By: Gary Merritt - Fri, Apr 29, 2022 1:41 PM

Ladies, we look forward to seeing everyone on Mackinac Island for the Michigan Knights of Columbus Convention.  Whether this is your first convention, or you’ve attended too many to count we want everyone to feel comfortable. 

You may have missed the article in the April 4th edition of the Michigan Columbian in which we covered lots of topics.  I have included the article below for your convenience, so you are familiar with the convention and the Grand Hotel.

We also need your help spreading the word to other ladies that you know are attending the convention who may not have any idea that this article exists.

One of the don’t miss events during the convention is the Living Rosary held at 11:30am Thursday on the lawn of the Grand Hotel. You can view this from the fence line and the porch. This year we are asking ladies to wear a Kentucky Derby style hat.

Also, your husbands will be receiving through their Knights of Columbus email the week before the Convention a check list of some things you will not want to forget.  Please make sure you ask them to share with you. For example, there will be some cash and check only things like the Charity Raffle being held during the convention for Holy Cross Services, K of C wearables, and taxi rides on the carriages.

Safe Travels, Karen, Julie, Mandy, Pam, Brenda and Mary Beth

April Michigan Columbian - Hello Michigan K of C ladies and all,

Now that the Ground Hog has seen his shadow it is time to begin planning for our MI state convention. Mackinaw Island-here we come.

The island is a magical experience whether first time or a returned visit. The Knights fill the island staying at the Grand Hotel or downtown hotels, the island is our playground.

First, let’s start with packing. One formal dress for the banquet, dress clothes for the three masses. Warm clothes for the living rosary, umbrella or stylish hat for the outside weather. Good walking shoes and socks, dress shoes, sunglasses, medication, pantyhose, jewelry to mention a few.

Hydrocrafts transport us to the island, place your return stub in a safe place as to not pack it up, you will need it for your return to the mainland. Your vehicle will usually be directed to a lot away from the dock. Be sure to mention the K of C for a discount on your ferry ride to the island.

 Once on the island your luggage will either be delivered to your hotel or you pick it up on the dock, be sure your church clothes are worn or available, you may not have your luggage in time. If not come to mass as you are, God will love it.

 With registration the delegates (men) get an agenda of all K of C happenings while present at the convention. If you are coming as guest to the convention then you need to get informed of the happenings if you want to participate. Check with K of C registration to get your itinerary. This will be an election year so plan for a great experience with several hospitality rooms throughout the hotel.

We have opening mass with the possibilities of being in the Mac choir on Wednesday. Two additional masses both in the mornings of Thursday and Friday. The living Rosary will be on Thursday morning, banquet Thursday night, Friday concludes the convention.

There is fun stuff to fill your day with downtown shopping, bicycle rentals, dining experiences, golf. The Grand featured an article recently in the Times Herald with new attractions in the tea garden with pickle ball, strolling the gardens, badminton, table tennis and tennis.

Mackinaw Island is a state park and can be explored on foot, by bicycle, carriage or horseback ride. Michigan Highway 3 is approximately 8 miles long and stops can include: Arch rock, skull cave, devils kitchen, "Somewhere in times" famous spot. If you like the waterfront for stone skipping or sea glass collecting on the shoreline is great.

Some other attractions are: butterfly house/insect world. St. Anne’s Catholic church, Historical Mission Church, Wings of Mackinaw conservation department, Haunts of Mackinaw, the Fort-I heard there is a tea served there, Robert Stuart House Museum, Biddle House Light Museum, Richard and Jane Manoogian Mack Art Museum. Marquette Park, Waswashkamo gift. Carriage companies Gough Carriages, Mackinaw Island Carriage Tours can provide tours of the island. All should be available but check first as COVID has changed many things.

Hope to see y'all soon whether it is on the island or at one of your council functions. May God continue to bless us, keep us safe, and give us peace.

Sincerely , Karen, Julie, Mandy, Pam, Brenda, Marybeth

Mackinac Island Attractions

Live Virtual Seminar with Joe Jordan

By: Don Wesley - Tue, Apr 26, 2022 1:00 AM

Tuesday April 27 2022 7:00PM-8:00PM EST

Inspirational Speaker and Behavioral Finance Expert Joe Jordan


Registration will be limited

Joe’s special message to the Knights

We look forward to Joe’s presentation on Wednesday, APRIL 27th , at 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET.

 About Joe Jordan

Joe Jordan, inspirational speaker and behavioral finance expert, is the author of the award-winning book Living a Life of Significance. His book is a call to action for financial professionals to think beyond just how much money they can make and to focus on the positive impact they have on others.

Joe has worked in financial planning and insurance for 47 years. His book and presentations are designed to instill Christian values into the financial service business.

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."


Registration will be limited

CUF Exemplification

By: Gary Merritt - Tue, Apr 26, 2022 12:01 AM

St. Sebastian Council #14642 in Byron Center held a C,U,F Exemplification on Thursday April 21.

Seven Knights received the honors of the Third Degree.

Fr. Don Weber observed and was the class honoree of the Exemplification. 

C, U, F Exemplification

By: Jay Corey - Mon, Apr 25, 2022 5:44 PM

Council #788 of Lansing Michigan held an exemplification on Saturday April 23, 2022 at St. Gerard in Lansing bringing in 10 new members, and 2 members advancing to the second and third degree for a total of 12 new third degree members.


Those that received the honors of  the third degree were; Noah Rahall, Raymond Rahall, Drew Goeddeke, Jim Ahern, Uma Shanmugam, Jonathan Cordes, Gary Buckner, Doug Herner, Chris Marciniak, Gregory Florian, Paul MacKenzie, Douglas Guenther.

Present at this exemplification was Pastor Bob Bacik, PGK Paul Kelsey DD#508, PSD Thomas Wegener, IPSD PGK William Chasse, PGK Mike Wegener, PGK Ken Morrison, PGK Jay G. Corey, GK Brian Killian, DGK Chris Wegener, and several other members, wives, and families.


PGK Jay G. Corey

Council #788

State Raffle 22 Concludes

By: Kevin Rowley - Mon, Apr 25, 2022 9:28 AM

2022 Michigan Knights of Columbus State Raffle Thank You.

On Thursday, April 21, 2022, we conducted our annual State Raffle for charity.  The Raffle drawing was held at St. John Neuman Catholic Church, the home parish of our State Chaplain, Fr. Paul Ballien.  A Big Thank You to Archdiocesan Membership Director Hans Hansen, St. John Neuman Council #16169, Grand Knight Ed Hurst, and the many volunteers and their families who were such gracious hosts and made everyone feel welcome.   The food and beverages were great and topped off with an over-the-top selection of homemade desserts. 

Thank you to our State Deputy Walter Winkle and his lovely wife Karen for attending along with State Treasurer Barry Borsenik and State Advocate Charlie McCuen and his lovely wife Pam.  A special thanks to our “Blues Brother” Fr. Paul Ballien for hosting us at his home parish as well as your hard work, dedication and support of our State Raffle throughout the year.  We are truly blessed to have you as one of the “Blues Brothers”

Thank you to the many State and Diocesan Directors, District Deputies, Council Officers, Brother Knights, families, friends and supporters for attending the State Raffle Drawing, promoting the State Raffle, selling and purchasing tickets all in the name of Charity!  Through your efforts we’re happy to report we once again pushed over the 300 thou mark with a total of $303,944.00 in raffle ticket sales with over $60,788.80 going directly to Local Councils.  

Please monitor the State Website www.mikof.org for the official results and confirmed list of winners to be published shortly.                                  

Have we told ya we love ya today?

Gary “Elwood” DeCarlo

Kevin “Joliet Jake” Rowley

TV Special

By: Paul J. Palka - Fri, Apr 22, 2022 7:54 PM

Two-hour DPTV/PBS Special

Holiday Season 2022

Production Overview

Over the course of the next 10 months, award-winning Director/Producer Keith Famie

and the crew from Visionalist Entertainment Productions will embark on a historical

journey back in time, through interviews with leading clergy and historians, they will

document the significance the many Detroit churches and houses of worship played onsome of the most iconic moments in Detroit’s history.

Starting with Detroit’s early years of settlement, its role in the underground railroad and its citizens whose boots stepped on multiple battlefields through our nation’s history, we will continue to weave our story through the automotive boom, civil rights, the birth of Motown and its major sporting championships in order to see how Detroit’s spiritual leaders, their places of worship and their congregations helped guide the city as we know it today. Our film, Detroit: The City of Churches, will become a must-see for many generations to come.

The final two-hour film will debut on Detroit Public Television as a Christmas special for 2022. This inspirational, historic story will premiere at one of Detroit’s most iconic historical theaters while bringing together, under one roof, its spiritual leaders, their congregations, community leaders and media all in the celebration of the rich diversity that Detroit has become known for worldwide.

As a part of this production, there will be a book following the stories that are documented  along the way.

Link HERE for all the information..

Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity

By: Paul Thorn - Thu, Apr 21, 2022 9:43 AM

On Wednesday, April 20, St. Francis Council #4401 in Farmington, performed an Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity. The Council welcomed seven new members and one of their current members completed his Degree work.

Welcome to the new members of council # 4401!

Paul Thorn - SDRR 5 - Archdiocese West

Michigan State Charity Raffle

By: Lawrence Grabowski - Mon, Apr 18, 2022 8:17 AM

Michigan State Raffle to Support our Charities

Only a couple days left to get your tickets in!

We despertly need your help to reach our goal to support our and your charities! Search your house to find those misplaced tickets and get them sold & sent in ASAP.