I’ve only been with the knights since '94 but I’ve been Treasurer for the last 3 years and I’m a past grand knight.
Let me count the ways,
1.), the KC gives over 100 MILLION dollars to various charities, including 5 million dollars to the Popes for any charity that the popes decides to give it too.
2.) the KC volunteers over 150 million manhours working in the parish, community, with families, the homeless, the handicapped etc.
My council alone:
3.) gave over 25,000 to charity last year,
4.) we(my council alone) supports 16 kids with tuition scholarships to about 7 or 8 Catholic high schools,
5.) we gave three $500 stipends to one novice and 2 seminarians (bascially to assist with tuition or to use as they please) (and we have done this for each and every year that I know of - I’ve been knight since 1995).
6.) For the past 15 years we have held an annual Teachers Appreciation Program for the Catholic school teachers from our 6 parish schools.
7.) We make donations ranging from $50 to 200 or 300 to about 60 local, nation wide or global charities.
- ) we run family programs and youth programs every year including a chess tournament, soccer shootout, writing contest, art contest, basketball free throw contests. We have had low or minimal cost dance lessons, computer classes.
9.) We hold memorial masses, pro-life events, communion breakfasts, socials such at Ocktoberfests, New Years Eve parties,
10.) we lobby local politicians to uphold Catholic interests including pro-life and pro-Catholic schools issues. We march in the annual pro-life rally by the mall. We set up memorials to the unborn at the parishes.
11.) we usher at all the parishes and the National Shrine of Our Lady in DC.
12.) We are eucharistic ministers, members of the pastoral council, members of the choirs, decons, priests (there over 25,000 priests in the KC, many bishops and cardinals including Cardinal McCarrick of DC and Cardinal Keeler)
13.) Our district raised over 65,000 last year for the local mentally handicapped through our annual Tootsie Roll program.
Basically we do anything and everything Catholics are supposed to do, but we are ever vigiliant to avoid doing things that may reflect poorly on our faith.
The Pope (JPII) called us “defenders of the faith”. We are at his service.
Other than the above, we don’t do much of anything and probably should be disbanded…
The real question is: " Why are YOU (and every other Catholic gentleman) NOT a knight ???"