And these programs will do one more thing: They will help make our parishes more family friendly, especially for young families. We take to heart our responsibility as leaders of the most important Catholic men’s organization in the world. What we do in our families and parishes will change the history of the Catholic Church in our communities and help to ensure its future.

Last November, the Knights of Columbus announced another new initiative: Building the Domestic Church While Strengthening Our Parish.  It combines two great traditions of the Knights of Columbus: building up Catholic family life and strengthening parish life.

Our councils thrive within the parish, and every parish can be strengthened by the work of a Knights of Columbus council. Within the parish, we can be a leaven and a witness.

With our thousands of parish-based councils, it is time that the Knights of Columbus step up and be a dynamic engine within the parish that promotes Catholic family life and new charitable initiatives, and that calls Catholic men to greater spiritual formation and evangelical action.