On his second trip to Poland and Ukraine this year, Dec. 2-6, Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly offered a message of solidarity and a commitment of continued support to both refugees in Poland and internally displaced persons in Ukraine. He met with government officials and Catholic leaders, and he saw first hand many humanitarian relief efforts supported by the Knights of Columbus.
Knights in Lviv gather with Supreme Knight Kelly Dec. 6 outside of the warehouse which regularly receives pallets of care packages and other goods delivered by K of C Charity Convoys from Poland.
Solidarity and Support
Throughout his most recent trip to Poland and Ukraine, the supreme knight offered a message of solidarity and support to government officials, Catholic leaders and those who are served by the Order’s humanitarian efforts in regions there that have been affected by the war.
“My message to you is this,” the supreme knight told his brother Knights. “You are not alone. You are doing so much, and we want to walk side-by-side with you.”
Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington helps distribute coats to children at a Coats for Kids event in Washington, D.C., on Black Friday, Nov. 25..
Knights Provide Coats for Kids Over Thanksgiving Weekend
Since its inception in 1995, the Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program has provided warm winter coats to hundreds of thousands of children in need living in cold climates in the United States, Canada and overseas. Over Thanksgiving weekend, Knights distributed thousands of free coats at events held across the United States. To learn more, visit
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On Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, veterans and visitors from all over the world gather at the Pearl Harbor Memorial in Hawaii to honor and remember the 2,403 service members and civilians who were killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Nearly half the casualties that day came from a single battleship: the USS Arizona. Twenty-year-old quartermaster Louis Conter was one of only 335 Arizona sailors to survive. Now, at age 101, the Knight of Columbus is one of just two men who can tell the story of that day from personal memory.
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