People like being noticed for their work even if they think it’s not necessary to receive an award for helping others. Members of the Knights of Columbus are no exception.
The Knights honored one family and several councils for a job well done during their 126th Supreme Convention Aug. 5-7 in Quebec City.
Dr. Mario Loomis, a member of St. John’s Council 1106 in Goshen, N.Y., and his family received the Family of the Year Award.
Loomis is active with Doctors Without Borders, a humanitarian group whose members provide medical care and advocate for people threatened by violence, famine or catastrophe around the world. He also participates in Light of the World charities to help alleviate poverty. If that’s not enough, he volunteers to correct cleft palate deformities in children.
He’s not the only family members helping others. His wife, Donna, works with A Drop of Clear Water, a Catholic teen support program that stresses prayer, chastity and charity. She also homeschools the couple’s four children, Joseph, 17, Rebecca, 17, Gabriel, 7, and Teresa, 4.
Joseph is involved with the Knights’ Squire program for teenagers and he produced a video aimed at teens considering a religious vocation.
In addition to the Loomis family, the Knights honored the St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Council 13294 in Woodstock, Md. with the Family Activities Award; the San Marco Evangelista Council 13910 in Paraiso, Tabasco, Mexico, with the Community Activities Award; the Mary, Mother of God Council 11847 in Paranaque City, Philippines, with the Youth Activities Award; the Archbishop James V. Casey Council 9349 in LIttleton, Colo., with the Council Activities Award; and the Father Simpson and Father Dwyer Council 6191 in Edinboro, Pa., with the Church Activities Award.
The convention, by the way, is a gala event with for the delegates to reacquaint themselves with old friends and make new ones. Catholic News Service offered comprehensive coverage of this year’s convention, where the delegates had the chance to hear from speakers, listen to reports, worship at Mass, and enjoy hospitality during the annual States Dinner. The three-day affair also offered the Knights to speak out by adopting resolutions on important issues of the day.
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