Family of the Year
Gilbert family of Kentucky gains Knights of Columbus honor
(This is an edited text from the presentation at the Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention in Anaheim, Calif., on Aug. 8, when the annual International Family of the Year Award was bestowed.)
Upon learning that his family was named the Kentucky State Council family of the year, the family’s father said that he really did not want to be recognized for all that he does, commenting, “I am doing this because I am very proud of my family, my parish and my council.” This outstanding Knight, husband and father has many reasons to be proud.
The father of the family joined the Knights of Columbus in December 2008, and has served as the council recorder. Along with his involvement in the council he has also undertaken numerous volunteer projects including building a new shower for the school bathroom that can be used by visiting youth groups. His work on this saved his parish thousands of dollars. In addition is the chairman of the council’s parish coat drive. He and his wife work at the annual Thanksgiving Social.
Paul served as a catechist for the Confirmation class and has been a teacher for children making their First Communion. He regularly works with the parish youth group and has taken the young people to a local nursing home to sing Christmas carols for the residents. He also helps to chair the council’s bowling/pizza party for altar servers and youth group members in celebration of Vocations Sunday.
This dedicated father and his entire family worked to redecorate the parish church including refinishing and staining the altar.
This exemplary family’s mother, Marcia, is as involved as her husband. Along with homeschooling all of their seven children (who range in age 21 to 8), she is also the director of a local crisis pregnancy center and also regularly speaks publically about the center’s work and the culture of life. Marcia works hard at fundraising for the center and all family members assist in her efforts, which include a website for the center that they continually update.
Sarah, the oldest daughter, is now Sister Cecilia, a novice with the Sisters of St. Joseph the Worker. She works with young adult groups where she speaks about vocations. She also helps maintain the community’s website.
Daniel, the eldest son, is an altar server who is looking to apply to a seminary program. He is a youth group leader and earlier this year journeyed to Washington, D.C., where he participated in the annual March for Life. In addition he teaches third and fourth grade religious education and helps to train altar servers. Among his other recent accomplishments was being involved in a Habitat for Humanity build, and becoming a member of his father’s Knights of Columbus council.
The second son, Dominic Anthony is also an altar server, a member of the youth group and assists in older brother in teaching religious education. He sings in the parish choir and regularly joins his father and brother in the council’s annual candy drive for people with intellectual disabilities.
Sisters Hannah Grace and Christian Marie are involved in the parish youth group and both received their Confirmation in April.
The youngest children, Zoe Catherine and Jared Paul regularly pitch in to help their parents and older siblings on family projects.
It should be noted here that all of the children – in addition to their other accomplishments – have also all earned belts in Tae Kwon Do.
This family serves as an outstanding example – even in the face of monetary and medical difficulties – of Catholic faith and Catholic charity.
The winner of the 2012 Family of the Year is the Donald Paul and Marcia Gilbert family of Father Patrick Creed Council 12923 in Campbellsville, Kentucky.