Fulfilling our promise to serve the sick and the needy
Contributions to the Appeal are used to support programs that provide a direct, meaningful service to the poor and the sick and to support programs that educate our members and others in their Catholic faith so they can better know, live, and defend the faith.
The Grants Committee provides financial and material support to health clinics, soup kitchens and food distribution centers, home repair, and other relief programs in this country and overseas. Special care is taken to ensure that no grant funds are used to help with overhead or administrative expenses.
The Defense of the Faith Committee supports educational initiatives that strengthen the Catholic faith – in individuals and in the communities we serve.
In addition, beginning in 2014, a portion of the Annual Stewardship Appeal has been used each year to underwrite the costs associated with bringing Malades and their companions (at no cost) on the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes.
Does Your Gift Matter?
Every gift matters. Each year, there are a number of worthy requests that are declined or are only partially funded—limited only by the participation and generosity of the Knights and Dames. Without gifts to the Annual Stewardship Appeal many of the good works of the Order would not be possible. See how your generosity can impact someone's life!
It requires gifts of all sizes to carry on the important and vital work of the Order.
Watch this short clip from one of our grant recipients, Medicines for Humanity, to see how your gift has impacted these children's lives.
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The Spirituality in Giving
Giving to the Annual Stewardship Appeal is an important extension of a member's vocation and dedication to the mission of the Order. It hearkens back to the earliest ideals of the Order and is an expression of the true spirit of Fra' Gerard at work today.
The preservation of the Order and the advancement of its mission over the centuries is owed to the long-held tradition of personal sacrifice on the part of those whom Christ has called to be Knights and Dames. This is what makes the Order distinctive from all other philanthropic endeavors.
Knights and Dames are obliged under the cross of the Order to harness, both individually and collectively, all their qualities, gifts, and resources to help those in whom Christ is suffering today.
Wearing the insignia of the Order obliges members to use all their efforts and resources for the benefit and perpetuation of the Order. In the Spiritual Guidelines, it is stated that "Every Knight and Dame...will strive to make some sacrifice—in order to help those who suffer—in accordance with the evangelical precept: quod superest date pauperibus (from your abundance give to the afflicted).
The Federal Association joins in the faithful tradition of the generosity and sacrifice of the earliest members of the Order. Its goal is that every member of the Federal Association will make a meaningful contribution to the Annual Stewardship Appeal.
Thank you 2020 Appeal Supporters
2020 Annual Stewardship Appeal Review
Thanks to you, our generous Knights, Dames, Chaplains, Candidates, Auxiliary and, Friends, we are please to report that $830,749.20 funds raised to support ministries that provide direct and meaningful assistance to the poor, the sick, the elderly and the incarcerated.