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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – “Everyday Heroes,” a new nine-part online video series, highlights how ordinary men of the Knights of Columbus have made an extraordinary difference in the lives of others.

The videos, which tell the stories of Knights of various ages and backgrounds, were launched online at kofceverydayheroes.org and promoted on social media from April 3 to May 29, 2018, with a new video added each week.

“This film series offers a glimpse into the many ‘ordinary’ ways in which the Knights serve those around them,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “‘Everyday Heroes’ are your brothers, friends and co-workers who quietly serve, often over many years.”

The videos share the stories of Knights who have stepped up at crucial moments or deeply affected others through their faith and commitment. They include:

• “Not Your Average Joe”: Joe Reali, a young man whose remarkable but short life inspired the birth of a new Knights of Columbus council that is named for him. April 3.
• “A Touchdown for Life”: Knights from the University of Notre Dame who raise money for pro-life initiatives and other charities by grilling and selling steaks before Fighting Irish football games. April 10.
• “Grace in the Eye of the Storm”: Jose Lebron-Sanabria, who served as a focal point of the organization’s relief efforts following last year’s Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. April 17.
• “Going for Gold”: Chris Dooley, an active Knight of Columbus and a multisport Special Olympics athlete, reveals the triumph and heroism of athletes who give witness to the dignity of those with intellectual disabilities. April 24.
• “The Singing Seminarians”: A group of young men studying for the priesthood, whose vocations are supported by the Knights of Columbus, look to evangelize through the power of song. May 1.
• “Blessed Are the Persecuted”: Canadian Knights take the lead to provide sustained help to a refugee family from Syria. May 8.
• “Warrior for Christ”: The men and women who take part in the Knights’ annual Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage. May 15.
• “The Heart of a Champion”: Former professional baseball player Darrell Miller’s path to faith and how it shaped how he raised his son, Darrell Jr., who is also pursuing a major league career. May 22.
• “Sacrifice and Brotherhood”: James Wolf’s commitment to serving others resulted in his joining the Knights and inspiring his father to do the same. His service to his nation included giving his life as a U.S. Army soldier serving in Iraq. May 29.

Our History

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s fraternal benefit society that was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world’s foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to 15,342 councils and 1.9 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam, Saipan, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South Korea.

Why you should become a Knight

If you’re interested in helping those in need, serving your parish, growing in your faith or having exclusive access to top-rated insurance protection for your family, then the Knights of Columbus is the organization for you.

Step Into the Breach

We are a band of brothers, a network of men in communities around the world dedicated to doing good in the service of God and our neighbor.

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practical (that is, practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See. This means that an applicant or member accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.

Please consider joining our ranks.  There is so much more we can do for the parish and our community with your help.

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