In these days of cultural decay and when parishes are struggling to grow and engage men, the Knights of Columbus has a heroic mission which can help draw men into a vibrant life of faith and every Catholic man should strongly consider becoming a Knight and vigorously supporting the Knights in their local parishes. In addition, there are a growing number of emerging Catholic men’s evangelization efforts which are evangelizing and mobilizing men to build fruitful faith lives, become more effective Catholic fathers and draw other men into fraternity in their dioceses and parishes.
Building fraternity through the Knights of Columbus
While most Catholic men have heard of the Knights or may have even become a Knight of Columbus, many men have misconceptions of the Knights and don’t understand the heroic work of the Knights of Columbus in the past and the great need for the Knights in these days of growing darkness and evil in the world to call and mobilize millions of Catholic men to build the Church; now, more than ever, the Church and the world needs the Knights of Columbus.
The heroic mission of the Knights in the past
The Knights of Columbus were founded in 1882 by Blessed Father Michael J. McGivney (beatified in 2020) to strengthen the Holy Catholic Church by drawing Catholic men together in faith and fraternity to battle against anti-Catholicism and to provide critical financial support so that widows and orphans of deceased Catholic men wouldn’t face abject poverty. Blessed Father McGivney organized men in his small parish in Connecticut, choosing the name Knights of Columbus to call men to heroic chivalrous service to their priests, their families, their brethren, their parishes and the Church (“Knights”), and to inspire Catholic men to continue to help build America into a great and holy nation (Christopher “Columbus” discovered America).
The heroic mission of the Knights of today
Blessed Father McGivney’s vision to establish the Knights to strengthen the Church has proven to be prophetic and today the Knights of Columbus are inspiring and mobilizing millions of Catholic men to step “Into the Breach” to build strong men, strong families, strong parishes, a stronger Catholic Church, and to help rebuild a flourishing society based upon our Lord and King, Jesus Christ, Savior of Man.
To counter the growing “man-crisis” in the Church and society, the Knights are actively drawing Catholic men together in faith and fraternity in thousands of parishes around the world to serve and support the priesthood and strengthen parishes. In response to the breakdown and struggles of families, the Knights are drawing men together to learn about the faith and how to be better Catholic husbands and fathers who can more fully love their wives and children and lead them to Christ and His Church.
A key effort of the Knights is to rally men behind Bishop Thomas Olmsted’s call fore every Catholic men to step “Into the Breach.” Into the Breach is a powerful Apostolic Exhortation which calls every Catholic man to grow in holiness and happiness by becoming better Catholic Sons and Catholic Fathers.
To help men grasp the powerful exhortation, the Knights of Columbus has produced a 12-part video series called “Into the Breach.”
The Knights have also produced a guide for families called Into the Breach: The Mission of the Family, a powerful call for men to grow in Catholic Fatherhood.
To counter the growing darkness of the world and the persecution of those who hold true to Christ and His life-giving teachings of the Church, the Knights are unifying, strengthening, and mobilizing men to take action to defend the truth and serve those in need, particularly in the battle against abortion. The Knights also continue to help thousands of men provide financial protection for their families through life insurance.
Catholic men can be blessed by joining the Knights of Columbus
In response to the growing man-crisis in the Church and the world, Bishop Thomas Olmsted issued his Apostolic Exhortation, Into the Breach, a stirring call to action for every Catholic man to awaken and respond to the call of Jesus Christ to build His Holy Catholic Church; “into the breach” (Ezek 22:30) refers to the ancient call of God to men to fill in the battle lines to defend against an attack. The Knights of Columbus are leading the charge to rally all Catholic men to respond to the heroic call to action in thousands of parishes around the world through the Into the Breach video series, which is widely available.
By joining the Knights and living a life dedicated to “stepping into the breach”, every Catholic man can grow in happiness by growing in the faith, living in charity, standing in unity, building fraternity, and being a patriotic citizen.
Growing in the faith
The Knights of Columbus have always had a strong emphasis on helping Catholic men grow in their faith lives. Today, the Knights have a broad stable of inspiring materials to help men become better Catholic Sons and Catholic Fathers and are investing in new ways to help men grow in their spiritual lives, including efforts like the video series, Into the Breach. Building off the broad efforts of the Knights, many local chapters of the Knights of Columbus work with their bishops to organize diocesan men’s conferences and with local priests to evangelize and catechize men and boys in parish-based events. By joining the Knights of Columbus, every Catholic man can take action to deepen his faith by learning with, and from, other men so he can become a better Catholic Son and Catholic Father.
Living for Charity
The Knights of Columbus remain dedicated to living a life of charity to which Jesus Christ calls every Catholic man. The Knights help men practice “hands-on” charity through the tireless support of the Knights in service of the priests in parishes on many local efforts and by mobilizing men to take action on other broad-based efforts sponsored by the Knights of Columbus including: building a culture of life, supporting those persecuted for the Catholic faith or those suffering due to war or disasters, providing food and clothing for the poor, and funding vocations to the priesthood and the military chaplaincy.
In addition to charitable programs, the Knights also extend charity by offering insurance to members to protect their families and by an established culture which rallies the Knights to support their brothers in times of difficulty and death.
By joining the Knights of Columbus, every Catholic man can put his faith into practice and join with other men to help draw others to Jesus Christ and build His Holy Catholic Church through real works of charity.
Standing in unity
Every Catholic man, no matter his current personal capabilities and where he is in his spiritual ascent towards Heaven, has been called and is accountable to Christ to build His Holy Catholic Church in love and service to God and others (Mt 25:31-46; 28:16-20). Through the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic man can be united with an established and faithful group of Catholic men who share a common commitment and passion to serve Christ and build His Church.
In these days of growing division, confusion and darkness in which age-old truth and common sense is being suppressed, every Catholic man can find the blessing of gathering with other faithful men in the Knights who are unified in “one mind” in Jesus Christ (1 Cor 1:10, 1 Pet 3:8) and His Holy Catholic Church; in this unity of belief in Christ, a man can find the peace and happiness of the truth, answers to every question, and the blessing of standing in unity and strength with millions of men in the Knights.
It is through drawing men together in unity that, as has been true across the ages, Catholic men will be ready and able to defend their families and the Church against any and all the attacks of Satan and the persecutions of the world.
One of the great failures of modern society is the growing isolation, loneliness and sorrow which has been caused by the breakdown of the family and by the retreat into the virtual world. Large numbers of men are alone and adrift, lacking a deep connection to their own fathers, the mentorship of older men, and true friendship with other men.
The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal organization of the Catholic Church which aspires to help men realize the truth that every Catholic man has many spiritual brothers in Christ and to draw men together in fraternity.
By joining the Knights, every Catholic man can come to know many men in his parish on a personal basis, spend time and grow in friendship, and build true and deep bonds of brotherhood with other men which are strengthened by a common commitment to Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church; through his friendships with other Knights, Catholic fathers can also help his spouse and children grow in the faith by drawing closer to other faithful Catholic families.
Being a Patriot
Many in the modern culture are filled with grievances, constant anger, and a growing hatred of the country in which they live; violent and destructive protests are increasingly common. As Jesus revealed, a house divided against itself cannot stand (Mk 3:25) and no country or society can avoid collapse if a sufficient portion of the society embraces hatred and rebellion.
The Knights of Columbus recognize the great blessing of the United States and other countries, and support the virtue of patriotism through expressing gratitude for one’s country and building Christ-focused men who strive to be good citizens. By joining the Knights, a man can be strengthened in his love of country and support the growth of patriotism in his own family, parish and local community.