Canvassers Did The Right Thing

By: Ed Strach - Thu, Sep 1, 2022 8:10 AM




The Board of State Canvassers today refused to certify the mistake riddled Anything goes Abortion Amendment proposed for Michigan’s constitution, rejecting the 60 typos that would be inserted into the constitution permanently.

Christen Pollo of Citizens to Support Michigan Women and Children released the following statement: “The Board of State Canvassers today did the right thing by refusing to insert into our constitution the gibberish proposed by advocates for this extreme amendment. The Michigan Supreme Court should support this move to protect our constitution from their vandalism as well. We will also bring voters into this discussion with our first television ad of the campaign, with voters sharing their outrage over the idea that anyone would propose injecting 60 mistakes into our constitution forever.”

The ad can be viewed HERE.

Christian Pollo  1-517-618-1227 

Father Ballien, Grand Marshall

By: Gary Merritt - Sun, Aug 28, 2022 8:26 AM

On Saturday August 27th the Polish-American Parade took place on Van Dyke Avenue in Warren. Father Paul Ballien, Pastor of St. John Neumann Parish and Former State Chaplain of the Michigan Knights of Columbus was honored as Grand Marshal of the parade.

Detroit Archdiocese Vocations League Golf Outing

By: Michael Fontana - Sun, Aug 28, 2022 6:05 AM

Another opportunity to enjoy a day on the course and raise money for vocations, We have plenty of room to accommodate all of you and hope that you will consider joining us or help sponsor tis great. 

                              AGENDA FOR THE DAY

              Registration/Driving range                 6:30 am

              Continental breakfast                         6:30 am

              Tee off                                             7:30 am

               Lunch                                               At the turn

               Dinner                                              1:30 pm 

 ·        Golfers will be added on a first come, first served basis with a capacity of 216 golfers

 ·        Cost is only $100 per golfer or $400 per foursome.  Special pricing of only $90 for any Bishop, Priest, Seminarian and Deacon

 ·        Got questions?  Contact Mike Fontana at 248-224-5583

or or

Golf will take place rain or shine except for thunderstorms; no refunds

Registration form HERE

Sponsor form HERE

St Joseph Icon – First Six Months Update

By: Greg Brunson - Fri, Aug 26, 2022 1:57 PM

Since beginning the St. Joseph Pilgrim Icon Program in February 2022, the Michigan Jurisdiction has seen wonderful participation. The program has been very well received, especially from our Clergy.

The stated goal is for ALL Parishes in Michigan to be given the opportunity to host the Icon for a week. For the first six months we are well on our way to making that a reality. Our District Deputies have been asked to request the Icon for their district, for as many weeks as they need it – based on the number of ‘Parishes’ in their district, not necessarily the number of Councils.   A District in Kalamazoo for example had it for 9 weeks – there are nine Parishes in the district.

We are at the halfway point for the year. Let all the Districts who have not hosted an Icon or are not yet scheduled, fill out a request form and get on the schedule ASAP.

Go to and you see a current copy of the schedule and for our District Deputies, the Pilgrim Icon Request Form  Fill it out and sent to and I will get you on the schedule.

The chart below shows where we are to-date as a State.

In the weeks ahead I will be reaching out to the districts who have not yet been scheduled assisting them in getting the Icon. Remember that this program is not for the Knights of Columbus rather for our Parishes.

Remember also for hosting councils to complete a form 10784, choose ‘Pilgrim Icon Program’ and the Icon # which is on the asset tag behind the Icon.

Greg Brunson State Faith Director

St. Joseph Pilgrim Traveling Icon Program

By: Gary Merritt - Thu, Aug 25, 2022 1:58 PM

Knights of Columbus St. Joseph Pilgrim Traveling Icon Program

A  parishioner kneels to pray before the Icon placed at the St. Joseph altar after the Knights of Columbus Council #640 prayed the rosary in a prayer service held at St. Joseph & St. Patrick Parish in Escanaba.

To sign up to host the traveling Icon contact

Registration form HERE.

Fraternal Opportunities

By: Gary Merritt - Wed, Aug 24, 2022 12:36 PM

Brothers... Here is the definition of the word “Fraternalism.”   

 a. Of or relating to brothers: a close fraternal tie.

 b. Showing comradeship; brotherly.

 Be honest with yourselves: Is that how you feel when you hear the name Knights of Columbus?  In my heart, I am proud to call each and every one of you my brother.  I have been a part of the Knights of Columbus since the mid-70s. After 9 years with the Columbian Squires, I joined our order in 1984. Through the last 38 years, I have met more brothers than I can count at various activities.  These events, be they State, Regional, District, or Council-Level, have formed the basis for some of my closest friendships.  These relationships are among my greatest blessings.  Without active councils participating in and planning effectively, I wouldn’t have these blessings in my life.

There are several upcoming events that we hope to see you attend.

September 24th we have our District Deputy/District Warden golf outing.  It's open to all DD's and DW current and former. It will be in Lansing. Hoping for a great turnout. 

On October 15th we have the State Bowling Mixed Tournament. This is our first attempt at this event, and we’re hoping it becomes an annual fixture on our calendar.  It’s also a good opportunity to invite prospective members to show them the fraternity that they can join.  Each team only has to have one active Knight. So, get a team together and come out and have a good time.

In February, we will have our annual State Bowling Tournament opening weekend.  This year, we’ll be in Bay City. 

My primary goal is to make each one of these events fun for you and your families. But I cannot do that without your help.

Information and applications to the DD Golf & Mixed Bowling can be found in their links to the State website above. The 2023 bowling info will be added later. Feel free to email me if you have any questions. I would love to hear from you. In addition, if you have any ideas for additional events we can hold, please let me know. I want a good time to be had by all!

Michael Kozakiewicz

Chief of Fraternal Activities
"You can get business done while still having fun"

Exposition of Sacred Relics

By: Gary Merritt - Wed, Aug 24, 2022 8:42 AM

Anchor Bay Council Knights of Columbus Council # 5981 will be sponsoring an Exposition of Sacred Relics at St. Mary Queen of Creation Parish on Friday, September 16th at 6:30pm.   This exposition contains:  one of the largest remaining pieces of the True Cross in world, a portion of the Veil from our Blessed Mother, and a relic from our founder Blessed Michael J. McGivney.

On Friday, September 16th, at 6:30pm, the Anchor Bay Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a teaching and exposition of Sacred Relics at St. Mary Queen of Creation Parish in New Baltimore

Father Carlos Martins, a Vatican-appointed expert on relics will be present with an extraordinary Vatican collection of over 150 relics, some as old as 2,000 years.  Among the treasures will be relics of St. Joseph, St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux (the “Little Flower”), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska.  

There will also be a portion of the Veil of Our Lady and one of the largest remaining pieces of the True Cross in the world.  

Those in attendance will be able to examine and venerate each relic. 

Throughout history, many healings have been worked in the presence of relics; and thousands have occurred through this ministry.  Do not miss this opportunity.  You are encouraged to bring your articles of devotion (such as rosaries, holy cards, etc.) and pictures of ill friends/family members, which you will be able to touch to the reliquaries as a means of intercession.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  Please spread the word.

There will be no cost to attend the exposition, other than free will donations.  

Here is the link to the website for the exposition: 

YouTube video with more info:                        

Please help us spread the word to reach as many people as possible.

Vivat Jesus!


SK Matthew B Hoxsie
Grand Knight Council #5981

Citizens to Support Mi Women & Children Petition

By: Ed Strach - Wed, Aug 17, 2022 5:56 PM

43 Errors Found in Petition

Throughout the process of fighting the anything-goes RFFA abortion amendment, our coalition has had a thorough legal team working behind the scenes to put roadblocks in their way. Here is a timeline to remind you of the challenges.

January 7th: Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and Michigan Voices announce the pro-abortion ballot proposal. 

February 11th: The petition is presented to the Michigan Board of Canvassers. Our coalition legal team challenged the union logo due to incorrect font size. The Board of Canvassers agreed that the font size needed to be edited to match the legally required format for all petitions in Michigan


March 23rd: The legal team for Planned Parenthood and ACLU presented the revised petition with the correct union logo to the board once again for approval. Our legal team came back with another challenge to their petition on the use of the word "the" in a spot that didn't meet legal requirements. The challenge was small, but effective. The board, while annoyed, had to agree with the challenge and granted conditional approval only if the RFFA removed the extra word. This same error led to the RFFA having to reprint all petitions and pull petitions from the field that were already circulating, ultimately costing them serious dollars.

Between April and July: The petition was being circulated all across Michigan, allowing for RFFA to gather more than 750,000 signatures—well over the required 425,059 signatures. From our analysis of the petitions, it appears that most of the signatures were collected after the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion in the Dobbs case was leaked.

August 16th: Once again, our attorneys did their due diligence and found a serious printing error on the petitions. The error appears on the backside of the petition which features the actual language of the amendment. This language is important because it is the text that will appear in our state constitution if passed. We found 43 spacing errors that result in the text reading like this:













Our Spokesperson for this coalition summarized the gibberish language perfectly:

“This amendment cannot be made part of your constitution in its current form. And there is no legal or constitutional process for changing the text of the amendment at this late stage. It is shocking, indeed, that more than three-quarters of a million voters—including the Governor and the state Attorney General—signed a petition they didn’t read and couldn’t understand. But this error-riddled mess cannot be put on the ballot."

As of right now, these 43 errors will be presented to the Bureau of Elections, who will then recommend to the Board of Canvassers if the errors should be considered in the next meeting on August 31st. More updates on this to come, so stay tuned.

From your State Director of Catechesis

By: Paul Kelsey - Wed, Aug 17, 2022 3:11 PM


An important part of our relationship with Jesus is the new start we receive through the Sacrament of reconciliation.

" If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness" 1 John 1:9

Jesus brings us freedom and new life through the graces of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a special encounter with Jesus, and it is a faithful source of grace.

As taken from the writings in the Ultimate Relationship, as published by Catholic Christian Outreach and our companion book Vivat Jesus.

Paul Kelsey State Catechesis Director

We Are One Golf Outing 2022

By: Gary Merritt - Wed, Aug 17, 2022 12:00 PM

Fundraiser for the 2024 State Leadership Installation of

Michigan Knights of Columbus 

Click HERE for Registration and Sponsor form