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The Knights of Columbus' annual report includes its "charitable contributions" for 2012.

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  • Knights of Charity 6

    Membership Growth 17

    Youth 20

    The Fourth Degree Knights and

    the Armed Forces 23

    Insurance and Investments 27

    Knights and the Church 32

    Faithful Citizenship 38

    Culture of Life 41

    Charitable Contributions 46

    Financial and Fraternal Highlights 54

    Table of Contents

    Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and Supreme WardenGeorge Hanna help to unload a truckload of suppliesfor victims of Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island.

    COVER: Mission Concepcin in San Antonio, Texas. Getty Images, 2013

  • BEPROTECTORS

    OFGODSGIFTS

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    Supreme Knight Carl Anderson helps a child put on a newcoat during a Coats for Kids event held the day afterThanksgiving in Bridgeport, Conn.

    Annual Report of the

    SUPREME KNIGHT131ST SUPREME CONVENTION SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, AUGUST 6, 2013

    From Alaska toArgentina,

    San Fernando Cathedral. ( Getty Images, 2013)

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    the continent we know asAmerica has been shaped bymany important forces, amongthem: evangelization,immigration and the quest forfreedom. And what is true ofour continent is true also ofSan Antonio. The history ofthis nearly 300-year-old cityindeed bears witness to thepower of each of theseelements.

    Its Catholic roots run deep.San Antonio houses the oldeststanding church building inTexas. That church is only afew miles from here, and itsfirst patroness was theBlessed Virgin Mary under hertitles Our Lady of Candelariaand Our Lady of Guadalupe.1

    Better known as San FernandoCathedral, it is also one of theoldest cathedrals in the UnitedStates.

    Beginning in the early 1700s,San Antonio was an importantcenter for the evangelization ofthe New World. Franciscanmissionaries founded fivemissions here, which formthe largest cluster of Spanishmissions in the United States.2

    These missionaries included

    men like Venerable FatherAntonio Margil de Jess. Bornin Spain, he preached theGospel message tirelesslythroughout Central America,Mexico and Texas during thelate 17th and early 18thcenturies. And here in SanAntonio he founded MissionSan Jos, the most successfulmission in Texas.3

    The work of these bravemissionaries transformedAmerica into a Catholiccontinent and San Antonio into

    a Catholic city. They broughtthe gift of faith to those whodidnt have it and reaffirmed itfor those that did.

    The citys best-known mission,San Antonio de Valero, isperhaps the most famous of allthe American missions notfor its evangelization, but forits role in securing Texasindependence. Today, thatmission is better known as theAlamo.

    For the defenders of the

  • Mission Concepcin in San Antonio, Texas. ( Getty Images, 2013)

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    And as outlined in the book LaCristiada, which we recently helpedpublish in English, the Knights ofColumbus Supreme Council workeddiligently for a peaceful end to thepersecution in Mexico. And here inTexas and throughout theSouthwest, Knights aided many oftheir Catholic brothers and sisterswho had fled north during thisdifficult period.

    Evangelization, immigration and adesire for freedom shaped ourcontinent and this great city. And ifthere is a common thread in each ofthese shaping elements, it is thatour faith, our lives and our freedomare all gifts from God to beprotected.

    And so, in this city named for St.Anthony, a spiritual son of St.Francis, it gives me great pleasureto announce this years conventiontheme, taken from the first homilyof our Holy Father Pope Francis:Be Protectors of Gods Gifts.

    My brother Knights, with this themeI ask you to continue with andexpand upon the good works youdo. For over the past year you havebeen good stewards of Gods gifts!Our Order is stronger today thanever before, and, my brotherKnights, the best is yet to come!

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    Alamo freedom was a God-given gift worth defending nomatter the cost.

    But who were these Texanswho were willing to risk theirlives for freedom?

    Most were immigrants to this land or the children of immigrants. Some hadroots in Mexico, others in theUnited States. In fact, so greatwas the allure of Texas as aland of promise that in theearly 19th century, aConnecticut Yankee namedMoses sought to immigrate toTexas along with hundreds ofAmerican families. Moses lastname was Austin, and thoughhe died before his dream couldbe fulfilled, his son, StephenAustin, for whom the capitol ofTexas is named, led 300 settlerfamilies to Texas.4

    And thus it came to be thatAmerican Texans foughtalongside Mexican Texans.

    Most of us remember thenames of famous men whofought and died at the Alamo men like Davy Crockett,William Travis and Jim Bowie.

    But alongside these famousmen died those with nameslike Andrs Nava and JuanAntonio Badillo. They cameto the Alamo along with manyothers under the commandof Colonel Juan Segun.5 Youmay remember Segun as the

    defender of the Alamo whosurvived, for shortly before thefinal battle, he was sent outwith a message that askedColonel Fannin to march to therescue.6

    According to an 1837 article inthe Telegraph and TexasRegister attributed to Segun,after the battle for the Alamo, hereturned to San Antonio. There,Segun ordered that the ashesof his comrades be collectedand placed in a coffin on whichhe inscribed the names ofBowie, Crockett and Travis.The remains were transportedin a coffin to San FernandoCathedral; the bells tolled, and inthe church a Texian flag, a rifleand a sword were placed atopthe coffin.7

    Wherever they hailed fromoriginally, all of these menappreciated the great gifts ofthis land and of freedom, andthey worked to protect thesegifts for themselves and theirchildren.

    Religion and immigration foundthemselves intertwined againin the early 20th century when,more than once, San Antoniobecame the refuge for manyMexicans who loved freedom.This included bishops, priestsand lay people fleeing religiousintolerance and even outrightpersecution at the hands ofthe Mexican government,especially in the 1920s andinto the 30s.

    Bishop Rafael Guizar Valencia,a brother Knight who is now asaint, was among those whofled here. So too was theprimate of Mexico, ArchbishopJos Mora y del Rio. Theydidnt come here for a betterlife. They came here to protectthe gift of life that God hadgiven them, so that they couldprotect Gods gifts of faith andfreedom that had been givento their flock.

    These men of God did not sitidly by. They evangelized thepeople, and they preached andadministered the sacraments.They prayed for their countryand its freedom, offering Massat San Fernando Cathedral inJune 1927 for the restorationof religious liberty in theirhomeland.8

    Not far from here inCastroville, Texas, a seminarywas established for exiledMexican seminarians, fundedin part by the Knights ofColumbus.9 Brother KnightPedro de Jess Maldonadowas one of the exiled whocame to Texas to attend aseminary in El Paso. After hisordination, Fr. Maldonadoreturned to Mexico, anddespite repeated threats to hislife he refused to leave hispeople. In 1937 he wasbrutally martyred on AshWednesday. The relic of SaintPedro Maldonado was amongthose venerated today duringour Opening Mass.

  • Pope Francis washes the foot of a prison inmate during the Holy Thursday Massof the Lord's Supper at Rome's Casal del Marmo prison for minors March 28.(CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

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    increase of more than $9.4million set a record of$167,549,817 donated lastyear.

    For the fourth year in a row,Quebec led all jurisdictionswith charitable donations of$10,697,210. Ontario wasnumber two, with $7.9 million,followed by Texas, California,Michigan, Illinois, Florida, NewJersey, New York andMindanao.

    Volunteer time donated byKnights of Columbus alsoclimbed to a new record high,reaching 70,113,207 hours.Independent Sector valueseach hour donated in 2012 at$22.14. That means that thetime donated by Knights tocharity last year was worth$1,552,306,402.98, andthe value of the more than673 million hours donated inthe past decade totals$13,348,436,513.58.

    Our jurisdictions in thePhilippines continued to showthe way in volunteering theirtime. Mindanao and Luzontook first and second placeamong all jurisdictions, with5,817,380 and 4,922,037hours respectively. Texas,California, Florida, Ontario,Illinois, Quebec, Pennsylvaniaand Michigan round out thetop 10.

    When it comes to the amountof time volunteered per

    member, four Canadianjurisdictions were in the top10, and Prince Edward Islandwas number one with 144.8hours donated per member.Alaska was number two, with110.3 hours per member,followed by British Columbia,Delaware, the District ofColumbia, Nova Scotia,Saskatchewan, Arizona,

    Washington State andMindanao.

    Overall, Knights last yeardonated an average of $91.33and 38 hours of their time tocharity with our Order.

    Our commitment to servingothers is nowhere moreapparent than in our long-time

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    KNIGHTSOF CHARITYDuring the past several months, the world has been transfixed by the personal witnessto charity of Pope Francis.

    He has lived his life as pope as he had lived hislife previously as priest, provincial superior andarchbishop in solidarity with the poor, thesick and the forgotten.

    The Knights of Columbus was blessed to havethe two encyclicals on charity of Pope BenedictXVI, which encouraged us to even greaterservice to our neighbor. We continue to beblessed by the incredible personal witness ofPope Francis, whose leadership in charitythrough his teaching and personal actions arean example for every member of this Order.