Vol. 4, 2016-2017
Knights are special men who take solemn vows to protect our Church and religious and to obey the orders of those officers over us.Knights also are leaders.Leaders lead by their actions.The community, your parish, and your friends and family look to you as a Knight to do the right thing and be a leader against evil.
Did you know the Knights form an integrated defense for our children and elderly? Your leadership and unselfish dedication form the basis of this defense against evil.
Let us look at why some Knights may be required to take SAFE and VIRTUS (your Diocese may call the training Ethics and Integrity or another name) training.
Assume you are put in charge of making sure that no child or elderly person is harmed physically, emotionally, or financially.How do you ensure you have zero incidents of abuse?
You start with analyzing the problem and forming a strategy to safeguard our most vulnerable.
So let’s begin our analysis of how to protect children, elderly, and vulnerable:
Turning back to our duty to protect all children, elderly, and vulnerable people, the Knights can be a powerful new line of defense for our church to protect all, TRUE?True.
Knights employing our principles of unity and fraternity form a layer of defense for our priests and church against evil.A council of Knights, united and observant of situations that could lead to harm for a child or elderly are a valuable lynchpin in stopping evil hearts who might try to harm others.As Knights we acquire the knowledge and ability to spot situations that are dangerous through experience and training.
VIRTUS and SAFE training are two programs Knights may be TASKED WITH COMPLETING.His Excellency, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, and the Bishops of Texas have tasked Knights to help the Catholic Church protect the vulnerable by taking VIRTUS. Our vows as Catholic gentlemen are to support our priest and church.This request from our supreme Knight and clergy is not a hard task.
Why two programs?
SAFE training is the Knights of Columbus program for ONLY A FEW Knights at the council level – Grand Knight, program director, community director, and family director.So only a few Knights out of every council are given the opportunity to take the SAFE training.
Background check is required by the Knights
The Supreme Knight and the Order have determined the KofC online SAFE program is mandatory for these few officers.The goal is simple: to have Knights armed with the knowledge that prevents abuse.
So what happens if an officer or director refuses to take the SAFE training?
VIRTUS also called Ethics and Integrity – Diocesan Training
Turning to the Church’s program, which our Bishops have selected to protect children, elderly, and vulnerable — VIRTUS.VIRTUS provides you with the skills and knowledge to protect the vulnerable of our community. This separate program is a 3 hour, in person, live presentation that gives the who, what, where, when, why, and how to spot and stop abuse before it happens. The 1st training class is arranged through the diocese.VIRTUS, however, is open to ALL Knights.VIRTUS is mandatory for any Knight volunteering on diocese or parish property.
Our Bishops believe in the Knights.Thus, our Bishops have turned to the Knights to form another shield of protection to guard each child, elderly, or vulnerable member of the diocese.Trained Knights provide a vital safeguard to our priests and a trained Knight may help prevent future abuse.A Knight trained, knowledgeable, and armed with the skill to stop evil strengthens the vanguard of protection within our Holy church communities.VIRTUS assist Knights to be ever vigilant in helping each Bishop and religious to expand the safeguards to minors and the elderly.
Who has to take this VIRTUS training?
How long is VIRTUS training?
Background check is required by the Diocese
Do these programs help?
I hope this exercise helps you to see how vital you, a brother Knight, are to protecting our children, elderly, and vulnerable members of our faith and community.I pray you embrace another FREE learning opportunity designed to help protect our children, grandchildren, elderly, and other vulnerable people in our parish and community.
Leaders lead by their actions.The community, your parish, your friends and family look to you, and we all are counting on you to help the Order and our Bishops and Holy Church stop abuse - - before it happens.
Thank you.God bless you for all you do.
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Chris Hamm & Mikell West
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