Calling chaplains “partners” in the life and mission of the Knights of Columbus, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson urged priests to take an active role in councils at the state and local council levels. Chaplains are not “invited guests” to council meetings and activities, he pointed out. Rather, they are fellow Knights who provide necessary guidance and a spiritual focus to all council programs.
Anderson spoke to dozens of K of C chaplains Aug. 9, at a special meeting after the conclusion of the convention in Baltimore.
The meeting was chaired by Archbishop William Lori, the supreme chaplain, who highlighted the positive effects Knights have on priests. “When we are engaged with the Knights, what a difference it makes for our priesthood,” he told the chaplains. “The support and encouragement we receive from the Knights are invaluable.”
The supreme knight asked the chaplains to serve as spiritual leaders and help promote the Order’s latest initiatives, including:
- Marian icon program of Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians, which was inaugurated at the convention and will be brought by councils of every jurisdiction to their parishes for prayer services
- Faith in Action, a new program model designed to renew and enhance the charitable and spiritual works of each council
- Consecration to the Holy Family, which is designed to strengthen families and revitalize parishes by inviting families to consecrate themselves to the Holy Family and to devote themselves to the ideal model of familial love set by Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
Archbishop Lori began the chaplains’ meeting with a prayer composed by St. John Vianney, patron of parish priests. A relic of the saint’s incorrupt heart, on special loan to the Knights from a shrine in France, was on display during the meeting.