OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE MICHIGAN STATE COUNCIL KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
October 2016 VOLUME 68 NO. 2 SENTINEL UNITY OF FAITH
FROM THE STATE DEPUTY Kenneth B. Unterbrink
On behalf of the State Chaplain, the Diocesan Chaplains, my fellow State Officers, and the District Deputies of the Michigan jurisdiction along with our wives, we wish to thank all who attended the Installation of State Leadership. The Installation could not have been a success without the souvenir book and all who contributed to the book. Thank you. The fraternal year started out with the Summer Leadership Conference at Boyne Highland with the edification of the District Deputies and Directors for the Michigan jurisdiction. We trust that this training will bear fruit in membership recruitment, insurance for our families, and an increase in programs for our councils as well an increase in charity.
Our membership in the Michigan jurisdiction on July 1, 1985 was 73,126 and on July 1, 2009 were 70,978 and on August 23, 2016 was 66,484. Our District Deputies and Directors and you, my brother knights are assigned the task to bring the Knights of Columbus Order to every practical Catholic man. This is the mission for each of us. I would expect each of our state officers to recruit at least one member this fraternal year.
Our Supreme Knight initiated the Knights of Columbus Christian Refugee Relief Fund in 2014 to help the Christian refugees in Syria, Iraq and the Middle East. We/you help with the fundraising at the State Convention with half of the bucket raffle going to the Knights of Columbus Christian Refugee Relief Fund and the other half to Holy Cross Children’s’ Services with a matching of the raffle from Weingartz’ s (Everything from Lawn to Snow). This is what we do, helping those who cannot help themselves. $16,531.00 to each. Our Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson received a check for the Christian Refugee Relief Fund from IPSD Robert Fox and I at the Supreme Convention.
Our Supreme Convention saw Council #923 of Petoskey receive the International Youth Service Award for their part in opening a Catholic High School – St. Michael’s Academy. Congratulations. God bless our Catholic Schools. Studies show our children have a higher percentage of remaining in the Catholic faith if they attend a Catholic school. Support Catholic Education at all levels. This is our responsibility.
Our voices will be heard this fall. With the constant effort to reduce religious freedom in our country, we as Catholics must do everything we can to preserve our religious freedom, especially at the polls. Know those who would preserve our religious freedom. This is our responsibility.
Our voices will be heard this fall. With the constant effort to reduce religious freedom in our country, we as Catholics must do everything we can to preserve our religious freedom, especially at the polls. Know those who would preserve our religious freedom. This is our responsibility. We are entering in to the last three-fourth of the fraternal year. For the sake of our Order, you are all being asked to offer to all Catholic men and their families the opportunity to be a Knight of Columbus. Our Order is the largest Catholic men’s’ lay organization in the world. We are a brotherhood of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. We are like men of the Catholic faith with charity in our hearts with our time, talent and treasure. Charity is not only about treasure, but time and talent, all given by God. Remember – STAR COUNCIL for all councils.
With Building the Domestic Church and Strengthening our Parishes, we as men are asked to rejoin our parishes as men to teach our children, our youth, to provide a Catholic haven with us, there to share our time teaching, mentoring, and interacting with our youth as men of the parish. We as knights are asked to bring programs – Free Throw contest, Spelling Bee, Poster Contest, Essay Contest, and Soccer Challenge, to our parishes and be with our parishes. We have so much to offer as leaders of our families and of our parishes.
Preserve our membership in our councils. We have a responsibility to keep active all our members. Call and invite all the members to participate in the council activities, especially our Fifth Sunday Rosaries, our Corporate Communions, our Council Picnics (open to the entire parish) because it is said that our members do not join to attend meetings and pay dues. Our members join to be active in our programs, our faith initiatives, to have their families involved, to help others. It is the officers of the council that have this responsibility.
With this fall season upon and the celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ upon us, these are opportunities for family events, our family as Knights of Columbus, our family as Catholic parishes, for our Domestic Church is our family, our extended family, our Knights family, our parish family. We are all part of the Domestic Church and it is we who will Strengthen our Parishes.
Council Newsletter and communication with our council & district members is important. We hear that communication is important, then a council newsletter for all our members is of upmost importance. Retention of our members – yes, council newsletter - please make available for our members, prospective members, those members who are past due with dues payment, recruitment drives – please make available the booklet “These Men Called Knights” . Available through the council ‘Financial Secretary’. Ask your Grand Knights to make this booklet available for all members to study. Survey shows that the main reason why Catholics do not attend the celebration of the Eucharist on a regular basis is Sports. Something to prayer about, God bless you all and do the right thing. Fraternally in Christ, Kenneth Unterbrink State Deputy
2 October 2016
FROM THE STATE CHAPLAIN V. Rev. William J. Turner, PhD, KCHS
Brothers: We have been directed by our Holy Father to reflect this year upon the mercy of God and how that mercy must be active in our lives. We respond with our own acts of mercy and forgiveness. This special year ends in November, so there is not much time left to continue our acts and receive the promised gifts. I have noticed this past year as a Priest of Mercy, an increase in the reception of the Sacrament of Confession. I have been compiling a record of so many good works that I have seen around me. I have been encouraging the works of mercy that are not only explicit to this year, but activities that should be expected of us as Catholic gentlemen when this year is over.
The Supreme Council Initiative announced to us in 2016, the celebrating our families as the “Domestic Church,” is an important emphasis that each Council should take seriously. I ask you, brothers, to consider how you encourage your family to witness to the faith in common prayer, meal times, special family days and regular attendance at the parish. This exhibits our part in Catholic family identity. I hope that some of you have already come forward to present yourself to your pastor to assist in the Religious Education of our young people. Our children need a strong male presence witnessing the importance of God in their lives. Our bishops encourage us to do this and have pledged their support to us in this initiative and all the others as well. Further, I ask each Council again to take very seriously the request to support our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East who currently are in danger of genocide. Chose a charitable project, or even an education opportunity for our people about the situation. Be a force for a response to this horrific situation. Recently I have been deeply touched by the needs of the poor and suffering in the Holy Land. This cause now becomes another target for our charitable acts and funds. I also see in our society a sense of excess and entitlement that needs to be removed from our lifestyles. Even though we have problems in our economy and even joblessness, still, compared with so many countries, we could live our lives as though there were no poor. We must be in solidarity with them in our behavior concerning our resources and avoid the temptation to treat ourselves so well that it gives the impression that we are ignoring them or do not care about them. I have asked our State Officers not to honor me this year at which was formerly called the “State Chaplain’s Tribute Dinner” in February 2017. I would rather make the emphasis on reflections of all that has happened in the Year of Mercy and what this means to us a Knights as we go forward. I will therefore speak about mercy at that dinner. Also, in line with what our bishops are asking of us in supporting our local parishes, I am asking our Knights to attend their parishes on that weekend, rather than draw them away to a Mass at this annual event. May the Lord continue to bless you in your charitable endeavors and somehow bring some peace to our country in this election year. V. Rev. William J. Turner, PhD, KCHS State Chaplain
Take 5 Plus Charity Program
We thought we would take this opportunity to acquaint you with the new “Take 5 Plus” program. The old “Take 5” program has been in effect since 1977 and with your voluntary contributions over the past 39 years we have been able to meet over $1,500,000 in chartable needs.
We are sure you realize that $5 today doesn’t begin to purchase what it did in 1977. While not wanting to lose the identity of the “Take 5” concept. We Have added the Plus in hopes that you will increase your voluntary contributions maybe even double it if possible. We however will be pleased to accept what ever amount you can afford. Last year unfortunally we didn’t receive any report of voluntary contributions from 164 councils . Its hard to believe that if our membership was made aware of the great results of this program, that they wouldn’t have made some contribution. Therefore look for the insert with your next dues billing notice showing you some of the charitable needs met from your contributions. Those of you receiving your dues billing on line will find a copy of the insert on mikofc.org. You then can add your contribution along with your payment of next years dues.
Michigan State Council
Knights of Columbus
6025 Wall Street Sterling Heights, MI 48312
Phone: 586.883.9456 Fax: 586.883.9473
State Deputy Kenneth B. Unterbrink
Res: 734.475.1491 Fax: 734.475.4502
State Secretary Antonio G. Vittorini Res: 586.247.9174 Fax: 586.566.4665
State Treasurer William H. Chasse Res: 517.202.6163 Fax: 517.483.2798
State Advocate Walter K. Winkle, Jr Res: 586.727.1724 Fax: 586.727.1864
State Warden Christopher A. Kolomjec
Cell: 5313.570.3823 Fax: 248.344.1130
State Chaplain Very Rev. William J. Turner
Bus: 734.475.7561 Fax: 734.475.3207
State Membership Director Kenneth C. Krause Res: 586.598.8453 Cell: 586.929.1009
State Program Director Dale E. Schaedig Res: 734.426.3610 Cell: 734.434.0605
State Church Activities Director Thomas C. Arehart Cell: 517.262.3285
State Council Activities/Community Director Jeffrey J. Gapczynski Res: 586.263.5942 Cell: 586.337.5942
State Youth Activities Director Kevin F Rowley Res: 586.777.7436
State Family Life Director Ed Strach
State Pro-Life Chair Couple Tim & Cindy Donovan Cell: 517.214.5120
State MI Director George J. Stump Res: 586.786.0938
Executive Secretary Lawrence T. Grabowski
Office: 586.883.9456 Fax: 586.883.9473
MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN INTERNATIONAL YOUTH ACTIVITIES AWARD
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St. Francis Council 923 — Petoskey, Michigan
St. Michael Academy The region around Petoskey, Michigan, had been without a Catholic high school for several decades. In 2013, however, St. Michael Academy opened. With just 11 students, the school did not have much to financially support it, yet Council 923 helped fund the school through scholarships and the Bread and Altar Wine program. Realizing the school was here to stay and would be growing in future years, the council committed to supporting the school in the future. As the school began to look for a new, more permanent location, Council 923 was faced with a dilemma: A tenant of a property which was acquired by the Council Building Association in 2003 was downsizing its operation and would eventually leave the premises entirely. This left the Building Association with a large financial risk but also an opportunity. The council worked with the school board to negotiate transfer of the building’s ownership. Despite several timing challenges and uncertainties, the council was able to officially transfer ownership to the school in December 2015. This donation is valued at over $500,000. Now that the school has its own facility, the council continues to support the effort through fundraisers and scholarships. This partnership should help grow the Catholic community in Petoskey and the Gaylord Diocese for years to come.
VOTE CATHOLIC – VOTE PRO-LIFE – VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE
Conscience is the voice of truth within you, and your opinions need to be in harmony with that truth. As a Catholic & Knight of Columbus you have the benefit of the Church’s teaching authority endowed upon her by Christ.
As for your feelings, they need to be educated by virtue so as to be in harmony with conscience’s voice of truth. In this way, you will have a sound conscience, according to which you will feel guilty when you are guilty, and feel morally upright when you are morally upright. Meeting the obligation of continually attending to this formation of conscience will increase the likelihood that, in the actual operation or activity of conscience, you will act with a certain conscience, which clearly perceives that a given concrete action is a good action that was rightly done.
As Pope John Paul II explains in his encyclical, (The Gospel of Life) “When it is not possible to overturn or completely abrogate a pro-abortion law, an elected official, whose absolute personal opposition to procured abortion was well known, could licitly
support proposals aimed at limiting the harm done by such a law and at lessening its negative consequences at the level of general opinion and morality. This does not in fact represent an illicit cooperation with an unjust law, but rather a legitimate and proper attempt to limit its evil aspects.” Logically, it follows from these words of the Pope that a voter may likewise vote for that candidate who will most likely limit the evils of abortion or any other moral evil at issue. As we approach October (Respect Life Month) please listen to the Word of Our Lord & Savior to let your conscience be your guide as you listen to His Word. Being a Disciple of Christ tells all of us that it’s our Obligation as Catholics & Brother Knights to lead by example in protecting the Sanctity of Life as we know it to be. God bless each of you & your families. Respectfully, Tim & Cindy Donovan
Pro Life Chair Couple
Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus
4 October 2016
‘Your Voice Your Vote’ Thomas M. Wegener
My Brothers and Ladies, ‘Your Voice Your Vote’, ‘Rock the Vote’, ‘Decision 2016’, ‘Campaign 2016’, ‘2016 Election’, or ‘2016
Election’. Whatever the news sources name them, the campaigns are ongoing and this November Americans will go to the polls to vote for local, state, federal candidates and, of course, for president.
And this may very well be one of those once-in-a-generation choices. As Americans we have the right of the ballot. Our vote will be made based on the information that we use to determine which person will be the best for each of the positions that are available. But as Catholic Americans we have a different lens that we see through.
Catholic social teaching’s seven themes help to focus that lens. As serious Catholic voters we are pro-life and family, we are in tune with the fight over religious liberty, we respect dignity of the human person, and we understand the practical aspects in the stewardship of our resources. As is stated by the USCCB, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, 2015: “Catholic voters should use the framework of Catholic social teaching to examine candidates’ positions on issues affecting human life and dignity as well as issues of justice and peace, and they should consider candidates’ integrity, philosophy, and performance.”
A full treatment of these seven themes can be found here: http://usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-webelieve/catholic-social-teaching/seven-themes-of-catholic-social-teaching.cfm With Election Day just a few weeks away, we must exercise our rights by being truly informed voters. Only having all the facts about each candidate and issue can we make an informed decision. The several news sources that we have are a good start, but we must not use only one source. There seems to be dozens of news channels on cable television, radio and the internet. I would urge each of us to check out Catholic news sources for a Catholic view from multiple sources of national and world news. The Order has also passed a resolution at the 134th Supreme Convention in Toronto titled ‘Our Commitment to Patriotism.’ The resolution, among other topics, states that ‘the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that it is morally obligatory to exercise the right to vote, to defend one’s country, and to offer prayers for all who exercise authority; and ‘in his encyclical Lumen Fidei, Pope Francis underscored the importance of faith in public life because it helps “create just forms of government, in the realization that authority comes from God and is meant for the service of the common good”. The full resolution from the convention can be read at this web link: http://www.kofc.org/un/en/conv/2016/resolutions/commitment-to-patriotism.html Catholics are an important voting population. And informed Catholic voters are a powerful force that can shape elections, and shape public policy for the common good. We need to be that informed Catholic voter to make that informed vote on November 8th. As I mentioned earlier the 134th Annual Supreme Convention was held the first week of August in Toronto in which we celebrated the Order’s record-setting year in which Knights donated more than $175 million in donations and over 73.5 million hours of volunteer service. The Supreme Knight’s annual address also cited some of the major accomplishments of the Order: the further development of the Knights of Columbus’ Building the Domestic Church initiative and continued support for Christians at risk, including those suffering genocide at the hands of ISIS. So many wonderful projects that we do, so many gifts we give, all in the name of our First Principle of Charity. Michigan was once again one of the top states for charity dollars, charity hours, vocations gifts, etc. We can be very proud of the Knights of Michigan and their families for the work and sacrifice that we exhibit each and every day. We are an important jurisdiction in the order, a big state with a big heart. During the convention the Order announces the winners of the International Service Awards. These service awards recognize outstanding council programs in six key areas of outreach — Church, Community, Council, Culture of Life, Family and Youth — during the preceding fraternal year. Whether ongoing or one-time initiatives, these programs embody the charitable spirit of the Order and may serve as an example and inspiration for all Knights of Columbus. Michigan was honored to have the International Service Award for Youth Activities awarded to St. Francis Council 923 of Petoskey. Below is the write up for their award titled ‘St. Michael Academy’. “The region around Petoskey, Michigan, had been without a Catholic high school for several decades. In 2013, however, St. Michael Academy opened. With just 11 students, the school did not have much to financially support it, yet Council 923 helped fund the school through scholarships and the Bread and Altar Wine program. Realizing the school was here to stay and would be growing in future years, the council committed to supporting the school in the future. As the school began to look for a new, more permanent location, Council 923 was faced with a dilemma: A tenant of a property which was acquired by the Council Building Association in 2003 was downsizing its operation and would eventually leave the premises entirely. This left the Building Association with a large financial risk but also an opportunity. The council worked with the school board to negotiate transfer of the building’s ownership. Despite several timing challenges and uncertainties, the council was able to officially transfer ownership to the school in December 2015. This donation is valued at over $500,000. Now that the school has its own facility, the council continues to support the effort through fundraisers and scholarships. This partnership should help grow the Catholic community in Petoskey and the Gaylord Diocese for years to come. Congratulations to St. Francis Council members and officers for their dedication to the Order’s principles and to forwarding Catholic Education.
Happy Halloween Monday October 31, 2016
Safe Kids Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.
From The State Advocate Walter K. Winkle, Jr.
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I would like to thank the delegates that attend this year’s State Convention for their vote and allowing me to continue on the State Board as your Advocate. Supreme has sent me to training in Dallas in June and introduced me to many of the issues that may come up here in our State. I would ask that when you do have an issue that comes up in your council that you check with your Grand Knight and Councils Advocate to resolve the issue. They have access to the Supreme web site. www.kofc.org. There they can log in and refer to the Officers Desk Reference. There are many topics that they can link on that may help them find the answer that they are looking for. Believe it or not, most issues are common among other councils. Supreme has complied most of the answers to your questions in this one location. If they cannot come up with an answer, please contact your District Deputy before contacting the State Advocate, He has most likely have helped other councils with similar issues or your issue may have been discussed during our Summer or Winter meetings. If the DD cannot resolve your issue then please put your questions in writing and ask him to contact the State Advocate. I will do my best to help in every way I can.
From The State Program Director Dale Schaedig
The fraternal year officially started with our summer meeting at Boyne Highlands on July 1st with our District Deputy training. We conducted general information training at the beginning and then moved to “break-out” sessions both Friday evening and again on Saturday. The turnout for the break-outs was great, as not only the District Deputies but the State & Diocesan Directors took advantage of the opportunities and attended meetings when they were not doing training at one of the breakouts. The teaching centered around linking programs and membership in Church, Culture of Life, Family Life, Council, Community, Youth, Special Olympics, Columbian Squires and Athletics. There was also guidance provided toward Vocations, Evangelization and the Domestic Church. Attendees were educated on Talking Points, Round Tables, Featured Service Programs, Degrees and Ceremonials, Awards & Incentives, District Deputy Roles & Responsibilities, New Council Development, Council Reactivation, Insurance Benefits Nights, Recruiting Field Agents, State Raffle Techniques, Council & District Websites, Email, Public Relations as a Membership Tool, Bylaws, Fraternal Issues, Form 990, Legal Questions, Effective District Meetings and Public Speaking.
These trainings were designed to address concerns that were gathered from the last Focus meetings that was held with the District Deputies. The intent was to allow the new and returning District Deputies to learn information in areas that they had an interest in. The break-outs had great attendance and the advanced sign up was a big success. We did find out that we needed to improve our onsite sign-up process, so look for improvements at the Winter Meeting in December. I want to thank each Director that prepared their portion of the training.
The next task was to travel to each of the Diocese and offer a condensed version of what was presented to the District Deputies at the Summer Meeting to the Council officers. We traveled to Detroit Diocese East & West, Saginaw Diocese, Marquette Diocese (Sault Ste. Marie, Ewen, & Escanaba), Gaylord Diocese, Kalamazoo Diocese, Grand Rapids Diocese and Lansing Diocese. This marked the end of the State Directors training, and the beginning of the District Deputies beginning their training in each District. That has been 95% completed at the time of this writing. I have started to record the progress of the councils and am impressed by the number of councils that have completed their form 185. As of today, 396 out of 437 councils have submitted their form - only 41 councils have not turned theirs in. I have asked the Diocesan Program Directors to contact their District Deputies and offer any assistance to get us to 100%.
The reporting of form 365 (council Director assignments) is not doing as well but is not as delinquent as the submission of form 185. Grand Knights: please be aware that form 365 does not have to be complete to be submitted. You can fill in the positions that are currently filled and send it in. When you have additional directorships you can amend your original submittal.
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6 October 2016
State Membership Director Ken Krause
USING EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION TO GAIN AND RETAIN MEMBERS
Effective communication within councils involve members and their families, and good public relations with parishes and communities attract new members who will want to join the K of C.
Knights and their families need to know their council plans and how they can be involved. That happens through council newsletters, emails and websites. It's difficult for some members to attend meeting to find out what's happening, so councils must rely on other forms of communication. When members don't know about activities and aren't informed about how they turned out, they lose interest. When a member loses interest and isn't active in his council, he questions why he should belong and considers dropping his membership.
The Power of 10 is also an effective process in which the council officers and directors are assigned 10 members or fewer to call when important events are planned or help is needed on a project. It can also be used to alert members about services when a brother knight passes. The key is to keep members informed, so they feel a part of the life of the council. Members need to be recognized for their contributions. Selecting and recognizing Knights and
Families of the Months is an excellent way to do this. When members and their families go above and beyond serving the council, their parish and community, they deserve this recognition. In fact, the Family of the Month need not be members of the council, but they may be great supporters of council and parish activities. Recognizing them may encourage them to join.
If parishioners and community members don't know about council plans, activities and events that reflect the council's values, there is nothing to entice them to join. Having an active public relations director who focuses on designing advertising and writing press releases about council events and fundraisers is important.
Council leaders need to think what will interest their neighbors and friends to join the K of C. Social, religious and educational activities that show knights in action can grab their attention. Knowing their community and parish needs and designing activities to address them will capture interest and involvement. This provides an opportunity for the membership director and his team to ask them to join the knights. The Columbus Day Church Drive October 8-9 or October 15-16 provides an opportunity for councils to tell how they serve their parishes and invite men to join. This year the Michigan State Council has designed an Exemplary Public Relations Award to recognize councils for promoting their work and that of the Order. The criteria include designing an image brochure telling about the council history, listing officers, awards received and the benefits of joining the Knights. This is complemented by creating a bi-fold display board showing council activities, achievements and knights and families in action that can be displayed at parish and community events. The brochure can be given to prospective members and the display board can show the council in action. Having a membership table at council dinners, parish festivals and other gatherings with knights chatting with friends and sharing what the council does conveys the invitation to join.
MI -18 Blood Drive 2016 - 2017 Below is a list of councils and the date when they participated in the Blood Drive program
during the 1st quarter of the 2016 -2017 fraternal year.
Howell Council 2659 7-22-2016
Grand Haven Council 2975 7-17-2016
Mio council 7329 7-18-2016
Jenison Council 7487 7-24-2016
Remus Council 7869 7-27-2016
Brighton Council 7891 7-30-2016
Grand Rapids Council 8291
Montrose Council 8669 7-12-2016
Pinckney Council 11761 7-21-2016
Laingsburg Council 12044 7-18-2016
Sterling Hgts. Council 12102
Montague Council 12985 7-11-2016
Grand Rapids Council 15495
Utica Council 2950 8-12-2016
Roscommon Council 6593 8-15-2016
Ada Council 8117 8-14-2016
Lake City Council 8556 8-19-2016
Sparta Council 10992 8-06-2016
Midland Council 13452 8-13-2016
Belmont Council 13526 8-09-2016
White Cloud Council 13939
One Member Per Council Per Month
MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN Ladies Corner
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Hello K of C Ladies We are to “SERVE” The “Summer Season” has gone very fast.
The past two months have been a very busy and exciting time. The Summer Leadership Conference at Boyne Highland was a very successful Meeting. Our State Chaplain Rev. William J. Turner had invited a family from Bethlehem they spent three days at the Summer Meeting. They gave us a very enlighten experience of their life in Palestine. The family spoke at the Ladies Program on Friday evening and at the Sunday’s closing breakfast. Our Knights were very generous with $2000.00 for catholic education in Bethlehem. This family will truly be in our prayers daily. May God take them all under his wing and help all in the Holy Land and the Middle East through the hardship.
Next, the Michigan Knight of Columbus Jurisdiction went to Toronto, Canada for the Supreme Convention. What a beautiful and busy city. We had the opportunity to enjoy mass each day, and meetings. One was on The Year of “Mercy”. The Supreme Knight encourage all to help the people in the Middle East. He explained that all Christian are being targeted for “Genocide” because they are Christians. “Jesus we Trust in You!”
It was exciting to experience our own St. Francis Xavier Petoskey Council #923 receiving the International Youth Service Award. With the Immediate Past Grand Knight Jeffery Haven not being able to travel back with the award, IPSD Robert Fox along with State Deputy Kenneth Unterbrink and wife journeyed to St. Francis Church in Petoskey on Sunday August 7th to present the award after the homily to the Council during the 10am mass.
The Installation Committee went full swing into the Installation of State Leadership. A long process, but the Installation of State Leadership, on Saturday August 27th 2016 at St. Mary in Chelsea went very well. Thank you to everyone who attended - District Deputies, State Diocesan, and Regional Directors, friends, family, especially the board and wives. The Installation of State Leadership is a celebration for the new fraternal year. Thank you “MICHIGAN” Knights of Columbus and wives!!
Our Knights of Columbus is a FAMILY with God at the center. The sacrament of Matrimony which is intended to perfect the couple’s love and strengthen their indissoluble unity. Pray with your wife, who is your equal. Then branch out into the family with prayer with the children. Take your family to Sunday Mass. Next, look to the needs of others though the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. This is true love!!
Now, on to the next event for the Ladies of the Knights of Columbus. The Winter Leadership Meeting is approaching fast. This meeting will be held at the Ann Arbor Marriott at Ypsilanti, Eagle Crest on December 02-03 2016.
The ladies will have a room to bring your sweatshirts, bath baskets, hats, mittens, and gift cards and etc. that you all collected. That is why I would like us (LADIES) to share these items with the HCCS and Veterans in Michigan, and other needy Catholic organization in Michigan. Contact Ellie for and questions. There are so many persons in the Great State of Michigan that need help, warm clothes, personal items, and the acts of kindness, and to be taken care of. We can show our mercy and love by sharing out gifts.
Also, The Ladies of the Knights of Columbus will be looking forward to attending with their husband, one of your council celebration. Please ask your Grand Knight to forward to the State deputy at least six weeks in advance any request. Enjoy this beautiful state of “MICHIGAN” we live in from Ironwood to Temperance.
Ellie Unterbrink, Sue Vittorini, Marybeth Chasse, Karen Winkle, Julie Kolomjec
HOLY CROSS CHILDRENS SERVICES
I would like to start with a heartfelt thank you for all that you do for the young men and women of Holy Cross. Providing Christmas gifts for over 3000 boys and girls, gift cards used for birthdays and graduations, gift baskets, clothes for jobs, and job interviews, volunteering at Holy Cross Golf outings the Annual Calendar Fundraiser and Hosting HCCS children at various sporting events
Last year HOLY CROSS expanded many of their programs to fit the needs of today infants and moms are now being fed, the literacy program at Samaritan Center has 700 students participating. These programs are now fulfilling the need to serve even younger children. Don’t think that this is just a Detroit issue the centers in Lansing, Bay City, and Saginaw are also evolving to meet the needs of today.
The Michigan Knights of Columbus has supported HCCS since 1948 we need to continue our support. The need to care for these children is growing. The billing is already out for the Councils yearly quota I urge you to get your checks in as soon as you can and even try to join those other councils that go over quota.
Brother Francis, Regional Directors Tom Schmit, George Mallison and and I are willing to come to your District or Council meetings to answer any questions
Thanks again for all you have done and will do for HOLY CROSS CHILDRENS SERVICES.
HCCS LIAISON DIRECTOR Michael Brennan
Dates to Remember
St. Francis Camp on the Lake & Alhambra, Wild Game Dinner, Friday January 20, 2017, 6pm, DeCarlo’s Banquet Center State Chaplain tribute Banquet, Sunday February 26, 2017, 4pm, DeCarlo’s Banquet Center 2017 State Charities Raffle, Saturday April 22, 2017, 2:30pm, DeCarlos Banquet Center
8 October 2016
MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN From The State Program Director
As I write this article, the first quarter MI-1 is not due so I am looking forward to a large submittal by the 1st of October. I thank all the Grand Knights in advance for recording their programs on the MI-1 as they strive for the Columbian Award and Star Council. There has been a change in the requirements for the Columbian Award by Supreme. Here is what Supreme put in the August District Deputy Reminder:
At least four (4) of those programs need to be designated as “Domestic Church” programs. Please visit kofc.org/domesticchurch to review the most up-to-date list of programs and activities. The following programs currently carry the Domestic Church designation: • Journey to the Inn
• Father’s Day Affirmation of Wedding Vows
• Consecration to the Holy Family • Family Fully Alive Devotional Program
• Holy Family Celebrations (Diocesan-wide)
• Food for Families
• Keep Christ in Christmas
• Spiritual Formation Groups (Into the Breach)
• 5th Sunday Rosary Program
• Family Week Celebrations Additional Domestic Church activities will be released throughout the fraternal year. For information and resources pertaining to the Building the Domestic Church initiative, councils should visit kofc.org/DomesticChurch. The Columbian Award Application is currently being revised to reflect these changes and should be available shortly. Councils are advised to discard any paper copies of the Columbian Award Application that they may currently have on hand. Any questions regarding the change with the Columbian Award application should be directed to Robert Ennis at email@example.com. Questions regarding the Building the Domestic Church initiative should be directed to Thomas Perretta at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be aware that the MI-1 will also be changed to reflect these changes. God bless and with all your help we will have a very successful 2016-2017 Fraternal year. Your State Program Director Dale Schaedig
The following are the winners for the “Family of the Month” contest, obtained through a random drawing held at the Supreme Council office from among many nominees submitted by councils throughout the Order.
Family of Rob & Laura Sheets Council 575 - Battle creek
Family Of Kenneth & Lynn Grunewald Council 2950 - Utica
Family of Robert & Carolyn Brinkman Council 5280 - Gladwin
Family of Kristopher & Sharon Caverly Council 8556 - Lake City Family of Lawrence & Jill Stopczynski Council 13319 - White Lake
Family of Scott & Pamela Sue Southland Council 15495 - Grand Rapids
Family of Joe & Ann Campbell Council 1120 - Benton Harbor
Family of William & Kathy Galliker Council 2251 - Saint Clair Family of Thomas & Julia Mahoney Council 2943 - Chesaning Family of Mike & Teresa O’Neal Council 3257 - Warren
Family of David & Annette Hall Council 11099 - Lansing
Family of David & Brandy Iacopelli Council 13499 - Grand Rapids
Family of Jeffrey & Donna Bruski Council 529 - Alpena
Family of Fred & Martha Ruppel Council 2986 - Pinconning
Family Of William & Jo Learman Council 3224 - Caro
Family of George & Sherri Glover Council 4232 - Saginaw
Family Of Tony & Maddona White Council 8043 - Sanford
Family of Richard & Kimberly Dutts Council 11689 - Clinton Twp.
Family of Charles & Judy Crotty Council 689 - Marquette
Family of Ronald & Julie Peters Council 6593 - Roscommon
Family of Robert & Linda Luxford Council 7487 - Jenison
Family of Kevin & Laura Kausch Council 8893 - Cass City
Family of Dennis & Martha Strikulis Council 11811 - Novi
Family of Michael Gillett Council 13703 - Clio
HOW MANY KNIGHTS HAVE ENJOYED THE 2ND AND 3RD DEGREE?
BY GENE MURAWSKI, STATE CEREMONIAL DIRECTOR
I have for the last year talked about why not take your Formation and Knighthood Degree. Well let's talk about the people who have done the Formation and Knighthood Degree's and what they say about the experience.
Last year the State of Michigan did 77 Formation and Knighthood Degrees, and had 1209 new 3rd Degree Knights. We talk about Retention, and what a problem it can be. It has been proven that if a brother goes thru the Knighthood Degree, the odds are much better that we do not have to worry about him leaving the order. I have included the most current schedule of Formation and Knighthood Degrees in this Columbian, so try to make one of them when they are in your area.
Over the last year we have had many priests and deacons go thru the Formation and Knighthood Degree. We, as staff members, have heard many good comments about the degrees from all of the new 3rd Degree Knights. A few years ago, the degrees were changed and they are much more connected to the teachings of the church. I have always said that everyone should learn the lessons of the Formation and Knighthood to know your religion better. Why not ask your friends to join the 3rd Degree?
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Date of the Degree
Start Time of Admission Degree
Start Time of "Formation" Degree
Start Time of "Knighthood" Degree
Location of Degree
Mike Terwilliger Chuck Batcke
Host DD Phone No.
9/17/16 9/18/16 9/24/16
9:00 AM District #1
District #3 Staff
10:30 AM Patriotic Degree Patriotic Degree
11:30 AM Exempt
Alpena No Degrees
11099 Gaylend Meeks 517-896-8327
John Hundiak Michael Stanchina
8669 Larry Prevo
1:00 PM Lincoln Park
3078 Jim Pease
10/1/16 10/1/16 10/2/16 10/5/16
9:00 AM 9: AM None None
10:30 AM 10:30 AM 12:00 Noon
11:30 AM 11:30 AM
1:00 PM 7:30 PM
Grosse Ile Sterling Heights
13475 George Honer 7011 Bob Bielinski 6687 Chuck DeBor
15439 Robert Smith
734-675-3055 586-206-8076 517-937-9951 517-887-2368
15967 Joseph Brenner 773-631-8497
1139 Richard Stone 517-755-8570
14427 Jim Escott
10/16/16 10/22/16 10/29/16
11:00 AM District #4
9:00 AM District #2
12:30 PM Patriotic Degree
10:30 AM Patriotic Degree
1:30 PM Exempt
11:30 AM Exempt
Traverse City Imlay City Portland Bay City
Harrison Twp East Lansing Grand Rapids
1213 4556 2168
Philip Parker Matthew Stapels Lawrence Adams Barry Borsenik Richard Abernathy David Buick
248-225-8444 810-728-4087 616-374-8340 989-295-1266 586-306-1296 517-927-8044
3104 Douglas Graves 616-363-7904
11/27/16 1/14/17 1/19/17
10:00 AM None None
11:30 AM 9:00 AM 6:30 PM
12:30 AM 10:00 AM
3823 7115 7587
Cark Taus W. David Gibson Thom Publiski
989-551-9880 231-670-1093 734-572-0652
7761 Zane Rice
2950 Jason Meyers 586-383-0284
7200 Michael Mejia 586-321-9491
13600 Robert Brines 248-842-8943
3774 James Pease
4188 Mark Brezenski 248-227-8120
3860 Tom Kramarz 313-410-2796
2/19/17 2/26/17 3/11/17 3/18/17
9:00 AM STATE
11:00 AM 8:30 AM
10:00 AM DEPUTY 1:00 PM 10:00 AM
11:00 AM TRIBUTE
2:00 PM 11:00 AM
Davison DINNER Harrisville Temperance
4090 Larry Prevo
Mike Maturen Kenneth Dressel Garret Kelenske
10 October y 2016
Dear Brother Knights,
We hope everyone had a wonderful summer and that you’re ready for one of Michigan’s most
beautiful and colorful seasons.
The summer flew by and was quite busy with many events and activities. Thank you again Brother Knights for events that you hosted to benefit Holy Cross Children’s Services. We are forever grateful for all that you do to help Michigan kids, families and programs.
Please enjoy the Fall season and again thank you for your continued support!
With gratitude and humility,
John Lynch CEO
Brother Francis Boylan, CSC Executive Director Emeritus
Visit our website to see what new things we are doing and to learn more about HCCS!
Please remember, calendars are available for $25.00 each. We have daily drawings of $50, monthly $500, and the December Grand Prize is $5,000.
Calendar Fundraiser Winners
Below is a list of recent awardees
July: Robert Osentoski, Nancy Partridge, Gary Hengesbach, Donald Rademacher, Joseph Schall, Joseph Wilhelm, Rev. Paul Nomellini, Ellen Stroyan, Donald Lightcap, Johanna Wittman, Daniel Chandonnet, Lois Feldpausch, Joe Gerber, William Klick, Brian Kussy, Agnes Petkus, Margaret Steinberger, Robert Steckowski, Karl Kutz, Janice Leathead, Michael Simon, Eric Hayhurst, Richard & Margaret Tanghe, Robert & Mary Zukowski, Michael Petrowski, Eric & Marcella Wohleben, Fred Domine, Edward & Mary Taylor, Ronald Verellen, David Sliwinski, Daniel LeVeque, $500 WINNER – John Rogers
August: Russell & Sandra Kowatch, Robert Reinelt, William Izydorek, Gary Skarb, John & Tammy Guth, Bernard Ritter, Randall Whitman, Joseph Murawski, Colleen Kokesh, Michael Mills, Anthony Nappo, Linda Brazeal, Laura Sulak, Gerald Arens, Denise Bergeron, Maddy
Kavanagh, Keith Hornick, William Gilmore, Robert Flynn, David Klein, Robert Klosowski, Douglas Walter, Raymond Sliva, Mary Dutkiewicz, Janet Neveau, Kenneth Gifford, Kelemen Kelemen, Philip Marvin, Grant Ohlson, III, Fred Ruppel, Jr., Jeannine Schweihofer, $500 WINNER – Meredith Heisey
September: James Isola, Dallas Compeau, Sam Romano, Ed Stemen, Cheryl Clark, George Cascos, Ann LaRoche, Eric Petersen, Robert Smedley, Stephen Lewis, Elizabeth Kurczewski, Gary & Marilyn Jordan, Richard Guernsey, Danny Kurzawski, Irvin Booms, Beverly Matson, Gerald Hachenski, Mitchell Olejniczak, Lois Gensterblum, Elmer Roland, Jr., Steve Weber, Craig Arens, Paul Kamyszek, Mark Konkle, Michael Boog, Julie Thelen, Anthony & Nancy Wisniewski, Gerald Sulak, Glenn Ramsey, John Turek, $500 WINNER – Tony Feldpausch
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Events and Activities
February 26- September 10, 2016
“WCSX Corvette for Kids” benefitting HCCS
For the third year, HCCS was the charity of choice for the WCSX Corvette for Kids (formerly known as the Stone Soup Project).
This year’s donation, a 1961 Corvette, was refurbished by Tracy Performance Corvette Parts and Service in Roseville, Michigan, also in charge of the makeover, donated time and parts and coordinating other part donations, while also keeping some of the nostalgic look.
From March to September 10th, many HCCS coworkers attended events across Michigan to sell $10 raffle tickets for a chance to win the Corvette.
The winning raffle ticket drawing was held September 10th at the annual VillageFest in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
The 1961 Corvette
Crazy Olympics 2016
Every year HCCS hosts an end of summer event for all our kids and coworkers called Crazy Olympics. It’s a great day of fun, crazy games, team art projects, a picnic, and well-thought-out skits that show off months of hard work and accomplishments made by the kids during their time at HCCS. It’s a carefree, fun day for all involved.
We want to give a special thanks to First Lady Ellie Unterbrink for attending and bringing gift cards for all the children who participated.
THANK YOU, ELLIE!
May 11, 2016
Good Samaritans Benefit
The Samaritan Center, opened 15 years ago by HCCS and daily serving 1,500 vulnerable people on Detroit's east side, enjoys the benevolence of a band of suburbanites known as the Good Samaritans.
Chef Paul Grosz and HCCS’ Karen Rupley
At this year's benefit more than 150 members and their friends gathered for pre-
theatre gourmet wining and
dining at Paul Grosz’ Cuisine restaurant.
They then strolled across Lothrop to the Fisher Theatre for a performance of “Sound of Music”, there joined by 20 excited HCCS teens, most whom were seeing live theater for the first time.
The evening raised more than $27,000 for HCCS.
Honoree Leila Lynch, Dawn Lynch Rassel
Summer ’16 Golf Outings
June 9 Marty Corcoran hosted the annual Corcoran Golf Outing at the Fortress Golf Club in Frankenmuth and welcomed 125 golfers, netting $23,500.
July 12 Our annual Holy Cross Golf Outing was a great success and netted $97,000.
August 27 Irish Hills Council #6223 hosted their annual golf outing at Devil’s Lake Golf Course to benefit HCCS.
Ladies Auxiliary Auction
The Ladies Auxiliary held their annual auction at the Knights of Columbus State Convention at Mackinac and raised $16,531 to benefit HCCS.
12 October 2016
MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN Strength In Numbers
In business, true success comes not from the occasional big sale or banner year, but from consistent, positive results or earnings, but from honest, dedicated service and ethical consistency.
Throughout its history, The Knights of Columbus has worked diligently to be a successful business of utmost integrity. Thanks to the tireless efforts of our professional agency force and the unwavering trust of brother knights, we have built a legacy of lasting strength that Knights everywhere can be proud of.
Three numbers help tell our story today. 15
This past year marked the 15th consecutive year of insurance sales growth for the Knights of Columbus, and the streak continues amid turbulent economic cycle.
The 2008 economic collapse and recession, and the ensuing nearzero interest rate environment, were tough on the insurance industry. Nevertheless, Knights of Columbus successfully navigated these troubled waters to achieve 15 consecutive years of sale growth.
When customers were turning away from other businesses, wondering whom they could trust, members of the Knights of Columbus continued to believe in the strength of our business and the value of our products. And we continued to rely on a tried and true system that puts members first, with a sales model grounded on the personal relationship forged between a member and his brother Knight agent.
Ours may be an unconventional approach in a rapidly changing industry, but it has ultimately been a major reason for our success. Purchasing life insurance is an important, personal decision that requires the purchaser to think seriously about economic picture, his future and his family. With most other insurance companies, it is a decision that one may make in isolation and without adequate guidance. Or perhaps it is a decision made with a stranger – a broker or a salesman whom the purchaser has never met before.
With the Knights of Columbus, it is a decision that members make with a brother Knight--- someone who shares a common bond, who cares about them and their family and who will be there to help when they need it most.
This relationship is built on trust, and builds trust too. This is the basis of our slogan “insurance by brother Knights, for brother Knights,” and it has been the reason for our continued success. 3
“Insurance by brother Knights, for brother Knights” also means that we put our members and their families at the forefront of every decision we make. While companies typically concern
themselves with profitability above all else, this is simply not the way the Knights does business, as the supreme knight has said on countless occasions.
The Knights ethical integrity is not mere assertion, but an acknowledged reality. Last March, for the third consecutive year, our commitment to ethical practice and governance was recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, which named the Knights of Columbus a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company. This evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of all aspects of a business operation, including its corporate citizenship and responsibility, its culture of ethics, its governance and its leadership, innovation and reputation. The Knights of Columbus was one of only three recipients in the life insurance category.
Such an honor, and similar recognition in the past, attests to the depth and breadth of our ethical commitment. Moreover, it demonstrates that we take our duty to our member, to their families, to our communities—and our founder-- very seriously. 41
Taking this duty seriously has had positive consequences. For example, August 2016, the Knights of Columbus earned the highest possible rating for financial strength by ratings agency A.M. Best – for the 41st consecutive year. There is no more highly rated life insurer in North America.
“Through conservative management, active fraternalism and high-quality insurance products, the fraternal society has grown to a multi-billion dollar international insurance organization, A.M. Best said of the Knights of Columbus.
In short, the trust that members continue to place in the Knights of Columbus, coupled with the ethical, moral and subsequently conservative approach we employ, has enabled us to run a successful, sound business that brother Knights everywhere can take pride in.
Everything that we do ultimately points back to our founding mission of our venerable founder: to protect Catholic families. It is a testament to Fr. McGivney’s vision that the Knight of Columbus has grown to become one of the largest life insurers in North America and the largest Catholic insurer by far.
Just as Fr McGivney hoped, the Order has been able to build upon the bonds of brotherhood to help Catholic families secure the financial protection they need. It is a unique arrangement that has led to lasting strength the likes of which no one – save, perhaps, Father McGivney himself – could have imagined Dennis Palm General Agent
MI -20 Food Drive 2016 - 2017 Below is a list of councils and the date when they participated in the Food Drive program
during the 1st quarter of the 2016 -2017 fraternal year. Lake City Council 8556 9-01-16
What do we mean by when we say each family is a Domestic Church? We mean that each family is an assembly of believers that together participate in the work of God. By using the Scripture term
"domestic church," we emphasize that family is not simply a social concept, but rather a state of life established by God.
Flint Council 695 Richard Watson Cheboygan Council 791 Harry Finn, PGK, Charles Buergen Marine City Council 856 Msgr. George Browne
May They Rest In Peace
Detroit Council 2739 Anthony Matey, Sylvester Sielicki Westphalia Council 2890 Aloysius Hafner Lincoln Park Council 3078 Thomas Drumsta, Dominic Conti Stanislaw Sabat, Robert Vernier Ernest Krajewski, Jr.
Mt. Pleasant Council 3651 Paul Zuker, Gerald Faber Taylor Council 4872 Tom Wilson, Robert Breault Andrew Motil, Walter Zimmerman Roscommon Council 6593 Norm Richards, Frank Levay
Romeo Council 7018 Anthony Nardozzi, FDD West Branch Council 8948 James Rhead, Donald Jacobs Miro Weiss Clarkston Council 15967 Richard Kuciemba
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NOTE: FOR GRAND KNIGHTS AND COUNCIL PR CHAIRMAN In each issue of the Michigan Columbian we print the Current Knights and Families of the month as designated by the local councils in the State. These men deserve State wide recognition. We appreciate your help in keeping this information current. The names of the Family of the Month and those of the deceased members, need to be sent to: Gary M. Kolbicz, 39373 Durand Drive, Sterling Heights, MI 48310. The Names of the Knight of the Month need to be sent direct to:
Ed Strach, State Council Family Life Director, 522 Berkshire, Saline, MI 48176
Alpena Council 529 Larry & Pat Losinski Andrew & Julie Przeslawski Tom & Linda Split Marine City Council 856 Dan Lavere, family Tom Cook family Kingsford Council 1585 Jerome & Tina Pickett,cfy Robert & Gloria Koerschner Dennis & Kathy Povolo St. Clair Council 2251 William & Kathy Galliker Standish Council 2724 James & Aggie Somerfield Utica Council 2950 Phillip & Denise Kuper
Christopher & Catherine Tuzinsky
Pinconning Council 2986 Fred & Martha Ruppel Mark & Diane Konwinski John & Maureen Duley Lincoln Park Council 3078 Mike & Tracy Vernier John & Cathy Mrzyglod John & Joyce Kepes Caro Council 3224 William & Jo Learman Ruth Council 3823 Thomas & Sandra Rutkowski Caro Council 3224 Alma Moreno-Babcock Sandusky Council 4693 Bill & Edie Izdorek
Families of the Month
John & Suzanne Guttowsky Brandon & Kristy Nunn Bill & Pam Thompson Taylor Council 4872 Richard & Marie Butkowski Joseph & Marcie Kimmel Steve & LuAnne Chorkaluk Ronald & Priscilla DiBiase New Baltimore Council 5981 Joseph & Connie Benoit Brian & Debbie Yacks Duane & Cheryl Gaedcke Gwinn Council 6293 Michael & Len Mckeen Roscommon Council 6593 Keith & Mary Kleinert Ron & Julie Peters Bill & Darlene Kopko Posen Council 6657 Vickey Flanner & Grandchildren John & Adrianne Romel Mike & Kim Wisniewski Swartz Creek Council 6694 Nishith & Minal Dave Romeo Council 7018 John & Betty Cassidy, Jr. Grand Ledge Council 7311 James & Jean Reverman AuGres Council 7717 John & Linda Clyne, cfy Rockford Council 7761 Chad &Martha Carlisle Remus Council 7869 Ricky & Shirley Denslow
Lawrence & Mary Post, cfy Durand Council 7955 Tom & Connie O’Brien Tom & Jeanette Gomos Sanford Council 8043 Mike & Pam Schultz Bob & Camille Dodick Howell Council 8169 Jeffrey & Katie Schlueter Lake City Council 8556 Kristopher & Sharon Caverly cfy Auburn Hills Council 8659 Ronald & Pat Guibord Montrose Council 8669 Bernie & Ronnie Rokosz Gerald & Dorothy Sharpe Stewart & Amy Bober Douglas Council 8687 Eric & Jennifer Ellison Bob & Camille Dodlick Cass City Council 8892 Aaron & Kate Fernaid Mason Council 9182 Bob McCormick family Gene Hentkowski family Tim Zielinski family Kalamazoo Council 9962 Robert & Dawn Flasch Bearnd & Patrica Westrick
Guadalupe & Christine Hernandez
Adam& Marina Knott Okemos Council 10006 Rob & Lynn Jones Ronald & Joan Lenz
Lansing Council 10542 Scott & Jane Cunningham Harbor Beach Council 11432 Dale & Jenny Emming Carl & Sue Siemen Gary & Joanne Wolschleger Steve & Debbie Oglenski Marne Council 11581 Mike & Sheri McNatte Port Huron Council 11756 Joe & Beatice Smith Pickney Council 11761 Brad & Debbie Miller Wayne & Rose Haynes Laingsburg Council 12044 Don & Pat Brown Stephen & Mary Izdebski Vicksburg Council 13305 Scott & Patricia Cline Edward & Amanda Klein Patrick & Katherine Hammer Alvin & Mary Ann Koenigsknecht Midland Council 13452 Joe & Lisa Ryan Tim & Catherine Richard Sterling Heights Council 13799 Deacon Franz & Arlene Hofer Don Harris family, cfy
The portrait of Mother Teresa displayed on the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica at her Vatican canonization on Sunday, Sept. 4, was commissioned by the Knights of Columbus and painted by renowned American artist Chas Fagan. A graduate of Yale University, Fagan has painted portraits of all the U.S. presidents — a collection that regularly tours the country for the White House Historical Association. He lives and works in Charlotte, N.C. Also an accomplished sculptor, Fagan’s pieces include a bronze of President Ronald Reagan that stands in the Capitol rotunda and likenesses of Mother Teresa and Rosa Parks that are carved into the stone detail of the narthex of Washington’s National Cathedral. The official canonization image was seen publicly for the first time at a press conference in Washington, D.C., at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine on Thursday, Sept. 1. It was commissioned
by the Knights as a gift to the Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Mother Teresa in 1950.
The Knights’ gift also includes the printing of more than 1 million prayer cards bearing the new image, that were distributed at the canonization Mass led by Pope Francis. Reproductions of the portrait were also given to the Missionaries of Charity and the poor they serve around the world.
“The Knights of Columbus has been privileged to work closely with Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity since the 1970s,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “We always felt a special affinity with Mother Teresa, since our first principle is charity. As with her, that principle manifests itself in our own work and also through our help and support for the poor and vulnerable — those on the margins of society.”
The Knights of Columbus printing plant in New Haven, Conn., has done other assignments for Mother Teresa’s congregation. In 1988, the Knights were first honored to work with Mother Teresa, who personally delivered her order’s constitutions and official book of prayers to be created by the printing plant that is now supporting her canonization.
At the time, in a talk to nearly 600 K of C employees, she thanked “the Knights of Columbus for all the good things they have done for the people of God.”
In 1992, Mother Teresa was chosen as the first recipient of the Gaudium et Spes Award, the highest honor that the Knights bestow.
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Knights of the Month
NOTE: FOR GRAND KNIGHTS AND COUNCIL PR CHAIRMAN In each issue of the Michigan Columbian we print the Current Knights and Families of the month as designated by the local councils in the State. These men deserve State wide recognition. We appreciate your help in keeping this information current. The names of the Family of the Month and those of the deceased members, need to be sent to: Gary M. Kolbicz, 39373 Durand Drive, Sterling Heights, MI 48310. The Names of the Knight of the Month need to be sent direct to:
Jeffrey J. Gapczynski, State Council Activities Director, 41240 Scarborough Ct., Clinton Twp., MI 48038
Alpena Council 529 James Buczkowski, Ronald Donakowski James Monette, Patrick Gapske Battle Creek Council 575 KhuabLian Sang, John Chmiel Marquette Council 689 Richard Guenther Marine City Council 856 Jerry Markel, Dan Steinmetz Big Rapids Council 1300 John Zimmerman, Gregory Zurawski Thomas O'Brien Kingsford Council 1585 Gregory Stanchina, Michael Malner Fr. Paul Nomellini Warren Council 1874 Jerry Hannberg, Donald Lock St. Clair Council 2251 Tom Myers, Al Kukuk Eastpointe Council 2463 Richard Elsey Royal Oak Council 2569 Joe Holota, cky Howell Council 2659 Deacon Raymond Kunik John Peretto Standish Council 2724 Ron LaLonde, Randy Huovinen Tom Prohaska, Sr. Gaylord Council 2781 Steven Furay Westphalia Council 2890 Chuck Schneider Utica Council 2950 Jason Meyers, Dr. Francis Elwart Grand Haven Council 2975 Samuel Young, Norm welty Pinconning Council 2986 Wayne Jasman Grand Haven Council 2975 Terry Johnson, Dieter Tober Lincoln Park Council 3078 Gene Gross, Ed Nemes Stu Baron Crystal Falls Council 3082 David Stanek Caro Council 3224 Webster Doan
Ruth Council 3823 Ryan Kramer Walled Lake Council 4064 Joseph Vella Three Rivers Council 4141 Jeff Springer Saginaw Council 4232 Chuck Pappas Sandusky Council 4693 Greg Alexander, John Guttowski Bill Thompson Taylor Council 4872 Ken Lavely, Gerard Mahaney Steve Chorkaluk, Robert Harris Rochester Council 5452 Skip Kettler, Glen Steyer New Baltimore Council 5981 Mike Wojciechowski David Nummer New Baltimore Council 5986 Mike Wojciechowski Kevin Komara Marquette Council 6447 John Nelson Roscommon Council 6593 John White, Zac Gerdes Swartz Creek Council 6694 Dan Schmier Grand Blanc Council 6742 George Tracy, Joe Buffa Sterling Height Council 7011 Jim Pawlik Madison Heights Council 7239 Ronnie Thompson Brighton Council 7304 Robert Keller Grand Ledge Council 7311 Daniel Klodt Fenton Council 7418 James Gatti, Richard Dixon Jenison Council 7487 Tonino Michienzi Milan Council 7587 Jack Starzec Onaway Council 7688 Greg Will AuGres Council 7717 Dick Negrinelli,cky Remus Council 7869 Ronald Stickney Durand Council 7955 Thomas Hutchinson
Brice Merrow Sanford Council 8043 Mike Turnquist, Irv Potts Ada Council 8117 Ted Wright, Ron Cariotti Howell Council 8169 Deacon William Russell St. Helen Council 8390 Harry Kolberg, Kern Burden Robert Schneider Sand Lake Council 8425 Marc Jansheski, Frederick Bartel Joe Juskewicz Auburn Hills Council 8659 Mike Zelinski, Lucio de Camargo Montrose Council 8669 John Davidek, Larry Polzin Saginaw Council 8808 Laurance Wade, Herbert Sullivan Cass City Council 8892 Bob Mosack, Robert Butucel Mason Council 9182 Fr. Kusi Cobona, Tom Trimmer Pat Morrison Lansing Council 9711 John Vatter, Andy Busch Okemos Council 10006 Leland Rodgers, Leo Lange Rochester Hills Council 10343 Victor Kaljaj Lansing Council 10542 Lester Bidle, Bill Stonebrook William Devine Lansing Council 11099 Louis Tallarico, Michael Rademacher Edward Zaremba Battle Creek Council 11114 Jim Huysentruyt Harbor Beach Council 11432 Francis Schulte, Darrell Connell Edward Tschirhart, Dean Kozfkay Marne Council 11581 James Hartlett Clinton Township Council 11689 Mike Hartel, George Sakorafos Richard Okerhjelm Port Huron Council 11756 Joe Smith
Pickney Council 11761 Michael Haynes, Dale Pepper Novi Council 11811 Bob Dowing, Norm Chasse Laingsburg Council 12044 John Madden, Dan Gerger Sterling Heights Council 12102 Tom Langenderfer, James Frenza Tom Preslow Brighton Council 12295 Donald Walsh Montague Council 12985 David Pernesky Vicksburg Council 13305 Mitchell Montgomery, Bobby Burris Frank Penar, Otto Decker Howell Council 13450 Tim fox Midland Council 13452 Chuck Zemanek, Joe Ryan Grand Rapids Council 13499 Randy MacGeorge Belmont Council 13526 Thomas Kuehl, Robert Lothschultz John Huttenga Farmington Council 13673 Matt Chmielewski, Jamie Owens Richard Bigger Sterling Heights Council 13799 William Fend, Curt Best,cky Bob Saltsman White Cloud Council 13939 Gregory Kosia Rochester Hills Council 13950 Bert Gelmine Roseville Council 14213 Randy Wilson Northville Council 14427 Mark Tochmah Allendale Council 14586 Robert Fox Westland Council 15204 Doug Cyr, Bob Sheppard Tony Vella Kalamazoo Council 15439 Msgr. Thomas Martin Grand Rapids Council 15495 Rodney Cronin, Anthony Preston
What is the Building the Domestic Church Initiative? This initiative refers to activities focused on promoting the new evangelization, strengthening our parishes and growing the Order. It is designed to help our members and their families reflect the holiness of the universal Church. In promoting each family as a domestic church, the Knights of Columbus primarily seeks to integrate our members and their families more fully into the sacramental and social life of the parish.
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Serving Those Who Served St. John Neumann Assembly 478 in Utica, Michigan has adopted a program to assist homeless veterans who are living in a newly-established local shelter called Vets Returning Home. The program at the shelter is structured to provide the veterans with the knowledge and skills needed to become self-sufficient wage earners with an apartment of their own. The members of the Assembly have been active throughout the year soliciting and purchasing several carloads and truckloads of gently used kitchenware, tableware, furniture, and small appliances for the veterans to have available when they move into their apartments. Fifteen basic tool sets and several cash donations with a total value of approximately $2000 were also donated to the shelter by the Assembly to assist the veterans in their transition to civilian life.
St. Kieran Council 13983 of Shelby Twp., MI recently completed a three-year commitment to donate a total of $4,500 to St. Kieran Catholic Church for remodeling of the church. Mass needed to be celebrated in the parish gym during the remodeling. In order to facilitate this, the council constructed in the gym a 14 foot x 14 foot x 6 inches platform to elevate the tabernacle and celebrant. The platform was finished on the bottom so it could be padded in order to reduce noise and prevent damage to the gym floor. It then needed to be flipped over to be finished and carpeted on the top. St. Michael of Sterling Heights Council 13799 assisted both its parish and a brother in need. The council built a ramp for a wheelchair-bound Knight to help him get to and from medical appointments, and they also re-landscaped his yard with low-maintenance plants. Turning these skills to their parish, they also helped create a Peace Garden at St. Michael Church and hosted an ice cream social for parishioners at the garden’s dedication and blessing.
A project that Brother Knights of Our Lady of Good Counsel Councel 8556 started just over a year ago with Project Manager Kevin Maher and his son Jerry breaking ground for the cross, came to a conclusion on June 24th with a mass and the blessing of the Cross by Bishop Riaca, also being part of the celebration were Father Bryan, Father Wayne and our Deacons Siler and Kopasz. Thank you Brothers for a job well done.
St. Joseph the Provider Council 13942 in St. Joseph, and Immaculate Heart of Mary Council 1120 and Father Baroux Assembly, both of Benton Harbor, teamed up for the second year to host a memorial golf tournament in honor of all deceased members of the Knights of Columbus. Proceeds were donated to the Catholic Community Center in Benton Harbor, which provides a caring Christian presence to the people of the area through community outreach services; personal support; and assistance with food, utilities and other basic needs. Boyne Valley Council 6314 members erected 800 white crosses, which represent approximately 1/4 of the abortions that occur every day in the United States, in front of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Boyne City. The crosses were displayed in this heavily visited resort area during the busy weeks surrounding the Fourth of July. The crosses will later travel to four other towns in Northern Michigan to be erected by the councils of those parishes.
Knights Serve Up Food, Good Will at Tent Revival
Welton Wright, past grand knight of Msgr.
Patrick R. Dunigan Council 695, Flint, Mich.,
prepares a hot dog to serve to an attendee at
the Faith in Flint Festival on the grounds of
Powers Catholic High School near downtown
Flint. Assisting at the left is Grand Knight-
Elect Thomas Edelen, Sr. The knights paid for
and served hot dogs and chips. St. John
Vianney Parish in Flint provided free water at
the event in the city struggling to clear its
pipes of lead-tinged water lines.
by George Jaska
Members of Msgr. Dunigan Council 695, Flint aided by volunteers from Fr. Madden Council 14031, Flint and Fr. Gauthier Council 10170, Burton, served up about 438 hot dogs, 350 packages of chips and bottles of water on June 24 during a tent revival marking the one-year anniversary of the Diocrse of Lansing Faith in Flint initiative to help residents suffering from lead-tainted water. Council 695 paid for the hot dogs and chips, as well as related expenses, and joined other volunteers in giving them to participants in the five-hour program that included games, a puppet show, music, information tent, prayers by clergy, including Bishop Earl Boyea of the Lansing Diocese, and a concluding inspirational talk by internationallyknown evangelist Richard Lane. Council 695 paid costs from proceeds from the council’s Lenton Fish bakes. The council gave 78 leftover hot dogs to St. Luke N.E.W. Center along with buns and chips. The rest of the hot dogs were put in a freezer to be given out at an area Ctholic parish picnic and a back to school picnic at St. John Vianney School in Flint.
Holy Trinity Council 15548 in Comstock Park delivered 4,080 diapers, 12,000 baby wipes, 42 cans of baby formula and 54 baby bottles to HELP Pregnancy Crisis Aid in Grand Rapids. The items were purchased using the council’s funds and generous donations made by individual Knights. A council member who works for a regional retailer made arrangements to purchase these items at wholesale price.