I wonder if this could be developed into its own section.
I belong to two Catholic fraternal orders, the Knights and the Hibernians. I also seem to be one of the younger members (and I’m in my middle 40s!!!).
It really troubles me when I see family heirlooms (Uncle Bob’s 4th degree regalia, etc.) auctioned off on E-Bay.
I feel that with families being so split up by work and employers, moved across the country from parents and kin, that there is a real opportunity or NEED for such organizations to help put an arm around these younger guys. Otherwise, they’re getting advice from same-aged co-workers and single friends and the rest of us scratch our heads and wonder about why the divorce rate is so high.
I’d like to see a place established to exchange tips suggestions and moral support for fraternal members who are trying to improve their parishes.