Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois was in attendance to accept $16,500 from the Knights to help support the young men who are studying to be priests in the Springfield diocese.
“Today we will be providing support to a group of men who will very soon be administering the sacraments to congregations of their very own in the Springfield diocese,” said Council Grand Knight Jerry Klostermann. “This is an annual tradition that dates back to Harvey Jakel who was Grand Knight in 1988.”
Over the past 28 years, the Highland Knights have contributed more than $375,000 for vocations.
Bishop Paprocki said he feels like a “proud papa” when he looks at the seminarians who are currently studying to be priests. Currently, there are 25 young men who are continuing their paths to priesthood.
The Highland Council is very blessed to have the opportunity to provide spiritual and financial means to their local seminarian Rafal Prychla. This year, the council is providing $500 each to the 25 seminarians and financial support for vocations within the Springfield diocese.
As noted in the event’s program, the financial resources “will go a long way in assisting these dedicated men who have received the call to the vocation of the priesthood.”
There are many challenges for young people, especially Catholic students who are attending universities today. Bishop Paprocki spoke of the current issues concerning transgender or sex reassignment.
The financial support from the Knights also goes to assist those students attending secular colleges and universities to enable them to practice their faith in Newman Centers.
Lastly, these resources will be used to promote ongoing pro-life activities to maintain our commitment to life, “from conception to natural death.”
The Knights also donated $1,500 toward Relevant Pregnancy Options Center. Tricia Blasdel, director of the center, was on hand to accept the donation.
The Highland Knights of Columbus expects to again meet all of their vocations, Newman and pro-life goals set forth by the Illinois Knights of Columbus Council in 2017. These fraternal goals total more than $6,000 and would be impossible to meet without the generous support from the members and those who support the Knights of Columbus.
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