Service Program Awards

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 05/28/2020 Under: All Articles (2 Hits)      

2020 Grand Hotel Virt Conv 2

You won’t miss walking up that last hill to the Grand Hotel for the convention, but you will miss several communications normally distributed in the registration packets. Some of the missing reports may be found on Convention/Reports linked HERE. To view the Convention Service Program Awards Ceremony click - Facebook 

God Bless, Bill Chasse SD

Founder Father Michael McGivney Moves Closer to Sainthood

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 05/27/2020 Under: All Articles (308 Hits)      

Fr McGivney Portrait 


FROM: Carl A. Anderson Supreme Knight

DATE: May 27, 2020


It is with singular joy that I write to share news that, at Roman Noon today, the

Holy See announced the formal recognition of a miracle attributed to our founder,

Venerable Father Michael McGivney.


With this announcement, a Mass of Beatification will soon be scheduled.

This joyful news is the culmination of many years of determined effort. I ask for

your continued and increased prayers as we prepare for the day when our founder

will be known as Blessed Michael McGivney.


The Vatican announcement can be found below:

Decrees of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints

On May 26, 2020, the Holy Father Francis received in audience His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During the audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorized the same Congregation to promulgate the Decrees regarding:

 - the miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Michael McGivney, Diocesan Priest, Founder of the Order of the Knights of Columbus; born on August 12, 1852 in Waterbury (United States of America) and died in Thomaston (United States of America) on August 14, 1890;

Venerable Michael McGivney was the founder of the Knights of Columbus, now the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization. After studies in Canada and the United States, he was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop James Gibbons in Baltimore. He founded the Knights of Columbus as a mutual aid society, geared especially to working men and their families. He was known for his tireless work among his parishioners. He died at the early age of 38 from pneumonia.

ROME – The Vatican today (May 27) announced that Pope Francis Pope Francis approved the promulgation of a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of the founder of the Knights of Columbus, Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, a Connecticut priest who served his flock during the pandemic of 1890, before himself becoming ill and dying of pneumonia.

The pope’s action means that Father McGivney can be declared “Blessed,” the step just prior to sainthood. An additional miracle attributed to Father McGivney’s intercession will be required for his canonization as a saint.

Fr. McGivney is best known for founding the Knights of Columbus in 1882. Nearly a century before the Second Vatican Council, his prescient vision empowered the laity to serve Church and neighbor in a new way. Today, the Knights of Columbus is one of the largest Catholic organizations in the world with 2 million members in North and Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Europe.

The miracle recognized as coming through Father McGivney’s intercession involved an unborn child in the United States who in 2015 was healed in utero of a life-threatening condition after prayers by his family to Father McGivney.

A date will soon be set for the beatification Mass, which will take place in Connecticut. It will include the reading of an apostolic letter from the Holy Father and the bestowing of the title “Blessed” on Father McGivney.

Earlier this year, in an address to the Knights of Columbus Board of Directors, Pope Francis said the organization has been faithful “to the vision of your founder, Venerable Michael McGivney, who was inspired by the principles of Christian charity and fraternity to assist those most in need.”

“Father McGivney has inspired generations of Catholic men to roll up their sleeves and put their faith into action,” Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson said. “He was decades ahead of his time in giving the laity an important role within the Church. Today, his spirit continues to shape the extraordinary charitable work of Knights as they continue to serve those on the margins of society as he served widows and orphans in the 1880s. Father McGivney also remains an important role model for parish priests around the world and left us a transformative legacy of effective cooperation between the laity and clergy.”

Born of Irish immigrant parents in 1852 in Waterbury, Connecticut, Father McGivney was a central figure in the dramatic growth of the Church in the United States in the late 19th century. Ordained in Baltimore in 1877, he ministered to a heavily Irish-American and immigrant community in the then-Diocese of Hartford. At a time of anti-Catholic sentiment, he worked tirelessly to keep his flock close to the faith in part by finding practical solutions to their many problems – spiritual and temporal alike. With a group of the leading Catholic men of New Haven, he founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882 at St. Mary’s Church to provide spiritual support for Catholic men and financial resources for families that had suffered the loss of their breadwinner.

The fledgling group soon became a major force in the areas of evangelization, charity, racial integration, and the defense of religious freedom.

Father McGivney spent his entire priesthood in parish ministry and died of pneumonia on August 14, 1890— two days after his 38th birthday – after falling ill amid a pandemic. Recent scientific evidence indicates that that pandemic – like the current one – may have been caused by a coronavirus.

Known by his contemporaries for his devotion to the faith and his embodiment of the characteristics of the “Good Samaritan,” his cause for sainthood was opened in the Archdiocese of Hartford in 1997. St. John Paul II – who was pope at that time – lauded Father McGivney’s principles, stating in 2003, “In fidelity to the vision of Father McGivney, may you continue to seek new ways of being a leaven of the Gospel in the world and a spiritual force for the renewal of the Church in holiness, unity and truth.”

 n March 2008, he was declared a Venerable Servant of God by Pope Benedict XVI, who during his visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral cited the “remarkable accomplishment of that exemplary American priest, the Venerable Michael McGivney, whose vision and zeal led to the establishment of the Knights of Columbus.”

Two recent books also tell the story of Father McGivney and his legacy: Parish Priest (2006), his biography; and the The Knights of Columbus: An Illustrated History (2020).

 More information is also available at

Additional Online Exemplifications

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 05/22/2020 Under: All Articles (194 Hits)      

Because of it’s popularity the Supreme Council continues to host online exemplification ceremonies while social distancing rules are in effect. We ask that you promote them heavily.

Supreme has streamlined the procedures to make it as easy as possible for candidates to participate and for councils to process them. We are offering six online ceremonies over the next two weeks to accommodate a variety of schedules and time zones.

A candidate or observer can choose a ceremony that best fits his schedule. If a first choice is closed out due to capacity limitations, he should pick another time slot that still has openings.

Remember this is a great way for your first-degree members to advance.

The procedure to follow is very simple.

  ·     Grand knights or financial secretaries invite eligible candidates for admission and advancement to participate by forwarding this downloadable PDF invitation to them.

Provide each candidate with your council number and instruct them to register for the exemplification of their choice by clicking on the associated link within the PDF. Tell them that their families are welcome, and encouraged, to observe. For your benefit, the ceremony schedule is as follows: 

 home degree


May 21 - 7:00 PM  EDT

May 21 - 10:00 PM EDT

May 26 - 7:00 PM EDT

May 26 - 10:00 PM EDT

May 28 - 7:00 PM EDT

May 28 - 10:00 PM EDT

June 2 - 7:00 PM EDT

June 2 - 10:00 PM EDT

June 4 - 7:00 PM EDT

June 4 - 10:00 PM  EDT



May 27 - 9:00 PM EDT

June 3 - 9:00 PM EDT




May 23 - 9:30 AM EDT

May 25 - 10:00 PM EDT

June 13 - 11:00 AM EDT

June 16 - 10:00 PM EDT

June 24 - 7:00 PM EDT

   ·     Follow up with the candidates to guide them through the registration as needed.

    ·     Candidates should log in no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the exemplification. 

    ·     After the ceremony, process the candidates by submitting form 100s the old way, or electronically in Officers Online. 

  Note that candidates for admission must be approved by your council. You may coordinate electronic voting for them using the temporary rules for electronic voting found HERE. 

Living Rosary on Capitol Steps

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 04/30/2020 Under: All Articles (356 Hits)      

Michigan RTL Dinner 2020

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 04/10/2020 Under: All Articles (415 Hits)      

New Date Wednesday Sept. 23, 2020

6:00 p.m. Social Hour

7:00 p.m. Dinner Served

New Venue

San Marino Club

1685 E. Big Beaver Troy, Michigan 48083


 $50 Individual

  $475 Table of Ten

Register online by Sept 12 at


For more information contact Brad at

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  Reverend Father, Brother Knights, Ladies, all;

  On this day that we all mourn the death of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ we hope and pray that you and your families are healthy and safe.

 Today we have made the decision to postpone the Respect Life Banquet which was scheduled for April 27, 2020 to Wednesday September 23, 2020. The time and venue remains the same as previously communicated which are listed at the top left of this article.

 We realize that many may be fearful of attending any group events which was the main reason to push it out until September. For those of you that have reserved a table or a single reservation, you will be receiving communication from Brad Smith at RTL of Michigan informing you of this change. However, if you have not reserved a table or an individual reservation and would like to attend, please know that you can do so online at until September 12, 2020.

 This is a very difficult time for many and even more difficult for others, however on this most Holy of Holy Days let us not forget the Gift that we have been given by the Sacrifice that provided us Life.

 May God bless all of you!

 Tim & Cindy Donovan MI K of C Pro Life Chair Couple

 William Chasse' MI K of C State Deputy

 Mike Slater


Mike Slater

Mike is a 33-year-old graduate of Yale University where he majored in history. His passion is to speak for the prolife movement at pregnancy resource center events. Mike also speaks at churches about the importance of properly-defined masculinity, and the role they are called to play in the prolife movement. 


DAVL Dinner

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 03/24/2020 Under: All Articles (505 Hits)      

Delta Church Drive

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 02/15/2020 Under: All Articles (410 Hits)      

Cover Delta Drive

  To view the power point presentation from our Regional Training Director Jon Olson click the above logo.

   To view and print the Delta Drive checklist and the pulpit announcements go to; Resources/Membership/Delta Drive or click here  

          Make a Diff logo       To view "Making a Difference" notes click the logo   

Adopt-a-Parish in Mideast

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 01/23/2020 Under: All Articles (250 Hits)      

My Brother Knights, As many of you may know, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson announced a new Adopt-a-Parish initiative for the Order during his remarks at the Supreme Convention.

Christian bros in mideast

The need for our Christian brothers in the Middle East is great. Years of persecution, war and international conflict have severely diminished the Christian population, ignored basic human dignity and promoted a culture of death. As Knights, we have the opportunity to assist our persecuted brothers and create a culture of life. 

Participating councils are asked to pledge $2,500.00 a fraternal year for two years, during which they receive contact information for their adopted parish priest. All participating councils that meet their yearly commitment can count the Adopt-a-Parish initiative as two credits for Life programs towards their Columbian Award. Councils unable to make the two-year commitment can receive one credit for Life programs by hosting a fundraiser and making a donation to one of their neighboring councils’ Adopt-a-Parish initiative.

 There are 15 Catholic parishes in Iraq who still are in need of a Knights of Columbus partner, and adopted parishes will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Every council that participates receives a free fundraising webpage which enables them to receive debit and credit card donations from brother Knights, family and the local community.

To express interest or sign up for the Adopt-a-Parish initiative, please contact Evan Holguin, Coordinator of Faith Programs. He can be reached by email at or by phone at (203) 752-4164.

We thank you for your help in promoting this important initiative, which brings much needed support and fraternity to our persecuted brothers in Iraq. 

Sacred Heart Major Seminary Endowment Scholarship Fund

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 03/11/2019 Under: All Articles (973 Hits)      


The E. S. F. is an agreement between the Michigan Knights of Columbus and Sacred Heart Major Seminary initiated April 5th, 2018.  The agreement specifies that the Michigan jurisdiction will commit to fund the Scholarship Fund in the amount of $1,000,000.00.

 Sacred Heart Sem pic

  • Knights of Columbus have always supported our Bishops, Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians.
  • Sacred Heart Major Seminary is a institution utilized and funded by all seven of Michigan’s Diocese and its Catholic population.
  • Annual costs for“formation” range between $40,000 and $50,000.
  • R.S.V.P. is a great financial resource, but it is normally assigned to a specific seminarian’s incidental expenses.
  • Council excess vocations project funds can be directed to the E.S.F.

A Message from the Endowed Scholarship Fund Chairperson John L. Rademacher

SHEF themo 12-9-19


Thanks for being a supporter and member of the Sacred Heart Major Seminary family.  Whether a financial supporter, a prayerful supporter or both, your support is duly noted.  Hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit and then acting to support the mission of discernment, formation, to the end of holy and happy priests is indeed what the Knights of Columbus continuously support.

Sacred Heart Major Seminary celebrates 100 years of service (1919-2019) educating not only priests, but religious, deacons and lay people.  Imagine the number of individuals who have passed through the walls of this magnificent building. Many have touched each of us as Christ’s shepherds within our parish community. Cardinals, Bishops, who have ministered the sacraments and ordained countless seminarians over this 100-year legacy.

Personally, I have visited S.H.M.S. and sensed the presence of the Holy Spirit at work supporting and guiding the seminarians in formation. I urge each of you to set up a guided tour of the campus and structure.  View the seminarians attending classes and praying throughout the day in the chapel.  Note the beauty of the structure . . .100 years of history awaits you.

Side-step and let’s review our progress towards the ENDOWED SCHOLARSHOIP FUND (E.S.F.)

The Michigan K of C jurisdiction signed an agreement to raise $1.0 million dollars to support the cost of formation and educational expenses the seminarians incure during their tenure at S.H.M.S.  To date, we have raised $230,000 and presented $195,794.35 via the Archbishop’s Gala in both 2018 and 2019. 

Council Financial Secretaries will begin the process of dues notice for the Fraternal Year 2020, starting with December 1st and continuing through the first quarter of 2020.
Inclusive with the dues notice amount will be the request for donation of $6.00 per member for the Endowed Scholarship Fund (E.S.F.)
Monies collected from the members should be sent via council check to State Secretary Walter Winkle, Jr.  2600 Ellsworth Columbus, MI.  48063. The check should be written to Michigan State K of C Charities.  Memo:  Endowed Scholarship Fund.

District Deputies were given a packet of "yellow handouts" at the Summer  Leadership meeting for each council F.S. to include with the dues notice  per member.  Kindly remind the F.S.'s of your councils to incorporate the  "E.S.F." with the 2020 dues notice when attending council meetings.
The "yellow handout" describes the purpose of the E.S.F. and the commitment from the Michigan Jurisdiction to Sacred Heart Major Seminary (S.H.M.S.).

In behalf of the Michigan Seminarians attending SH.M.S, we thank you for your support.


 John Rademacher  517-749-6757.


Novena for Life

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 12/15/2019 Under: All Articles (411 Hits)      

Novena for Life logo



The protection of life is a sustained prayer intention of the Church, and in particular of the Knights of Columbus. Knights remain firmly committed to defending the right to life of every human being – from the moment of conception to natural death. To commemorate and bolster this important cause, councils will promote a novena, nine days of sustained prayer, to build up a culture of life in our parishes, homes and wider community.

  For info. explaining the program click here.

  To open an editable flyer for the novena click here.

  To order flyers click here.

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Pinewood Open

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 07/12/2019 Under: Community (350 Hits)      

 Great fun program to help your council raise funds.

Michigan State Council Service Program Award Winner 2016

Supreme Council Program Recognition 2016

The Knights of Columbus Pinewood Open is intended to be an event for the whole family! You may enter as many cars as you like. As it is an "Open", anyone may enter cars, boys, girls, young or old. We use the size, weight and height rules of the scouts, however, you may make your car out of any material, 3D print it, carve an organic car, use your imagination! The Michigan State Council suggests all proceeds go towards Coats for Kids. To increase fundraising, in addition to car entry fees, consider produc-ing a race day program with local business ads, and have awards like "Best Super Hero Theme", "Best Big 10 School Entry" and "Most Creative Design" that entrants and spectators vote on with cash donations, the most cash donated for a specific car wins!


Go to : for a sample flyer, registration form and rules. Need a track? Go to :

Need a timer? Go to : to order a 3 lane 32 foot kit, ET timer and Derby Magic Race Manager Software.

Start Planning Your Race Today!

For any additional information please contact:

Michael Wegener - State Development Dir. -, 517-331-3959

St. John the Evangelist Caretakers Program

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 07/12/2019 Under: Community (559 Hits)      

Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus introduced a new Program Award Category at the Summer Organizational meeting.

Care Takers award pic

 The Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus St. John the Evangelist Caretakers Program is designed to recognize and appreciate the tireless care given by families to their special dependants.

  • Councils may begin application for the Award of a worthy family by clicking here to download the form.
  • Applications would be judged the same as the Program Awards.
  • Award is a special St. John the Evangelist rosary, blessed at the convention and used on the lawn during the Living Rosary.
  • Award would be presented on Friday during the Open Session Awards Presentations.

Begin consideration of a worthy family and watch this website for future information.

Archdiocese CYO Camp

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 03/04/2020 Under: All Articles (252 Hits)      

52nd International K C Amature Golf Tourney

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 02/12/2020 Under: All Articles (92 Hits)      

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For more infor & an application form click here.

April 2020 Michigan Columbian

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 05/15/2020 Under: All Articles (280 Hits)      

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To view the latest Michigan Columbian click on the above logo.

Local Councils in Action

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 04/18/2020 Under: All Articles (475 Hits)      

To promote the activities of our local councils around the State, various council programs will be posted here.

Send your stories of worthy council programs along with pics to


District 59 Jackson Area

Knights deliver food to Henry Ford Allegiance Health

The five Jackson area councils in District 59 contributed $400 each to buy lunch and dinner for the two shifts of medical personnel at Henry Ford Allegiance Health on Friday May 15th.  The caterer is a Brother Knight from Council #609 in Jackson. 

Five Jackson County Knights of Columbus councils donated meals to 212 health care providers at Henry Ford Allegiance Health last week.

The $2,000 donation in food from the councils representing the parishes of Queen of the Miraculous Medal, St. John the Evangelist, St. Stanislaus Kostka, St. Joseph and St. Mary Star of the Sea. All food came from Mat's Cafe and Catering, 212 S Mechanic St. in downtown Jackson.

"The five councils want to show our gratitude for those medical workers who have given so much to serving the entire Jackson community, our parishes and our parishioners," said Ben Dandrow, DD #59. "They have risked their lives daily, and we want to say thank you and God bless the work you do."Clapping hands 2
St Pius X Council 14598 Grandville


Members of the council worked as servers at a local restaurant for a fundraising event which raised more than $1500.00 for Building Bridges of Hope, a Catholic non-profit serving the Dominican Republic. The funds will help supplement the building of a medical clinic in a remote area of the country.


John E. Kennedy Council 5460 Clinton Twp.

5460 polish dinner

Msgr. Russel E. Kohler Council 15204 Westland

15204 homeless dinner


St. Basil Council 2594 South Haven

2594 heat on

St. Casimir Council 9711 Lansing

The council sponsored several lunches for medical professionals at the local hospital. You can see the health care professionals expressing her gratitude to the council.

9711 hosp lunchs


  Dan Kennedy Council 706 Norton Shores

706 fish fries

The council is continuing their fish fries after Easter to help their local priest raise money for a nearby baby pantry after the coronavirus forced him to cancel his annual fundraiser.

Each St. Patrick’s Day Father Matt Barnum, with St. Mary’s Catholic Church, bar-tends at a local bar and raises money to help keep the Muskegon Baby Pantry stocked.

However, COVID-19 forced organizers to cancel the celebration this year, so, the Muskegon Knights of Columbus offered to donate $1 from each meal it sold at its Friday Fish Fry and all donations from its customers to Father Barnum’s effort.

“We kind of feel like we’re a community establishment here and we want to give back to our community that is in need right now so it’s kind of why we focused on that,” said Matt Carlton, Grand Knight. Since the effort started two weeks ago, Carlton says they’ve nearly doubled their average number of customers to about 1,000. Friday, the organization helped Barnum meet his $25,000 goal.“They know it’s through the collective efforts of everybody here and Father Matt that you’re going to give $25,000 to [the] struggling baby food pantry,” said Carlton. “I think the cash, and them having that resource, will be a huge impact for them.”

Carlton adds even though they met their goal, the organization will keep donating because it provides mothers with the necessities they need and shows the community they can come together during the pandemic.

“I think it’s good to see, in a community, during these times that there are good things going on and people are continuing to do them during these hard times,” said Carlton.

The Muskegon Knights of Columbus say the fish fries will continue for the foreseeable future. Those interested can pick up a contact free dinner from 4-8 p.m. at 2915 Fairfield St. Norton Shores, MI 49441.

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