State Soccer Challenge Winners

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 10/20/2017 Under: Youth (149 Hits)      

9 year old Girls -
Kendyl Smith - Lansing Diocese - Council #6742

9 year old Boys -
Levi Cameron - Saginaw Diocese - Council - 2724

10 year old Girls -
Maeve Rojas - Gaylord Diocese - No Council Listed

10 year old Boys -
Alejandro Montoya - Kalamazoo Diocese - No Council Listed

11 year old Girls -
Makaila Cantrell - Saginaw Diocese - Council # 1546

11 year old Boys -
P.J. Drysdale - Gaylord Diocese - No Council Listed


12 year old Girls -
Ella Wardlow - Saginaw Diocese - Council # 2291

12 year old Boys -
Chase Adams - Gaylord Diocese - No Council Listed

13 year old Girls -
Maze Gusa - Saginaw Diocese -
Council # 1546

13 year old Boys -
Francisco Medyano - Grand Rapids Diocese - Council #2198

14 year old Girls -
Josie Gusa - Saginaw Diocese -
Council # 1546

14 year old Boys -
Josh Wardlow - Saginaw Diocese - Council # 2291

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Membership Proposers Incentives

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 07/03/2017 Under: All Articles (568 Hits)      



In the August and September Proposer Incentive Contest the names of ten proposers were drawn by the State Officers from the lists provided by the Supreme Council. They will receive checks for $50 for their work recruiting new and reactivated members to their councils and growing the Order. 50 bucks

   Proposer’s Name                   Council                                                                     Diocese

  James R. Highfield                  Pope Paul VI Council 4141                                   Kalamazoo

  Edward V. Warren                  Flushing Council 8489                                          Lansing

  Anthony H. O’Connor             Niles Council 708                                                  Kalamazoo

  Thomas J. Nevedal                  St. Michael of Sterling Hts. Council 13799       Detroit            

  Garland R. Wood                     Deacon Jerry Mix Council 2508                         Kalamazoo                 

  Patrick H. Flannery                  Msgr. Hardy Council 8391                                  Lansing           

  Gerald H. Horak                       St. Cyril & Methodius Council 13449                 Saginaw

  James E. Maurer                      Niles Council 708                                                  Kalamazoo                 

  Jeff A. Hudson                          Immaculate Heart of Mary Council 1120         Kalamazoo

  Jerome S. Blaszak                    St. Joseph Council 8113                                       Lansing

Membership Proposers




 October – all proposers with five or more new or Reactivated Members

A Knights of Columbus Pen & Pencil Set  pen & pencil



Proposer Pin     New State Incentives:


   July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018


  All members who recruit a new or reactivated member will recieve a specially designed Proposer pin.

 Every month of this Fraternal Year that Michigan attains 250 or more new or reactivated members, the names of 50 proposers will be drawn for a

 Polo shirt

K of C "Catholic and Proud" polo shirt!

2018 Bowling Tournament Ad Book Deadline

Published by: Dane Jurkovic On: 10/11/2017 Under: All Articles (146 Hits)      

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To All Members,
I know this is a fast turn around but all AD's should be returned no later than October 30th 2017. Please contact me by either e-mail or phone if you have questions or issues.
Thank you, 
Mike Schaefer
(517) 242-4961

Endowment Scholarship for Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 10/03/2017 Under: All Articles (207 Hits)      

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 Sacred Heart Seminary A request of Archbishop Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron and the Rector of Sacred Heart Major Seminary, former State Chaplain Msgr. Todd Lajiness is being honored by the State Board and the State Board has committed to this endeavor until June 30, 2026. 

We, the State Board of the Michigan Knights of Columbus, have established a Tuition Endowment Scholarship Program for the Sacred Heart Major Seminary, with the scholarship/s distribution awarded from the interest earned annually (probably a maximum of 4%). It is anticipated that we will at a minimum, raise one million dollars for the endowment.

We will be asking for a voluntary six ($6.00) a year per member to fund this endowment. The first request will be attached to the annual dues billing starting in December 2017.

Checks should be written to Michigan Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc.

(the Michigan Knights of Columbus 501(c)(3) account.)

 Keep the Faith Alive

All funds for the Tuition Endowment Scholarship Program for Sacred Heart Major Seminary will be directed to our charitable account. This would allow for contributions to Sacred Heart Major Seminary for the Tuition Endowment Scholarship Program to be tax deductible.


The Tuition Endowment Scholarship Program will be used for seminarians in need of financial support.


The RSVP program will continue to be in full support of individual seminarians of your choice to the seminary of your choice. We would also encourage all jurisdictions to create their own tuition endowment seminarian fund.


40 Days for Life Fall Campaign 2017

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 09/13/2017 Under: Culture of Life (250 Hits)      

Our nation -- and our world -- need prayer.

In just a few days, we will enter the largest 40 Days for Life Campaign ever -- in 375 cities!

Find your location and sign up for hours now!


No one grows up wanting an abortion ... and your presence offers hope for women who feel they have no other option.

Even if you "see" no results, your prayers are there in solidarity with those baby boys and baby girls who are losing their lives just a short distance away from where you stand.

Though the world would stand ready to abandon these children, your prayers guarantee that they are not alone and not forgotten at that moment.

There is no peace inside of an abortion facility.

The abortion industry survives on the despair of secularism, which claims we can do whatever we want to whomever we want. Without God, we can place our will over others and appoint ourselves as the judge of their value.

That is the topic of the newest 40 Days for Life podcast episode, which discusses the power of prayer and the sterility of secularism:


We also break down the recent claim from Iceland that they've "eradicated" Down syndrome. Of course, all they have done is abort those who have it.

There are consequences to secularism ... but there are also consequences to prayer!

From September 27 to November 5, use your rights to give the joyful, silent witness of the love of Christ at otherwise despairing places.


Find your location and sign up for hours now!


Ava Maria University Scholarship

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 09/11/2017 Under: All Articles (255 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. 

Archdiocesan Vocations League Memorial Mass

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 09/11/2017 Under: All Articles (268 Hits)      

KC EMBLEMIn November of each year, there is a Memorial Mass hosted by the Knights of Columbus Detroit Archdiocesan Vocation League (DAVL).    This Mass is in remembrance of the members of the Knights of Columbus, their spouses, families & friends who have been called to be with God the Father. This year’s Memorial Mass will be held at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. The Seminary is located at 2701 Chicago Blvd. in Detroit.

The Memorial Mass is open to all Knights of Columbus members, their families & friends. Also attending are the Priests and Seminarians of Sacred Heart Major Seminary.  Following the Mass, everyone is invited to attend breakfast and a short program. The seminarians who are not on assignment that day are also invited to share breakfast with us.

This is a great way to experience the seminarians, their backgrounds and their experiences while attending the Seminary, as well as to follow their call to the religious life. A free will donation of $10.00 per person is suggested.

We pray that you will be able to schedule time to join us in this special Mass in remembrance for those who have gone before us. This is the 25th anniversary of this Memorial Mass. If you are interested in attending the breakfast, please RSVP by Friday, October 28th to Robert Garstka at 586- 484-0781 or by email at

Names for the memorial plaque can be obtained by contacting Robert Garstka.  Plaques start at $25.00 per line to a maximum of 4 lines for $100.00.  An application for Memorial Plaques is linked below.

Michigan Knights of Columbus

Detroit Archdiocesan Vocation League

Memorial Plaque

A beautiful and lasting rememberence is to have your loved one enrolled in the Knights of Columbus Vocations Committee Memorial Society Plaque, which now hangs in the Chapel of Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. The application process is open until October 22, 2017. The application may be opened here; Memorial Mass Application.

Fraternally in Christ,

Kenneth B. Unterbrink  State Deputy                     Wayne Slomiany State Vocations Director

Jeff Gapczynski  DAVL Chairman                              Bob Garstka DAVL Memorial Mass Chairman

New Members Advocate Program

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 06/26/2017 Under: Council (322 Hits)      

 Do you want to retain more of your new members?

 Do you want to have more active members?

 Do you want to have more 2nd & 3rd & 4th Degree members?

 Do you want your new members to recruit more new members?

 Do you want to activate more of your old members who you haven’t seen in a while?

 Do you want a program that you can easily adapt to your council?

Then our new advocate program can help your council.

                            To view the Power Point presentation

                            of this new Retention program

                            click the logo to the right .......................> 

                            for link that will take you to

                            Retention Resources on our State website    

                            then look for Advocate Retention ppt     

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  There are also many helpful items to help you initiate this program at Retention Resources including; Advocate Retention info sheet, Advocate Retention Council Activites list, Advocate Retention feed back survey, Shining Armor Award info & Advocate Retention new member questionaire.

45th Annual March for Life Washington, D. C.

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 08/28/2017 Under: Culture of Life (268 Hits)      

 On Thursday January 18, 2018 the Michigan K of C will be leaving for Washington DC for the 45th Annual March for Life. What makes this even more worthwhile is that we will be staying an additional day allowing us to have guided tour of St. John Paul ll Shrine along with Mass afterwards. We hope that many of you that have attended in the past & for those of you that are interested in attending will make the trip with us. Please see the itinerary below. God bless.

 Michigan State K of C Agenda

 Departs: Council 788 5300 N. Grand River Ave. Lansing:  5:00 P.M., Thursday January 18, 2018

 Departs:  St. Mary Church 14200 E. Old U.S. Hwy. 12 Chelsea:  6:30 P.M., Thursday January 18, 2018

  Arrive:  Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington D.C.

               7:30 A.M. Mass, Friday Jan. 19, 2018

 Meet:  March staging area:  11:30 A.M., Friday January 19, 2018                                                                      

 After March:  Depart for Hampton Inn, Old Towne Alexandria, VA                                                                   


Saturday, January 20, 2018 there will be transportation,


to the Tour of  St. John Paul ll Shrine at 2:30 P.M. including Holy Mass at 4:30 P.M.


 Cost for Hampton Inn:  $109 per room per night plus tax for up to 4 people

 Reservations:  CALL HAMPTON INN DIRECTLY at 1-703-329-1400

 Rooms Reserved under Michigan State Knights of Columbus                                                

 Place Hotel reservation on your credit card                                                                                             

 Cost of Bus:  $165.00 per person                                                                                      

 Depart: Hampton Inn:  8:00 A.M. - Sunday January 21, 2018

 Estimated Arrival:  Chelsea – 6:30 P.M.  Lansing – 8:00 P.M.

 Make check for bus payable to: Michigan State Knights of Columbus

 Mail to: Tim & Cindy Donovan - 4074 Cemetery Rd. Fowlerville, MI 48836

 Phone Inquiries:  517-214-5120 or 517-763-5621  Email

 Deadline for Reservations:  December 15, 2017

March D.C.

Guanella Village

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 10/03/2017 Under: All Articles (233 Hits)      


St. Louis Guanella Village at St. Louis Center

 Guanella Village home

St. Louis Guanella Village at St. Louis Center in Chelsea, MI is the new intentional community being built for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities; with a planned opening in 2018 for its four new Children’s Homes. The Village will eventually be adding family homes, new direct care homes for adults, and townhouses for independent living.


With a ten-year $250,000 commitment of support from the Michigan State Council of the Knights of Columbus, the concept for this new community is drawing rave reviews and interest from all over the country. Each of the four children’s homes will contain five bedrooms, a sensory room, a community living room, a kitchen/ dining area, and a staff work station; and they will be licensed by the State of Michigan for occupancy and direct care services.

House #1 is nearly complete, as most finish work has been done on the exterior. The electrical, plumbing, and drywall has been completed on the inside. Photographs show different stages of completion, as houses 2, 3 and 4 are all progressing from the pattern that was created from house #1. Windows have been installed in each of the homes, along with the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC).

According to Fr. Enzo Addari, SdC., “We are grateful to the Knights of Columbus in Michigan for all of their support, and looking forward to providing modern day facilities for all of our residents.” There are currently 56 residents living at St. Louis Center made up of boys, men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since 2011, the money raised in the current capital campaign has provided the Family Welcome Center, a Special Needs Playground, and an Assisted Living facility at Fr. Guanella Hall.

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Michigan Columbian October 2017 available

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 10/03/2017 Under: All Articles (255 Hits)      

To view the latest Michigan Columbian click the logo below

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State Wild Game Dinner

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 10/13/2017 Under: All Articles (240 Hits)      

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