3292 C F U Exemplification

By: Richard Shelt - Fri, Mar 24, 2023 10:13 AM

An Exemplification was held at Victor j Renaud Council #3292 in Plymouth on Thursday March 23rd

The excemp was a big success bringing in 7 new Knights to the Order.

back row left to right all candidates Thomas Rimatzki #3292, Roger Zahn #16169 son of DD114 Brian Zahn, Jeffrey Erdmann #16169, Ben French #3292, Thomas Shipley #3292, Remo Recchia #3292, and Frank Peldon #3292


front row left to right 16169 GK CJ Lang, DD114 Brian Zahn, SDRR Richard Shelt and 3292 GK Mike Drescoll.

Richard Shelt SDRR 

3078 Exemplification

By: Richard Shelt - Thu, Mar 23, 2023 10:20 AM

An Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity was held at St Andre’ Bessette Church in Ecorse on Sunday March 12, 2023

The host Council, Robert H Jones Council #3078 in Lincoln Park.

Front Row, Left to Right:

Ray Bilyk (District Deputy 105), Paul Pasco (New Member 3078), Abraham Camareno (New Member 3078), Gibran Camareno (New Member 3078), Jacob Harpenau (New Member 3956), Richard Shelt (State Deputy Regional Representative Archdiocese of Detroit West)

Back Row, Left to Right:

Gene Gross (Past Grand Knight 3078), Gabriel Medina (New Member 3078), Christopher Fisher (New Member 3078), Moise’s Camareno (New Member 3078), Andrew Stetz (New Member 3078), Dave Hayward (Deputy Grand Knight 3078), John DiFrancesco (Grand Knight 3078)    

Richard Shelt SDRR

State Free Throw Championship 2023

By: Gary Merritt - Thu, Mar 23, 2023 10:00 AM

Results from the State Free Throw tournament held on Sunday March 19.

Pics of all the winners with State Community Director John Hundiak and State Treasurer Carlie McCuen along with the leadership team that made this event possible.

82nd Michigan Knights Ultrasound Dedication

By: Ed Strach - Wed, Mar 22, 2023 3:27 PM

The 82nd Michigan Knights of Columbus Ultrasound dedication ceremony took place Thursday, March 16, 2023 at Life Resources of Northern Michigan (LRNM), Big Rapids. This Ultrasound placement was lead by Msgr. Victor Gallagher Council #12668, Reed City Grand Knight Daniel Hoeh and Financial Secretary Richard Hurst. 

Pictured below left a thrilled staff member of LRNM, with a group picture (right) of the staff of LRNM and Knights of Columbus supporters. Lower eft, Bridget Roberts, Executive Director LRNM followed by Fr. Tom Boufford providing a blessing and prayer for the Ultrasound.

Did you know, the Life Resources of Northern Michigan • In 2022 we had 2,512 appointments. • In 2022- 22,000 diapers were given. • We never charge for any of our services (pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, or items earned in our store through the parenting classes) • Patient Quote, "They're understanding and wanted to comfort me, my worries.

Putting Family & Faith First for Life

Supporters of the Life Resources of Northern MI Ultrasound: Below are council supporters responsible for raising $18,539, 50% of the cost of this Ultrasound with the other 50% provided by Supreme Council Knights of Columbus totaling $37,078! Msgr. Victor Gallagher Council #12668, (lead) Reed City Mary Queen of Peace Council #2199, Hart St. John Neumann Council #7115, Holland Albert C. Doerr Council #7869, Remus Our Lady of White Lake Council #12985, Montague Barthalomew Council #14206, Newago Special thank you to the Livingston County Ultrasound Initiative for their generous contribution and continued support.

Ed Strach State Life Director

10724 C F U Exemplification

By: Gary Merritt - Wed, Mar 22, 2023 2:48 PM

District 118 held an exemplification ceremony at Immaculate Conception Parish in Ira Township on Tuesday March 21. Au Lac Council 10724 welcomed three new members.

In the photo left to right are DD Ron DePestel, John Meldrum, Michael Kotlarsic, Gary Moscone and GK Jeff Wooten. Congratulations to our new brothers!

Mark Kehoe 10724 Recorder & Program Director

6970 Exemplification

By: District Deputy 406 - Tue, Mar 21, 2023 5:02 PM

Sunday March 19 an Exeplification was held at St Catherine in Portage with Lansing Travel Team.

Congratulations to Nidal Sholali who became a member of St. Catherine of Siena Council #6970, Keith Higgenbottom joining St. Augustine Cathedral Council #15439.

John Byrnes DD406

5436 St. Joseph ICON on the Feast of St. Joseph

By: District Deputy 113 - Mon, Mar 20, 2023 3:35 PM

The Feast of St. Joseph at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Waterford, MI. One of the St. Joseph ICONs was presented to the parish as a gift from the State Council.

Father Scott Thibodeau is our pastor, a Sir Knight, and a Past State Chaplain (2012-2014).


Pope Saint John XXIII Council #5436 serves this parish. It is also the home council of our Worthy State Warden, Dan Fuller.

Picture #1:  Altar area where the ICON was placed following a 3rd Degree procession at the beginning of mass.  Also on the altar is a large (6-foot) St. Joseph with the Baby Jesus statue that was recently gifted to the parish by one of its members.

Picture #2:  Fr. Scott Thibodeau blesses the ICON after 12:20pm mass.
Picture #3:  The 3rd Degree ICON procession team:  Greg Brunson, State Faith Director; John Buchanan DGK #5436; Dr. David Pawlowski member #5436; Michael Mandziuk GK #5436 holding the ICON; Kevin Wisely, Advocate #5436; Patrick Allstedt, a 63-year member of the KofC and member of council #5436; and, finally, Tom Kendziorski, DD113 and Charities Director for #5436.

State Charities Raffle Update Mar 20 2023

By: Mike Haughey - Mon, Mar 20, 2023 2:51 PM

My Brother Knights:

Thanks to the generosity, hard work and dedication of you, our members, we are pleased to share the exciting news, we have passed $300,000.00 in gross charity raffle ticket sales!   An awesome charitable response, resulting in over $60,000.00 going directly to local councils thus far. With a little less than 30 days to go until our Michigan Charity Raffle Drawing, April 13, 2023, our $350,000.00 goal is well within reach.   

Former State and Detroit Archdiocesan Chaplain, Fr. Paul Ballien issued a challenge at the State Chaplain’s Tribute Dinner.   If the Great Jurisdiction of Michigan reaches or exceeds our $350,000.00 goal, he will join our State Raffle Directors in doing an Irish Jig, in full Leprechaun Costume, on the stage, in the Grand Hotel Theater, at our State Convention.  

If you have not done so already, please get your tickets sold and remit your check with ticket stubs to the State Office.  With one remaining Early Bird Raffle drawing left, March 28, 2023, you still have a chance to win the last $250.00 sellers prize. 

Thank you for your support and generosity.  If you would like extra tickets please contact:

State Raffle Directors

Mike Haughey m.haughey@mikofc.org

Kevin Rowley k.rowley@mikofc.org

8117 Hosts KEPHA Conference

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, Mar 20, 2023 11:52 AM

Council Kevin Britt Council #8117 along with St. Robert’s of Newminster Parish in Ada hosted the 16th annual KEPHA Building a Legacy Men’s Conference. This is the second year in a row they have hosted the event.

As usual the event was sold out with a large waiting list for those who were unable to purchase tickets.

Fr. Tony Russo, pastor of St. Roberts, opened the day with a prayer and had the pleasure of closing the event with a prayer and blessing.

The event included breakfast and lunch, confessions, Mass with Bishop Walkowiak, adoration and a great lineup of speakers, listed below, to inspire those in attendance.

Sister Miriam James Heidland, S.O.L.T.
Sr. Miriam is a former Division I athlete who had a radical conversion and joined the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) in 1998. She is cohost of the Abiding Together podcast, and the author of the bestselling book Loved as I Am.

Dr. Edward Sri
Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, author, and well-known Catholic speaker who appears regularly on EWTN. Each year he speaks to tens of thousands of people from around the world.

Fr. Dominic Couturier
Pastor at Our Lady of Consolation Parish and School in Rockford, MI. Also serves as the Chaplain and Welding/Metal fabrication instructor for Harmel Academy of the Trades (An all-male Catholic Trades School here in Grand Rapids.

Increase in Vocations Funding Council 4090

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, Mar 20, 2023 10:42 AM

New high total 15 years in a row! Bishop Joseph H. Albers Council 4090 of Davison, Mi. has raised more money for seminarians each year since 2008! The council raised $61,256.00 at the council’s 39th Annual Seminarian Dinner Fundraiser in February. 2023.

Checks were written for $2,356.00 for each of the Lansing Diocese 26 seminarians. Bishop Earl Boyea and director of vocations Fr. John Whitlock joined 16 of our 26 seminarians at a dinner attended by just under 400 supporters.

Side note: We did not miss raising a new high during the two years of the covid pandemic that kept us from holding a live event. The year before the covid pandemic,  2020,  we raised $ 28,727.00 at our dinner/auction. We then held a virtual event and raised $49,193.00 in 2021. The pandemic flared again in 2022 keeping us from holding our normal event. But we raised $50,670.00. 


Mark Corcoran Council 4090 PGK