On this page we honor young people who died while exemplifying the virtues of Young Knights and Maids of Errantry. May their lives be inspirations to all.
Charlene Marie Richards was a helpful, faith filled child when she died of leukemia at the age of twelve.
CHARLENE MARIE RICHARD (1947-1959)
Charlene Marie Richard was a happy child who always stood up for the underdog. She also knew how to bear pain and suffering and to offer it up as a prayer for someone in need. Despite her terrible suffering from leukemia, she bore her disease with acceptance and peace. Her parish priest stated that she taught all those who knew her lessons in humility and patience.
CHARLES ANTHONY FRANCIS UNTZ (1982-2000)
Charles was a young man who "belonged to God. He knew that what his heart was seeking would only be found in God Himself and that he could compromise nothing."
Born March 6, 1982, Charles put God first and his family second in his life. He advised his friends not to let the world distract them from God. Charles was a man of purity and respect. He was often seen to pray entire nights before the Blessed Sacrament. His friends were close to this young man who remained in the background, humbly helping, never seeking attention.
Charles had such a great devotion to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, that he designed a scapular in her honor. After his death, a priest who knew Charles well dubbed him, "My Lady's Knight."
Charles once wrote to one of his friends, "Don't take God's mercy for granted because death will come you when you least expect it, so make sure you are as blameless as possible when that time comes."
Charles died suddenly when being struck by a car on his way to work on March 20, 2000. His life is celebrated each year with a Mass and gathering. May Charles rest in peace.
Thom (died June 30, 2008) and Marc (died July 1, 2008) Girard
THOM AND MARC GIRARD (DIED 2008)
Father and son Thomas and Marc Girard were true knights of erranty. Members of the Knights of Lepanto, formed by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, Thom and Marc embraced the values of chivalry and goodness.
Thom was Grand Master of all the Knights of Lepanto encampments. Marc had been inducted into the Knights of Lepanto only a short while before his death. In doing so, he took an oath to live in chastity, penance, humility, service, goodness, and poverty as did the knights of old.
On June 30, 2008, Thom was swimming with Marc's younger sister Hannah when he experienced distress. Marc, hearing Hannah's cries, leaped into the water, pushed his sister to shore, and attempted to rescue his father. Marc's younger brother called for help, but Thom had died of a heart attack and Marc died the following day. Both father and son were buried in a joint funeral.
Lord, I will serve as a True and Chivalric Knight. By the power of Your Grace, I will defend the right to life for all people, born and unborn, help and protect the innocent who are violated, abused, and neglected, aid those in distress and despair, and comfort the afflicted.