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North Dakota Family is the Knights of Columbus International Family of the Year: NFP Physician and Wife Have Nine Children

"North Dakota Family is the Knights of Columbus International Family of the Year: NFP Physician and Wife Have Nine Children." Columbia, October 2007.


(NASHVILLE, TN) – A Knights of Columbus family from Fargo, North Dakota, was the named the international family of the year at the organization’s 125th annual convention here this week.

Richard and Sharmae Vetter, and their nine daughters, Kristin, Emily, Jennifer, Ashley, Lauren, Andrea, Julia, Olivia and Claire, received the award from Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson.

Richard, a physician, is a member of Sts. Anne and Joachim Council 11390 in Fargo. He has studied, supports and promotes the Catholic teaching on natural family planning. He has completed advanced scientific and medical training on reproduction and fertility, and has published articles and addressed the subject to couples and priests. His efforts have earned him praise from various pregnancy resource centers.

The Vetter family is active in both their parish Church and community. The children have been altar servers, parish nursery volunteers, children’s liturgy participants and altar decorators. They also take part in athletics, Teens for Life, Key Club, and a variety of other activities.

And the first runner-up was the Flees Family from Council 1799 in Marshfield, Wisconsin. The second runner-up was the Mulholland Family from Council 8240 in Chesapeake, Virginia. The third runner-up was the Anthony Family from Council 2499 in Hardinsburg, Kentucky, and the fourth runner-up was the Mendita Family From Council 12904 in Edmonton, Alberta.

The Knights of Columbus annually recognizes member families who exemplify the organization’s principals and the teachings of the Catholic Church.

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