LENT 2020 COVID-19
A message from the Supreme Knight
As the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you the actions and responses taken by the Knights of Columbus.
The coronavirus disease is not the first pandemic the Knights of Columbus has faced. In the late nineteenth century, and again in 1918, the Knights remained strong and active despite such situations. And together, we will do so again this time.
We know that this period will be difficult in various ways for everyone, and we want to assure you that the Knights of Columbus is fully committed to you and your family, and has taken the steps necessary to continue our important work on your behalf – from protecting the faith and financial stability of members’ families, to helping members put their faith into action by providing important charitable service within their communities.
Although to our knowledge, no staff at the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council or Museum in New Haven or at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., have tested positive for COVID-19, we have implemented remote operations for most staff, allowing our business processes, customer service and fraternal support to continue their important work uninterrupted, while simultaneously protecting the health of our employees and reducing the risk of community spread of this illness, which is often facilitated by having large groups of people in close proximity to one another.
Furthermore, our sustainable investment strategy means that our exposure to current stock market volatility is limited, and we remain extremely strong financially. With that strength, and the strength that comes from committed employees, we remain positioned and ready to serve our brother Knights. Of course, our agents and our customer service team also remain available to help you with any insurance or related financial needs that you may have. As we implement new systems to serve you and respond to a higher volume of inquiries than usual during this period, it is possible that wait and turnaround times may increase.
In addition to what we are doing at the Supreme Council headquarters, many brother Knights have asked how they can help in their own communities. We suggest the following:
May God bless you, and keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe.
COUNCIL MONTHLY MEETINGS
2nd Thursday of each month. Generally there will be a Rosary beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The Council Meeting begins promptly at 7:00 p.m.
ABOUT OUR COUNCIL
The Cardinal Ritter #1221 Council is located in New Albany, IN on historic Main Street. You can contact the Knights of Columbus in New Albany by phone at (812) 944-0891. The K of C Cardinal Ritter Council #1221 celebrated 100 years during the year 2007.
Bishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, MD., a New Albany native is the Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus. The Rev. William Ernst is the K of C Council #1221 Chaplain.
The New Albany K of C supports various charities. Some charity efforts include: The Gibault Home, Crusade for Children, St. Elizabeth’s Maternity Home, Hospice of Southern Indiana and Thanksgiving baskets for the needy.
Fundraisers include Fish Fries, Spaghetti Dinners, Steak Dinners and Hall Rentals.
The Cardinal Ritter K of C #1221 Council purchased a home at 315 E. Ninth St. in 1937 to hold meetings. Prior to that, meetings were held at various locations.
The K of C moved to its present location on Main Street in 1953 after acquiring land and title of the old Catholic Community Center.
Most Rev. Joseph Elmer Ritter Born in New Albany, IN, July 20, 1892. Ordained priest at Saint Meinrad, May 30, 1917. Named rector of the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, Indianapolis, in 1924. Appointed titular bishop of Hippo and auxiliary to the bishop of Indianapolis, February 3, 1933. Consecrated in the cathedral at Indianapolis, March 28, 1933, by Bishop Chartrand, assisted by Bishop Emmanuel Ledvina of Corpus Christi and Bishop Alphonse J. Smith of Nashville. Made vicar general of the Diocese of Indianapolis, February 5, 1933. Bishop of Indianapolis, March 24, 1934. Installed as first archbishop of Indianapolis, December 19, 1944, by Archbishop Amleto Giovanni Cicognani, apostolic delegate to the United States. Transferred to St. Louis by virtue of apostolic letters dated July 20, 1946. Formally installed in the Cathedral of St. Louis, October 8, 1946. Proclaimed and created a cardinal by Pope John XXIII on January 16, 1961. Died at St. Louis, June 10, 1967. Buried in Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.