Father Elixander Torres referred in his homily that the Knights of Columbus return to the Cuban land and meant that the group is composed of men who have been called for the service of the Church and the Christian community: “They are called to overcome evil by the force of good.”
“Blessed Fr. Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, wanted the primary ideal of the order to be service. We have been called by God to serve,” he said.
On the day, ten members of the group were elevated to the first degree of the order and at the end of mass revered a relic of Blessed McGivney.
The occasion was also conducive to recalling the 44 years of priestly ordination of Archbishops Ramón Suárez Polcari and René Ruiz, at the hands of Archbishop Francisco Oves, then Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Havana.
The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal benefits society founded in 1882 in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. It is also the largest organization of Catholic lay people with more than 1.9 million members worldwide and is on a mission to help communities and contribute hours of service to the charitable causes of the Church.