The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal benefit organization that has over 1.9 million members committed to servicing their communities and neighbors in need. The highest honor bestowed by the organization is the Gaudium et Spes Award, which recognizes individuals and their outstanding contributions of service in the spirit of charity and Christ. It is named after a document of the same name released in 1965 as part of the Second Vatican Council and carries with it a $100,000 honorarium.
The Gaudium et Spes Award is so prestigious that only 11 people and one group have received the honor since 1992, when it was first given to Mother Teresa for her Gospel-inspired charity and worldwide commitment to serving the poor. Other recipients of the award include Cardinal John O’Connor, Archbishop Michel Sabbah, Jean Vanier, and Virgil C. Dechant.
About the Author:
A senior at Phillipsburg High School, Andrew “Drew” Horun is a member of the school’s wrestling team and earned National Honor Society recognition as a junior. Andrew Horun’s charitable endeavors include volunteering as a wrestling coach, assisting with clean-up days, and helping with various Knights of Columbus fundraisers.