From our new State Program Director

By: Matthew Wierzgac - Mon, Jul 8, 2024 8:25 PM

My Brother Knights,

I hope you had a safe and enjoyable Independence Day Holiday!  A new fraternal year has officially begun, and we have some new faces and some changes to leadership.  My name is Matt Wierzgac, and I am your new State Program Director.  I am very excited and ready to serve!


I want to thank our past State Program Director, Paul Palka, for his exceptional performance and service these last four years in that position.  His service and dedication to the Knights of Columbus is both amazing and inspiring!  I have some big shoes to fill.

Our State Deputy has tagged the next couple years with the acronym SOAR.  Each letter has a meaning.

Service = What Life is About

Optimism = The Faith that leads us to achievement

Aspire = To accomplish great deeds

Responsibility = To do your duty


Come SOAR with us!


Just a friendly reminder that the forms 185 and 365 were due on July 1st.  If you haven’t submitted these yet, please do so as soon as possible.  They are very important to kick starting your council to success! If you have any questions or need assistance with these, please contact your District Deputy.  They are a great resource for guidance and assistance.

A great program for our youth this summer is our Soccer Challenge.  It isn’t difficult to do, and your Diocesan Program Director can provide guidance.  More information and resources is available on the supreme website.  You can order the guides, posters, and scoresheets there, or even download and print them on your own.  If this is something your council is interested in doing, please consider scheduling this event in the July/Early August timeframe.  Winners will advance to the district/diocesan level competition.  For more information, look at the supreme website, or contact your diocesan program director. 

In the coming weeks, I will cover many other programs of the Faith in Action Programs available to you to achieve the Columbian Award.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact me at 

Again, I am excited to serve as your new State Program Director and look forward to helping you succeed! 


God Bless and Vivat Jesus!

Matt Wierzgac

Michigan State Program Director