Our goal is to strengthen our men and their families in the faith. When we entered the Order, we were reminded to constantly inform ourselves in the Catholic faith. This formation goes beyond mere facts or religious practice to an authentic connection with a loving god and his son Jesus Christ. Programs in this category are designed to draw us closer to god and the Church in a tangible and meaningful way — whether through helping the future shepherds of the mother Church, quiet contemplation in a spiritual reflection program, or honoring Mary, mother of God. These programs should strive to arm us forth spiritual battle that our men and families face daily.
An opportunity for prayer and reflection together as a fraternity. Under the guidance of their Chaplain, Councils can attend a retreat or day of reflection together or perhaps organize their own event for the men of their parish.
Religious retreats are radically rejuvenating spiritual events that often leave a lasting impact on participants’ relationship to their faith. In conjunction with Pastors, Councils and Jurisdictions can hold low-cost retreats of their own. These events might be designed for only council members, or men of the parish, or may be open to entire families. Councils unable to organize these events themselves, could go as a group and attend a retreat in their area to satisfy the requirement.
McGivney Relic Pilgrimage Tour
This program consist of a McGivney Votive Mass or other Mass, or a McGivney Prayer Hour were a relic of Blessed Michael McGivney is present. If the relic is present at a Mass which is not a McGivney Votive Mass, it would be appropriate to recite the McGivney Litany or McGivney Canonization Prayer. Guidelines for the Mass and how to treat the relic are provided. Councils hosting a relic Mass or other event associated with the relic will receive credit for a Faith Program.
RSVP & Vocations Support
Vocations to the Priesthood and religious life are nurtured in the individual’s home life. Organize programs that encourage individual to discern their own vocation and to answer the call to religious life. The RSVP Program has been established for a way that councils can assist those that enter the seminary or religious – providing financial and moral support.
Stations of the Cross & Benediction
On Palm Sunday, Knights and their families gather at the Shrine of Saint Margaret in Bridgeport for the Stations of the Cross and Benediction. Councils are encouraged to promote attendance at this event.
Marian Icon Prayer Program
The Icon for this year is dedicated to St Joseph in honor of the Year of St Joseph. This Icon is not available yet and expected in November 2021. The Icon will be traveling through the Districts beginning in November 2021 and ending November 2023. Councils are encouraged to conduct this program in their parishes during the 2 month period it is in their District. If there are any questions contact PSD F. Joseph Murphy, Marian Icon Chairman.
Annually Knights gather at Lourdes of Litchfield (October) and at Ender’s Island (May) to recite the rosary as a group for various intentions, as well as personal intentions for those present. Councils are encouraged to promote attendance at these events.
Vocation Poster Contest
The Vocation Poster Contest encourages young people to design their own message to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life for men and women. This contest is open to religious education and Catholic school students from 1st Grade thru 8th Grade. Competition is broken down into four categories based on age.