ORLANDO, Fla, August 14, 2014–Knights of Columbus St. Joseph Council 12405 in San Mateo, Rizal, Luzon, was honored with the International Service Award for Culture of Life Activities at the Knights’ 132nd international convention for its pro-life activities.
On March 25, wishing to commemorate the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord and to extend help to others, the council spent the day offering free ultrasounds, food and spiritual assistance to financially unstable pregnant mothers.
Seventy-nine women, including 23 teenagers, received the council’s services. In addition to the medical services, the council provided meals for the women and the family members who accompanied them.
In the months since the event, the council has continued to follow up with the attendees and has provided additional services for the women. The council took particular care of the youngest participant, a 15-year-old who gave birth to her child in April. Since then, the council has continued to support her and her child both financially and medically.
“The international awards presented at our supreme convention honor the year’s most exemplary service projects at the council level,” said Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “The work of each award winner helps underscore the great good that can be done when faith brings men together in the service of God and neighbor.”
The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by Father Michael McGivney, a parish priest in New Haven, Connecticut. With charity as its central commitment, the organization has grown to 1.8 million members worldwide. During the past year, Knights donated more than $170 million and more than 70.5 million hours of service to charitable causes. (Kaitlyn Landgraf)