College Conference Recognizes Founder
Young Knights see Father McGivney as example
College Conference Advisory Board members stand with Supreme Knight Carl Anderson in front of a statue of Father McGivney at the New Haven headquarters. At the far left is Robert Rauch, manager of College Councils and Young Adult Outreach.
When college Knights gathered in New Haven, Conn., for their annual conference, devotion to Venerable Father Michael McGivney was part of the proceedings. Recognizing that Father McGivney set an example of achievement at a young age by founding the Order when he was 29 years old, the college Knights invoked his intercession for the success of the conference and prayed for his canonization.
Held Sept. 30-Oct. 2, at a hotel a few blocks from St. Mary’s Church, the birthplace of the Order, the 2016 College Conference brought together about 200 Knights from 80 college councils. A highlight of the three-day meeting was Mass offered in St. Mary’s, where the young Knights gathered about the tomb of Father McGivney, located near the entrance of the church, and prayed for his canonization. The principal celebrant and homilist of the Mass was Dominican Father Jonathan Kalisch, director of chaplains and spiritual development for the Supreme Council.
College Knights also toured the Knights of Columbus Museum, where they learned about the history of the Order and viewed the cassock of Father McGivney and other relics related to the holy founder.
At the awards banquet, Council 1477 at the University of Notre Dame was named the year’s Outstanding College Council for excellence in membership recruitment and retention, and for charitable outreach on campus and in the community. An inspiring keynote address was delivered by retired Maj. Gen. Michael Regner of the United States Marine Corps, a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus. He urged the college Knights to remember three things as they go forward in life: faith, family and friends.
“You’ve got to ask yourself when you are done with college, where will you give back. For some of you it may be the military, for others the community. Some may teach, some work for Catholic charities, wherever,” he said. “Own your faith. When you leave college, you will have to learn to balance your faith, your employment and the other aspects of your life.”