Knights Energize Youth & Churn Out Vocations

Parish

St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church
Lafayette
Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana
United States

More Info

For more information, email Fr. Tim Alkire.

Following St. Maximilian Kolbe's motto, "To win all souls for God, and as soon as possible," the "Youth Knights of the Immaculata" have helped our youth group give the Church 25 vocations in 13 years.

"The Youth Knights basically have a goal of being Mary's Knights on earth with the sole purpose of bringing souls closer to Christ," said Thomas Haan, a former Knight and now a sophomore at Purdue University discerning a vocation to the priesthood.

The need it meets

To create a dynamic faith environment that would enable our youth to hear God's call in their life. The Youth Knights have done this by giving identity, drive, direction, and continuity to our youth ministry.

Where it came from

The Pastor at St. Boniface, Fr. Tim Alkire, is a member of the Knights of Immaculata. Inspired by his experience in the Knights, he created the current Youth Knights program. He drew especially from the memory of his own vocation, which stemmed in great part from the influence of his second grade teacher, Sister M. Rose Ellen.

St. Maximilian Kolbe, martyr of Auschwitz, founded the Knights of the Immaculata in Rome in 1917, as a counterbalance to the hatred for the Church he encountered there. The purpose is total consecration to Mary, leading to complete openness to the will of her Son, and eventually the triumph of the Sacred Heart in our day and time.

How it works

Prayer and apostolate are the two pillars of the Youth Knights of the Immaculata (St. Boniface's youth group). All Knights make St. Maximilian Kolbe's act of Consecration to Mary. The Knights themselves are involved in organizing as well as in participating in the activities.

EVERY SUNDAY EVENING, ADORATION AND BENEDICTION:

  • 7:00pm Exposition and Adoration
  • 8:00pm Benediction
  • 8:10pm - 9:30pm Youth Knights Meeting (all parishioners are welcome)
  • Nocturnal adoration on the first Friday of every month

APOSTOLIC ACTIVITIES SUCH AS:

  • Spiritual bouquets for the Holy Father
  • ‚ÄúSpiritual raids" (The Knights go door-to-door distributing Miraculous Medals, explaining the medal's history, and sharing their faith)
  • Promoting the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at St. Elizabeth Hospital, administered by the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration of Mishawaka, Indiana. (The Knights stood at the doors of the church, distributed leaflets, spoke with parishioners individually, etc.)
  • The Knights have also authored three mini prayer books: one Marian, one Eucharistic and one penitential. They are used in the parish and given freely to all.
  • A number have attended World Youth Days in Rome, Toronto and Cologne.

AGE REQUIREMENT:

  • Anyone of the age of reason can make the Consecration to Mary as given by St. Maximilian Kolbe.
  • We open Youth Knights meetings every Sunday evening to all -- 5th grade through high school.
  • The adult Knights of the Immaculata have a monthly "Village of the Immaculata" meeting where they pray, adore and listen to invited speakers give formation talks.

The results

  • VOCATIONS: Since 1994, when Adoration was started, 25 Youth Knights have discerned a vocation. Three have already been ordained priests, two deacons will soon be ordained, and young women are members of four different Congregations.

  • CURRENT ENROLLMENT: In the parish, almost 2000 individuals have made the Consecration to Our Lady, including all the students in the Middle School (grades 4-6).

Key elements

  • Reliance on the God's grace
  • Eucharistic adoration
  • Marian devotion, particularly through the Consecration to Mary
  • Intellectual formation
  • Regular apostolic activities

How to implement it

  1. Visit www.consecration.com to learn about the Consecration to Mary, information on St. Maximillian Kolbe's mission and how to organize a parish consecration
  2. Institute Sunday Eucharistic adoration and benediction

Father Tim Alkire is pastor of St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church.

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