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News for Knights of Columbus
VOLUME 40 │ NUMBER 9 │ MARCH 1, 2022
During his general audience Feb. 23, Pope Francis made an appeal for prayer and asked that Ash Wednesday, March 2, be a day of fasting for peace in Ukraine. Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly has also called on Knights to respond with continued prayers and announced on Friday the Supreme Council’s commitment to provide immediate aid to Ukrainian refugees.
Knights in Poland are collecting supplies — including medicine, sleeping bags and other necessities — and have begun to deliver them to the Archdiocese of Lviv in western Ukraine.Order Pledges, Mobilizes Aid for Ukrainian RefugeesIn addition to supporting Ukrainian refugees through an initial $1 million commitment, the Order has launched the Ukraine Solidarity Fund, an international fundraising campaign, and will match all funds raised up to $500,000. READ MORE | DONATE NOW
On Sunday, Feb. 20, Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly and Knights of Columbus staff participated in Mass in the Vatican Grottoes for the special intention of peace in Ukraine. Father Paul F. deLadurantaye celebrated the Mass in the Chapel of Sts. Benedict, Cyril and Methodius, co-patrons of Europe.Supreme Knight’s Message to Ukrainian KnightsIn a video message to the more than 1,800 Knights of Columbus in Ukraine, Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly ensured the Order’s solidarity with the people of the country through prayerful support and humanitarian aid.“In this time of intense danger, know that your brother Knights of Columbus around the world are praying for you, your families and all the people of Ukraine,” he said. “We ask that our Lord protect you and your loved ones and restore peace in your land. We ask that He give you strength and courage to persevere.” WATCH VIDEO
Supreme Chaplain’s Monthly ChallengeFor the month of March, Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori challenges Knights to withdraw from their normal routine each day to spend some time alone with God’s word by reading and reflecting on the Gospels. Second, he challenges Knights to assist their council in planning for the Faith in Action Spiritual Reflection program. To read the full challenge, along with questions for reflection, click here.
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