Online Membership

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 02/19/2018 Under: All Articles (256 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


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

 Carson Mantooth, State E-Membership Director,  616-379-9096

 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: 

2018 Joint Fundraiser Raffle

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/21/2017 Under: All Articles (595 Hits)      

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Welcome to this year’s Joint Council and State Charities Raffle. We have put together these top 4 prizes that we consider memorable trips.

 These tickets are easy to sell at $5.00 each for the most respected fraternal organization in the world “The Knights of Columbus”. The sale of these tickets have a big impact on our charities which help people that do not have it easy.

 We thank you in advance for selling or buying these tickets.

 This is one program that helps councils fund their charities.

1st  Charity Prize - 8 day Western Mediterranean Cruise for 2, Overnight in Rome W/Vatican Tour (Civitavecchia) Italy, Monte Carlo (Cannes), France, Ajaccio, Corsica, Palma De Mallorca, Spain, Sardinia (Cagliari), Italy.  Includes roundtrip flights, ocean view balcony room, transfers,    cruise, taxes & port charges . Plus $50 on board credit and $5,000 cash.

2nd  Unity Prize - 9 Night Canada/New England Cruise for 2, Cape Liberty, Bayonne, Boston, Massachusetts, Portland, Maine, Bar Harbor, Maine, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Saint John, New Brunswick (Bay of Fundy). Includes roundtrip flights transfers, cruise, taxes & port charges. Plus $50 on board credit and $3,000 cash.

3rd   Fraternity Prize—7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise for 2, Ocho Rios, Jamica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Miami. Includes ocean view room, roundtrip flights transfers, cruise, taxes & port charges & $1,000 cash.

4th   Patriotic Prize - Philadelphia for 2, tour pass with 27 stops hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Includes roundtrip flights, 3 nights at the Marriott  Hotel Downtown, and a 3 day tour pass and $500 cash.

5th & 6th Prize $1,000 each        7th - 10th Prize $500 each

11th - 20th Prize $250 each         21st - 30th Prize $150 each


“Trips are transferable to another trip or person.”

All prizes are subject to Federal Tax Laws


Click on link to view other prizes 2018 bonus prizes









Angela Hospice 

Angela Hospice - Mission: HOSPICE CARE Angela Hospice is dedicated to provide comprehensive, compassionate, and Christ-like care to adults and children in the communities we serve.

Results: Angela Hospice has served over 2,000 hospice patients in the past year and supported many more individuals and families through our bereavement southeast Michigan.





Angela Hospice, Bishop Baraga Association, Capuchin Community Center, Catholic Radio, Dioceses of Michigan, Guest House, Madonna University, Most Holy Trinity Church, Right to Life programs, Holy Cross Children Services, Special Days Cancer Camp, St. Francis Cabrini Clinic, St. Vincent Catholic Charities, Vocations Programs, Catholic High School Sports Program (Prep Bowl, Catholic Cross Country Meet, Catholic Track Meet), Catholic Publications (Michigan Catholic, U.P. Catholic

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Worthy Brother Knights,


After the first 40 business days your Councils have earned over $26,000.00 dollars or $650.00 dollars a day. We are currently at 39% of our goal. We have 55 business days left until the drawing to reach our goal. We want to THANK ALL OF YOU for your efforts in support of the Joint Charity Raffle. Keep up the good work. The less fortunate are depending on us. We have extra tickets, flyers, and posters to help sell these tickets., just call me at 586-436-0121.


Fish fries are a great place to sell these tickets.


Someone is going to the Vatican in Rome, why not you?


Gary A. DeCarlo


State Fund Raising Chairman


Grand prize Drawing held at DeCarlo’s Banquet Center 6015 East Ten Mile, Warren, MI  48091  


Grand Prize Drawing on April 14, 2018, 2:30 pm

Kenneth B. Unterbrink—State Deputy 

State Fundraising Director Gary A. DeCarlo 586-436-0121


check example     Sold Tickets may be returned until 2pm on day of drawing on April 14, 2018 at

De Carlo’s Banquet Center


The envelope enclosed in the mailing with the tickets is ONLY for State Raffle ticket stubs. We are not responsible for returning anything else, ( dues, personal bills etc.) that is sent in the envelope to the State Office.

"The sale persons are responsible for listing the council number on the check stubs," 

Ensure all checks are made out to;

Michigan State Council


Sacred Heart Seminary Admission Degree

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 12/12/2017 Under: All Articles (380 Hits)      









Councils are invited to send candidates and their proposers to this admission degree at Sacred Heart Major Seminary located at 2701 Chicago Blvd. in Detroit. Council candidates will go through the degree with the seminarians.

Councils that serve seminarians’ home parishes will be contacted, so council members can attend as sponsors, and the young men can join the council. Sponsoring councils are asked to waive seminarian admission fees and dues.

Msgr. Todd Lajiness, who is a knight and a former State Chaplain for the Michigan State Council, plans to attend prior to the degree.

At the conclusion of the degree, seminarians will be available to visit with knights and give tours of the seminary.

Contact Diocesan Membership Director Larry Pitruzzello (586) 871-8716 or email with the number of attendees and candidates.

For further information or questions, call or email Ken Krause, State Membership Director (586) 598-8453 or

Knights of Columbus Day of the Unborn Child

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 02/21/2018 Under: Church (3 Hits)      

Day of Prayer for the Unborn Child April 9, 2018

The Knights of Columbus has been a leader in the pro-life movement for over 40 years. The Knights of Columbus Day of the Unborn Child is an opportunity for Knights to stand up and speak out against the evils of abortion.

Councils may use the Knights of Columbus Day of the Unborn Child, always a successful event throughout the Order, to come together with friends and family to host a variety of prayer programs within their parishes and their communities that show our never-ending commitment to unborn children and their mothers.

Prayer for life 

 Normally held on March 25, to coincide with the feast of the Annunciation, this year the

Day of the Unborn Child will be held on Monday, April 9. Why the change in date? This year

Palm Sunday falls on March 25, so the Annunciation gets moved to April 9. Be sure to mark your

calendar with the new date!


 Councils may order the prayer card 4665-06 from Supreme or print the PDF found here.

Michigan Special Olympics Winter Games

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 02/13/2018 Under: All Articles (218 Hits)      

As a Special Olympics Statewide Civic Partner our State Council was present at the Winter Games opening ceremonies in Acme, Michigan on Wednesday January 31.

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 The Fourth Degree Color Corp and National Guard from Grayling presented the colors.

Dragos & SD

 Sharing the stage with Michigan Special Olympics Board Chairperson and WZZM TV personality  Juliet Dragos, our State Deputy Kenneth Unterbrink presented a check in support of the Special Olympics Winter Games.

UP Special Olympics Winter Games

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 02/15/2018 Under: Community (146 Hits)      

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The Bishop Frederic Baraga Assembly No. 469 Color Guard poses during the opening ceremonies along with K of C Upper Peninsula Special Olympics coordinator Chuck Crotty, Faithful Friar Fr. Al Mott, Area 36 Special Olympics Director Pam Bahrman and State Deputy Kenneth Unterbrink.

 Fr. Al Mott, Faithful Friar of Bishop Frederic Baraga Assembly No. 469, delivers the opening prayer with State Deputy Kenneth Unterbrink and K of C Upper Peninsula Special Olympics coordinator Charles Crotty

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State Deputy Kenneth Unterbrink presents a check for $2500 to Pam Bahrman, Area 36 Director of Special Olympics, to support Special Olympics in the Marquette Diocese.

Marq S-O winter games participants Special Olympics participants prepare to run the bases during the opening ceremonies in the Superior Dome at Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

40th Annual Mich. KC RTL Dinner

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 12/23/2017 Under: Culture of Life (294 Hits)      



Social hour at 6:00 p.m.  

dinner at 7:00 p.m.





27777 Schoolcraft Rd., Livonia, MI 48150                             






Abortion attempt survivor.

Voice for the voiceless.



 Melissa Ohden  

 Melissa Ohden is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977. Despite the initial concerns regarding Melissa’s future after surviving the attempt to end her life at approximately seven months gestation, she has not only survived but thrived.


In 2012, Melissa founded The Abortion Survivors Network (ASN). ASN seeks to educate the public about failed abortions and survivors while providing emotional, mental and spiritual support to abortion survivors. Her life and ministry is featured in the award winning pro-life documentary, A Voice for Life.

After years of searching for her biological family and offering them forgiveness for the decision that was made to end her life, Melissa’s story, and her life, is so much more than one of survival.  It’s a testament to the beauty of God’s grace in our lives, and the transformational power of forgiveness. Fulfilling the purpose that she believes God set out for her, Melissa is truly a voice for the voiceless.

 Register Online beginning in February @ Right to Life of Michigan


For those of you who wish to register through the mail please remit your registration form & check to:

Right to Life of Michigan

 c/o Barbara Rotary

1505 Pebble Beach Dr.

 Pontiac, MI 48340

or call Barbara 248-371-0466

Deadline: March 22

State Instillation of Officers

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 01/30/2018 Under: All Articles (420 Hits)      

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From left to right; State Advocate Christopher Kolomjec, State Secretary William Chasse, State Deputy Kenneth Unterbrink, State Chaplain Very Rv. William Turner, State Treasurer Walter Winkle, State Warden Joseph Munie

My Brother Knights,

On Sunday January 28, 2018 the four state officers, recently appointed by a unanimous vote of the State Board, were installed into their new offices of State Secretary – William Chasse, State Treasurer – Walter Winkle, Jr., State Advocate –Christopher Kolomjec, and State Warden – Joseph Munie.

The appointments were made in accordance with the Charter Constitution Laws of the Knights of Columbus (Chapter VIII State Councils, Vacancies, Section 58 paragraph 23).

The Installation of State Council Officers ceremony was conducted by State Chaplain William J. Turner and State Deputy Kenneth B. Unterbrink at the altar of St. Mary Parish in Chelsea, MI.

As with all State Officers, District Deputies, Directors, Council Officers, they promised to support and obey the Constitution Laws of the Order, promised loyalty and devotion to the Catholic Church, the Holy Father, Bishops and priest, and to devote the necessary time to the discharge of their responsibilities as designated by the Laws of the Order, as well as to keep the welfare and Good of the Order uppermost in their mind.

The State Officers installed on January 28, 2018 have committed to the service of the Order and the Church with the full support of their families.


Kenneth B. Unterbrink

Michigan State Deputy



Michigan Silver Rose Run 2018

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 01/22/2018 Under: Church (308 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 8                  Archdiocese -Pontiac #13930 and Milford #7444

 April 13, 14, 15    Archdiocese -Warren #3848 & Harrison #11658

 April 20, 21, 22    Archdiocese -Grosse Ile District #10 & Gross Pte Woods #7780

 April 27, 28, 29    Grand Rapids Diocese at Ionia #944 and Hart #2199

 May 4, 5, 6,         Grand Rapids, Lansing and Gaylord Dioceses at

                             Lowell #7719,Dexter #2954, & Mio #7329

 May 11, 12, 13    Marquette Diocese at Ironwood #1396, L’Anse #2934, &

                             Menominee #646

 May 18, 19, 20    Kalamazoo Diocese at Otsego #7796 and Paw Paw # 3798

In the Grand Rapids Diocese Kentwood #16223 & Wyoming #16422 are planning a joint visitation during the week with possible dancers from the Matachina pilgrims of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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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. 

Family of the Year Applications

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 01/17/2018 Under: Family (228 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


 Family of Year timeline

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


Building the Domestic Church

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/29/2017 Under: All Articles (387 Hits)      

Dannie Harris   

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 (646 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 (561 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.