Earlier this month, the 132nd International Convention of the Knights of Columbus was held in Orlando, Florida. The convention, held from August 5-7th, was attended by a staggering amount of clergymen and knights. 11 cardinals were amongst the nearly 90 archbishops and bishops who attended. Many clergy men and approximately 2000 knights were also in attendance, all united under the theme: “You Will All Be Brothers: Our Vocation to Fraternity“.
The keynote address was delivered at the opening dinner by Canada’s Gérald Lacroix, ISPX, archbishop of Québec and primate of Canada. There were 9 other Canadian archbishops and bishops at the opening dinner. In fact, the Canadian Knights were the stand out attendees. For the 5th year in a row, the Québec region donated the most money, totally $11.4 million. That amounts to over 16% of the total donations by the Knights in 2013 — all coming from one of the 70 regions the Knight’s recognize. Ontario placed second with $7.9 million.
A Canadian region also placed first in time volunteered per member. Prince Edward Island’s Knights volunteered 135 hours each. British Columbia took second with 114 hours per member, with two other Canadian regions in the top ten.
The Canadian knights received special congratulations from Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. Of their work he said, “The generosity of our members in Canada is an inspiring example to every member of our organization,” and later added, “This has been a special year for Canada.”
Canadian members also received special honors for recruiting new members and for the performance of agents of the Knight’s insurance products. Overall, the convention was a tremendous success and the Canadian members of Knight’s of Columbus are shining examples of what can be accomplished through goodness and charity.