Fr. George J. Willmann: A friend of the poor, a missionary to the youth

JUNE 29, 2018. It was the Solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul when the KofC State Officers, KCFAPI and its wholly-owned and majority-owned companies’ Management and Staff and other distinguished guests gathered at the KCFAPI Center to celebrate the life and works of the Servant of God, Fr. George J. Willmann, the Father of the Order of the Knights of Columbus in the Philippines and the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc., as they all celebrate his 121st birth anniversary. (he was born on June 29, 1897)

WREATH-LAYING: Officers of the Order of the Knights of Columbus, KCFAPI and Fraternal Benefits Managers led by Luzon North State Secretary Pascual C. Carbero, Supreme Director, Luzon North Deputy and KCFAPI Chairman Jose C. Reyes, Jr., KRDC President Arsenio Isidro G. Yap, KC Priest-Scholar and San Roque Cathedral (Caloocan) Rector Rev. Fr. Jeronimo Ma. J. Cruz, KC Philippines Foundations, Inc. and Knights of Columbus Fr. George J. Willmann Charities, Inc. Chairman Hilario G. Davide, Jr., KCFAPI Executive Vice President Ma. Theresa G. Curia and guests during the wreath-laying ceremony held at the KCFAPI Center.WREATH-LAYING: Officers of the Order of the Knights of Columbus, KCFAPI and Fraternal Benefits Managers led by Luzon North State Secretary Pascual C. Carbero, Supreme Director, Luzon North Deputy and KCFAPI Chairman Jose C. Reyes, Jr., KRDC President Arsenio Isidro G. Yap, KC Priest-Scholar and San Roque Cathedral (Caloocan) Rector Rev. Fr. Jeronimo Ma. J. Cruz, KC Philippines Foundations, Inc. and Knights of Columbus Fr. George J. Willmann Charities, Inc. Chairman Hilario G. Davide, Jr., KCFAPI Executive Vice President Ma. Theresa G. Curia and guests during the wreath-laying ceremony held at the KCFAPI Center.

The day started with a Holy Mass presided by Rev. Fr. Jeronimo Ma. J. Cruz. In relation to Peter’s profession of love to his Master, Fr. Cruz stressed on his homily that for Jesus and Peter, love is more than knowing or the knowledge itself but a deep relationship. With that relationship comes the mission entrusted by the Lord to the apostle, to know, feed and serve the lambs of His pasture.

“Faith is not only for us, salvation is brought not only for myself alone. I have to tell that to my family, I have to tell that to my neighbour, I have to tell that to other people. Yes, there is salvation, there is hope, we experience pain and suffering because of the sinfulness of man, but there is great hope, there is life and He (Jesus) must be known.”, he said.

“The Good News of Jesus must be preached now and everywhere. And that is the best way that we can give honor to our dear Fr. Willmann. To be like him who did not falter in proclaiming the good news even at the point of death. And so today, as we celebrate this great Solemnity of Peter and Paul and as we remember in a very special way, another apostle, the apostle of the Knights of Columbus, Fr. George J. Willmann, let us, as his sons and daughters, truly honor him and profess our own faith not by words but by action to one and all, now and everywhere, Amen.”, he furthered.

After the Mass, the community offered a silent prayer in front of Fr. George’s statue, and then the wreath-laying ceremony followed.

The Knights of Columbus in the Philippines and the KCFAPI continues its advocacy in promoting the life and works of its founder, Fr. George J. Willmann that one day he may be numbered among the saints in the choirs of heaven. (JSServiento)

Father of Knights of Columbus in the Philippines

 

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