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    February 2021 COLUMBIA MAGAZINE

    A Legacy of Leadership

    The February issue of Columbia looks back at Carl A. Anderson’s 20 years of leadership as the Order’s 13th supreme knight. Throughout the new millennium, Supreme Knight Anderson has led the Knights of Columbus to new heights of charity, membership and insurance growth and has introduced many initiatives to further the Order’s founding mission and legacy of service to Catholic families, the Church and society.



    ‘Let Us Go Forward in Hope’

    In his 20-year tenure as supreme knight, Carl Anderson has faithfully implemented Blessed Michael McGivney’s vision.

    Charity That Evangelizes

    WHEN HURRICANE KATRINA slammed the Gulf Coast Aug. 29, 2005, it soon became one of the most devastating storms in U.S. history. ...

    Growing the Order

    FROM DAY ONE of Supreme Knight Anderson’s tenure, he spoke of “a moral obligation to offer the opportunity of membership in the Knights of Columbus to every eligible Catholic man.” ...

    Protecting Families, Investing With Faith

    FATHER MICHAEL McGIVNEY wrote in a letter to Connecticut priests in April 1882 explaining that he founded the Knights of Columbus, in part, “to unite the men of our Faith … that we may thereby gain strength to aid each other in time of sickness; to provide for decent burial, and to render pecuniary assistance to the families of deceased members.” ...

    Our Founder’s Cause and Legacy

    THE MASS OF BEATIFICATION of Blessed Michael McGivney, celebrated Oct. 31, 2020, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, Conn., was truly the culminating moment of Supreme Knight Carl Anderson’s tenure. ...

    Building the Domestic Church

    THE LETTER OF GREETING of Pope Francis to the 138th Supreme Convention last August noted, “Since its earliest days, care for the family has been a priority for the Knights of Columbus.” ...

    Strong Right Arm of the Church

    WHEN COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic last March, the Vatican communications office received a letter from Supreme Knight Anderson with an offer of help. Within days, Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi blessing was being broadcast worldwide with financial support from the Order. ...

    Building a Culture of Life

    “THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, through countless acts of charity, affirms the dignity of every person, from conception to natural death,” Supreme Knight Anderson declared in his 2019 annual report. ...

    Serving Those Who Serve

    FOLLOWING the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Supreme Knight Anderson wrote a message to members with a question: “Today we must ask ourselves, what will be our response?” ...

    Faithful Citizenship

    SUPREME KNIGHT Anderson notes in the introduction of his recent book, These Liberties We Hold Sacred, that Father Michael McGivney was addressing certain questions when he founded the Knights of Columbus — Can a person be a good Catholic and a good citizen? And, if so, what does that look like? ...

    Standing With the Persecuted

    “THE BLOOD of these martyrs cries out to you and me for help,” said Supreme Knight Anderson during his 2015 annual report, as he invited his brother Knights to stand with him in solidarity for persecuted Christians in the Middle East. ...

    K of C Wheelchair Donations Surpass 100,000

    THE ORDER’S wheelchair program reached a major milestone in late 2020, surpassing more than 100,000 wheelchairs since the first donation 18 years ago.



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