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News for Knights of Columbus
VOLUME 40 │ NUMBER 16 │ APRIL 21, 2022
Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly traveled to Poland and Ukraine during Holy Week to meet with Knights and to witness and encourage their ongoing humanitarian efforts in response to the war. “What you are doing here really exemplifies that kind of courage that we are called to as Christian men,” he told a group of Knights in Rava-Ruska, in western Ukraine. “It’s the kind of courage that Father McGivney had when he founded the Knights in order to serve his parishioners who needed help.”
Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly and Ukraine State Deputy Youriy Maletskiy deliver Easter care packages April 12 to families taking refuge at a 14th-century monastery in Rava-Ruska, in western Ukraine. Knights in Poland assembled 10,000 of these packages, containing food and other items to help displaced Ukrainians celebrate Easter.Supreme Knight Visits Poland and UkraineDuring his Holy Week visit to Poland and Ukraine, Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly conveyed to Knights the support and gratitude of Pope Francis as well as his own. READ MORE● ‘A Sign of Our Support’On April 11, Pope Francis received Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly in a private audience at the Vatican, where the Holy Father blessed an Easter basket representing 10,000 care packages assembled by Polish Knights for displaced Ukrainian families. The next day, he helped Knights in Poland load care packages and personally delivered some to families in Ukraine. 
WATCH VIDEO● ‘Committed to Charity’
The supreme knight thanked Polish Knights for their continued efforts on behalf of Ukrainian refugees, visited a retreat center where Caritas, with the Order’s support, is caring for 100 Ukrainian orphans, and visited refugees and Knights at St. Wojciech Parish in Częstochowa. WATCH VIDEO
‘I Could Not Sit By and Watch’Zack Dmyterko, a member of Cathedral Council 6790 in Arlington, Va., is Ukrainian American, with both sets of his grandparents hailing from western Ukraine. He speaks Ukrainian and spent time there teaching English and volunteering at a military hospital. When Dmyterko saw the devastation caused by the Russian invasion, he decided to collect and deliver medical supplies for those impacted by the war. WATCH VIDEO | READ MORE
Wood WorkKnights from councils such as Midland (Mich.) Blessed Sacrament Council 13452 and Teller County Council 625 in Woodland Park, Colo., cut, split and stack as many as 200 cords of firewood annually to deliver to people in need. These initiatives foster fraternity among the respective councils while helping members of the community keep warm during the winter.
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