By Catholic News Service
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A nine-part online video series from the Knights of Columbus is featuring members who are making a difference in their communities.
The "Everyday Heroes" series debuted April 3 and new videos were to appear on a special Knights' website each Tuesday through May 29. They can be viewed at kofceverydayheroes.org.
"This film series offers a glimpse into the many 'ordinary' ways in which the Knights serve those around them," Carl Anderson, Knights of Columbus CEO, said in a statement. "'Everyday Heroes' are your brothers, friends and co-workers who quietly serve, often over many years."
Joe Reali, a young Knight who was devoted to the Catholic Church as much as he was to football, is featured in the first video. When a family member became ill, he gave up football to care for her, but he died suddenly of an enlarged heart in 2015. The video features friends and family discussing Joe's inspiring life and the establishment of a new Knights of Columbus council named in his honor in Woodbury, New York.
The second video looks at the efforts of Knights from the University of Notre Dame who have raised money for charity, including pro-life initiatives, since 1973 by grilling and selling steaks before the school's football games.
Future videos feature Jose Lebron-Sanabria and his work in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria; Special Olympics athlete Chris Dooley; a group of seminarians who evangelize through song; Canadian Knights who supported a Syrian refugee family; participants in the Knights' annual Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage; a former Major League baseball player's path to faith; and a Knight who died while serving in the Army in Iraq.