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offical publication of the michigan state council knights of columbus columbian michigan all ne in service to in service to o volume 65 no 1 july 2013 from the state deputy michael j malinowski i read somewhere we the people of god have been invited by our holy father to begin a year of faith which began october 11 2012 it is a journey designed to deepen our conversion to christ and instill in us a fresh zeal to share the gospel in talking with people recently they felt that the year of faith was from pope benedict xvi and since he has retired it really was not in effect the year of faith will continue till the end on november 24 2013 the michigan state council has put together a year of faith pilgrimage walking on holy ground the pilgrimage will include 4 teachings 4 places and 4 encounters ­ all in one day busses will travel from gaylord down i 75 thru saginaw from grand rapids across i 96 thru lansing and from kalamazoo across i 94 thru jackson and ann arbor the bus meals presentations and more for $75 per person please see the enclosed article for more information this pilgrimage is not just for the knights of columbus but is for anyone who wishes to attend also in this edition of the paper you find enclosed a letter and a petition for all concerned pro-life citizens of michigan please take time to read the letter if you have already signed a petition at your local parish use the enclosed petition for those who have not yet had the opportunity to sign one state membership article william leveque my brother knights and ladies i would like to offer this prayer for you i pray that your relationship with god continue to grow and that the works done by you are for his praise and glory i pray this through our lord and savior jesus christ amen i want to let you know that i pray for you and for your intentions daily i pray that our country continue to allow the free practice of religion i pray that all catholics have the right to choose to honor our beliefs i pray that all catholics find some venue to practice and strengthen their faith the power of one one member per council per month one first degree per district per month one star council per district per year one new council per diocese per year by helping other catholic men have a venue to practice his faith and prayer life we can accomplish these goals i found that for me being a member of the knights is that venue i need and i hope you have too we need to avail all men 18 years and older that venue visualize this your council is a car moving in a direction the destination should be a place where god wants you to be the car engine is programs we do and should be based on the first principle of our order charity we provide opportunities for ourselves and our families to do just that charity the grand knight is the driver and helps guide us to our destination the fuel in the tank is our membership the question is how do we keep fuel in the tank one way to obtain fuel is one on one recruiting that is like using a gas can to put fuel in our tank another way we fill up is by going to a gas station which would be like running a properly done blitz having gas in the gas can or stopping at the gas station does no good if we don t put it in the tank putting gas in the tank is done by having a first degree if we don t keep fuel in our tank pretty soon the engine our programs can t run and it is unlikely we can reach our destination i would like to thank all of you for supporting our order by your works and deeds and ask that you continue with all your efforts i would like to ask that you pray for our church and our order that we continue to do what god wants us to do the last thing i ask is that you pray for me that god gives me the patience knowledge and health to continue to serve him god bless.

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2 july 201 3 michigan columbian from the state chaplain rev scott a thibodeau michigan state council knights of columbus publisher my dear brother knights and ladies vivat jesus allow me to extend my congratulations to all of our new grand knights and welcome back our current grand knights as we begin this new fraternal year it is an exciting time for the church as we are experiencing a renewal of faith guided by pope francis hopefully all of our council leaders are experiencing renewed hope as we prepare to lead our brother knights to a fruitful life in christ our order is about bringing men to a deeper relationship with jesus so as to allow them to grow in his love through our prayer and works of mercy we show support for our brothers their families and the entire church with these thoughts in mind we will be encouraging more prayer events and greater visibility of our councils for the new fraternal year obviously the venerable father michael j mcgivney founded our order in a parish community and intended that we be active in and helpful to our parish communities this requires us to take active roles in our parishes by being present and supportive of our catholic communities through our prayerful support we can become known as men of faith willing to help our priests and our brothers and sisters in need therefore we are asking all councils to renew their efforts in celebrating more corporate communions corporate communions have many benefits and no deficiencies by praying the sunday liturgy as a group in our parish communities we will certainly be more visible and be able to encourage more men to join our order by our very presence at sunday mass we will also be participating in the new evangelization as we invite our inactive members to attend council functions and these corporate communions nothing works as well as a personal invitation to reconnect and become active again a simple phone call to inactive members may be just what our brother knights need to reignite their faith it also gives us a clear direction as we attempt to bring life back to councils in desperate need or a simple shot in the arm to the active and growing i am praying this fraternal year will be one of great renewal a renewal that inspires deep faith among our brother knights and through them to the faithful everywhere i am confident this is what fr mcgivney had in mind when he founded the order at st mary s therefore we should all rejoice in the fact that we are called to share our faith in these ways and especially through our participation in the knights of columbus it occurs to me that this is exactly what it means to be a knight and a man of faith for others many blessings to our endeavors in the new fraternal year michigan columbian publication schedul copy deadline month march 1st april 2014 june 1st july 2014 september 1st october 2013 december 1st january 2014 please send all copy material to gary m kolbicz 39373 durand drive sterling heights mi 48310 res fax 586-939-3886 e-mail ­ g.kolbicz@mikofc.org state officers michael j malinowski state deputy rev scott a thibodeau state chaplain robert w fox state secretary kenneth b unterbrink state treasurer antonio g vittorini state advocate state warden thomas a marcetti sr immediate past state deputy thomas m wegener psd supreme director michigan state council office 2184 beech daly dearborn hgts mi 48127 office phone 313-274-3223 fax 313-274-0704 email mikofc@sbcglobal.net lawrence t grabowski executive secretary editorial gary m kolbicz editor g.kolbicz@mikofc.org michigan columbian publication schedule copy deadline month march 1st april 2013 june 1st july 2013 september 1st october 2013 december 1st january 2013 please send all copy material to gary m kolbicz 39373 durand drive sterling heights mi 48310 phone 586-939-3886 home fax 586-939-3886 email ­ g.kolbicz@mikofc.org moving notify your local council send your new address and mailing labet to knights of columbus membership records po box 1670 new haven ct 06507-0901

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michigan columbian july 201 3 3 the seat of peter thomas m wegener psd supreme director my brother knights and ladies at the end of may we completed a most successful convention our accomplishments were celebrated as each council was recognized in all the categories that help make us successful both programming and membership only together state council and local council working as a team towards the goals set for us can we be successful today and through the years to come integral to that success is the continuity of leadership for each council yet each year some of our councils have trouble presenting a full slate of officers for election this past state convention we had a spirited campaign for one officer s position ask yourself when was the last time more than one person compete for an officer s position in your council after you ask yourself ask others in your council why is that our councils are generally thought of in high regard by our priests by our communities and by our own members however do you have officers repeating in their office year after year are your meetings attended by only a few non-officers and nondirectors is there a lack of communication from the officers to the council members are your members aware of the great things your council does this disaffection towards participating in leadership probably took some time to develop yet certainly it affects the successful operation of our councils there is a lure to be an officer of a success council there is a lure to be part of an organization that touches so many lives with our charitable works there is a lure to be part of an organization that supports its bishops and priests to be an integral part of the lay leadership for the new evangelization in order to increase and maintain that lure which will ensure the continued success of our councils i offer the following ideas that i call the three ts which may help you create that lure and maintain that success teach the order has provided for a corps of officers to lead the council if in 1882 the founding members thought councils could perform with one or two officers then there would be only one or two officers wisely they knew that the successful operation of a council needed several elected and engaged officers each officer with their specific duty which when performed fully assists with the successful operation of the council we as elected leaders can teach the officers of the council their duties by first performing our duties well and then allow them to perform the duties of the office to which they were elected worthy grand knights broaden the duties and responsibilities of the officers of the council to at least the duties in the supreme council by-laws yes this can be messy at first especially if they haven t been performing the duties in the past but if you want more and better qualified men to attain the peak of the pyramid the base of the pyramid must be broad strong and experienced it is time to let the younger men younger in age and/or experience to help you help the order they bring new ideas they bring an excitement to the office they bring a commitment to the order together not alone will we grow the order for our council our district and our state making it stronger in numbers to assist with our charitable works stronger to join our bishops and priests to help in the challenges of today and the challenges of tomorrow that are as of yet un-named trust as elected leaders we owe it to our officers and members to perform our duties as our supreme knight state deputy district deputy and their appointees have directed their guidance and direction is for the good of the order when we as local state and supreme council work with one goal we can accomplish great things this starts with you and your officers there are written and electronic communications from supreme and state council that are meant to be transmitted from your council to your members often these contain messages of action for current issues of the day they may contain new and important program offerings that a council officer or member may wish to undertake in the name of the council they may contain progress reports for supreme and state programs that would be of informational benefit to officers and members it is important that these be relayed to your officers and members to fully inform them of the order s actions your council members have entrusted you and your officers to fulfill the requirements given to you and promised by you at your installation no member should be surprised by a lack of performance on our officers or directors part the order and its good works success rest on your complete and accurate performance of your duties continued on page 27

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4 july 201 3 michigan columbian from the state warden william chasse first and foremost i would like to sincerely thank our committee for helping me get elected to state office without your hard work we could not have done this we would also like to thank all of you who supported us in this new endeavor of our lives i am the oldest of three boys and marybeth is the youngest of five siblings and the only girl marybeth and i met at grand valley state university in grand rapids where we married and lived for 8 years until the birth of our son jacob i worked for gordon food service and she for grand rapids public schools we moved to lansing to be closer to our families while we started our own i continued to commute to brighton to work at the new warehouse for gordon food service and she worked for waverly public schools where she continues to do so i stopped commuting shortly after the birth of our twin boys zack and cody and started my own business our boys attended st gerard and graduated from waverly and haslett high schools jacob graduated from msu and is gainfully employed as an electrician zack and cody are presently attending college marybeth just finished her 26th year of teaching as a special education teacher and i continue to work in the flooring and construction business we look forward to traveling around the state meeting and working with everyone to continue preserving the foundation for the future for the knights of columbus please know that i am here to help you reach your goals let us know how we can help i would like to wish you a successful and blessed year from the state program director david bergeman as we start the new fraternal year two things come to mind how did we do last year and what is ahead for the next year looking back over the last year we tried to simplify and improve simplify the way we do things and improve the results our goal was every council supreme star and every council to obtain michigan achievement a lofty goal but we felt that it was a possibility at the time of convention we announced that 10 councils would quality for supreme double star qualify for star council status and doubled the membership quota 38 councils qualified for star council and 79 councils qualified for michigan achievement since then there have been a few councils added to the list and there may be others as results are still rolling in i am excited to see the final results in a recent conversation with the diocesan program directors many felt that many more councils could have qualified for awards because they are doing the programs but they just are not completing the paperwork required to obtain the award now looking to this year do we change the goals when it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached don t adjust the goals adjust the action steps confucius this year i hope that each and every council creates a plan to reach the star council and michigan achievement awards the mi-19 form will be due at the tri-district meetings this form helps the diocesan program and membership directors understand the council s action plan for the next six months the diocesan directors can help a council fill in the missing requirements with ideas and direction for implementation when needed as a firm believer in the continuous improvement process for both my work and personal life i know that adjustments need to be made all the time everyday the pdca plan do check adjust cycle can be implemented in every council if you are not familiar with the pdca cycle plan the objective and process do implement the plan by executing the process check the results adjust the plan or process as needed to get the end result that you are trying to obtain the same o same o way of thinking just will not get us where we need to go to best serve our church family council and community there are a couple of changes to the mi-1 michigan achievement worksheet this year we have eliminated the hour of prayer requirement under church activities and replace it with both a council corporate communion two required and a district corporate communion the reason is to help get members into the church pews and get recognition from the parish community for the financial secretaries that received training last year please mark completion in the first quarter if you are a new fs or did not receive training last year then you are required to complete training this year all councils must be utilizing on-line supreme council s member management by 2016 schedules for training will be announced shortly in closing lets reach the supreme and the states goals this year and thank you for all that you do!

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michigan columbian july 201 3 5 k of c ladies corner hello ladies ­ our hearts are filled with gratitude the raffle on mackinac island was such a success it took our collective breath away with the many generous donations endless prayers clipping coupons numerous hours of preparation and the matching funds from both the weingartz everything from lawn to snow and eartlink.com the total raised for holy cross children s services was over $62,000.00 there is no error with the placement of the decimal point we were astounded at the generosity of all the participants in the raffle the wonderful donated items the effort of the dedicated workforce headed by sue vittorini wife of the state advocate thank you from the children of holy cross their lives have been touched by angels ­ you are the angels touching their lives we are privileged to serve you the summer meeting at boyne promises another opportunity for the generosity of the order to shine the bath baskets will be available for pick up by the wives of the district deputies we ask you fill the baskets with the requested shower items for the hccs children and residents the baskets will be collected at the winter meeting in december for christmas distribution at all the facilities across the state it is never too early to begin the quest for college themed sweatshirts for the winter meeting these boxed and tagged sweatshirts are the only gift some of these children will receive for christmas we know you will be generous as always thank you for the opportunity to see and hear about all the many good works the knights and their wives accomplish all the good works accomplished in this great state of michigan is truly astounding and most without a pat on the back consider this a rousing cheer and a standing ovation for all of you love and gratitude maureen sandy ellie sue mary beth and arlene knights of columbus sets new record for charitable contributions more than $167 million and 70 million hours donated to charity in 2012 the knights of columbus set a new all-time record for charitable donations and service hours in 2012 the results of the k of c s annual survey of fraternal activity for the year ending dec 31 2012 indicate that record amounts of money and hours more than $167.5 million and 70 million hours were donated to charitable causes the knights financial contribution for the year grew by more than $9.4 million to $167,549,817 contributions increased for the 13th consecutive year the number of volunteer service hours also rose by nearly 64,000 hours from the 2011 total to 70,113,207 hours at an average value of $22.14 per service hour as estimated by independent sector the value of the knights service hours last year exceeded $1.55 billion cumulative figures show that during the past decade the knights of columbus has donated $1.475 billion to charity and provided more than 673 million hours of volunteer service in support of charitable initiatives notable beneficiaries during the past year included habitat for humanity special olympics victims of natural disasters local food banks the economically disadvantaged and physically and intellectually disabled persons scholarships and educational support as well as a variety of church and community projects were also prominent among the many initiatives sponsored by local k of c councils the survey found that there were more than 420,000 k of c blood donations during 2012 the knights of columbus was among the first groups to recruit blood donors with formal efforts dating back to 1937 throughout its 131 years the knights of columbus has always practiced charity as its first principle said supreme knight carl anderson with so many people enduring great hardship the knights of columbus is happy to help provide solutions to real people s problems through this great outpouring of charity by our members over the past year fr victor j renaud council 3292 by andrew cipolla it has been nearly three years since the knights of columbus began to charter the boy scouts of troop 743 out of plymouth mi and in that time a great partnership has begun to emerge it has been nearly three years since the knights of columbus began to charter the boy scouts of troop 743 out of plymouth mi and in that time a great partnership has begun to emerge continued on page 26

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6 july 201 3 michigan columbian helping people with intellectual disabilities by thomas a marcetti sr ipsd state director of mi programs i would like to begin by thanking all of those who worked so hard to make the tootsie roll drives a great success this past fraternal year with a number of councils yet to report it appears that we will break the 1.3 million dollar mark congratulations the following councils have achieved special recognition most money collected st lawrence council #2950 joseph lograsso grand knight $28,770 archdiocese of detroit msgr j m steffes council #853 martin nelson jr grand knight $7,212.43 gaylord diocese bishop haas council #4362 dennis zvirzdinis grand knight $12,198.55 grand rapids diocese niles council #708 mark vande vere grand knight $4,370.74 kalamazoo diocese fenton council #7418 james gatti grand knight $19,752.90 lansing diocese bishop baraga council #1585 mark bolander grand knight $4,522.59 marquette diocese bay city council #414 duwayne auger grand knight $18,500.00 saginaw diocese most money collected per member divine mercy parish council #14883 michael zubalik grand knight$94.44 archdiocese of detroit msgr j m steffes council #853 martin nelson jr.grand knight $48.41 gaylord diocese st michael s council #9909 dave reams grand knight $105.39 grand rapids diocese fr reynold g thelen council #4055 alan nilson grand knight $33.60 kalamazoo diocese clio council 13703 phillip white grand knight $107.14 lansing diocese iron river council #2300 william commenator grand knight $46.17 cheboygan council 791 easter sausage sale marquette diocese the cheboygan knights fresh easter sausage sale shepherd council #8554 robert wachowski grand knight $58.05 was a success thanks to all who helped make the saginaw diocese sausage and to those who purchased the easter saugreatest net increase sage archbishop fulton j sheen council a special thank you goes out to our famous maker #7444 august laruffa grand knight107 archdiocese of detroit jerry nadlicki and his family s special sausage recipe we made a total of 690 pounds of fresh easter sau przeslawski grand knight 415.4 alpena council #529 daniel sage and netted a profit of $1,634.03 thank you all gaylord diocese again especially jerry hope you enjoyed the sausage st michael s council #9909 dave reams grand knight 113.8 grand rapids diocese deacon jerry mix council #2508 john feyes grand knight 40.2 kalamazoo diocese clio council #13703 phillip white grand knight 337.2 lansing diocese mother theresa council #13634 timothy starzynski grand knight 347.3 marquette diocese st stephen s council #4102 scott dewyse grand knight 84.7 saginaw diocese now is the time to start planning for the columbus day drive which will be held this year on the week end of october 11 12 13 if for some reason your council will not be able to hold the drive on the scheduled week end the state insurance will cover your council the week end before or after in order to make sure your aprons and tootsie rolls will arrive in time for the drive they need to be ordered by august 2 2013 current order forms are available on the state website at mikofc.org ­ resources ­council forms these forms may be downloaded filled out on your computer and then printed out to be mailed in to the company to complete the order holy spirit/glorious assumption council 7891 holy spirit/glorious assumption council 7891 had its second blood drive of the year on may 4 we were credited with 54 pints bringing our total for the year to 109 in the picture from l to r are gk michael radelt br jim mitchell shelia love and br franc love and camden br tom denoyer and red cross coordinator and brother knight michael lenninger our next drive is scheduled for july 20th.

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michigan columbian july 201 3 7 michigan s state of columbianism state deputy s report michael j malinowski may 23 2012 your excellencies most reverend bernard a hebda bishop of gaylord most reverend walter a hurley administrator of grand rapids diocese most reverend paul j bradley bishop of kalamazoo most reverend earl boyea bishop of lansing most reverend joseph cistone bishop of saginaw most reverend francis r reiss auxiliary bishop of detroit most reverend donald hanchon auxiliary bishop of detroit reverend father francis dobrzenski administrator of marquette diocese worthy state chaplain reverend father scott thibodeau worthy diocesan chaplains worthy council chaplains worthy state father prior reverend monsignors reverend fathers president of holy cross children s services brother francis boylan deacons and religious worthy supreme directors worthy former supreme director worthy vice-supreme master worthy state officers worthy immediate past state deputy and past state deputies worthy past vice-supreme masters worthy district deputies worthy masters of the fourth degree worthy supreme council general insurance agents delegates and guests vivat jesus we gather on beautiful and historic mackinac island to conduct the important business of the 113th annual michigan state council convention we have joined together also to celebrate this outstanding jurisdiction s achievements of the past year preparing us to return home to our councils and communities better prepared for a an even greater future as we live out the vision and the dream of our founder the venerable servant of god fr michael j mcgivney i thank each of you for taking the time to join with us to be a part of the historic events of this weekend and i ask that you take full participation in the work that lies before us our annual meeting opened earlier this day with the celebration of the holy sacrifice of the mass with most reverend francis r reiss auxiliary bishop of detroit presiding joined by our bishops diocesan chaplains and many of our council chaplains each day of our convention will begin with the celebration of the holy mass at 7:30 a.m petitioning our lord for his blessings and guidance on all the convention events and in our decision making i ask that you join us each morning and fill the theatre to an overfill as we did for the opening mass it is a great honor for me to preside over the meetings of the 113th michigan state convention it is also a pleasure to be able to present this report on columbianism in the great state of michigan to you before i begin my report i wish to borrow some words from past state deputy john r bob moody no one really likes change except for a wet baby as i continue my report this might make sense i want to thank our bishops for their support throughout the year and for their presence here this weekend i also want to take this opportunity to thank our bishops for appointing our state and diocesan chaplains to a two-year term rev scott thibodeau state chaplain rev j.j mech archdiocese of detroit rev charles donajkowski diocese of gaylord rev ronald hutchinson diocese of grand rapids rev robert creagan diocese of kalamazoo rev william turner diocese of lansing rev benedetto paris diocese of marquette rev james bessert diocese of saginaw and our squires father prior rev mark prill in october i received a communication from bishop hebda stating that due to an increase in his work load fr donajkowski would be replaced by rev donald geyman as chaplain for the diocese of gaylord we welcome fr geyman back as diocesan chaplain in a very public way the entire state council thanks fr scott thibodeau for his spiritual leadership we are fortunate that he and his brother chaplains are able to devote their time to the order and make our gatherings more prayerful and we would be remiss if we did not thank our council chaplains who serve our local councils with dedication i ask when you see any of our chaplains that you thank them first for their vocation and then thank them for their dedication to the knights of columbus the convention of may 2012 saw the election of a new state deputy state secretary state treasurer state advocate and state warden as the new year began all of the state officers and our wives were adjusting to our new positions each day we have learned from one another each one brings something special and unique to the board we have grown with each other and together we have united into a team devoted to the order s progress in michigan in january of this year state warden richard mccloy jr had to send a letter of resignation to the state board due to a change in his work status at a board meeting the state officers accepted his resignation continued on page 8

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8 july 201 3 michigan columbian excitement to the board to state secretary robert fox and sandy to state treasurer ken unterbrink and ellie to state and voted to fill the unexpired term with dean combs rick mccloy jr and his wife beth will be missed they brought advocate tony vittorini and sue maureen and i appreciate how much you do for the knights of columbus and we enjoy your company and working with you to dean combs and linda we thank you for accepting the position of state warden these few months it takes a special couple to do this and both of you are special a new board very quickly realizes the debt of gratitude that is owed to the past state deputies of michigan their sacrifices over the years have left a solid foundation for this board to build upon we appreciate the support given by attendance at meetings your helpful suggestions and offers of help michigan is certainly fortunate to have a past state deputy thomas m wegener representing our jurisdiction as a supreme director tom has taken the dedication compassion and sense of commitment that he demonstrated as state deputy to the next level and he represents the michigan jurisdiction admirably the michigan state council would also like to thank past state deputy richard mccloy sr for his many years of service to the order in february of this year richard retired as a supreme membership and program consultant the delegates here today should know that you were looked up to and well respected by your fellow supreme consultants your leadership and ideas are missed at the home office you have made michigan proud after my election as state deputy i began to prepare for my first year in office next up was the selection of 88 district deputies to be presented to supreme knight carl anderson for his approval on their appointment along with 30 state directors 16 regional directors and 22 diocesan directors to each of our appointed district deputies and directors i express my gratitude for your commitment and service to our order and our state thank you for saying yes when asked with the selection of the state official family completed maureen and i traveled in early june to new haven ct the birth place of our order there i was presented with the information to help prepare me for the awesome responsibility that i was about to undertake as your state deputy the state summer leadership conference for district deputies and all of our directors was conducted on july 4th weekend with a change in venue from treetops resorts in gaylord to boyne highlands in harbor springs the leadership training was organized by state membership director dan waligoria state program director david bergeman state training director william leveque and our supreme council membership and program consultant psd richard mccloy it was conducted with the help of our directors doug kokot and william chasse and our supreme council general insurance agents our theme for the meeting was giving everyone the tools to be successful our goal was to have every council active at least one new member before the end of september and to have every council achieve star council award tomorrow you will see in the awards program at the banquet which councils were successful supreme council asked us to recruit one member per council per month the rest of july included the state officers membership and program directors traveling to each diocese in michigan delivering the message and providing the local councils with the tools to assist them in reaching their goals and in having a successful year also in july was the passing of former supreme director and past state deputy bernie gerke bernie will be missed by the michigan state council the first week of august brings the supreme convention this year the 130th annual convention was held in anaheim california just prior to the start of the convention all of the delegates were able to participate in the our lady of guadalupe festival held in the los angles colosseum the michigan jurisdiction won many program awards st louis guanella council #3092 in chelsea won first place in youth activities bishop richter council #7761 in rockford won second place in culture of life activities bishop sheen council #7487 in jenison won third place for family service activities the family of kenneth deborah verkest members of st hubert s council 11658 in harrison township was selected as second runner-up as international family of the year also a resolution approved at last year s state convention was passed on to supreme for consideration the supreme board of directors believed the resolution had merit and as of january 1 2013 newly established councils will have their first per capita billing waived for each new board the installation of state leadership is a moment that they cannot forget august 18th brought to fulfillment several years of planning the mass was celebrated by the most reverend francis r reiss auxiliary bishop of detroit in the presentation of the blessed virgin mary chapel on the campus of madonna university in livonia bishop reiss was assisted by state chaplain rev scott thibodeau and our diocesan chaplains following mass and the installation and oath of office by the state board district deputies and state regional and diocesan directors the celebration banquet was held at the burton manor in livonia i extend my sincerest thanks and appreciation to my m&m unity committee and everyone who had a part in the well done beautiful and memorable event of the many benefits of serving as a state officer some of the most rewarding are the invitations to attend special liturgies as representatives of the knights of columbus september of this year provided two of these opportunities we had the pleasure to attend the installation of monsignor todd lajiness former state chaplain as the new rector of sacred heart major seminary on september 9th the following day a good friend of the knights of columbus msgr jeffrey monforton former secretary to cardinal maida was ordained and installed as the bishop of steubenville ohio.

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michigan columbian july 201 3 9 the michigan state council wishes them both well in their new positions the father louis hennepin province knights of columbus fourth degree held their annual provincial meeting at the sterling inn in sterling heights the weekend of october 5th thru 7th the hennepin province of the fourth degree under the leadership of vice supreme master george dann psd has once again exceeded their yearly goal of collecting funds for the military chaplains scholarship fund i would also like to thank all the masters of michigan master clifford wasmund of district #1 master george walrath and former master dennis henderson of district #2 master vern miron of district #3 and master robert krauseneck of district #4 your presence along with the sir knights of the color corps at the living rosary this weekend and at state functions is greatly appreciated you will always foster patriotism within our church and country the fourth degree of hennepin province has truly made themselves the visible arm of the knights of columbus in michigan the state council was deeply saddened with the deaths of two of our retired bishops this fraternal year the most reverend patrick cooney retired bishop of the gaylord diocese and the most reverend moses anderson retired auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of detroit in november maureen and i along with state chaplain fr scott and our supreme director thomas wegener and his wife joyce traveled to dallas for the state deputies winter meeting the majority of the conference was devoted to workshops on growing our order in the second half of the fraternal year we were also present to watch past supreme knight virgil dechant receive the order s highest honor the gaudium et spes award the winter district deputies meeting was scheduled for the first weekend in december it was held at the lansing lexington hotel the winter meeting is the time for the great sweatshirt collection district deputies deliver these gifts from their councils to be presented to brother francis boylan executive director of holy cross children s services the thousands of sweatshirts along with bath baskets for the girls and also gift cards are sorted and stored until the large truck donated by steelcase and driven by gary merritt is loaded to take these gifts to the clinton campus the gifts that you gave were the only gifts that some of these children will receive for christmas the winter meeting was an opportunity for us to look back at the first six months of progress of the programs outlined at the beginning of our fraternal year it was a time for our state membership director and state program director to review with the district deputies the goals for the second half of the year under the direction and organizational skills of state respect life chair couple paul and sue thorn the state board and our wives joined on january 23rd a busload of michigan knights and journeyed to washington d.c for the sixth annual michigan march for life bus tour what an honor to be part of the statement made by michigan knights that we are a people of life and for life paul and sue you serve us well and do us proud not only in this event but in your arrangement of annual right to life banquet the baby bottle program and all your pro-life involvement in local organizations that promote our values the state tribute banquet honoring our state chaplain rev scott thibodeau was held on february 10th a crowd of more the 400 people were in attendance a scroll containing a total of over 1200 new members recruited is his honor was presented to fr scott we were also able to recognize the grand knights of councils that had attained the quick start and fast start awards this year we also introduced the supreme council field agents that had 100 per cent of their insurance quotas the state raffle this year was held on march 16th the day before st patrick s day our co-chairmen peter bersch and steve lamachia tried to revamp the ramp the raffle this year they only did one mailing of tickets and gave out more prizes all of them cash they will give their report later in this meeting i wish to thank them for all of their hard work this year a little over a year ago with the permission of then state deputy thomas a marcetti sr i asked dan waligoria and david bergeman to be the state membership and state program directors respectively we began to put together a plan that we thought would help the councils grow not only in membership but in the type and quality of programs that the local councils could achieve in regard to membership i asked a team of men to help william leveque to be new council development along with doug kokot and steve jacek as membership retention in october dan waligoria learned that the company he worked for was merging with another company dan was offered a large promotion from regional director to corporate director in north america dan had to resign as state membership director that same evening at a membership committee meeting i asked william leveque if he would please take over as state membership director he agreed to do so the next day changes had to be made doug kokot became new council director and we added richard lambrix as a regional director of new council development i asked leo backes if he would return as council retention director i would like to thank these men william leveque doug kokot steve jacek richard lambrix and leo backes for all of your help and dedication this year a special thank you to dan waligoria who worked so hard to put together this membership campaign with these changes in place bill leveque and i were called in to hartford connecticut in january to meet with

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michigan columbian july 201 3 10 the supreme officers and the other state deputies and membership directors in division one to discuss membership goals for the remaining months of the fraternal year supreme council informed us of the membership ad placement for our april blitz and the $9.00 per capita rebate for new members recruited the remaining fraternal year new council development is certainly important to membership growth doug kokot and richard lambrix are working closely with district deputies and our supreme council insurance general agents and field agents to start new councils as of this meeting we have three new councils added to our family and another three in the works who should receive their council number before july 1st council retention is also working on restarting three councils also thank you to all those men involved in this area your efforts in establishing these new councils will allow them to flourish and serve their parishes in years to come perhaps the most difficult and trying position of any appointments is that of the state membership retention director steve jacek spends countless hours on the phone in contact with members facing potential suspension and with the financial secretaries and district deputies making every effort to save members from leaving our order in these trying economic times with many men out of work and not able to pay their dues or leaving our state in search of employment perhaps there has never been a more challenging time to serve in this position steve has tirelessly tried to save each potential suspension and has succeeded in saving many thank you steve for all your efforts thanks to roundtable director dan remeika for once again accepting this position his background leadership and experience have provided us with much success in providing a knights of columbus presence in every possible parish also a thank you to dan for creating the district deputies and grand knights talking points each month our state ceremonials director past state deputy kenneth grembowski is doing an excellent job in coordinating all of our ceremonials it has taken all of us awhile to adjust to the newly revised third degree ceremonial i wish to thank all members of the ceremonial teams in michigan whether it is a first second or third degree team we need you to teach the lessons of charity unity and fraternity thank you for all your hard work in teaching these lessons under the leadership of state membership director bill leveque and with the help of all of our diocesan membership directors membership has shown a slight increase each month this is because of the efforts of these directors working with district deputies grand knights and local council membership directors this is not an easy job and i thank you for all of the time you spend trying increase the membership in michigan so that all of our council can survive when i first started meeting with our state program director david bergeman he said to me men do not join the knights of columbus to pay dues and go to meetings they join because of our programs how true is that statement michigan is blessed to have an outstanding group of program directors i wish to thank state church director thomas schmidt and his wife suzanne for all of their hard work and efforts in this important position tom and sue always arrive early to make sure all the preparations are ready and the vestments are pressed for all of our liturgies here at the convention as well as other state functions tom is also finishing up the traveling schedule for the our lady of guadalupe icon and the statewide travel schedule for the silver rose as it travels thru michigan before it is passed to indiana on its journey back to mexico newly appointed state vocations director ed strach is no stranger to the state council having served two years as state program director ed has been working with councils wishing to start up desert meals as a way to help offset the cost of their going to the holy land he is trying to set up a vocations committee in each of our dioceses just like the one in the archdiocese of detroit i wish to congratulate the detroit archdiocesan vocations league in having another sold-out fall golf outing and for their hosting the annual memorial mass at sacred heart major seminary the monies they raise will help the rsvp program this year the michigan jurisdiction ranks second in the order in support of providing seminarians and postulants education funds the knights of the lansing diocese held their annual vocations night at the lansing lug nuts baseball game in august this game not only raises monies for vocations but also gives the knights a chance to treat the seminarians and postulants to a baseball game i wish to thank ed for all of his hard work this year the state mentally impaired program got a new state director this year in the likes of immediate past state deputy thomas marcetti sr the tootsie roll drive has now grown into a semiannual drive once in october and the other on palm sunday weekend more councils are now conducting the drive twice a year we were able to finally have a meeting with the kroger corporation in response to our not being able to solicit monies on their property the outcome was not good as they are limiting the groups allowed to collect at their stores we are working with special olympics of michigan to try a different approach state director marcetti has everything in order and we are now doing a turnaround of checks in about two weeks thank you worthy past state deputy for your help on this project speaking of special olympics of michigan i have asked another man who is no stranger to the state council walter winkle jr to be the new state director of special olympics i have asked walter to not only have councils give monies but also their time to the special olympics i have asked that councils have more of an involvement with the olympics rather than just to write a check with walter s help michigan has once again topped all other state jurisdictions in the order with time and money donated to special olympics tomorrow we will be able to present special olympics of

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11 july 201 3 michigan columbian michigan the first-place check thank you walter for all your many hours working on this program my special thanks to past state deputy william walsh who served us well as a state deputy and continues to serve us as the state director of michigan charities bill is relentless in his pursuit of take five dollars from our members and councils to help fund our many charity requests thanks bill you do a great job and it is a pleasure to have you help another special thanks to past state deputy john r bob moody who is the state director of the mcgivney chair of life ethics at sacred heart major seminary through the hard work of past state deputy moody the state council is able to give the seminary $100,000 dollars every year to fund this chair held by doctor janet smith thank you bob for all of the time and energy that goes into this program state director of special projects and athletics mark gaworecki has a wide variety of projects to take care of from high school projects like the prep bowl the statewide catholic high school cross country meet the detroit catholic schools track and field meet to the detroit tigers k of c day the westside and eastside golf outings and the state council bowling tournament thank you mark for your many years of dedication to the state council state council activities director david riley has again revitalized the kc the teddy bear program this year with many councils again purchasing these bears and without wearing the bear costume this program brings comfort to many dave also keeps track of the knight of the month program thank you david for the professional way you handle all the council activity programs michael wegener our state community activities director continues to promote the adopt-a-highway program habitat for humanity council-sponsored blood drives and many other activities for our communities thank you michael for the skills and ability that you bring to your directorship family life director michael metiva reports that this year we had an increase of councils reporting families of month and also a larger number of councils candidates for family of the year thanks mike for your service this year state youth activities director christopher kolomjec found out that youth activities go on all year long starting with the soccer challenge then the spelling bee free throw contest poster contest and essay contest being a major in the usmc helped chris keep all of these activities focused and on-point this year we had and international winner in the soccer challenge it was in the 14-year-old boys division the winner was kaveon dux from council #13419 from detroit thank you chris for all your hard work this year earlier in this report i mentioned paul and sue thorn our state pro-life couple not only do they handle the right to life march in washington dc but they coordinate the ultrasound machine program michigan is second again to texas in the number of machines purchased we have 25 machines currently in pregnancy centers and another three in the works a very special recognition goes to our state columbian squires circle two years ago under the leadership of state chief squire josh drouillard and state squires director steve drouillard the state board of the squires approached thenstate deputy marcetti with a request to fund an ultrasound machine the state deputy gave them permission but with one stipulation they must raise the monies themselves and not solicit any money from local councils they accepted the challenge and selected the blue water pregnancy center in port huron they worked hard to raise the $12,500 dollars they thought was needed for the machine to be matched by the supreme council only then did they find out the machine selected would cost $39,000 dollars they were $7,000 dollars short they went back to work and in january of this year a new ultrasound machine was placed in the blue water pregnancy center the motto for the squire is esto dignus be worthy these young men truly are the leaders of tomorrow congratulations to josh and steve drouillard along with the current state directors of the squires tom turek and william corey and the entire state board of squire officers holy cross children s services has been our special charity for 65 years i wish to thank our regional directors of hccs michael brennan thomas arehart michael stanchina and karl knittel because of all of your hard work we are able to care for over 1,000 young people every day through out the state of michigan every state deputy needs a group of men with special talents i wish to thank the following group of gentlemen fred boncher state legal advisor don chadwick state auditor joseph yekulis state public relations director dane jurkovic state web master russ long state tech support director william gorny state deputy s assistant in charge of forms all these men with their special talents make the job of state deputy easier thank you to all of you gentlemen the state office is the heartbeat of the state council we are very fortunate to have two very dedicated men running that office executive secretary larry grabowski and long-time friend lionel rad radofski the beginning of this year rad had some health issues and had to go on a medical leave so we extend a special thank you to gary kolbicz we all know that no one man can replace rad but thank you gary for all the time and energy you have put in at the office during rad s illness to the grand knights council officers and general membership i salute you and thank you for all your achievements during this past year and for your service to our church your communities and the order every success that was included in this report was the direct result of council action you and your councils are what is important you make the difference,

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michigan columbian july 201 3 12 and i am confident also that you know that are work is not yet done i thank you also for the support you have given to me and the state leadership during this past year i have prepared this report to be as concise as accurate and complete as possible with the emphasis on being concise in so doing if i have missed anyone or anything i apologize in conclusion based on the report i have submitted it is my opinion as your state deputy that the state of columbianism in the michigan jurisdiction is alive and well with a great promise for the future thank you bill dave and dan venerable servant of god fr michael j mcgivney pray for us vivat jesus knights support the mission of guest house faithfully from the lectern father ed looked over the congregation of his michigan parish beginning slowly he explained to them that he would be going away for a while as many of you know so well i have had a struggle with my drinking and finally i am going to get the help i need to bring it under control with our bishop s approval and encouragement this week i will be entering the guest house treatment center father was surprised then moved to tears by the congregation s reaction they applauded his decision and many called out god bless you father this is a true story and it is not the first of its kind and a big part of this story is that it directly involves the knights of columbus of michigan since the 1950 s knights of columbus councils and assemblies have been supporting the special and critically-important work of guest house the michigan-based guest house rehabilitates up to 125 catholic priests and men and women religious each year at its two centers and returns the vast majority to their ministries over more than five decades guest house has cared for 8,000 priests and men and women religious the majority of its clients are priests the knights support of this mission has been truly generous in fact last year alone michigan knights provided enough support to help guest house return no less than three priests to the altar and other important ministries for our church this kind of support from the knights has saved the lives and vocations of thousands of priests since the founding year of guest house in 1956 opened in lake orion guest house was the dream of a recovering alcoholic layman named austin ripley in aa in the 1940 s ripley perceived correctly that catholic priests needed a special place for their inpatient recovery a place where only priests and religious brothers went in 1969 guest house opened a second center in rochester minnesota in 1994 after having transferred its men s program completely to its rochester center guest house began addiction treatment services for sisters and women in formation at its lake orion center in the year 2000 guest house opened a recovery residence in lake orion for priests needing a longer term setting to obtain a quality recovery in michigan alone and thanks in large part to michigan knights support through the decades there are currently more than 100 guest house graduates in vital ministries like other graduates of this place of hope and healing the vast majority will have lifetimes in recovery and on average will remain in active ministry 20 years after their treatment how did the knights become involved with guest house austin ripley himself spoke personally with knights leadership in the early years of guest house said j gerard o connor guest house s director of mission outreach in the early years the waiting list at guest house was so long that many families including those with knights members actually hosted priests in their own homes until a bed was freed up around the world today there are nearly 2,000 guest house alumni who the knights along with other faithful benefactors of guest house have helped to make well nationally scores of knights councils and assemblies support guest house but clearly the largest amount of funding comes from knights right here in michigan o connor points out he adds the michigan state council has been especially generous and supportive of our work too particularly through its involvement in our annual golf classic and the detroit bishop s dinner at this year s bishop s dinner on tuesday october 22 the michigan state council will receive the bishop kevin m britt award in recognition of its compassionate support for clergy and religious in need of rehabilitative care the event will take place at the detroit athletic club continued on page 27

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13 july 201 3 michigan columbian michigan state council knights of columbus annual state convention mackinac island may 25 2013 report of the committee on the good of the order daniel remeika committee chair worthy state chaplin reverend clergy worthy state deputy worthy supreme secretary worthy supreme director worthy vice supreme master and my brother knights vivat jesus the good of the order committee offers a sincere thank you to you to our delegates your families and guests for being part of this annual meeting the time that you give to help conduct official business for the good of our order is awesome and inspiring we encourage you to take your experiences and contributions here back to your home councils to help grow and enhance our order the committee offers special thanks to the clergy both here and away for your service we truly appreciate and love you for giving so much for our good and the good of the communion of our church we ask god to continue to bless and keep you the committee urges you to continue in your pastoral care and to guide our local councils to ever increasing commitment to evangelical charity may every catholic man see in the knights of columbus a place to deepen his faith and draw closer to god with the election of pope francis we knights are entering a new era in our continuing mission to evangelize supreme knight carl a anderson recently said on supreme s website that we are called to practice faithinspired charity in solidarity with pope francis and everyone in need we knights working together with you our priests need to focus on mercy bring compassion and perform charitable actions that will lift the sorrow and suffering among the poor and marginalized in our communities the committee recommends that councils pray for religious vocations at every membership meeting in this great work of evangelization in so many areas our committee commends and thanks all of our brother knights and their families for their efforts ­ their love of god their support of vocations to the priesthood their loyalty to family and their commitment to protecting life we should be extremely proud of the accomplishments of the knights of columbus in michigan and equally proud and excited about where we are headed the committee urges each local council to provide major support for one or more parishes provide outstanding community service and provide activities for the spiritual fulfillment of individual members and their families as knights we aspire to devote our lives to god and the church this is why we joined this noble order we heard in the state deputy s opening remarks that we did not join to pay dues or go to meetings we act out our ideals as knights by following the commandments of god and the precepts of the church we are called as knights to live the gospel in our actions this is our priority this is the good of the order thus the committee strongly recommends that each and every local council regularly discuss the issues facing our church with our chaplains and pastors and engage in program activities that strengthen our faith and serve our communities at the start of this convention our state deputy michael j malinowski indicated the importance of our programs to our membership our jurisdiction is made up of great people and great programs both encouraged from our leadership and generated from the local councils we commend state program director david bergeman and his leaders for their continuance of initiatives that promote service such as faithful support to holy cross children s services the michigan charities raffle take five program for michigan charities food for families coats for kids casey the bear program american wheelchair mission blood drives the columbus day and palm sunday drives for the mentally impaired 40-days-for-life campaign ultrasound machine program for pregnancy care centers mcgivney chair in life ethics support to seminarians and religious vocations the living rosary and icon prayer services and locally inspired programs the committee further recognizes that our fraternal benefits program sets our order apart by providing sound life insurance products with the protection of widows and orphans a priority in fact 2012 marked the 12th consecutive year of growth in many categories chief among them $8.1 billion of coverage issued our professional field agents are dedicated to serving our members and their families according to the vision of father michael j mcgivney as fraternal leaders we ask you to remember our benefits program whenever you discuss our order recognizing a need for even more agents in the field the committee asks you to work with your general agents to promote careers in this service where needed we commend the efforts of state membership director william leveque sr in promoting new member reactivation and reinstatement actions momentum needs to continue into the new fraternal year promote our programs in entertaining ways make it widely known that the knights extend a warm welcome to all catholic gentlemen to join our cause our order s goal the dream of father michael j mcgivney is a knights of columbus presence in every parish to better continued on page 16

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15 july 201 3 michigan columbian pope clears the way for the canonizations of john paul ii john xxiii vatican city cns pope francis signed a decree clearing the way for the canonization of blessed john paul ii and has decided also to ask the world s cardinals to vote on the canonization of blessed john xxiii even in the absence of a miracle after pope francis met july 5 with cardinal angelo amato prefect of the congregation for saints causes the vatican published a list of decrees the pope approved related to blessed john paul s canonization and 11 other sainthood causes publishing the decrees the vatican also said the supreme pontiff approved the favorable votes of the ordinary session of the cardinal and bishop-fathers regarding the canonization of blessed john xxiii angelo giuseppe roncalli and has decided to convoke a consistory that will also involve the canonization of blessed john paul ii normally after a pope signs a decree recognizing the miracle needed for a canonization the pope consults with cardinals around the world and calls a consistory a gathering attended by any cardinal who wants and is able to attend where those present voice their support for the pope s decision to proclaim a new saint a date for a canonization ceremony is announced formally only during or immediately after the consistory the cardinals and archbishops who are members of the saints congregation met at the vatican july 2 and voted in favor of the pope recognizing as a miracle the healing of floribeth mora diaz a costa rican who was suffering from a brain aneurysm and recovered after prayers through the intercession of blessed john paul the congregation members according to news reports also looked at the cause of blessed john and voted to ask pope francis to canonize him without requiring a miracle according to church rules established by the pope and subject to changes by him a miracle is needed after beatification to make a candidate eligible for canonization jesuit father paolo molinari the longtime head of the college of postulators or promoters of sainthood causes has explained that in the sainthood process miracles are the confirmation by god of a judgment made by human beings that the candidate really is in heaven but father molinari also has said that for decades theologians have explored the possibility that such a confirmation could come by means other than someone experiencing a physical healing for instance blessed john paul beatified victoire rasoamanarivo in madagascar in 1989 after accepting as a miracle the case of a wind-swept brush fire stopping at the edge of a village whose inhabitants invoked her intercession announcing the decision about blessed john s cause jesuit father federico lombardi vatican spokesman said the discussions about the need for miracles and what can be defined as an acceptable miracle continue however he said the movement in the late pope s cause does not indicate a general change in church policy the members of the congregation for saints causes have expressed their hope and the holy father has accepted it father lombardi said if pope francis had any doubts we wouldn t be here announcing the consistory to approve blessed john s canonization as we all know very well john xxiii is a person beloved in the church we are in the 50th anniversary year of the opening of the second vatican council which he convoked and i think none of us has any doubts about john xxiii s virtues the spokesman said so the holy father is looking toward his canonization father lombardi also noted that no date for a canonization ceremony was announced but it is likely that the two popes will be canonized together possibly by the end of the year the other decrees approved by pope francis july 5 recognized the miracle needed for beatification of spanish bishop alvaro del portillo who in 1975 succeeded st jose maria escriva as head of opus dei bishop del portillo died in 1994 the miracle needed for the beatification of maria josefa alhama valera also known as mother esperanza the spanish founder of the handmaids of merciful love and the sons of merciful love she died in italy in 1983 the martyrdom of four groups of priests and nuns killed during the spanish civil war in 1936-1939 the heroic virtues of three founders of religious orders an italian priest and an italian layman next copy deadline september 1 2013

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