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Grand Knight Message - August 2009

Saturday, August 01, 2009 9:30 AM | Rafael Betancourt (Administrator)

Dear Brother Knights,

The other day I was watching with my family the 1938 movie “Boys Town.” This movie, where Spencer Tracy won an Oscar for his role as Fr. Flanagan, dramatized the efforts of an Irish-American Catholic priest who looked after hundreds of orphan boys in Nebraska. It portrayed Fr. Flanagan’s vision and belief in that “there is no such thing as a bad boy,” a radical statement that ran contrary to society’s attitudes toward youth at a time where many of them were considered irredeemable and disposable. Through, faith, hard work, and dedication, Fr. Flanagan nourished his vision into a Culture of Life and created a Community of Love for troubled youth, one that still stands today.

In watching Tracy’s moving performance of a dedicated, visionary priest, I could not help but think about another priest ahead of his time: the Venerable Servant of God, Fr. Michael McGivney (www.fathermcgivney.org), founder of the Knights of Columbus. The son of Irish immigrants, Father McGivney was also a radical idealist. Known as Apostle to the Young and Defender of Christian Family Life, Fr. McGivney, saw strong families as the foundation of the Church and society at large. His vision was also to build a Community of Love, one that still stands today – 1.7 million members strong.

Today, our Supreme Knight has called us to participate in the “Year for Priests" declared by Pope Benedict XVI. I encourage all members of our Council to act on that call, first by praying for our priests (www.kofc.org/yearforpriests), and second by volunteering and participating in the dinner that we are organizing in honor of our priests in September 2009. Let’s serve in Charity those who serve us. Let’s Unite with them in extending our community into a Civilization of Love.

Vivat Jesus!

SK Rafael Betancourt, GK

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