Faith in Action Programs
A new program model, titled Faith in Action, will take effect as the umbrella for Knights of Columbus-related activities beginning with the 2018-2019 fraternal year. Faith in Action replaces Surge… with Service, which was introduced nearly 50 years ago.
“This model is an evolution of the Building the Domestic Church While Strengthening Our Parish initiative that was introduced in November 2015,” Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson wrote in a letter to state deputies April 6. Faith in Action, the supreme knight explained, “embodies a simplified overall program structure, featuring four instead of six categories.”
Developed by the Supreme Council’s Fraternal Mission department, the Faith in Action model carries the Order’s unchanged mission into the challenges of a changing world. It includes a strong call to action and focuses on programs in four categories: Faith, Family, Community and Life.
Some other key points regarding the updated program model are:
• Councils should appoint individual faith, family, community and life directors. They will no longer need to appoint a youth or council director, as the Youth and Council categories have been consolidated into the Community, Faith and Family categories.
• The new model reduces the requirements to earn the Columbian Award, which recognizes excellence in programming and charitable outreach, to completing four programs in each of the four categories. To earn the award, there is one required program in each category, designed to enrich the spiritual life of the council, family and community. These are: a Spiritual Reflection Program; Consecration to the Holy Family; Helping Hands, and a Novena for Life.
• All current Supreme Council priority programs — denoted in bold below — will continue. Nine new recommended programs will be introduced.
Grow in faith and build a strong parish and Church. Aid priests and religious in formation, honor Mary, mother of God, and engage in serious spiritual reflections and religious education activities.
Strengthen families through faith and service. Socialize and pray with other faith-filled Catholic families through special events, religious services and volunteer opportunities.
Make a powerful difference in your community. Help those less fortunate with the basic human needs of clothing, shelter, mobility and compassion.
Create a culture of life. Assist pregnant women in need, care for the elderly, aid the handicapped and empower those with special needs to realize their full potential.