Editorial from Paul Propson, CEO of CCSE MI

By: Christopher A. Kolomjec - Mon, Oct 24, 2022 9:51 AM

An excerpt from an Op-Ed featured in Detroit Catholic on October 19th written by Paul Propson, CEO of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan.

To defeat Proposal 3, Catholics must help mothers cherish life - Detroit Catholic

The Catholic Church in Michigan advocates strongly against this destructive proposal. All seven Catholic bishops of Michigan have emphatically urged the faithful to vote "no" on Proposal 3 and have further encouraged us to share its potentially devastating implications with others. Put simply: Proposal 3 ignores the will of the people and would impose upon us unregulated abortion — performed anywhere, at any time, by any person, for any reason.

It is within this context that I am humbled to serve as CEO of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM), part of a team of people at CCSEM and in the Archdiocese of Detroit working day and night to help pregnant women care for and protect their children before, during, and after birth. I take to heart what Archbishop Vigneron has said: “We cannot create a world where abortion is unthinkable without also creating a world in which all families receive the support they need. This work of mercy is critical and continuous.”

In accordance with the Archbishop’s words, the critical work of CCSEM does not hinge upon the result of the Nov. 8 election — or any election. Whether Proposal 3 is accepted or rejected, women in Michigan will continue to face tremendous barriers to choosing life. Many of these women will hear ominous whispers promising that everything in their lives will be easier if they take a pill or visit a clinic to remove the “clump of cells” that grows inside them. Our job at CCSEM is to love and serve all women and families who come to us, helping them see these lies for what they are. We do not judge, but rather we offer real support and care.

One key avenue through which we assist women is Walking With Moms in Need, a partnership between CCSEM and the Archdiocese of Detroit that equips and assists Catholic parishes and parishioners in raising awareness about resources available to pregnant and parenting moms in need. The initiative seeks to make each parish in the archdiocese a place where mothers and their babies are welcomed and supported — where the dignity of every human life is upheld and valued.


Walking With Moms in Need is a way for every Catholic to help every mom see the baby in her womb as a gift to be treasured, protected, and loved rather than as a threat to her autonomy. By helping women access medical care, baby formula, diapers, housing, and the support network of a caring community, Catholics affirm the gift of every human life and empower women to choose life for their babies.

13950 CUF Exemplification

By: Paul Thorn - Mon, Oct 24, 2022 9:00 AM

On Sunday October 23, St. Mary of the Hills Council 13950 hosted an Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity in their Church Chapel for District 111.  A total of 5 new Members were welcomed into the Order, 3 for Council 13950 and 2 for Sacred Heart Council 8659.

Welcome to our new Brother Knights and their families.

Paul Thorn

SDRR Detroit Archdiocese East

St. Mary of the Hills Council #13950

Info for Special Olympics Participation

By: Gary Merritt - Wed, Oct 19, 2022 3:06 PM

Brother Knights, here is some information.

As we work on submitting our form10784 for Special Olympics now that Columbus Day is over, I encourage you to take some additional steps:

1 - contact the local volunteers for Special Olympics in your community

2 - invite them to your meeting or schedule a separate time to meet

3 - take a few photos at your formal check presentation

4 - share with local media, social media, church bulletin, etc.

This link will take you to a list of area volunteers for Special Olympics Michigan, SPECIAL OLYMPICS MICHIGAN (mikofc.org)

This link, SOMI Area Map (mikofc.org), will  provide you a map of their service areas.  If you have any difficulty contacting them, please let me know - I am happy to assist!

Vivat Jesus! State Director of Special Olympics

Robbie Waclawski


B 989-774-1427   C 810-444-8277

Region 3 Kalamazoo October Council of the Month

By: James Highfield - Wed, Oct 19, 2022 2:44 PM

Fr. Owens Council 11114 in Battle Creek received a trio of awards at their October meeting from Supreme and Michigan.  Pictured on the left holding their Double Star Award for achieving 225% of their membership quota is DD 401 Bob Budesky. Center is GK John Lindsay holding a plaque for being the September Council of the Month in the Kalamazoo Diocese and on the right is SDRR Jim Highfield holding their Star Award. After a great 2021-2022 year, the council has already earned the quick start award for this year.

Prayer Rally at Michigan's Capitol to Defeat Proposal 3

By: Gary Merritt - Tue, Oct 18, 2022 7:56 AM

LANSING — Christians of different denominations gathered at the steps of Michigan's capitol building Saturday, Oct. 15, to raise their voices to God in prayer and raise awareness about Proposal 3.

Prayer rally emphasizes sacredness of life, necessity of prayer in overcoming evil presented by abortion proposal.

The three-hour prayer rally was as much about action as it was about prayer, one of the event organizers, Dan Devine, told Detroit Catholic in a phone interview. “We are bringing Christians together of all denominations to pray, but we also have to instruct people that they have to vote,” Devine said. “You can't just trust the Lord and walk away from our Godly duty of voting and getting other people to vote no. It is all about prayer and action.”

Pastor Ralph Rebandt, who ran for Michigan governor in the Republican primary in August (Tudor Dixon won the primary), also spoke at the event and led a prayer, emphasizing the importance of pastors and priests using their voices to speak up for the unborn.

Fr. Gordon Reigle, pastor of St. Thomas Student Parish, which covers all of East Lansing, was “delighted” to see people of different denominations unified in their pro-life stance. Proposal 3 is written by the abortion lobby for the abortion lobby, Fr. Reigle said, adding he hopes voters can recognize its extremity.

In addition to ministering to students, Fr. Reigle started a 54-day rosary novena for life in the Diocese of Lansing. Leigh Heskitt, a parishioner at the Church of the Resurrection in Lansing, briefly came to the rally from the Catholic Women’s Conference taking place down the street. Heskitt said most people she knows in the Diocese of Lansing are participating in the novena.

 You may read the entire article by  Gabriella Patti in Detroit Catholic HERE.

Region 3 Kalamazoo August Council of the Month

By: James Highfield - Mon, Oct 17, 2022 6:05 AM

SDRR Jim Highfield presented the August Council of the month to Queen City Council #575 in Battle Creek for reaching 60% of their membership quota and qualifying for the quick start award.

Pictured Left to right is Fr. Christopher Ankley, DD401 Bob Budeski, GK Ryan Hoch, SDRR Jim Highfield, and KDPD Dan Dahmen.

A Message From Your State Director of Catechesis

By: Paul Kelsey - Sun, Oct 16, 2022 7:38 PM


St. John Paul II was Pope from 1978 to 2005 and gave a powerful witness to the world about the transformative power of Christ. He also had and continues to have a powerful influence on the Knights of Columbus. While his feast Day is Saturday October 22, pray the Novena to St. John Paul II during the remaining month of October.


O Blessed Trinity, we thank you for having graced the church with Saint John Paul II and for allowing the tenderness of your fatherly care, the glory of the Cross of Christ and the splendor of the Spirit of love to shine through him. Trusting fully in your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd. He has shown us that holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life and is the way of achieving eternal communion with you. Grant us, by his intercession, and according to your will, the graces we implore, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

" A good leader sees everything, overlooks a great deal, and corrects a little"

St John Paul II

Taken from our Companion Booklet Vivat Jesus and EWTN

 Paul Kelsey

Travelling Team Exemplification

By: Martin Brown - Sun, Oct 16, 2022 7:24 PM

On Sunday October 16 a CUF Exemplification was performed at St. Adalbert Council 15213 by one of our travelling Exemplification teams. Held in a wonderful setting, the Basilica of St. Adalbert in Grand Rapids, 11 new members were initiated into our Order.

Pictured are new members.- Anthony Amoroso Council 15213, Michael Curry Council 15213, Andrew Koerber Council 15213, Karl Schulte II Council 15213 , Michael Zomwelei Council 7487, Tom Lane Council 3104, Ray Chambers Council 3104, Kevin Komwinski Council 3104, William Smith Council 3104, Scott Strain Council 3104, Steve Kengon Council 8117.

Also in the picture is staff- GK Earl Burhans Council 15213, Ted Wright Council 8117, Ron Carlotti Council 8117, Gene Gutting Council 8117, DD310 Randy McGoerge, DD311 Jack Sablan, DGK Bob Swift Council 15213, PGK Jim Uzarski Council 15213, GRMDS Larry Adams, GRDPD Tom Farley, SDRR Marty Brown, Fr. Ron Hutchison FSC.

Region 3 GR Council of the Month

By: Martin Brown - Sun, Oct 16, 2022 8:04 AM

It was a big night for St. Sebastian Council #14642 in Byron Center on Thursday October 13. Prior to the meeting they held an Excemplifaction initiating 5 new members into the Order.

During the council Membership meeting SDRR Marty Brown and DD 306 John Veneklaus had the plesure of presenting awards.



Never too late to order Image of God Baby Blankets

By: Ed Strach - Fri, Oct 14, 2022 3:55 PM


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· Blankets include Knights of Columbus logo with the Created  in the Image of God inscription

· Material is cotton and double layered

· Size is  45”x 45”

 · Donating these blankets will support your local pregnancy center

· Parish baptism gift

· Donate to your local hospital (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit—NICU)

· Great gift idea for family and friends

 Click below for the order form and mail your order in today! 

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Thank you for your order and support of Life. If you have any questions please contact us at;

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