WASHINGTON, DC – Mr. Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus (K of C), will receive the Medal of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) in recognition of the outstanding contributions by the K of C to the Archdiocese. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, will present the Medal to Mr. and Mrs. Anderson at the 9th Annual Benefit for the AMS on November 18, 2017 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, 3900 Harewood Road NE, Washington, DC.
The Medal of the AMS, presented no more than five times a year, is the Archdiocese’s highest award. For a candidate to qualify, two important elements determine the selection: (1) the candidate’s contributions to the AMS religious program must be outstanding, without recompense, over an extended period of time, and they must clearly surpass the contributions of all others; and (2) the candidate’s character, behavior, and reputation must be outstanding in all respects and motivated by religious values; moreover, the candidate must practice religion faithfully and be faithful to official Church teaching, provide a good example to others, be held in high esteem by associates, and if married, married in the Church.
Under Supreme Knight Anderson’s leadership, the K of C has contributed substantial support to the AMS, including its “Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program,” a vocations partnership between the AMS and cooperating dioceses and religious communities around the country. In a Sept. 21, 2017, letter to Mr. Anderson, Archbishop Broglio explained why he had been selected to receive the medal this year:
“Worthy Supreme Knight,
“As you know, since 1998 the Knights of Columbus have contributed more than $2,535,146 to the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), in support of its many programs and services including, but not limited to, the Vocations and Co-Sponsored Seminarian Programs, the Annual Benefit, the International Military Pilgrimageto Lourdes, and most recently, to funding for the first Catholic Military Marriage Retreat.
“I am grateful to you and the Knights of Columbus for your continued and generous support, without which the AMS would not have been able to finance the flourishing Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program. I am pleased to report that this fall the AMS will have 42 co-sponsored seminarians representing 26 dioceses and studying in 19 seminaries across the U.S. There is no other program like the AMS Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program and there is no other partnership like that between the AMS and the Knights of Columbus in support of the mission, ‘Serving Those Who Serve.’
“However, the partnership has never been limited to economic assistance. Brother Knights have been the backbone of so many military Catholic communities, lent assistance in discernment retreats, cooked for the annual Labor Day Gathering of co-sponsored seminarians, and manifested the virtues of Catholic gentlemen for all to admire and imitate.”
In his Sept. 28, 2017, letter of response, Supreme Knight Anderson wrote:
“While I am always hesitant to accept personal awards, I must confess that to receive this honor is very meaningful to me since it brings together two institutions—the Catholic Church and the U.S. military—to which I am very strongly devoted. Please know of my gratitude for your thoughtfulness.”
The Annual Benefit on November 18 will begin with the Celebration of the Eucharist at 5:00 p.m. (EST) to pray for all veterans, living and deceased, who have honorably served our Nation. Tickets and sponsorships may be purchased through online registration at www.milarch.org/annual-benefit/.
The deadline to register is Friday, Nov. 3. No tickets will be sold at the door. If the Benefit is sold out before the registration deadline, the names of prospective late registrants will be placed on a waiting list for any additional tickets that may become available.