127th Supreme Convention

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We Stand with Peter in Solidarity with Our Bishops and Priests

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Cardinal George: Work by Knights Makes Tremendous Difference in Church, World
In his keynote address at the States Dinner, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, thanked Knights for  their continued commitment to a culture of life and support for priests. “In promoting the goals of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism,” he said, “and fostering dedicated Catholic faith, strong family life and active involvement in the community, your witness and service make a tremendous difference in our Church and our world and we are grateful.”

Knights of Columbus: Health Care Reform Must Exclude Abortion Coverage
Delegates to the 127th annual convention of the Knights of Columbus adopted a resolution declaring opposition to “any health care reform legislation that does not explicitly exclude abortion coverage for any health insurance plan, public or private.” The resolution on Defending the Right to Life also called on “legislators everywhere to adopt legislation protecting the religious conscience rights of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, guaranteeing their right to refuse to participate in abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide or any other practice that is destructive of innocent human life or that conflicts with their sincerely-held religious beliefs.”

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Carl Anderson  

‘Health Care Reform Must be Abortion-Free,’ says Supreme Knight
“A health care system designed to save lives on the one hand must not become a vehicle for taking lives through abortion and euthanasia,” Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson said in his annual report at the 127th Supreme Convention. Referring to health care legislation now being considered in the U.S. Congress, he declared that “Health care reform must be abortion-free.”


1,000 Delegates and Families Hear 2009 Annual Report
Delivered before more than 1,000 delegates and their families, who attended as guests, the annual report also outlined the wide-ranging charitable reach of the Knights of Columbus, and the strength of its financial operations.


Knights of Columbus Call for International Protection of Marriage
Delegates to the 127th annual convention of the Knights of Columbus Aug. 5 adopted a resolution pledging to join with Catholic bishops conferences around the world “in their efforts to achieve legal and constitutional protection at the national, state, territorial or local levels for the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.”

Vetters of Wyoming Named International Family of Year
A Knight of Columbus and his family from Torrington, Wyo., have received the Order’s 2008 International Family of the Year Award. The honor was presented to Leland Vetter, a member of Msgr. Fred J. Kimmet Council 6623, and his family at the Supreme Convention Wednesday. The Vetter family gives real meaning to the K of C motto, “In Service to One, In Service to All.”

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Memorial Mass  

Knights Honor Saints at Memorial Mass
At the annual Memorial Mass offered by Supreme Chaplain Bishop William E. Lori, the Knights of Columbus prayed for members who died in the past year while paying special honor to clergy members of the Order from Mexico who have been canonized.

Flags Wave High at States Dinner
A flag from every state and a song in every heart marked the lively spirit of the States Dinner Tuesday night at the Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention. The annual banquet gave delegates and their families from all over the world a chance to show their colors and share their pride in their home state.


Knights Declare 'We Stand with Peter' as 127th Supreme Convention Begins in Phoenix
Eight cardinals, more than 80 bishops and a hundred priests concelebrated the Mass that opened the 127th Supreme Convention in Phoenix. Several thousand Knights and family members gathered for the convention at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort. Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted was the principal celebrant and homilist at the Mass, which celebrated the feast of the patron saint of priests, St. John Vianney. Relics of the saint (photo) were venerated at the Mass. 


Knights Give Thanks to Priests at Convention’s Opening Mass
The life and legacy of Venerable Michael J. McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus, offer a fitting priestly example for clergy and laity alike in this Year for Priests, said Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted during the opening Mass for the 127th annual Supreme Convention, August 4.


Membership Seminar  

Growth Is Key Theme of Membership Meeting
The lifeblood of the Order – new members and council development – was the topic of discussion during the Membership Seminar on Monday morning. A panel of Board members, fraternal experts and insurance leaders addressed a roomful of Knights from many jurisdictions, covering the key strategies and proven methods in growing the Order.

Pins Exchanged in Annual Tradition
The Order’s national and international colors shone brightly on Monday night during the annual Souvenir Exchange. Delegates and their wives from the Order’s 72 jurisdictions traded state pins, with the goal of getting the most.


Membership Seminar