Dear Friends in Christ,
From the moment I arrived in the Diocese of Saginaw two years ago, it was apparent to me that the Knights of Columbus play an important role in the life of this local Church. Their commitment to the Church as a fraternal organization and service to this diocese as members of our parishes is an outstanding witness of the vision of the Knight’s founder, the Venerable Michael J. McGivney.
Since their humble beginning in 1882, the Knights of Columbus have grown to become an international organization that is 1.8 million men strong, who support our Catholic Church by putting their faith into action. Last year, Knights around the world rolled up their sleeves and contributed more than 653 million hours of volunteer service to charitable causes and donated more than $1.4 billion to charity.
Locally, our Knights actively work behind the scenes at numerous parish and diocesan events, participate in parish ministries and civic charities, and prayerfully and financially support seminarians. Currently, the Knights are assisting with Council and Assembly donations for the purchase of new Roman Missals for all parishes and Catholic institutions in our diocese.
As a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, I am extremely proud of and thankful for all that my brother Knights do for our Diocese and the Church at large. Words cannot adequately express the gratitude felt by so many of our pastors, pastoral administrators, and my staff at the Diocesan Center for all their faithful and generous stewardship of time, talent and treasure.
For those of you who are not yet members of the Knights of Columbus, I would like to invite you to consider becoming an active member. I assure you that, in the words of Pope Benedict XVI to the Knights during his Pastoral Visit to the United States in 2008, “Together we can accomplish great things to build up the Church.”
With prayerful best wishes, I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+ Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone, D.D.
Bishop of Saginaw
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