State Chaplain’s Message

Brother Knights, a belated happy Independence Day,
and may God bless us all throughout the summer months.

I begin this message with a focus on Independence Day along with
fireworks, parades, fried chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, traffic jams and
flight delays; however, with real focus on family life, the gathering
of friends and neighbors, and prayer.

It must be a time for prayer and a time for the enjoyment of family life.
With family and friends, Christ told us to live as brothers and
sisters and to reach out to everyone. Let’s pray that we can live as one
in this Nation divided in so many ways.
At your Council meetings and gatherings this summer, reflect on
the importance of praying for our national leaders, the importance
of religious freedom, and the sanctity of marriage,
family life and all life. Try to attend Mass on August 12th ,
Father McGivney’s birth (1852), and on August 14th ,
Father McGivney’s death (1890). Make special effort to pray for his
beatification on these days. Don’t forget the Solemnity of the
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15th,
a holy day of obligation.

Please help people everywhere to understand how important the
Knights of Columbus are and the many charitable activities and works
we do. You can strengthen the Message and the Mission of the Connecticut
Knights of Columbus by good example and love of neighbor.
With a focus on our core principle “Patriotism” during this
Month of July, let me write down the lofty words inscribed on the
Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses
yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside
the golden door.” We Knights of Columbus, with devotion to God and
country, on the level of State Councils and the Supreme Council here
and worldwide, boast with a holy pride about how much we give flesh to
the words inscribed on the statue of Liberty when our hands reach
out and actually touch the hands of the poor and needy throughout
the world by our many activities and charitable works.

Vivat Jesus

Msgr. J. Peter Cullen