State Chaplain Roast

By: Gary Merritt - Sun, Jun 26, 2022 11:02 AM

To honor our outgoing State Chaplain Paul Ballien, a dinner roast with him as the target, and with the State Deputy’s approval, was held the evening of  Wednesday June 22 in Sterling Hts.

Grand Rapids Diocesan Appreciation Dinner

By: Gary Merritt - Thu, Jun 23, 2022 12:21 PM

Our State Deputy Walter Winkle had the pleasure of joing with many members and their wives in honoring the Priest, Deacons and Religious of the Grand Rapids Diocese at the annual Diocesan Priest, Clergy and Religious Appreciation Dinner on Tuesday evening June 21.

This year’s event was hosted by Bishop Haas Council # 4362 in Wyoming at the KC Banquet Center. The emcee was PGK and FDD Ken Skonecki who thanked all for coming and introduced Rev. Fr. Theodore J. Kozlowski, council Chaplain of Bishop Haas who opened the evening with the invocation and grace.

Honor Guard members from assemblies around the Diocese presented the colors and led all in the Pledge of Allegience.

Council 4362 donated $5,000.00 to the Bishop’s discretionary fund. The check was presented to Msgr. William Duncan, Vicar General of the Diocese and Pastor of St. Sebastian in Byron Center by Grand Knight Dave Erdmans and Financial Secretary Tony Arbanas along with the State Deputy.

In the State Deputys’ address he thanked all for attending to show honor to our Clergy’s commitment to their vocation. He expressed his gratitude for the support of our Knights by our priests and gave an update of the Jurisdictions status.

Grand Rapids Diocesan Chaplain Fr. Mark Bauer spoke of a man’s resposibilty to his faith and family as a Knight of Columbus and closed the evening with prayer.

Corpus Christi Procession Sault Saint Marie, MI

By: Robert Bagley - Tue, Jun 21, 2022 4:51 PM

We would like to thank everyone who participated in our Corpus Christi celebration, making it another event to remember. Holy Name of Mary parishioners, Fr. Dominic and parishioners, other walkers from the Eastern U.P. and elsewhere, choir members, altar boys, canopy bearers, golf cart drivers, Knights of Columbus, Knights on Bikes, water station servers, helping hands hospitality team, photographers, the Country Club for their cart donation, the VFW for allowing us the use of their trailer, and the city police department.

Thank you, Fr. Nick, for your enthusiasm in shepherding us in the renewal of our love in the presence of Jesus Christ - Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist.

81st MI KC Ultrasound Dedication – We Are All A Family For Life

By: Ed Strach - Tue, Jun 21, 2022 3:09 PM

The 81st Michigan Knights of Columbus Ultrasound dedication ceremony took place on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Pregnancy Help Clinic Flint. This Ultrasound placement was led by Fr. Louis P. Gauthier Council #10170 and part of the Flint Ultrasound initiative that has placed multiple Ultrasound units in the Flint area.

Supporters of the Pregnancy Help Clinic Flint Ultrasound Initiative: These supporters are responsible for raising $19,265, 50% of the cost of this Ultrasound with the other 50% provided by Supreme Council Knights of Columbus totaling $38,530! District #502, District Deputy Bob Vandesteene Councils #4090 Davison, #4285 Mt. Morris, #10170 Burton (lead council), #11532 Burton, #13703 Clio District #504, District Deputy Rick Perry Councils #6694 Swartz Creek, #6742 Grand Blanc, #7418 Fenton, #8489 Flushing District #512, District Deputy Mike Szukhent Councils #695 Flint, #8245 Flint, #8669 Montrose,#12090 Flint, #17509 Flushing, Memphis Council #10501, St. Francis Council #4401, Msgr. Patrick R. Dunigan Assembly #510.

Special thank you to the Livingston County Ultrasound Initiative and their continued support!

Ed Strach, Life Director

Corpus Christi Procession montage

By: Gary Merritt - Tue, Jun 21, 2022 9:37 AM

Hundrens display their faith by participating in a Corpus Christi Procession which is displayed in the montage below.

There is a great article with more photos in Detroit Catholic.

You may view a short video of the procession HERE.

Corpus Christi Procession

By: Walter Winkle - Mon, Jun 20, 2022 10:45 AM

On Sunday June 19th, Michigan Knights of Columbus State Deputy Walter Winkle, First Lady Karen Winkle, along with State Secretary Christopher Kolomjec and Lady Julie, marched in the Eucharistic Procession on the Feast of Corpus Christi. Joined by an estimated 250 faithful, the procession followed a 2-mile walk from The Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament to Sacred Heart Major Seminary.


Thank you to District Master Mark Brezenski and the Honor Guard, councils #14427/Northville and #8118/Detroit for supplying water on this beautiful and blessed day!

Fighting the Reproductive Freedom For All Petition

By: Ed Strach - Thu, Jun 16, 2022 9:55 AM

Updated RFFA Petition Schedule – Including the Upper Peninsula, Festivals, Rallies, and local Farmer Markets

This is to keep you informed of the latest abortion petition drive schedule. Please take time to review this updated schedule and take an active part in the “Decline to Sign” initiative.

In light of this latest push for support of RFFA, I am calling on all Brother Knights and their families to stand up and participate in the Decline to Sign Initiative. The current call to action is this: If you see someone requesting signatures for the RFFA petition to listen in on the discussion and ensure the message is clear – this is to legalize abortion and more. In addition, have a hand made sign ready that simply states “Decline to Sign, Stand for Life” or personalize your message.

 Reproductive Freedom for All Petition Schedule for the balance of June 2022

June 2022


16 – Sonic Lunch Series, Ann Arbor @ 11am
16 – Signing Event, Beulah @ 12pm
16 – Farmer’s market, Charlevoix @ 8:30am
16 – Music in the Park, Dowagiac @ 7:30pm

16 – Wharton Center, East Lansing @ 5:30pm
16 – Farmer’s Market, Flint @ 9am
16 – Family Fun Fest, Grand Blanc @ 5pm
16 – Signing Event, Honor @ 10am

16 – Night Market, Kalamazoo @ 5pm
16 – 517 Juneteenth Weekend, Lansing @ 8pm
16 – Rock N’Rides, Royal Oak @ 4pm
16 – Salty Summer Sounds, Saline @ 7pm
16 – Dodge Park Farmer’s Market, Sterling Heights @ 3pm
16 – Bandshell Concert, Williamston @ 6pm
17 – Juneteenth Family Day, Battle Creek @ 6pm
17 – Juneteenth Mobility Stroll and Roll, Dearborn @ 6pm
17 – Elberta Summer Solstice Festival, Elberta @ 4pm

17 – Food Truck Friday, Grand Rapids @ 5pm
17 – Jazz Fest, East Lansing @ 3:30pm & 6:30pm
17 – Lake Lansing Park, Meridian Charter Twp. @ 6pm
17 – Oak Park Summer Blast, Oak Park @ 6pm
17 – Farmer’s Market, Petosky @ 9am
17 – Music in the Park, Plymouth @ 3:30pm
17 – Shelby Twp Summer Kickoff, Shelby Twp @ 4pm

17 – Farmer’s market, Troy @ 11am
18 – Farmer’s Market, Ann Arbor @ 11am
18 – Juneteenth, Ann Arbor 10am
18 – Juneteenth, Canton @ 2pm
18 – Farmer’s Market, Cheboygan @ 9am

18 – Walk Together, Detroit @ 9am
18 – Signing Event, De Tour @ 10am
18 – Emergent Justice Juneteenth, Detroit @ 3pm
18 – Farmer’s Market, Dexter @ 9am

18 – Wharton Center, East Lansing @ 6:30pm
18 – Jazz Fest, East Lansing @ 3:30pm & 6:30pm
18 – Farmer’s Market, Farmington @ 10am

18 – Farmer’s Market, Fenton @ 5pm
18 – Juneteenth Family Fun Day, Flint @ 3pm

18 – Farmer’s Market, Gaylord @ 9am
18 – Farmer’s Market, Grand Rapids @ 10am

18 – March for Our Lives, Grand Rapids @ 12:30pm
18 – Grand Rapids Pride Festival, Grand Rapids @ 12pm
18 – Juneteenth Festival, Grand Rapids @ 2pm
18 – Grosse Pointe Pride, Grosse Pointe @ 11:30am
18 – Sound Mind Sound Body 7 on 7 Tournament, Harper Woods @ 9:30am
18 – Farmer’s market, Harbor Springs @ 9am
18 – Hazel Park Zoo Juneteenth, Hazel Park @ 1pm
18 – Juneteenth, Holland @ 3pm
18 – Juneteenth, Inkster @ 12pm
18 – Farmer’s Market, Kalamazoo @ 9am
18 – Texas Township Farmer’s market, Kalamazoo @ 9am
18 – Juneteenth, Madison Heights @ 12pm

18 – Farmer’s Market, Marquette @ 9am
18 – Farmer’s Market, Muskegon @ 9am

18 – Farmer’s Market, Okemos @ 10am
18 – Spring Fest, Pentwater @ 10am
18 – Farmer’s market, Plymouth @ 10am
18 – Farmer’s Market, Saline @ 8am
18 – Juneteenth, Southfield @ 12pm

18 – Farmer’s Market, St. Joseph @ 9am
18 – Common Decency Buffet, Traverse City @ 12pm
18 – Farmer’s Market, Ypsilanti @ 9am
18 – Juneteenth Celebration, Ypsilanti @ 11am
18 – Juneteenth, West Bloomfield Twp @ 10am
18 – White lake Arts & Crafts Fair, Whitehall @ 10am
19 – Sunday Artisan Market, Ann Arbor @ 11am
19 – Juneteenth at the Cut, Detroit @ 1pm
19 – Juneteenth, Dearborn Heights @ 1pm

19– Farmer’s market, East Lansing @ 10am
19 – Nine on Nine Concert Series, Ferndale @ 4pm
19 – Juneteenth Celebration, Flint @ 12pm

19 – Justice 4 All Juneteenth Jam, Grand Rapids @ 1pm
19 – Juneteenth, Marquette @ 12pm
19 – Farmer’s Market, Portage @ 9am
19 – Sundays @ the Square, Warren @ 9:30am

20 – Jazz in the Park, Grand Rapids @ 6:30pm
21 – Texas Township Farmer’s Market, Kalamazoo @ 4pm
21 – Livonia Spree 2022, Livonia @ 4pm
22 – Farmer’s Market, Boyne City @ 8:30am

22 – Music in the Park, Sault Sainte Marie @ 7pm
22 – Music on the Lake, St. Clair Shores @ 7pm
23 – Lake Orion Jubilee, Orion @ 5pm
23 – Bandshell Concert, Williamston @ 6pm
24 – Stroll to Streets, Boyne City @ 6pm
24 – Food Truck Festival, Grand Blanc @ 5pm
24 – Fulton Street Farmer’s market, Grand Rapids @ 8am
24 – Lake Lansing Park, Meridian Charter Twp. @ 6pm
24 – Engineer’s Day, Sault Sainte Marie @ 10am
25 – Flint Pride, Flint @ 2pm
25 – Benton Harbor Pride, Benton Harbor @ 3pm
25 – Holland Pride, Holland @ 12pm
25 – Holland Pride, Holland 12pm
25 – Frankenfest, Lansing @ 10:30am, 1:30pm, & 4:30pm
25 – Lakeshore Art Festival, Muskegon @ 9am
25 -- Common Decency Buffet, Traverse City @ 12pm
25 – Pride Drag Show Fundraiser, Salt Sainte Marie @ 9am
26 – Park Market, Clawson @ 9am
26 – Lansing Pride, Lansing @ 11am
26 – Farmer’s Market, St. Clair Shores @ 8am
26 – Macomb County Pride Parade, Sterling Heights @ 2pm
28 – Petosky Pride, Petosky @ 5:30pm

28 – YWCA Kalamazoo: Stand Against Racism Petition Drive, Virtual @ 8am
29 – Music on the Lake, St. Clair Shores @ 7pm
30 – Street Musique/Blessing of the Fleet, Harbor Springs @ 6pm
30 – Summer Concert, Troy @ 5:30pm


To help you do this, I highly encourage you to visit Citizens to Support MI Women and Children online: On this website, you will find printable resources that tell the truth about the amendment and can be used to guide you, your community, and your churches in learning the facts. This is a great resource to use that will help you answer this urgent call to action.

And finally, I am available to answer any questions you have about this call to action. You may call me or email me and we can discuss any questions or ideas that you have.

Now is the time to Stand Up for Life! Our action, or inaction, in this initiative will have a lasting impact for generations to come. 

Ed Strach State Life Director

Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus


Image of God Baby Blankets

By: Ed Strach - Thu, Jun 16, 2022 9:49 AM

Order your “Created in the Image of God”baby blankets!

 Place your today for only $10 per blanket (additional shipping fee for orders of five or less blankets).

Created in the Image of God

· 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! 

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

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

Ed & Lynn Strach Michigan State Pro-Life Couple


Special Olympics Unified Cup International Soccer Championships

By: John Hundiak - Wed, Jun 15, 2022 1:06 PM

Breaking news!

The Special Olympics Unified Cup International Soccer Championships are coming to Detroit!

July 31 – August 6, Detroit will welcome over 300 athletes from 25 nations to compete in football (soccer)—the world’s most popular sport. The Special Olympics Unified Cup features competition broadcast to hundreds of millions of viewers across the globe. The week-long event will showcase athletic performances on the pitch and highlight stereotype-defying stories off the pitch — changing minds and opening hearts through transformational inclusion.  Additional information can be found at         

The planning for this event is an immense task.  At this point, I can tell you that all Knights are invited to the opening Ceremonies (including the Honor Guards) and the Knights will be asked to cook on Friday, August 5, 2022 at the Corner Park (aka Old Tiger Stadium location).  We will need some grilles to be brought from councils (food will be provided).  If you are able to assist with the grilles and cooking, please contact me directly at

There are a variety of volunteers needed for this event.  Below is a link to the signup website.  The site describes the various types of volunteers needed, age requirements and health requirements.

You may access the Volunteer Guidebook HERE.

As I learn more details and information, I will send out emails, post it on the State Website and send out via your weekly Constant Contact.  I will say that there will be changes along the way so stayed tuned!

John Hundiak   State Special Olympics Director

Robbie Waclawski  Special Olympics Michigan                                           

State Donation to Sacred Heart Major Seminary

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, Jun 13, 2022 9:24 AM

Archbishop's Gala

 On Friday night June 10th, our State Deputy Walter Winkle presented a check to Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the amount of $100,000 for this year's installment of the Endowment Fund for Seminarians. These are your Councils donations for the last 12 months! We are well on our way to our $1,000,000 goal!

Keep sending in your funds if you have not done so already.