SK Ethan Kelley
Deputy Grand Knight
Ethan is a Senior in the Elliott School of International Affairs
SK Stephen Coutcher
Stephen is a Junior in the Elliott School of International Affairs
Why join the Knights? Perhaps the question should be why not join the Knights? If you are a practicing Catholic Male, who is 18 years old, why would you not join the largest Catholic fraternity in the world? The Knights have been at the forefront in defending our Holy Mother Church, and the precepts laid down by our Lord Jesus Christ. There is nothing more noble, so, once again, why not join?
At the beginning of the fraternal year, Grand Knight Patrick Ambrogio touched on the State of our Council, exploring the dictatorship of relativism that students can fall into on secular college campuses. He charged us to be men of conviction, to awaken the flame of God-given truth in the hearts of not only our fellow students, but our professors, our families, and our communities.
To be a Knight, to be given this responsibility, is a solemn honor. We are more than proud to be that voice, that assurance, that Christ is still the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
On a personal level, being a Knight is truly a transformative experience. Numerous are the testimonials from College Knights who have found their faith awakened, enhanced, and, for some, restored by the work of our Order. Being on a secular campus, it can be hard to craft an identity that remains true to our faith. Our fellow students can be quick to scoff and judge, and feelings of isolation then permeate. We choose to view this not as a cross to bear, rather an opportunity to teach others about our faith, and serve the community, unabashedly, in Jesus’ name.
For those seeking community, fraternity, and service rooted in the morals of the Roman Catholic Faith, the Knights of Columbus are there. For those seeking strength at a time when our faith must be strongest, the Knights of Columbus are there. For those longing to make a difference in the community, and in the Church, the Knights are there. For those seeking assistance, the Knights have been there, and so it is appropriate that our Program model, Faith In Action, exists to fulfill all which we have promised to protect and defend.
Faith, Family, Community, and Life. The four pillars of Faith In Action allow our Council to assist those in need. Never underestimate what good we can do as college students in the heart of our nation’s capital. There is so much potential that can be achieved through Faith In Action, and such a difference that can be made in the D.C. and Foggy Bottom Community.
For all the good our Council has done in years past, it can only be as good as what we will do in the future. This is why we need men of conviction, men who are Catholic stalwarts to continue to carry the torch for future generations. Knighthood is one of the greatest opportunities that you may experience in life, so why not join?