a WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam veteran.
Hauling Wheelchairs for Veterans
Every second Saturday of the month members of Military Council 14584, Fort Bliss, support an outing for residence of Ambrosio Guillen State Veterans’ Home by hauling wheelchairs and walkers. The Veterans ride on a bus to Freedom Crossing, the PX and food court at Fort Bliss, and their wheelchairs and walkers are transported by council members on a pick-up truck. At Freedom Crossing the knights and other volunteers help the veterans get around and keep them company.
Helping a Widowed Parish Member
Fr. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus to help widows and orphans. It was in that spirit that members of Military Council 14584, Fort Bliss, pulled weeds and cut grass in the yard of a widowed parish member. After heavy rains in the El Paso area, the weeds and grass grew too quick and too tall for an elderly widow to keep up with. The knights of our council saw the need to weed before all went to seed. The grateful widow thanked the volunteers by praying the Rosary for them and wishing them God’s blessing.
Supporting the House of Hope
Military Council 14584, Fort Bliss, supported the El Paso House of Hope 5K Run/Walk with a sponsorship donation. Individual council members also participated in the event. Throughout the year, the council, in collaboration with the Military Council for Military Wives, participates in collecting donations of baby items for the House of Hope.
Appreciation Dinner to Honor Priests Supporting US Military Catholic Communities
The Father Emil J. Kapaun Council #11987, in Ramstein, Germany, hosted a Priest Appreciation Dinner on Sep 27, 2013. The dinner was held at the Dorint Hotel in Kaiserslautern, Germany for all US Military and civilian Catholic Priests in the region that support US Military Catholic Communities. The guest of honor was Bishop F. Richard Spencer, an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of the Military Services and the Episcopal Vicar for Europe and Asia. Read More
2ND and 3RD Degree Exemplification Held in Rome, Italy
On January 19, 2013, a special Exemplification was held for 34, 1st and 2nd Degree Knights, many of which were Seminarians, Deacons and 2 Priest attending the Pontifical North American College (PNAC) in Rome, Italy. Due to their tight schedules and studies, it is very difficult for them to progress in the Order while attending the PNAC. Read More
New Military Chaplain Scholarship Program Announced
The Knights of Columbus has established a new scholarship program to help fund the education of seminarians preparing to become Catholic chaplains in the U.S. armed forces. Read More
St. Maximilian Kolbe Council 15700 Officially Instituted
On May 8, 2013, St. Maximilian Kolbe Council 15700, Grafenwoehr, Germany in the European Overseas Military District #1 was officially instituted with 42 Charter Knights. Read More