Jeff Lambert 2018-2019 Chairman
The younger Catholic generations are now in college and starting their early twenties and thirties, and are looking for spiritual guidance. Whether it is attending religious education conferences or World Youth Day, reading “Into the Breach”, or joining a local young adult group, the young Catholics are looking for more than just attending mass.
In 2015 Most Revered Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix wrote the Apostolic Exhortation, Into the Breach. Bishop Olmsted wrote the exhortation to the Catholic men throughout his diocese as a guide to live their lives, but his words can go beyond the boundaries of Phoenix. The Exhortation shows men how to live their from single life to married life to fatherhood. Now several years later the Knights of Columbus is using Bishop Olmsted’s work as guidance for the future Catholic men. The Knights of Columbus have worked with Bishop Olmsted to develop a study guide for college men to form discussion groups. This is just one example of a young adult spiritual formation that any council can sponsor in their area.
There are many young adult groups throughout the state that councils can build from and support. Some include Theology of Tap, Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, or local parish young adult groups. I recommend that the council chairmen work with their local parish youth programs.
When looking at organizing spiritual formation there are a few pointers. Begin with having the mentality for open programs to all young adults in your parish. Don’t make the event to be exclusive to just Knights of Columbus members. In addition to that don’t treat the events as membership drives, we need to let the young adults grow in their spiritual formation. Next, have a younger member lead in the groups and organization. But having some cross generations present is a great benefit. Lastly let the group flow and grow on its own.
1. Working with your pastor, obtain his permission and recommendations on starting a men’s discussion group to
read Into the Breach.
2. Order the Into the Breach Booklet and Study Guide through Supplies Online, the supply ordering portal
available on Officers Online.
3. Build public interest for the group! Promote your Into the Breach discussion group in your parish and larger
community through a variety of efforts:
• Prominently display promotional posters (which can be ordered through Supplies Online)
• Bulletin announcements
• Pulpit announcements
• Posting on your council and parish website / social media pages
4. Hold weekly meetings. Discuss readings as a group using the meeting structure provided in the Into the Breach
Booklet and Study Guide:
• Begin each discussion with a simple prayer: Our Father, Hail Mary, or Glory Be
• Discuss progress on spiritual goals outlined in the previous meeting’s “Call to Battle” section
• Discuss the text using questions provided under “Understanding the Breach”
➢ In this portion of your discussion, consider using quotes from “Bricks for the Breach”
• Meditate upon the suggested scriptural passages under “Sword of the Spirit”
➢ Consider having a member read this aloud using the Lectio Divina format
• Announce the practical spiritual goals for the week based upon the “Call to Battle” section
➢ Remind members that you will discuss progress on these goals at the next meeting
• Conclude with the suggested prayer and encourage members to recite this prayer each day before the next
5. To gain credit for your program, complete the associated reporting forms and submit them to the Supreme
Council Department of Fraternal Mission. Remember to retain copies for your council records.