A Message of Welcome from our Grand Knight
My name is Matt Oryschak and I am pleased to be serving as Grand Knight of the Fr. Bonner Council 7599 Knights of Columbus for the 2018–2019 Columbian Year. On behalf of our Council of nearly 500 members (at last count) I would like to welcome you to the online home of our Council, which is proud to make its home at St. Thomas More parish in South Edmonton (Alberta, Canada). We are a subsidiary Council within District 13 of the Alberta-Northwest Territories State jurisdiction.
Our goals have been and will always be based on the four foundational principles of our Order;
Charity | Unity | Fraternity | Patriotism
Emanating from these principles, we have developed a roster of programming for the 2018-19 Columbian Year using the newly designed 'Faith In Action' program structure, which replaces the older 'Surge With Service' programming structure.
The Faith In Action program structure focuses on engaging families through programming in 4 key areas:
- Community - programming that focuses on building stronger bonds within our faith community and also engaging the broader community through activities designed to serve the underprivileged and marginalized;
- Faith - programming that focuses on deepening connection to our faith through liturgical and extra-liturgical devotions and activities;
- Family - programming that focuses on strengthening bonds within families with the particular aim of assisting in the formation of youth, promotion of Catholic education, and religious vocations; and,
- Life - programming that seeks to promote the inherent dignity of every human life through engaging in relevant issues including abortion, euthanasia, human trafficking, prostitution, elder abuse, and social inclusion of persons with disabilities.
(For more information about the Faith In Action program please visit the program's homepage at KofC.org)
While the Knights of Columbus do some fundraising, we are first and foremost a Catholic service organization that Pope St. John Paul II referred to famously as 'the strong right arm of the Church'. Our members and their families are active in numerous liturgical ministries and other groups within the parish of St. Thomas More. We also work cooperatively with other service groups such as the Catholic Women's League and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to achieve common objectives.
If you are a Catholic gentleman but not yet a Knight, I would like to extend a personal invitation to you to consider joining us to be a strong voice in support of the church, the family, life issues, vocations and Catholic education. Membership is open to men 18 years and over who are practical Catholics as defined by the Church.
If you are interested in learning more about the Knights of Columbus and/or our Council specifically, please contact us and one of our members will be happy to answer your questions. We regularly hold two membership drives per year - in October and February/March within St. Thomas More Parish.
Grand Knight 2018–2019
Father Bonner Council #7599