Family of the Year Applications

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 04/19/2018 Under: All Articles (117 Hits)      

Building The Domestic Church Through Family of Year Nominations

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As the new year begins it gives us the opportunity to continue our mission in Building The Domestic Church. By recognizing a Family of Year at the State level it provides the perfect opportunity to honor families that set an example of Christian participation in our councils, parish and community.                                                                   

In addition to honoring a Family of Year in your parish, it provides an example of how the Knights of Columbus believe in the value of a strong "Domestic Church". Below is a recommended action plan for the submission of a successful nomination and portfolio for the Family of Year.

Access the Supreme Family of the Year Application form here.



Keys to a Successful Michigan State Family of Year Nomination Action and Timeline

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 Direct Family of the Year questions to State Family Director Ed Strach 734-476-6296.


Online Membership

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 02/19/2018 Under: All Articles (423 Hits)      

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 Men: Are You Ready to accept the Challenge?

Our communities need strong Catholic men to answer the call to lead with faith, protect our families, serve others and defend our values.

For over one hundred years, Knights of Columbus have done exactly that, standing up for the Church, serving the least among us, and strengthening our parishes and families.

Eligible Catholic men can now join the Knights of Columbus online in a simple, streamlined process.

As a member, you join a worldwide community of nearly two million men, including more than 65,000 in Michigan, who stand together.

Men have a duty to lead, protect, serve and defend. The world needs more committed, unified   Catholic men to answer the call. Will you answer?

You may view an information and question answering booklet about the program here.

An informational booklet concerning the Michigan activities is available here.

Visit to learn more about the many benefits of membership in the Knights of Columbus. For information about Michigan State Council activities, visit, and for K of C Supreme Council national and international activities, visit


For a complete discription og the Online program read this Supreme article here.


These directors and coordinators can provide additional information about E-membership:

 Carson Mantooth, State E-Membership Director,  616-379-9069

 David Schuster, College Council Coordinator,

 Isaac Koerner, Young Adult Coordinator

 Ken Krause, State Membership Director,

 Dale Schaedig, State Program Director,

  For further information about E-membership go to: 


A complete description of the Online Membership progam can be found on this link.

 To view a great article about E Membership in the Mich Catholic Click on the logo. Mich Catholic logo b 

2018 Joint Fundraiser Raffle

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 04/14/2018 Under: All Articles (357 Hits)      

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List of winners to follow later.

Michigan Silver Rose Run 2018

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 01/22/2018 Under: Church (439 Hits)      

 Michigan will have the honor of running the Silver Rose to promote Life from April 8th to May 20th. The following is the preliminary schedule.  The weekends have been requested by the councils listed but there is time during the week and the exact dates and times have not been set. If you are interested in hosting the Rose this year please contact me, Vince Cabras, Silver Rose director at or call my cell to talk to me directly or leave a text or voice message at 269-447-8288.

April 3rd Tues. State Deputy receives Silver Rose from Ontario State Deputy: Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Essex, ON, Canada

April 9th Mon. Council #7011 Sterling Heights, Adoration Chapel St. Renee 

April 10th Tues. Council #7011 Adoration Chapel, St. Renee

April 11th Wed. Council #7011 Adoration Chapel, Sts Cyril and Methodius

April 12th Thurs. Council #7011 Adoration Chapel, Sts. Cyril and Methodius

April 14th Sat. Council #3848 Warren, St. Martin De Pores 5 PM Mass                      

April 15th Sun. Warren St. Martin de Porres  Mass 8:30 AM;

April 15th Sun. Council #11658, Harrison, St. Hubert   Mass 11:30 AM  

April 16th Mon. Council #11658 Harrison, St Hubert 9 AM Mass

April 20th Fri.  Council #13810, Dearborn Heights, St. Linus  7:30 AM and all day till evening program

April 21st Sat Council 3798 St Mary's Church Paw Paw

April 22nd Sun Council 3798 St Mary's Church Paw Paw

April 29th Sun. Council #2199, Hart, St. Gregory 9:30 and 11:30 Mass  

May 3rd Thurs. Council #16223, Kentwood, St Mary Magdalene 7 PM Mass

May 5th Sat. Council #2959,  Dexter, St. Joseph 4:15 PM One Life, One Rose service

May 6 Sun. Council 9802, Muskegon, St. Mary 9 & 10:30 Spanish and 12:30 Masses

May 6 Sun. Otsego Council 7796 St Margaret 6 PM One Life One Rose program

May 10th Thurs. DD#64, Sault Sainte Marie, St. Mary’s cathedral 

May 12th Sat. Council #1396, Ironwood, Our Lady of Peace 4 PM Mass

May 13th Sun. Council #2934,  L’Anse,   Sacred Heart

May 18th Fri. Council #12998, Kalamazoo, St. Monica 12 PM Pro Life Mass

May 19th Sat. Council #3798, Paw Paw, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception

May 20th Sun. Council #7796, Otsego, St. Margaret’s PM One Life, One Rose service

Deliver to OHIO

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Fourth Degree Assemblies have been the prime movers of the Rose in many jurisdictions. Color guard is invited to make our visits special.   

 knights on bikes vest The Michigan Knights on Bikes have asked to transport the Rose at pick-up in Ontario and to drop-off in Ohio. 

40th Annual Right to Life Banquet

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 04/17/2018 Under: Culture of Life (264 Hits)      

Brother Knights, Ladies, & Families, we are creating this article so all of you are aware of the sacrifice that was made by many at the 40th Annual Right to Life Banquet held at Burton Manor in Livonia on Thursday evening April 5th.

Over 650 people were in attendance, including Archdiocesan Chaplain Fr. Paul Ballien, several Council Chaplains and Priests, Michigan State Council State Deputy Ken Unterbrink & wife Ellie, State Council board and their wives, Michigan Squires, Past State Deputies, State Representative Laura Cox, and representatives from Students for Life of Michigan. Barbara Listing and her husband Otto, Brian Cusack, and Dennis and Barbara Rotary rounded out the distinguished guests from Right to Life of Michigan. Our Emcee for the evening was Host of the Morning Light -WMUZ,103.5 FM Chris Stevenson.

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 Melissa Ohden Our guest speaker, Melissa Ohden provided an inspirational and moving testimony of how Faith and Trust in God can help anyone overcome the shadows and darkness of evil. Melissa concluded the evening by signing her most recent book,"You Carried Me" for all those interested in purchasing. Brian Cusack provided an Educational update along with some inspirational words of his own while conducting the Annual Appeal. This was the highest appeal total in over Twelve years that will help play an important part of our ongoing battle and War opposing abortion.

We hope all of you have the opportunity at some point to take part in The March For Life or any Pro-Life event in your local area that will benefit all of us in our combined efforts of Protecting the Sanctity of Human Life.

God bless!
Tim & Cindy Donovan
Pro Life Chair Couple 

Assessing Membership and Program Progress

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 04/11/2018 Under: All Articles (270 Hits)      

      As I reflect on these past two years, I think it’s valuable to evaluate our progress. As a retired educator, I know that evaluation is an important part of the learning process. As reported in many meetings and publications, Michigan’s membership has declined for the past ten years. At the start of State Deputy Kenneth Unterbrink’s term, I spoke about stabilizing the decline and turning it around. To do this the State Leadership Team set five objectives that are listed on page 6 of the Membership and Program Leadership Guide that the State Family, Grand Knights, Membership and Program Directors received at the beginning of these two years. Each objective is intertwined with the others. Follow the link below to read my entire evaluation of how we have done.




To view the entire assessment article on the above subjects click here: Are We There Yet?

The past two years leading the state membership program have been challenging and exciting. Many have contributed greatly. The State Officers, State Directors, Diocesan Program and Membership Directors and specially a clear majority of District Deputies have worked hard to provide program and recruitment support. The leadership in many councils are making positive strides that will pay future dividends. Especially I must thank Assistant State Membership Director Ed Nickel, who has worked tirelessly in this position and several others at the state level. I would be remiss if I didn’t also thank Supreme Membership and Program Consultant Dannie Harris for the guidance and support he has provided. Many have done much, but there’s still so much to do making state program and membership growth the best it can be.

46th Ultrasound Machine in Michigan

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 03/23/2018 Under: Culture of Life (415 Hits)      

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In attendance (from left to right) GK Joe Williams from St Maximilian Kolbe Council, GK Doug Cryderman from Sacred Heart Grosse Ile Council 13475, PGK Jim Pryce form St. John Neumann Council,Pro Life Chair Couple Tim & Cindy Donovan, Executive Director Nancy Kujawa, MI K of C State Deputy Ken Unterbrink, GK Sean Piedmonte from Monroe Council, and GK Michael Goodhart from Msgr Kern Council. Others in attendance and pictured with the State Deputy are Ken Unterbrink, District Deputy's Ken Dressel & George Honer, and K of C Detroit Archdiocese Program Director Jeff Dombrowski.

Sunday March 18th 2018 marked the dedication for the 46th Ultrasound Machine in Michigan. Fr. John Kiselica began the ceremony with an opening prayer & blessing the Ultrasound machine which took place at Pregnancy Services of Greater Lansing (MSU Campus Location).

Executive Director Nancy Kujawa communicated the importance of this Ultrasound Machine which is located at their Michigan State University location while thanking the Knights of Columbus for their generosity and commitment to Protecting the Unborn. Board President Jim Smiertka also thanked the Knights of Columbus for their overwhelming generosity that has and will continue to change the hearts and minds of those facing difficult decisions.

Councils, Assemblies contributing to the purchase this ultrasound 

Monroe #1266, Our Lady of Victory #5446, Sacred Heart Grosse Ile #13475, 

Msgr. Kern #8284, St Maximillian Kolbe #6549, Raisin River Assembly #488, 

Fr. John Kenna #11430, St John Neumann #16169, Notre Dame #3021, 

Msgr. Eppenbrock #3615, Riverview #13980, All Saints #4872, Divine Grace #15932, 

Bishop Foley #2660, Wyandotte #1802, Fr Victor Renaud #3292, 

Lady of Mt Carmel #8902, Fr Alfred Saylor #3774, Immaculate Conception #4513, St Joseph #7413 

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Let us not forget Supreme Knights of Columbus for their matching funds program which has now crested over 900 machines Order wide.

Building the Domestic Church

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/29/2017 Under: All Articles (522 Hits)      

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The very popular presentation on Building the Domestic Church created by Supreme MPC Dannie Harris is now available on our website.

Go to Resources/Manuals and Documentation/Training Powerpoints and look for Building the Domestic Church Harris presentation. Available in both powerpoint show and PDF.  


A Call To Battle

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 12/02/2017 Under: Church (796 Hits)      

The video in Deacon Wayne Slomiany's workshop was a great hit and can be viewed by clicking on the logo below.a call to battle logo

Ava Maria University Scholarship

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 09/11/2017 Under: All Articles (711 Hits)      

Ava Maria Univ Scholarship AdHOW TO APPLY:

 ? Must complete the online scholarship application at:

  **Apply early! A limited number of scholarships will be awarded


In addition Ave Maria University Seeking Volunteer Football Scouts:  Do you enjoy high school football?  Would you like to help young Catholic men have an opportunity to attend an authentic Catholic university and play football?  If so… Ave Maria University (AMU) could use your help!  AMU is developing a scout network in Michigan to help identify Catholic football players from all schools (public / private / Catholic) in this area.  Generous scholarships are available.

 For more details, please contact Dr. Gary Jackson, Michigan Scout Coordinator, at or 734-516-9615. 

Michigan Columbian April 2018

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 03/22/2018 Under: All Articles (411 Hits)      

To view the latest Michigan Columbia edition click the logo below.

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