The 137th Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention was held August 6-8 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Relevant Radio® had the honor of attending the conference and spending time with the Knights, who are doing amazing work to serve the Church across the world. “Their charitable activity is carried out by over 16,000 councils in nine countries around the globe,” said John Harper, host of Morning Air®.
Relevant Radio had a booth at the conference where many Knights stopped to speak to associates and had the opportunity to meet Glen Lewerenz of Morning Air® and Glen’s Story Corner. Glen spoke with some of the attendees and clergy to get their perspective on this important organization.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is especially proud of the work the Knights are doing in his archdiocese. “They’re always in a great position to help. There’s huge numbers of them in Texas. I’m very proud of them in Houston—20,000 strong. They do great work, particularly in charity in the archdiocese,” said Cardinal DiNardo.
The theme of the 137th Supreme Convention was ‘Knights of Unity’. Archbishop Bernard Hebda of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul-Minneapolis told Glen that the Knights are vital in our Church and our country. “We always need those great gifts that God gives to His Church through our laity. I was really inspired to hear Supreme Knight Anderson speak about the call to unity—that Knights have to be Knights of unity,” said Archbishop Hebda. “So it’s a way in which the Knights are able to serve our Church but also serve our country at a time when we need to be able to bridge some of the chasms that seem to exist in our life these days.”
In his annual report, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson spoke of new initiatives and programs that the Knights will pursue in the name of unity. These include new efforts to work with Native American and First Nation leaders in the United States and Canada and to assist refugees at the southern border of the United States.