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News for Knights of Columbus
VOLUME 40 │ NUMBER 19 │ MAY 10, 2022
A group of U.S. military personnel will have an opportunity for prayer and healing this week in France during the Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. The Order is also sponsoring a delegation from Ukraine to attend the International Military Pilgrimage. From May 10-16, pilgrims will participate in events including an international opening ceremony, Masses, visits to the healing baths at Lourdes, and a candlelight vigil that draws tens of thousands annually from more than 40 nations.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan Visits Mercy Centers Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, recently led a delegation that included representatives of the archdiocese and the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), for which he serves as chairman, to Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine. During the trip, His Eminence visited with displaced Ukrainians and praised the humanitarian efforts of the Knights of Columbus and other Catholic organizations. On May 2, he celebrated Mass at the Order’s Mercy Center in Hrebenne — at the Polish-Ukrainian border — and visited the Mercy Center at St. Klemens Hofbauer Parish in Warsaw. Both centers are operated in partnership with CNEWA.
A Legacy of Healing Since 2013, the Knights of Columbus has partnered with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, to sponsor Warriors to Lourdes, occurring in conjunction with the annual International Military Pilgrimage. Below are testimonials from pilgrims who participated in Warriors to Lourdes in the most recent in-person pilgrimage.● A Glimpse of Heaven
U.S. Army Capt. Matthew Mayor and his twin brother, Mark, both have the same military rank, served in combat in Afghanistan, and are members of the Knights of Columbus. While participating in Warriors to Lourdes together in 2019, Matthew recognized that addressing his post-traumatic stress disorder was not a sign of weakness. WATCH VIDEO A Medical Mission
Seeking an opportunity to participate in a medical mission, Dr. Lance Leclere and his wife, Keri, served as volunteers for the Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage. WATCH VIDEO● Healing Waters
Following major complications during their son’s birth, U.S. Army Capt. Adam Fisk and his wife, Morgan, were told their baby would suffer long-term brain trauma. They attribute their son’s miraculous recovery to Our Lady of Lourdes, and had the opportunity to give thanks at the international shrine dedicated to her. WATCH VIDEO Click here to read more about Warriors to Lourdes and these pilgrims’ stories.
Canadian Bishops’ Conference Officials Visit Supreme CouncilOn Monday, May 2, Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly met with Bishop Raymond Poisson (center) of Saint-Jérôme and of Mont-Laurier in Québec, and Father Jean Vézina, a priest of the Diocese of Sault Ste-Marie, Ontario — the newly elected president and general secretary, respectively, of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). The visit began with Mass at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, where they were joined by the Supreme Officers and prayed at Blessed Michael McGivney’s tomb for the K of C founder’s intercession and canonization. Afterward, Bishop Poisson and Father Vézina visited the Supreme Council headquarters and met with the supreme knight to provide insights into the conference’s current priorities and discuss areas of collaboration between the CCCB and the Knights of Columbus, such as the bishops’ newly established Office for Family and Life and the anticipated visit of Pope Francis to Canada in July.
‘A Sure Guide’During the Month of Mary, the words of St. John Paul II inspire Catholics to look to the Blessed Mother amid life’s challenges. WATCH VIDEO
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