One Hundred Twenty Third Michigan Knights of Columbus Convention Living Rosary

By: Gary Merritt - Tue, May 30, 2023 4:09 PM

Hundreds gather for the traditional Living Rosary on the lawn at the Grand Hotel, always a highlight of the convention.

The Honor Guard of the Fourth-Degree position themselves in a formation representing a Rosary. As a Decade is led a balloon is situated after each Hail Mary to form Rosary beads to be released at the conclusion of the prayer.

The Family of the Year joins our State Deputy and his family in leading the first decade.

The winners of the Service Program Awards and their families join each State Officer and his family in the subsequent decades.

As the final prayer is completed the Honor Guard releases the Rosary into the breeze sending our prayers off to Heaven.

Council 640 May Exemplification

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, May 29, 2023 1:15 PM

Escanaba Council #640 hosted an Exemplification at Holy Family Parish after Sunday morning Mass on May 21, 2023 followed by a lunch served in the church hall. 

New members are Mike Reford, Ryan Hansen, Andy Flagstadt, and Chris Cooper.

FS 640 Harold Flagstadt

Faith in Action Awards

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, May 29, 2023 12:51 PM

Faith in Action Service Program Awards were presented to the respective councils during the Program Award Session Thursday morning during this year’s convention.

Convention Banquet

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, May 29, 2023 10:23 AM

The State Deputy’s Banquet attendance this year was one of the largest ever.

With a 100-foot dais for all the dignitaries and a full house made for a very special evening.

Addresses from the dais included Judge of the Michigan Court of appeals the Honorable Michael Riordan, Supreme Council Senior Vice President Mark McMullen and a very emotional thank you from our State Deputy Chris Kolomjec centered on Faith and Family First.

Golden Knight Awards

By: Gary Merritt - Sun, May 28, 2023 9:57 AM

Golden Knights Awards

For dedication and service to the Michigan Knights of Columbus Fraternal Year 2022-2023.

DD 105 Ray Bilyk

DPD John Brenner

SPS Paul Palka

DD 111 John Carey Jr.

DMD Don Garon

SMD James Escott

DD 113 Thomas Kendziorski

DPD Patrick Oliver

COS Clifford Wasmund

DD 114 Brian Zahn

DPD Jose Reyes

Editor Gary Kolbicz

DD 113 Richard Olszewski

DMD Nick Zafer

Ex Sec Larry Grabowski

DD 509 John Yanok

DMD Joe Zayaz

PSD Ken Unterbrink

DPD John Brenner

SLD Ed Strach

PSD Michael Malinowski

DMD Don Garon

SCD Gene Murawski


Two special awards were presented this year,

Knight of the Year and Chaplain of the year.

Family of the Year 2022-2023

By: Gary Merritt - Sun, May 28, 2023 8:36 AM

To conclude the Awards Program of this year’s convention, the State Deputy,

Chris Kolomjec introduced the Shuster family from Assumption Grotto Council #13419 in Detroit as the Family of the Year for Michigan.

International Free Throw Winner

By: Gary Merritt - Sat, May 27, 2023 11:10 AM

Michigan had two International Free Throw Championship Winners. 

Jackson Hill from Wm. Fraser Council #1224 in Cadillac was introduced at the Program Awards Session Thursday of the Convention. He is one of the two of the International Free Throw Championship winners from Michigan. 

The other International Winner is Bryon Harper from St. John Neuman #16169 in Canton who was unable to make the convention.

Both had perfect scores.

Convention Mass Celebrants

By: Gary Merritt - Sat, May 27, 2023 10:41 AM

Thank you to the Bishops that celebrated Mass for us at the Convention this year!    


Convention Opening Mass

By: Gary Merritt - Wed, May 24, 2023 10:29 PM

The opening Mass of the 123rd Michigan Knights of Columbus State Convention began with a procession led by the Fourth Degree Honor Guard.

With many clergy including the State Officers and their wives, Supreme Senior Vice President Mark McMullen along his wife, Council Chaplains, Diocesan Chaplains, Bishops all were participating in the procession.

The Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Allen Vigneron.