Deadline for submission of Program Books extended to March 7th

By: Paul J. Palka - Mon, Mar 4, 2024 2:43 PM

Program Books Were Due 3/1/24!

We Will Give you a few more days to 3/7/24


Please send in your electronic copies to the appropriate State Director as shown below:

Robert Bagley, Faith Submissions

William Corey, Family Submissions

John Hundiak, Community Submissions

Ed Strach, Life Submissions

Paul Palka, Family of the Year Submissions

Paul Palka, Blessed Michael McGivney Award (Council Chaplain of the Year) Submissions


Saginaw Diocesan Free Throw 2024

By: Mark Hebert - Thu, Feb 29, 2024 6:15 AM

The Saginaw Diocesan Free Throw was held at Merrill High School Gym on Sunday Feb. 11th. Boys and girls ages 9yrs to 14yrs came from across the Saginaw Diocese to compete in the Free Throw.
We would like to deeply thank Merrill High School AD Jason Buckley for all that he did for us hosting both the Spelling Bee and Free Throw. We would also like to thank our Brother Knights and ladies that help run the competition.
Free Throw competition and sportsmanship was great by all youth. Below is a list and a picture of the twelve Saginaw Diocesan winners that will move onto Michigan Knights of Columbus State Competition.
Good luck to everyone!
Submitted by Saginaw Diocesan Program Directors.
East - Mark Hebert and West - Jose Reyes


Lansing Diocesan Free Throw 2024

By: Richard Perry - Wed, Feb 28, 2024 5:52 PM

Lansing Diocese Free Throw Challenge
The Lansing Diocese Free Throw Challenge was held Sunday February 25 at St Patrick’s school in Brighton. The event was a great success, thanks to the great support from the St Patrick’s council. Over 25 boys and girls competed.
Congratulations to our winners and good luck at the State level!
Richard Perry
Lansing Diocesan Program Director – North


2024 Detroit Archdiocesan Vocations League Dinner

By: Michael Cousins - Tue, Feb 27, 2024 6:32 AM

The 31st annual Detroit Archdiocesan Vocations League Dinner on Sunday, April 14th at Zuccaro's Banquet Center in Chesterfield Township. Join us for a delicious Polish dinner and more as we gather to support a worthy cause. Our esteemed guest speaker for the evening will be Most Reverend Jeffrey Monfortin, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit.

All proceeds from the event will go towards funding scholarships for seminarians and postulants. Your attendance and support are greatly appreciated as we come together to support the future leaders of our faith.


For more information, please click here

2024 Membership Tribute Banquet

By: Ken Warzybok - Sun, Feb 25, 2024 10:17 PM

On Saturday, February 24th, more than 500 Brother Knights and their wives from across Michigan gathered in fellowship to celebrate the Membership Tribute Banquet, honoring our esteemed Worthy State Deputy, Christopher Kolomjec.
The event took place at Zuccaro's Banquet Center in Chesterfield Township, where Quick Start Awards and State Deputy Awards were bestowed upon deserving councils and individuals.
The evening was filled with camaraderie and joy, as all in attendance enjoyed a delicious dinner and a memorable celebration.


April 7th Red Wings Game - some tickets available

By: Michael A. Kozakiewicz - Fri, Feb 23, 2024 6:52 AM

Just touching base with everyone about the Detroit Red Wings game on April 7th 2024. I still have some tickets available. Don't miss this great time with your Brother Knights!   Deadline to purchase tickets is March 18th. The order form available here



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

2024 Blessed Michael McGivney Award Submissions

By: Paul J. Palka - Mon, Feb 19, 2024 8:16 PM

Worthies, please remember to submit your nomination applications for the State Blessed Michael McGivney Award (Council Chaplain of the Year).
This prestigious award honors a Knights of Columbus chaplain who embodies priestly zeal and exemplary service in alignment with the values of our founder. The ideal recipient will be recognized as a teacher of the faith, an apostle of Christian family life, a dedicated parish priest, a model of charity, a promoter of Catholic fraternity, and a role model within your parish community.
We encourage all councils to fill out the nomination application and showcase the dedication of their chaplains in serving their parishioners and the Knights of Columbus.
The nomination application is available by clicking here
Please submit your completed application to by March 31st.
Paul Palka
State Program Director


2024 State winners of the Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest

By: John Hundiak - Mon, Feb 19, 2024 2:45 PM



The judging is finished and we have the winners of the 2023-2024 Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest winners for the jurisdiction of Michigan.

The theme this year was meaningful to the Church and all youth: ‘How can the Church evangelize in the digital

From across the state, over 40 essays were submitted from youth, grades 8 through 12, and judged on content, grammar, and style. Judging was done by high school level teachers.

The winners are:


Grade 8 - Alexander Boukouris of Farmington Hills. Alexander is sponsored by Council 4401 in District 112

Read Alexander's essay here

Grade 9 - Michela Crivela of Shelby Township. Michela is sponsored by Council 13983 in District 121

Read Michela's essay here

Grade 10 - Mia Shinaver of Ottawa Lake. Mia is sponsored by Council 8902 in District 102

Read Mia's essay here


Grade 11 - Mary Griffin of Shelby Township. Mary is sponsored by Council 13983 in District 121

Read Mary's essay here


Grade 12 – Marley Weems of Portland. Marley is sponsored by Council 2168 in District 301

Read Marley's essay here


These winning essays are now entered into the International level of competition at Supreme.

Please join me in congratulating the winners; as well as, thanking all those who participated in this year’s program!


John Hundiak
State Community Director

2024 Bowling Tournament is underway

By: Gregory Zawalski - Sun, Feb 18, 2024 9:30 AM

The Michigan State Council Bowling Association and Richard Council #788, commenced the 82nd Annual Michigan Knights of Columbus State Bowing Tournament in Lansing at Royal Scot Bowl and Golf. This weekend was the State Officers' Tournament and included the Opening Ceremonies of the Bowling Tournament to kick off the long running tradition here in Michigan.
Congratulations to the 2024 Tournament Honoree Micheal Kozakiewicz!
The regular open tournament begins February 24/25 through March 23/24.
There are still openings! Go to to register.

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Gregory Zawalski - Vice President 

Michigan State Council Bowling Association