Indiana bishop urges Fightin’ Irish to join Knights

Catholic News Agency | 1/30/2019 | Staff
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South Bend, Ind., Jan 30, 2019 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has encouraged students at the University of Notre Dame to join the Knights of Columbus.

Rhodes, whose diocese includes the college, made the invitation in a January 30 letter to the editor in The Observer, a student-run newspaper for the universities of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s. The letter asked all male students to consider joining the fraternal society.

Years - Knights - Years - Ordination - Bishop

“In the years that I have been involved with the Knights, and particularly in the years since my ordination as a bishop, I have come to appreciate the many ways in which this fraternal order enhances the lives of its members and families and also serves the Church in many and diverse ways,” Rhoades said in the letter.

Rhoades highlighted the extensive charitable work done by the group, pointing out that last year the Knights donated more than $177 million to charitable purposes ($185 according to the Knights themselves) as well as completing more than 75 million volunteer hours for various service projects. There are about 2 million members of the Knights worldwide.

Knights - Columbus - Eye - Weeks - Senators

The Knights of Columbus has been in the public eye in recent weeks, after senators questioned a judicial nominee about his membership of the group, asking whether it could disqualify him from serving impartially as a judge.

In December, Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) questioned a judicial nominee about his membership in the Knights of Columbus, and asked if he would quit the organization if he were confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. The senators characterized the group as one with “extreme positions” on abortion and gay marriage.

Nominee - Brian - C - Buescher - Plans

The nominee, Brian C. Buescher, said that he had no plans to resign from the Knights of...
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