April 2016 News Updates (15)

Letter from our State Military Outreach Chairman - SFC Michael J. Sullivan “Sully”

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Worthy Brothers and Sir Knights,

I write to you for a few reasons. First, and foremost, I would like to personally thank the Knights of Columbus, State Officers, and all those in attendance for a wonderful tribute to the Remember Our Fallen display. It was a great honor to be the Host for our Guest Speakers, Bob Ukena, Dave Ballendier and COL (R)…


Added by Iowa Knights of Columbus on April 28, 2016 at 10:32am — 2 Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, April 25, 2016

Welcome to our weekly report as the legislature considers the last few bills of the session. There’s still time to contact your legislator by going to our Action Center at www.votervoice.net/icc/home.

On Friday the Iowa Senate passed its version of HF 2460, the human services budget bill. The bill appropriates nearly $2 billion for important human services programs. Among the…


Added by Tom Chapman on April 25, 2016 at 8:23am — No Comments

Third Annual Special Olympics Ankeny Play Day a Success

Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA) hosted two Young Athlete Play Activity Day sessions sponsored by Sammons Financial Group on April 21. The event was held at Ankeny Centennial High School with one session running in the morning and one in the afternoon.

The Youth Athlete Play Activity Day is a program designed…


Added by Special Olympics Iowa on April 22, 2016 at 1:17pm — No Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, April 18, 2016

Budget bills are moving at the State Capitol and legislators are aiming to finish the session by the end of the week.

House File 2460 is the appropriations bill for health and human services. It has been approved by the House Appropriations Committee and is scheduled to be debated on the floor of the House as soon as tomorrow. The bill spends nearly $2 billion from the state’s general fund for important health and human services programs, such as Medicaid and the state’s safety…


Added by Tom Chapman on April 18, 2016 at 8:52am — No Comments

2015-2016 Outstanding Council Programs

2015-2016 Outstanding Council Programs

It is the privilege of the Iowa State Council to announce the recipients of the Outstanding Council Surge with Service program for the 2015-2016 fraternal year. These Councils were recognized during the 2016 State Convention of the Iowa Knights of Columbus, held April 15-17, 2016.

Added by Iowa KofC Program Director on April 17, 2016 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Address of the State Chaplain to the 2016 State Convention

Dear Worthy State Deputy Jon Aldrich. Dear Worthy Supreme Director Paul Lambert. Dear Brother Knights. Friends all.


We gather as Catholic men, bonded in faith, challenged to unity, charity, fraternity, and patriotism. At this 115th  annual meeting of the Iowa Jurisdiction of the Knight of Columbus, we thank God for our faith.


Last evening we had a wonderful meal together. Indeed, a banquet. This evening we will again gather and share a banquet. This…


Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on April 16, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Hiatus through April


I will be taking the rest of the month of April from posting.  Please bear with me as I do some research and prep for my next rounds of postings.  Thanks for your understanding and please as always pray for me, as I pray for you.

Pax et Bonum.

Andy Milam
Catechesis Chair, State Council, Iowa Knights of Columbus

Added by Andy Milam on April 13, 2016 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Veritatis Splendor: The Encyclical that Mattered

Samuel Gregg, in 2013 published the following commentary on Veritatis Splendor, or the Splendor of Truth, written by Pope St. John Paul II.  Please read on:  


There are papal encyclicals, and then there are papal encyclicals. Some escape public attention almost from the moment they’re promulgated. Others continue reverberating inside the Church decades after they appear. But there’s also a third type of encyclical: those which assume truly civilizational…


Added by Andy Milam on April 12, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, April 11, 2016

First, I’d like to say a word of welcome to our many new subscribers. We really appreciate your taking action on issues that are important to you!

A bill to set up a pilot program for Education Savings Accounts passed out of subcommittee last week. I know some of you are hearing some inflated figures about how much the bill, HF 2284, would cost the state. As drafted, the cost to the state would be less than a million dollars. In the context of the state’s $5 billion education…


Added by Tom Chapman on April 11, 2016 at 8:24am — No Comments

Did you catch any fish today?

Today we had an interesting gospel, the last (21st) chapter of John’s gospel. Actually, there is, of course, only one gospel—the gospel of Jesus Christ, but it comes to us from four sources.


Today we meet seven of the disciples. They go fishing, and fish all night, and catch nothing. Have you ever worked hard at a project or task and come up completely empty handed? No doubt that has happened to all of us. That is the course of life.


At the first…


Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on April 10, 2016 at 5:47pm — No Comments

Obituary of Msgr. Gerald Stessman

Dear Brother Knights:

Let us pray for the repose of the soul of Msgr. Gerald Stessman who died Monday, April 4, 2016, and was a Faithful Friar of the Fourth Degree for many years and a Faithful Friar of the Dowling Assembly.

Below please find a copy of the obituary from the Iles Funeral Home website:

Msgr. Gerald J. Stessman, 83, died Monday, April 4th at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy…


Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on April 5, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Action alert - send a message to your legislator for Education Savings Accounts

The Iowa House Appropriations Committee is currently considering House File 2284, which, as drafted, would open 190 Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) for low-income public school parents in two school districts, Sioux Center and Waterloo. HF 2284 passed out of subcommittee yesterday.


ESAs would allow parents who choose not to enroll their children in a public school to receive a deposit of public funds into a savings account set up by the state.…


Added by Tom Chapman on April 5, 2016 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Fides et Ratio

In September of 1998, Pope St. John Paul II issued an Encyclical which brought about a seminal moment in how we are to approach critical thought leading into the 21st century.  The Encyclical was titled Fides et Ratio, or Faith and Reason. 

Now we are here to speak about faith and reason and so we have to be clear about one fundamental assumption that is at the basis of the Catholic intellectual tradition. It is laid out in Fides et Ratio and affirmed in Benedict…


Added by Andy Milam on April 5, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, April 4, 2016


A subcommittee meeting is scheduled for early this afternoon (Monday) for House File 2284, a bill that would create a pilot Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) program. The establishment of ESAs is one of our priorities for the legislative session.

Education Savings Accounts would empower parents to choose the most suitable education for their children, regardless of income or where they live. HF 2284 would allow some low-income parents to receive…


Added by Tom Chapman on April 4, 2016 at 8:46am — 1 Comment

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