Friday, July 31, 2009
Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention to Be Televised Live on CatholicTV
CatholicTV will air events occurring during the Knights of Columbus 127th Supreme Convention, live from Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday, Aug. 4. The broadcast will begin with the live Mass at 12:30 p.m (all times Eastern). The broadcast will continue with the live Opening Session at 4 p.m. and will end with the live State’s Dinner at 10:30 p.m. (90 min.). Rebroadcasts will take place. The State’s Dinner will include a keynote presentation by Cardinal Francis George of Chicago.
The liturgy will be celebrated by Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix. As host ordinary, he will also be the homilist. There are typically 70 cardinals/bishops and as many priests who concelebrate the Mass, which should last approximately 90 minutes.
The convention brings together Knights from all over the nation. The convention will include business sessions and the annual report of activities which the Knights have been engaged in throughout the year. Of particular interest is the Fatherhood initiative and program, Fathers for Good, which was announced by Supreme Knight Carl Anderson at last year’s Supreme Convention in Quebec City, Canada. The new program is a 21st Century evolution of the organization's long tradition of building better marriages and stronger families. A special website for the initiative, www.fathersforgood.org was launched one year ago and has provided family, spiritual, and informational guidance to families.
To honor and recognize the contributions of the Knights of Columbus, CatholicTV will broadcast special presentations featuring the Knights and productions which the Knights have supported. These will include “Fishers of Men” and a 5 part award-winning documentary on vocations to marriage, religious life, vocation of the laity, and the priesthood. Also a newly produced program called “Crowning Achievement”- a program that follows the restoration of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, CT, birthplace of the Knights of Columbus will also air on CatholicTV.
All of this can be seen live at CatholicTV.com and also on CatholicTV in available areas.
About the Knights of Columbus:
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal organization with 1.75 million members throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland and a number of other countries. Annually, Knights of Columbus donate more than $143 million to charity and volunteer more than 64 million hours to their parishes and communities. The organization was founded in 1882 by the Venerable Servant of God Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being considered by the Vatican.