State Deputy, Brad Grill, Says . . . .
“The Witness That Comes From Charity”
My Brother Knights, first, I would like to wish you and your family a blessed Christmas Season.
Recently, I read a quote from Pope Francis, “The witness that comes from charity, which is to worship God and serve others is what makes the Church grow.” When people observe the witness of what the Pope calls “humble charity,” they are drawn to come with you. This is the essence of Pope Francis’ message to us as Knights as we strive to fulfill the first principle of our order, CHARITY, and bring about the GROWTH of the Church and our Order.
During the last six months of my service as State Deputy, I will be making every effort to support our Order’s membership growth in the State of Missouri. Due to the aging population of the Order, bringing about significant reduction of membership due to deaths of our Brother Knights, transfers and ongoing suspensions in process, we must in the next six months, work hand-in-hand to bring in new Brother Knights to our Order. During the period of January, 1, 2014 through April 30, 2014 a new and critical membership drive will be undertaken, i.e., “In service with Pope Francis and Father McGivney Membership Drive”. I am requesting that each of my Brother Knights make an effort to contact five prospective Knights, inviting them to become members of our great Order. Each Brother Knight, as a proposer, will receive upon their prospective member taking his First Degree, the publication “Pope Francis: The Pope From the End of the Earth”. This book explores the life of Pope Francis, his background and present legacy with dramatic color photography, and I am sure each Brother Knight will be very pleased to have this publication. Our goal would be to have in excess of 1,000 new members brought into the Order during this membership drive, and there would be one book per proposer. The cost of this publication is substantial and this gift is only made possible due to the generosity of a deceased Brother Knight in northwestern Missouri who made a bequest to the State Council to assist our Order in its mission of charity. More details will be forthcoming in the near future regarding this new membership drive from the State Membership Team.
A final note regarding the upcoming membership drive is that this year’s quota by Supreme for the State of Missouri and new membership is 1,650 new Brother Knights. This number is based upon an analytical report of how many new knights are required to cover the attrition of the Order by death, suspension, transfer, etc. It is imperative that we attain our membership quota in order that we will be able to proceed to do all we must in charity and in support of our Church. Please help support our Order through “humble charity” and invite good Catholic men from our parishes and our communities to join our Order. Good Catholic men that might become better men and hopefully, great men in service with our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and help our Order and the Church grow.
Thank you again for your past and continuing efforts as a member of the Missouri Jurisdiction of the Knights of Columbus. I and Clarissa wish you and your family a happy and joyous Christmas Season.