I received a response to one of the letter I sent out to some of the state chapters of the Knights of Columbus. Brian Caulfield, Communications Specialist at the Executive Office of the Supreme Knight replied. I think he misread the letter or was given a faulty summary. Here is my reply;
Dear Mr. Caulfield,
Thank you for your response to my letter although you seem to be confused as to the purpose of the letter itself. I am not requesting monetary donations from the Knights of Columbus just a written endorsement and support in getting the word about Grief to Grace and the deep healing ministry it is out to the public.
I cannot think of a better vehicle than the Knights to do that. It isn’t just a program for those abused by priests and it is not a local program. Currently there is a Grief to Grace Retreat taking place at various times in Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania and British Columbia. I have been on several of the retreats that have taken place in PA and have been very impressed with the international turn out as well as the national turnout. People have come to Grief to Grace for healing of past abuse from; Australia, Great Britain, France, Ireland, Canada, and nationally from California too Delaware and many states in between. So far all of the participants have left with a desire to start Grief to Grace in their own country, state and/or diocese to propagate healing from the terrible wounds of abuse.
Again, I am not looking for money from the Knights, I am looking for you to use your resources to spread the word about it,” talk it up”, so to speak. If the Knights as an organization embrace this ministry and pray in unity for its success via the intercession of Venerable Michael J. McGivney, (this mission fits in nicely with him being a protector of Christian Family Life since most abuse is home based), an unfortunate but desperately needed ministry can make the jump from helping thousands to helping millions.
It is God’s work Mr. Caulfield just as assuredly as Blessed Theresa of Calcutta’s work with the poor in India and all over the globe is and just as assuredly as Venerable Michael McGivney’s work with Catholic men and Catholic families. Please help us with the power of the prayers of all the Knights