Welcome to the Love Bus and the 68th Ultrasound Dedication!

By: Ed Strach - Thu, Jun 17, 2021 9:28 AM

On a warm Tuesday afternoon on June 8th the 68th Ultrasound dedication took place at Immaculate Conception Parish in Three Rivers. This was a unique dedication blessing of a 31ft mobile unit that included a lifesaving Ultrasound graciously sponsored and lead by Pope Paul VI Council #4141, Three Rivers.

As the dedication proceeded the love of Christ became a common theme in the scripture readings and comments. Dcn. Mike McCloskey asked for support to name this mobile life saving unit the “Love Bus” as a following of the love of Christ and not to be mistaken by the love buses in the sixties.

Fr. R. Mathias lead a wonderful blessing of the Love Bus and Ultrasound that was followed by a check presentation to Dawn Bowen, Executive Director, Pregnancy Helpline Center. A plague presentation by Deputy Grand Knight John Stedman and Financial Secretary Larry Lalsh followed with congratulatory remarks by State Life Director, Ed Strach and State Warden, Jim Kraus.

Special thanks were expressed by Jim Highfield to the Livingston County Ultrasound Initiative and the following councils that supported this initiative to Defend Life.

St. Ann Council #13633                            St. Joseph Guardian of Mary Council #13749

Paw Paw Council #3798                           St. Mary’s Council #9962

St. Martin of Tours Council #13305           St. Basils Council #2594

Fr. Korst Council #2900                             Deacon Jerry Mix Council #2508

Fr. John V. Dillon Council #3447                Dowagiac Council #2113

St. Catherine of Sienna Council #6980      Fr. Owens Council #11114

St. Margaret Council #7796                       Immaculate Heart of Mary Council #1120

St. Augustine Cathedral Council #15439


Ed Strach Life Director

Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus


July 21 Michigan Columbian

By: Gary Merritt - Thu, Jun 17, 2021 8:46 AM


To view the latest Michigan Columbian click the logo below

Borrelli, Huard & Wesley Agencies Insurance Update

By: Don Wesley - Thu, Jun 17, 2021 8:38 AM

Statewide Fraternal Benefit Event Wed Aug 18, 2021 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

LIVE Virtual Seminar with Joe Jordan

Inspirational Speaker and Behavioral Finance Expert

Registration will be limited

Register Now

Join us for an informative online presentation by inspirational speaker and behavioral finance expert Joe Jordan. Joe will discuss “Stress-Free Retirement Planning,” including how to plan for your financial future and a secure retirement. Joe believes in the mission of the Knights to protect families by providing economic security and stability. Only by helping others can we truly “Live a Significant Life.” Here are some of the topics Joe will cover:


1.     The importance of “Living a Significant Life” that goes beyond merely accumulating wealth

2.     Eight steps to financial security

3.     Capital markets explained in 5 minutes

4.     The importance of having a plan and a partner

5.     Why long-term care doesn’t have to be a financial nightmare

6.     How to turn hard earned assets into reliable retirement income

7.     Protecting your loved ones with life insurance

8.     Why patience pays when claiming Social Security

9.     Six risks to a secure retirement and how you can insure against them


His talk will give you new insights into your financial affairs without losing sight of your faith and values.

Joe’s special message to the Knights

 Joe is a Catholic, a Knight, and a member of Legatus, a Catholic CEO organization. For three consecutive years, he has been honored by Irish America magazine as one of the "Top 50 Irish Americans on Wall Street."

He was inducted into the Fordham Football Hall of Fame and has played rugby for the New York Athletic Club for 30 years

We look forward to Joe’s presentation on Wednesday, August 18th, at 7:00 PM ET.

Diocesan Meetings

By: Paul J. Palka - Sun, Jun 13, 2021 8:00 AM

  We will be having our traditional Diocesan Meetings this summer  during July. All weekday meetings will have dinner at 6:00 pm, with an Exemplification at 7:00, with our meeting following.

Grand Knights, Program and Membership Directors are asked to attend, along with any other council members who would like to know more about the coming year in our Order.

We are looking forward to seeing you at these meetings.


                                      Diocesan Meeting Schedule 

Wed. July 7   Lansing – St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church, 2333 Elms Rd, Flushing, MI 48433 Council 17509


Mon. July 12 Detroit West Monday St. John Neumann 44800 Warren Rd, Canton, MI 48187


Thurs. July 8 Saginaw – 1021 Woodside Ave

Essexville, MI 48732  Council 2740


Wed. July 14 Kalamazoo – Wednesday St. Augustine Cathedral Parish- 542 W. Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007


Sat. July 10 Marquette – Place TBD 9:00 am breakfast with Exemplification at 10:00 with meeting following.

Thurs. July 15 Grand Rapids  - Thursday Catholic Central with exempt at Cathedral of Saint Andrew [257 - 259] Sheldon Ave SE


Sun. July 11 Gaylord – Sunday 9am Mass at Cathedral meeting after @  2753 Wilkinson Rd  Gaylord, MI 49735


Mon. July 19 St Therese of Lisieux Council 11957 48115 Schoenherr, Shelby, Twp, MI 48315.


Supreme Training by Jon Olson

By: Jon Olson - Sun, Jun 13, 2021 7:19 AM

Jon Olson Supreme Regional Training Consultant
These 2 trainings are to help state leaders, DDs and councils gear up and be ready to start growing their State, district and council for the next fraternal year. Delta Drive & Council Growth Training.
Delta Drive
6/14/21 at 7PM CDT (8PM EDT)
6/22/21 at 6PM CDT (7PM EDT)
6/28/21 at 7PM CDT (8PM EDT)
The Delta Drive Presentation will cover The Prospect landing page and interaction with the prospects. Come learn how to adapt the Delta drive Method to your council's next event
Registration link:
Council Growth
6/15/21 at 8PM CDT (9PM EDT)
6/21/21 at 7PM CDT (8PM EDT)
The presentation will help Fraternal leaders resolve to leave councils, parish, and community better than how they found it.
Leader should also learn how to develop a simple, specific, year-round plan in place for growing council membership, that involves participation from the whole council.
Attendees should commit to work with their pastor(s), field agent, and DD to accomplish their goals.
Leaders should understand the importance of hosting regular ceremonials, incorporating recruitment into every event, and running membership drives
Registration link:

Council Officer Training Schedule – June 2021

By: Jim Escott - Sun, Jun 13, 2021 7:00 AM

There are 4 sessions as follows:





Grand Knight

Grand Knights

Deputy Grand Knights

Officers Online, Member Management, Youth Protection, running effective meetings, and tools and information for success.

GK Training video 21.01


Program Directors plus Faith, Family, Community and Life Directors

Faith in Action, Forms, Youth Protection and tools and information for success.

Program Director - Training video 20.05


Membership Directors plus Retention Directors & all council recruiters

Recruiting, admissions, Online membership, ways to get more members active, and tools and information for success.

Membership Director - Training video 20.05

Financial Officers

Financial Secretaries, Treasurers and Trustees

Roles & responsibilities, Financial controls, funds management, Council Audits & Member Management.

Financial Officer Training  (FS, Treasurer & Trustees)

Send y

Send your questions to Jim Escott – Michigan State Training Director.  j.escott@mikofc.org as soon as you complete viewing the Training PowerPoint but no later than June 15 to make sure your questions are addressed during the Zoom meeting. 

All sessions will begin at 7pm and are expected to last an hour (Sessions may last longer based on questions from participants

The scheduled dates are as follows:



Zoom Link

Monday June 7th

Membership Directors


Tuesday June 8th

Financial Officers


Wednesday June 9th

Grand Knights (and DGKs)


Thursday June 10th

Program Directors


Monday June 14th

Financial Officers


Tuesday June 15th

Grand Knights (and DGKs)


Wednesday June 16th

Program Directors


Thursday June 17th

Membership Directors


Emails will be sent out to all MIKofC.org email addresses a few days before each session.  Please sign in to the session that best fits your calendar.  Attendance will be recorded at each session.  All Council officers/directors listed above are expected and encouraged to attend. 

Rise Up and Answer the Call!

Parish Priest Fr Walsh recognizes his local Council

By: Gary Merritt - Thu, Jun 10, 2021 10:41 AM

Recently, State Treasurer Barry Borsenik posted an article commemorating a Mass for the 75th Anniversary of Dexter Council #2959. 

We are very fortunate to have a video of Fr. Brendan Walsh and his offering of the Holy Trinity Sunday homily to the 75th Anniversary of Dexter Council's Knights of Columbus.

This is a must-see homily showing Fr. Brendan’s support of his council at a milestone anniversary and ties in the gospel message of Holy Trinity Sunday. It should be an encouragement for all councils to serve our priests, parishes and communities to the best of our abilities. 

Watch video by clicking on Pic

Share this video at council meetings and with potential members to give them and their families a clear message of the importance of being a Knight of Columbus. Then, while asking for greater or continued participation of current members, ask a potential member to join us as we serve our parishes and communities. 

75th Anniversary Council 2959

By: Barry M. Borsenik - Thu, Jun 3, 2021 12:33 PM

This past weekend State Treasurer Barry Borsenik and wife Mandy attended the 75th anniversary Mass of Dexter Council #2959 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dexter.

The elderly gentleman is Joseph Zabinsky (93 years old). He was honored as a charter member of the council 75 years ago.

 Congratulations Council 2959!