Exemplification at Sacred Heart Major Seminary

By: Paul Thorn - Sun, Feb 20, 2022 10:28 PM

Congratulations to the eight newest Brother Knights at today's exemplification at Sacred Heart Major Seminary!

I’m proud to have served on the Staff which presented this ceremony, giving the discourses on Unity and the Rosary to the candidates. I always enjoy being on the Exemplification team.

Paul Thorn SDRR

Back Row: - Paul Thorn - SDRR 5, Seminarian, Fr. Zachary Mabee - Instructor of Philosophy, Student Advisor, & Pastor at St. Joseph Shrine in Brooklyn, Fr. Steve Pullis Archdiocesan Evangilization Team, John Hundiak - State Special Olympics Director, Dan Fuller - State Membership Director

Middle Row, Jim Escott - State Training & New Council Director Jim Escott

Front Row Travis Baker - DD120, Nicholas Holoman - Supreme Council Manager of College Councils (to Walter's right), Walter Winkle Jr. - State Deputy, others are new members. 

Upcoming Ultrasound Dedication Ceremonies

By: Ed Strach - Sat, Feb 19, 2022 1:37 PM

Our councils are on the move again Taking Action for Life.

This week are two, 76th and 77th Ultrasound dedication ceremonies

to help defend life and provide expectant mothers a window to the womb.


Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022 at 5:00 PM

Life Choices of Central Michigan 

1985 Parkland Drive, Mt. Pleasant, MI. 48858


Lead council: Sacred Heart Council #1297, Mt. Pleasant.

Grand Knight Robbie Waclawski


Thursday, February 24th at 6:00pm (rescheduled from February 17th)

Heartbeat of Monroe

123 W. First St., Monroe 48161.


Lead Council: Monroe Council #1266, Monroe

Grand Knight Julian Rios


Thank you for Rising Up and Answering the Call for Life!

 Ed Strach, Life Director

Notre Dame Council 3021 thanks Wayne City Council

By: Hans Hansen - Thu, Feb 17, 2022 4:48 PM

From the City Council of Wayne. MI.

Thank you!

At the Tuesday, February 15th, City of Wayne City Council meeting, Paul Sposite, Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus (Wayne) Notre Dame Council #3021, presented the City Council with the following:

"A Certificate of Appreciation Awarded to the City of Wayne as an expression of grateful appreciation for outstanding participation in the 2021 Coats for Kids Program."

Presented by: Officers and Members of Notre Dame Council #3021

The city would like to thank Paul and all of the members of the Wayne Knights of Columbus for their incredible community outreach and for being a fantastic city partner.

New Council at St. Michael Catholic Church Marquette

By: Gary Merritt - Sun, Feb 13, 2022 1:51 PM

We have a new Knights Council at St. Michaels!

“We’re small, we’re nimble and we’re in service to the Church,” said Grand Knight Matt Surrell of the new Knights of Columbus Father Jacques Marquette Council 17772. St. Michael Parish in Marquette is the home of the only new K of C council to form this fraternal year in Michigan. The council has 33 members and is growing, according to Surrell.

A former Grand Knight of the Msgr. Nolan McKevitt Council 689, also in Marquette, Surrell described the new council as “Catholic men of faith, who are charitable in action, focused on our families and serving St. Michael as liturgical ministers, committee members and volunteers, as a parish-based council”

Father Greg Heikkala, parish pastor and Knight himself said, “Father Dustin (Larson, council Chaplain) and I are grateful to be part of the beginnings of a new Knights of Columbus council at St. Michael Parish. The Knights are the backbone of many parishes and live out Catholic values that are compelling to all. We encourage men to consider becoming Knights.

“The Knights are a welcomed and great asset to St. Michael, even though they always had an active presence, their works have expanded greatly in just the few months since formation, and I expect their impact to grow with each passing year.”

During the formation of the council, Surrell said several “Meet the Knights” gatherings were held to survey members’ interests and to see how they would like to serve the parish. A “Faith in Action” plan was put in place with the first goal of providing friendship and financial support to a seminarian. Advent wreath sales raised $500 to be presented to a seminarian.

Other projects include supporting the Care Clinic in Marquette. The council joined with Council 689 in Marquette to decorate the clinic’s building for Christmas with wreaths and garland. Surrell said a “Keep Christ in Christmas” poster contest was conducted garnering 92 entries from area youth.

Choosing a council patron was a difficult challenge. Surrell said, “Eventually, we narrowed down our list and ultimately choosing the French Jesuit priest Father Jacques Marquette, not because our county, city, or diocese bears his name, or that he was an intrepid explorer, but because of who this holy man was and is, his witness, his fortitude, his courage, his drive to evangelize and his selfless devotion to God is what he represents to us and he will be a motivating example for our council.”

The fledgling council had its charter unveiled following a special Mass at St. Michael Parish on Jan. 14, 2022. State Deputy Walter Winkle Jr. was in attendance and commented, “It’s nice to see new growth in our order, especially with the age range of this council. We have a good, young group. I’m excited that it’s up here in Marquette. The more men we have as Knights, the more we can help our priests and parishes.”

The photo and article that released by The UP Catholic authored by John Fee.

 Those interested in joining the Knights of Columbus may visit www.kofc.org/joinus for more information or to join.

Good Friday Family Promotion

By: Garret Kelenske - Mon, Jan 31, 2022 10:40 AM

My Brother Knights and Families, The Good Friday Promotion program is very simple and here are some suggestions on getting it done. Ask Father if your Council can promote Good Friday services by downloading the poster located on the Supreme website. I am sure that the church will already be promoting this in the bulletin, but here are a couple of ideas. If you have a Council newsletter put it in there, maybe ask a few of the Christian businesses in your area to place the poster in a prominent place. Many Christians also observe Good Friday, and this may be a way to evangelize. Perhaps your Council has access to Catholic Radio or maybe a newspaper ad.

 As I said the program is simple but from a spiritual point of view there is so much that we can do to enrich our Lenten journey.   Good Friday is the day on which Catholics commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Catholics are joined by almost all other Christians in solemn commemoration on this day. The events of Good Friday are commemorated in the Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross are commonly recited on Wednesdays and Fridays during Lent. Another devotional, the Acts of Reparation, may also be prayed. Here is a great way to get involved in your Parish, ask Father if your Council can lead Stations during Lent. Perhaps if you are able, you can help with the meal that usually accompanies Stations.

   In the seventh century, the Church in Rome adopted the practice of Adoration of the Cross from the Church in Jerusalem, where a fragment of wood believed to be the Lord's cross had been venerated every year on Good Friday since the fourth century. According to tradition, a part of the Holy Cross was discovered by the mother of the emperor Constantine, St. Helen, on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 326. A fifth century account describes this service in Jerusalem. A coffer of gold-plated silver containing the wood of the cross was brought forward. The bishop placed the relic on the a table in the chapel of the Crucifixion and the faithful approached it, touching brow and eyes and lips to the wood as the priest said (as every priest has done ever since): 'Behold, the Wood of the Cross.'

   We are so fortunate to have such a rich history and tradition in the church. Here is another opportunity. Teach children and grandchildren about the sign of the cross.  It is a visible sign of one's belief in Christ and of one's hope in the redemption which flows from His Cross. By making this sign both in public and in private we affirm our faith in Christ crucified and ask for His blessing and protection. It is also a gesture of reverence to the Blessed Sacrament. Please get involved and use this as an opportunity to contact the homebound, ask if they need a ride to services. Invite some one you have not seen at church lately, sometimes it is just a matter of inviting them to get them involved again.

For Good Friday Family Promotion resources, visit Good Friday Family Promotion - Family Programs | Knights of Columbus (kofc.org)

Your Brother in Christ Garret A. Kelenske

State Family Director

St. Francis Camp on the Lake Wild Game Dinner 2022

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, Jan 31, 2022 9:51 AM

On Friday, January 28, 2022, the friends and family members of the St. Francis Camp on the Lake came together at George Monaghan Council 2690 K of C Hall for its Annual Wild Game Dinner.

Members of the Order of Alhambra Region VI and several Knights of Columbus councils were attendance. A Great time was had by all! Hats off to the team that pulled it together this year!

Galicia Caravan #77 - Order of Alhambra

2022 State Tribute Banquet

By: Lawrence Grabowski - Mon, Jan 31, 2022 9:09 AM


Details are as follows:

Date:               Saturday, February 26, 2022

Place:             Zuccaro’s  Banquets & Catering

                        46601 Gratiot Ave.

                        Chesterfield Twp., Michigan 48051

Social Hour:  Starts at 6pm

Dinner:           Dinner at 7:00pm with Program to follow

Donation:      $30.00 per person

This year there will be no Mass prior to the Banquet. Our State Chaplain encourages your Mass participation at your home parish in line with our initiative to support our parishes with our attendance and involvement.

We hope to see as many Councils as possible represented at this event. Grand Knights, invite your Council Membership Director and his wife. In addition I encourage all the Grand Knights to invite their Council Chaplains as well.

Quick Start Awards and State Chaplain/State Deputy Tribute Awards will be presented to those Councils that have qualified and are in attendance.


Lawrence T. Grabowski                             

Executive Secretary

Mail to: Michigan State Council Office, 6025 Wall Street,  Sterling Heights, Michigan 48312.

80th Annual Michigan State Bowling Tournament

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, Jan 31, 2022 8:11 AM

Michigan State Bowling Association


The upcoming State Bowling Tournament and we look forward to seeing everyone in 2022 again.  This tournament will be co-hosted by Bishop Murphy Council #3257 (Warren, MI) and Knights on Bikes. The tournament will begin with an opening ceremonies officers tournament (teams do not need to be all council officers) and continue into the open division.  The bowling center recently discovered a scheduling conflict and the REVISED DATES are; Saturday February 12th, 2022 to Sunday March 13th, 2022 at Astro Lanes in Madison Heights, MI.

Participation is open to all members in good standing who belong to a council in the Michigan Jurisdiction.  This is a fun, fraternal competition and great way to meet fellow K of C members from around Michigan!

For tournament flyers, applications and information at:  https://www.michigankofcathletics.com

 Karl J. Zawalski

Bowling Association Secretary