This is a excerpt from the article on the Supreme website www.kofc.org
This story appeared in the October 1992 issue of Columbia.
The 1992 States Dinner at the Order’s 110th annual meeting was given a special dimension by the presentation of the newly created Knights of Columbus Gaudium et Spes (Joy and Hope) Award to Mother Teresa of Calcutta, foundress and superior general of the Missionaries of Charity. The award was established as a special part of the Order’s Quincentenary celebration and the Church’s observance of 500 years of evangelization in the Americas.
The Gaudium et Spes Award takes its inspiration, as well as its name, from the opening words of the Second Vatican Council’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. In its opening lines, the council fathers describe the “intimate bond between the Church and mankind” in these words:
“The joys and hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these too are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ. Indeed, nothing genuinely human fails to raise an echo in their hearts. For theirs is a community composed of men. United in Christ, they are led by the Holy Spirit in their journey to the kingdom of their Father and they have welcomed the news of salvation which is meant for every man. That is why this community realizes that it is truly and intimately linked with mankind and its history.”
The award presentation was made prior to the traditionally gala States Dinner to accommodate the simple routines of Mother Teresa and the 14 members of her Missionaries of Charity who were present. They did not stay for the banquet with its customary music and celebration.
Supreme Knight Virgil C. Dechant presented the world-revered nun with a gold medal and a $100,000 award in recognition of her humanitarian service in the name of Jesus. The gold medal depicts on one side the crucifix of Pope John Paul II’s crosier against a background of global longitudinal and latitudinal lines and on the other side, Father Michael J. McGivney, the Order’s founder, comforting a widow and orphans.
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The following is from the Supreme Knight Carl Andersen. I believe this is a key message for Council 7755 as well all Knights worldwide.
On November 20th, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson announced that, through the Order’s wide-reaching new Domestic Church initiative, Knights and their families will have greater opportunities to participate in a variety of activities that promote the New Evangelization, strengthen our parishes and grow the Order.
Building the Domestic Church
Knights of Columbus has always been an organization dedicated to the well-being and support of Catholic family life. The family is the first and primary place where we experience and are formed in our Catholic faith. By building upon our current programs and activities, the Knights of Columbus continues to promote the family as a ”domestic church” where husbands and wives, parent and children, grow in their knowledge and practice of the Catholic Faith. In order to perform its important mission of evangelization, each family needs to find support in the sacramental life of the parish.
Strengthening our Parishes
Knights of Columbus councils have always responded to the most urgent needs of the Church, particularly through charitable and social outreach. In order to support the evangelization of family life today, our councils must be even more fully integrated into our parishes. As the world’s largest Catholic fraternal and family organization, we have a responsibility to dedicate our time, talent and resources to ensuring that our parishes our beacons of the new evangelization.