Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of May 6, 2002
Knights walk the road of prayer
Spiritual activities highlight annual K of C convention
By GLEN ARGAN
"We need to be bold and courageous in defence of our Church and priests."
- Leo Klein
Barber earlier told the convention the Knights are holding an international Eucharistic conference on June 22-23. Local councils are also being urged to hold similar conferences "to honour Our Lord's presence in the Eucharist."
The Knights also donated US$1 million to be used to develop Duc Altum Park in Toronto for use for the sacrament of Reconciliation during World Youth Day in July.
The order wants to encourage "a wide use of this sacrament which in our day and age has been somewhat deflected," Barber said.
During their convention, the Knights passed a resolution urging governments to ban abortion and euthanasia and also to "de-list" it from medical procedures covered by medicare.
Klein noted that opposition to abortion and euthanasia has been "a vital program for the Knights for many years." The order provides financial support and manpower for many pro-life groups.
They now also recognize the need to do a lot of lobbying with governments to stop abortion and prevent euthanasia from being legalized, he said.
The order also passed several other resolutions, including one calling for decency in the public media and another urging that government programs and laws ensure that basic human needs are met "based on the principle of serving the public good."
The main event of the convention, the State Deputy's Banquet, packed more than 600 people into the Westin Hotel ballroom. Klein said that was likely the largest-ever crowd for the event.
The Knights, an organization founded in 1882 to provide assistance to widows of deceased members, also made major gains in their insurance section.
Marc Bouchard, Alberta-NWT's general insurance agent, said the agency issued $151 million of insurance in the past year - a record for any of the 135 agencies in the entire order. It consistently ranks in the top three K of C agencies.
The Knights gave out numerous awards during the convention with Edmonton's one-year-old mainly Filipino council, Nazareno Council 12904, coming out the big winner.
It was named council of the year and its grand knight, Teddy Tuazon, won grand knight of the year honours.
Klein said the council has had a phenomenal number of activities. "It's really nice to see a new council like that."
Other major award winners were:
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