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News for Knights of Columbus
VOLUME 40 │ NUMBER 51 │ DEC. 20, 2022
Near the conclusion of his recent visit to Poland and Ukraine, Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly reflected, “Advent is a time of joy and anticipation, but for many people here it’s a time of struggle and real hardship.” Thanks to partnerships, the tireless work of local Knights, and the Ukraine Solidarity Fund, the Order’s humanitarian assistance to displaced families and victims of war in Ukraine continues. Among the many supporters of this work are Alexander and Danylo Fedoryka, Ukrainian American musicians and Knights, who have used their platform to raise awareness and support of the Order’s ongoing relief efforts.
Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly walks with Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Archbishop Mieczysław Mokrzycki, State Deputy Youriy Maletskiy, and others to meet with displaced Ukrainians at a complex operated by the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Lviv.
Unity in Ukraine and PolandMeeting with Church and government leaders, local Knights and displaced families during his second trip to Poland and Ukraine this year, Dec. 2-6, Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly offered a message of solidarity and a promise of continued support for victims of the war in Ukraine. He also witnessed firsthand some of the many charitable works coordinated by the Knights of Columbus and supported by the Order’s Ukraine Solidarity Fund. WATCH NOW
Music for OthersDanylo and Alexander Fedoryka, members of John Carrell Jenkins Council 7771 in Front Royal, Virginia, grew up in a first-generation Ukrainian American household rooted in cultural traditions and the Catholic faith. Nearly 20 years ago, they formed a folk band called Scythian and have since lived out a lesson their late mother imparted to them: that music is an avenue to evangelize and share God’s love. Since Russia invaded Ukraine 10 months ago, the brothers have been encouraging their fans to pray for peace and support the Knights of Columbus Ukraine Solidarity Fund. Now, as the people of Ukraine face a cold and dark winter, the brothers have pledged 50% of the proceeds from all sales of their music on this platform to the Order’s ongoing relief efforts. Of special interest to new fans and old is their newly released, first-ever Christmas album, Christmas Out at Sea. LEARN MORE | READ MORE | WATCH NOW
A Glimpse of HeavenMatthew Mayor and his twin brother, Mark, both served in combat in Afghanistan, and both are members of the Knights of Columbus — Matthew in Cardinal Gibbons Council 2838 in Fayetteville, N.C., and Mark in Carmel (Calif.) Mission Council 4593. Ten years after his deployment, Matthew suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. He joined his brother on the Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage in 2019 and there he found the healing he needed. “Our Lady of Lourdes reminds me what heaven might look like,” he said, “with all nations coming together to praise God.” WATCH NOW | MORE INFORMATION
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