Relics of Six Martyr Mexican KofC Priests Receiving Great Turnouts during Tour of Iowa

The Relics of the Six Martyr Mexican Knight of Columbus Priests have been traveling across Iowa since 1 November 2013. Below are highlights and photos of their visits. Please check back regularly during the month for further reports.

Relics spent 1-2 November 2013 in Dubuque. CLICK HERE to read the full story of their visit to Dubuque as covered by The Witness.

Steve Hesprich (with glasses) and Mark Hoeger, members of Knights of Columbus Council 15813 in Dubuque, talk in front of the relics.

Holy Mass was celebrated by Most Reverend Michael O. Jackels, Archbishop of Dubuque, at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Marshalltown on 8 November 2013. Mass was followed by a presentation.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church and KofC Council 817 in Boone hosted the relics on 9 November 2013.

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Comment by Publicity Director on November 30, 2013 at 2:53pm

On 26 November 2013, Saint Paul’s Catholic Church in Burlington held a Holy Hour, Mass, dinner, and viewing of “For Greater Glory” in honor of the relics. Close to 100 attended the Mass with most staying for the dinner and movie.

Comment by Publicity Director on November 25, 2013 at 10:22pm

Wonderful Mass with Most Reverend Martin Amos, Bishop of Davenport, in Ottumwa at Saint Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church along with programming at the KofC Hall on 25 November 2013.

Comment by Publicity Director on November 20, 2013 at 9:23pm

Bishop Richard Pates celebrates Mass concluding the Encuentro Diocesano at Saint Francis of Assisi Church in West Des Moines on 17 November 2013. In the foreground is the reliquary containing the relics of six Knights of Columbus priest martyrs of Mexico who were canonized by Blessed John Paul II in 2000.

Comment by Publicity Director on November 16, 2013 at 5:28pm

Comment by Michael P. Gaspers on November 16, 2013 at 2:32pm

November 12th the Relics were present at St. Mary's school in Danbury. Anita Gaspers made a presentation about relics, martyrs and sainthood to grades 3 to 6.

Many of the children were given beads which they touched to the relics. Some had medallions or rosaries that they touched to the relics.

The children send thank you notes. As you can see, the relics and their story made a big impression on these young people.

Comment by Michael P. Gaspers on November 16, 2013 at 2:22pm
As the country celebrated Veterans Day and the universal church celebrated St Martin Bishop of Tours; the local Church gathered at St. Rose of Lima in Denison celebrated the life of these men of faith. I observed acts of faith and reverence which moved me beyond what I had ever expected.
Here a mother gathers her children before the relics and together they pray and touch the reliquary.
Many of those honoring the martyrs touched rosaries and medals to the 1st Class Relics thus making them 3rd Class Relics
Comment by Steve Heffern on November 11, 2013 at 8:23pm
The Marshalltown Mass was ELECTRIC!

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