Summer 2022 Special Olympic Games

By: John Hundiak - Sun, Jun 5, 2022 8:42 AM



They are back. 

The Summer 2022 Special Olympic Games are open once again at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI.  Over 1,000 Special Olympians joyously and energetically paraded into the stadium awaiting the Opening Ceremonies and the ‘Lighting of the Olympic Torch’ to begin the games.    Our State Deputy, Walter Winkle, Jr. was on hand fist-bumping the hands and wishing the Olympians well. Members of the 4th Degree Honor Guard were once again on hand to greet and welcome back the athletes.

The athletes sang the National Anthem and all recited the Special Olympian’s pledge.  Then the Law Enforcement Torch Run officers accompanied the Special Olympians as they walked the track with the Torch, climbed the stairs and lit the Torch to a fantastic roar of all those attending.  I bring you all back a message of THANK YOU for all of your support and prayers over the past few years while they competed virtually!

More pictures from the Opening Ceremonies are on the MI State Facebook page.

Article from Channel 9/10 News site.

John Hundiak, State Special Olympics Director

80th MI KC Ultrasound Dedication –

By: Ed Strach - Sat, Jun 4, 2022 10:08 AM

80th Ultrasound Dedication – Devote Yourselves to Prayer

It was with great honor to have the Most Reverend David Walkowiak, Bishop of Grand Rapids assist at the 80th Michigan Knights of Columbus Ultrasound dedication ceremony. This Ultrasound dedication ceremony took place on Monday, May 16, 2022 at Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC) Grand Rapids. This Ultrasound initiative was lead by Fr. Faucher Council #1300 and Diocesan Program Director Jim Digman and supported by fourteen other councils and parishes in the Diocese of Grand Rapids. 

Congratulations and thank you to the members of Fr. Faucher Council #1300 and the councils listed below.  The councils and parishes in the Grand Rapids Diocese raised $15,919 in the support of Defending Life with this Ultrasound unit. The Supreme Council Knights of Columbus provided the other 50% of the cost totaling $31,858. Portland Council #2168, Portland Our Lady of White Lake Council #12985, Montague George J. McCarthy Council #2975, Grand Haven St. Christopher the Martyr Council #13653, Howard City St. John Neumann Council #7115, Holland St. Alphonsus - Seelos Council #15495, Grand Rapids Bishop Richter Council #7761, Rockford Holy Trinity Council #15548, Comstock Park Albert C. Doerr Council #7869, Remus St. Mary Magdalen Council #16623, Kentwood Bishop Kevin Britt Council #8117, Ida Msgr. Victor Gallagher Council #12668, Reed City St. Mary’s Council #11581, Marne Knights of Lake County Council #13865, Baldwin It is through the initiatives of our councils and parishes that help Defend Life and continue to support pregnancy centers throughout the state.

Ed Strach State Life Director

Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus



Message from Supreme Knight

By: Gary Merritt - Tue, May 31, 2022 10:09 AM

Greetings from Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly

Attendees to the Michigan State Convention were privileged to hear this message from our Worthy Supreme Knight.

To view the video, click on the picture.

Family of the Year

By: Gary Merritt - Tue, May 31, 2022 9:54 AM

Michigan Family of the Year Award Winner


The Family of the Year Award for Fraternal Year 2021/2022 was presented on Thursday morning at the Michigan State Convention during the open meeting.

Msgr. John A. Gabriels Council #11099

The Anthony & Suzanne Cherniawski Family 




Council Program Service Awards

By: Gary Merritt - Tue, May 31, 2022 9:05 AM

Program Service Awards

The Council Program Service Awards for the Fraternal Year 2021/2022 were presented at the open session on Thursday morning during this year’s State Convention.





Bishop Joseph H. Albers Council #4090

Seminarian Dinner



Father Saylor Council #3774 

Fundraiser for Baby Elliot



Msgr. Patrick R. Dunigan Council # 695

Welcome Back Mass



St. Hubert’s Council #11658, St. Louis Roundtable 

Team J-Rex – Crushing Hydrocephalus

Dearborn Memorial Day Parade

By: Gary Merritt - Tue, May 31, 2022 7:24 AM

Our State Deputy, Walter Winkle joined the festivities of the

Memorial Day Parade in Dearborn.

ParticipaParticipating Councils - 3860 Fr Patrick O'Kelly, 2660 Bishop Foley

Knights on Bikes - 7011 St. Nicholas, 2667 Richmond,1802 Wyandotte, 3257 Bishop Murphy,               3774 Fr. Saylor

Living Rosary at the State Convention

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, May 30, 2022 8:02 AM

The tradition of the Living Rosary continues at the Michigan Knights State Convention on the lawn in front of the Grand Hotel. Contingency plans were made because of the inclement weather, but as in many previous years the rains stopped in time to have the service outdoors. 

Our Mother loves the fact the Knights take time for this custom.

The presenters were positioned on the Grand Hotel porch for safety and the Honor Guard, and the many observers stayed dry.


Traditionally the Program Award Winners and Family of the Year join our State Officers and their families to lead each Decade. Here the Family of the Year, Anthony & Suzanne Cherniawski join the State Deputy Walter Winkle in leading the final Decade. 


State Convention Items

By: Gary Merritt - Sun, May 29, 2022 8:38 AM

Elections were held on the Friday during the final business session.

Congratulations to our newly elected Board of Officers

for the new Fraternal Year 2022/2023!

 ·         State Deputy: Christopher A. Kolomjec

·         State Secretary: Barry M. Borsenik

·         State Treasurer: Charles E. McCuen

·         State Advocate: Vern Miron

·         State Warden: Daniel C. Fuller


Vern and Christy Miron, Dan and Kara Fuller

with daughters Jorja and Danica


Our State Deputy’s selection of his Man of the Year was announced at the State Deputy Banquet on Thursday evening.



The following were presented at the Awards Ceremony

 State Program Award Winners

 Below are the winners of our State Service Award Projects in Faith, Family, Community and Life and our Family of the Year! Congratulations to all those who participated in this process!


Faith:                         Council 4090 Grand Knight Ted Miles

Seminarian Dinner Fundraiser


Family:                      Council 3774 Grand Knight Donald Siegel Fundraiser for Baby Elliot


Community:            Council 695 Grand Knight Michael McCarthy COVID Recovery 

Welcome Back Mass & Cookout


Life:                           Council 11658 Grand Knight Ron Rabine Team J-Rex

Crushing Hydrocephalus


Family of the Year:     Council 11099 Grand Knight John Gordon

Anthony & Suzanne Cherniawski



Golden Knight Award Winners


·         District Deputy 101 Dan Nowakowski

·         District Deputy 105 Ray Bilyk

·         District Deputy 106 Mike King

·         District Deputy 113 Tom Kendziorski

·         District Deputy 404 Jeff Hudson

·         District Deputy 607 James Butorac

·         Diocesan Program Director Ray Gehlman

·         Diocesan Membership/Program Director Mike Prokopowicz

·         Diocesan Program Director Ed Warren

·         Diocesan Membership Director Larry Adams

·         State Deputy Regional Representative Martin Brown

·         State MI Program Director George Stump

·         State Deputy Regional Representative Paul Thorn

Eyes on Jesus with Archbishop Vigneron

By: Ed Strach - Sun, May 29, 2022 7:49 AM

As we await a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in the Dobbs v. Jackson case on abortion, Archbishop Vigneron is joined by guest host Rebecca Mastee, a policy advocate with the Michigan Catholic Conference.

In this podcast of Eyes on Jesus they discuss the Church’s response to abortion and efforts to support every woman, child, and family in need.

Click on this link to hear the podcast - Episode 30: A Pro-Life Response | Unleash the Gospel

Fight to Protect Pro-Life

By: Ed Strach - Sat, May 28, 2022 8:53 AM

Your immediate action is necessary to protect pro-life laws!

Dear Brother Knights,

This week, the United States Senate will vote on the “Women’s Health Protection Act,” deceptively named legislation that would cancel state pro-life laws and codify Roe v. Wade as the law of the land. Further, the bill would not provide meaningful religious exemptions, thus forcing Catholic medical professionals and hospitals to perform, or participate in, abortions.

Not only is this legislation bad public policy, but its provisions are also deeply unpopular with the American people. Our 2022 Knights of Columbus/Marist Poll found that more than 70% of Americans would limit abortion to, at most, the first three months of pregnancy. Additionally, almost two-thirds of Americans believe that abortion should either be illegal or determined at the state level. Finally, 75% believe that doctors and nurses should be able to follow their consciences and not be forced to perform abortions.

Our bishops have asked everyone to contact both of their U.S. Senators to speak out against this bill.

I urge you to visit the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ action center today and register your opposition to this bill which would make abortion-on-demand the law of the land.

Thank you for taking action to support life!


Patrick E. Kelly
Supreme Knight