The Fr. Thomas Plassmann Council 4908 of the Knights of Columbus has inducted five new members.
St. Bonaventure University freshmen William Fried and Ethan Kibbe as well as sophomores Jonathan Weber, Zach Schute and Robert Allen pledged their first of four degrees.
By participating in the first-degree ceremony, the new knights began their journeys to full membership in the organization.
“The Knights are a Catholic male fraternity,” said junior Jason Damon, the council’s Grand Knight. “We revolve around charity and brotherhood. We try to create a better community, a better way of life, by recognizing the ‘other’ in our society.”
Membership in the fraternity is optional, but once knighthood has been attained, members assume new responsibilities.
“Our new members bring a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of new insights,” Damon said. “We expect them to be upstanding Catholic gentlemen with a commitment to each other, to the community and to the world.”
Although the Knights of Columbus is a worldwide organization, some differences do exist between college councils and other councils throughout the world.
According to Deputy Grand Knight junior Michael Specht, “The college council, by its nature, is different that a parochial council because there’s a high turnover rate every four years. However, we have the same values as other councils. For example, a few weeks ago, we went out and performed community service at the Warming House. Even though there’s turnover, we don’t use that as an excuse and we still try to fulfill our duties as Knights.”
Members are provided with an experience that other college organizations do not offer, Specht said.
“By being a Knight of Columbus, you understand that you’re a part of something bigger than yourself,” Specht said. “We’re 2 million members strong worldwide. The college council is especially useful because we can take our experiences and apply them later to a parochial council. For a lot of us, this is the beginning to a lifelong experience of knighthood.”
“This is not a club where you’re a member for four years,” Damon said. “When you join the Knights of Columbus, the experience continues after college, so members have to be committed.”
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