The Knights of Columbus offers men a place to lead their families and communities in faith and service and put their Faith into Action. Knights of Columbus members, parishes, and families have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference through numerous Life Programs from the Supreme Council and State Council. These programs empower Knights to come together to share faith, celebrate fraternity with loved ones, and do what they do best — stand shoulder-to-shoulder in service to the community and to vigorously defend life and the dignity of each human being at every stage of life.
Respect for the dignity of life demands a commitment to human rights across a broad spectrum. Knights work together to build a manifestation of life and a civilization of love through these important Life programs. Your council should stand ready to care for the sick or elderly, aid the handicapped, empower those with special needs to realize their full potential, assist any pregnant woman in need, and bring attention to the injustices of abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, and assisted suicide.
Additionally, there are many people with special needs living in our communities, and we interact with many of them on a daily basis. The quality of life of every person is very important and how we care for the needs and dignity of each individual may even affect the lives of our family or friends. We need to remember that we are all God’s children and He is the one who gives us rights, dignity, and worth. Education and financial support of these programs is crucial for discouraging the myths that are often used to justify actions contrary to life. We must show that life, at any age, can be lived to its fullest, with joy and satisfaction, according to God’s time-table. We are called by Christ through our Catholic Social Teaching to protect the weak and the vulnerable, to care for the needy, and to treat all persons with respect and dignity.
Please familiarize yourself with these Life Programs so that you can not only give financial support, but conduct programs to raise awareness and provide prayers and assistance where needed most. Detailed information about each program is available in the Grand Knight Handbook, which is available by logging into this site and selecting “Resources, Manuals, & Directories”, then “Grand Knight Resources”. Additionally, please remember to publicize your program accomplishments for all to see and to submit reports not just for the awards, but to recognize the thousands of hours of hard work and meaningful contributions of our dedicated and valued members. By working together in unity and fraternity with our Brother Knights and families, our faith-filled programs and charitable outreach will bring spiritual growth to each of us, comforting hope to those in need, and immense joy and fulfillment in giving to others. May God bless you for the important work you do for our Order and our Catholic Church and may your extraordinary and selfless service deepen your faith and bring you closer to our Lord. Vivat Jesus!
Martin Boyle, FDD
New Jersey State Council
State Council Life Programs:
1. Deborah Hospital Support - LINK
State Chairman: Andrew Julia, FDD
2. Fund Drive for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities - LINK
State Chairman: Gary L. Seals, FDD
3. Mass for People with Special Needs - LINK
State Chairman: Gary L. Seals, FDD
4. Novena for Life (MANDATORY PROGRAM) - LINK
State Chairman: Peter Kueken, Jr., FDD
5. Organ Donor Program - LINK
State Chairman: Greg Ryan
6. Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics New Jersey - February 2020 - LINK
State Chairman: John A. Gazis, FDD
7. Pregnancy Center Support - LINK
State Chairman: Dan Farago, PGK
8. Safe Environment Program (MANDATORY PROGRAM) - LINK
State Chairman: James P. Sweeney, State Advocate
Information Guide: LINK, Handbooks: LINK
Help: LINK, Training Login: LINK, Administration Login: LINK
9. Silver Rose Program - Our Lady of Guadalupe - LINK
State Chairman: Michael Choma, FDD
10. Special Olympics (Featured Program) - LINK
State Chairman: William J. Zika
11. Support for Persecuted Christians / Christian Refugee Relief - LINK
State Chairman: Peter Walentowicz, FDD