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Saturday, October 22, 2011



The Knights of Columbus has established a Guild to advance the cause for canonization of our founder, Father Michael McGivney. The Guild gathers evidence on Father McGivney's life and character, collects information about favors people have received as the result of Father McGivney's intercession, promotes Father McGivney's cause for canonization, and offers spiritual benefits to its members.
To register to join the Guild, CLICK HERE and submit the form. You'll be added to Guild bimonthly newsletter list and kept informed of the progress of Fr. McGivney's cause for canonization.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer Program

The Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer Program began August 3 at the 129thOur Lady of Guadalupe Supreme Convention in Denver. This program features an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, as patroness of the Americas, has special significance to the Knights of  Columbus. When the Order sponsored a tour of a relic of St. Juan Diego's tilma in 2003, Our Lady of Guadalupe's role as mother of all in the Americas became very clear.
In city after city, crowds of tens of thousands of people came to venerate Our Lady of Guadalupe. What was most striking was not the number of people, but the number of nationalities and ethnicities represented in each gathering. Likewise, at the Guadalupe Festival sponsored by the Knights of Columbus in 2009 in Phoenix, more than 20,000 people came to venerate and celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is our hope that this prayer program will continue to expand devotion to Our Lady and the evangelization of the Americas.
But the images we will be displaying are unlike any others used before. Not only are they blessed by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, but each one was also touched to the original image of Holy Mary of Guadalupe on St. Juan Diego’s tilma, when Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and Supreme Secretary Emilio Moure traveled to Mexico City on June 1. Each image bears the signature of the Rector of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and was sealed with a bit of soil from the first Church at Tepeyac Hill – the very terrain on which Our Lady appeared to St. Juan Diego almost 480 years ago. Arizona is scheduled to receive 2 of these Images for this program. We have currently received the first and now need to make plans with our Pastors and Parishes to sponsor this Prayer Program.
CLICK HERE To see the events already scheduled thus far.
For more information on the Our Lady of Guadalupe image and devotion, please see this letter from Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson.
State Warden Sean Halpain is the Chairman of the Prayer Program in Arizona.  CLICK HERE for his letter to the Knights of Arizona.

New Council Established at St. Augustine Cathedral Parish

On October 11, 2011 a new council was established at St. Augustine Cathedral. The council will be known as St. Augustine Council 15376.  Congratulations to all of who have worked so hard to make this happen, including S.K. Mario Vassallo AZ KofC District Deputy 5, new Grand Knight  Peter Herran, Deputy Grand Knight Larry Bednarek, and Chaplain Rev. Fr. Gonzalo Villegas.

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Knights of Columbus Supports Vocations!

As State Deputy for the Knights of Columbus in the great state of Arizona, I am compelled to write this letter to expound on the Knights' great work in the area of vocations.

Our Most Reverend Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo Nevares charges us with the important task of expanding our efforts to find young men and women of the Diocese of Phoenix that feel the call to priestly and religious vocations. (CLICK HERE to read Bishop Nevares' Letter to the knights.)

We must nurture and mentor those who Christ is calling from our parishes. We do this by our moral or financial support through every stage of their formation to serve the Church.

As Knights we are in solidarity with our priests. This is the same for seminarians from their first day of college seminary until the day of their ordination. We must show our support to the public, by raising them up in prayer, and by helping others see how they are doing in the journey. They are called to be servants to the entire Catholic population, not just in our state, but the world. Our support for them can help shape their experience in many ways, further igniting their dedication to the Lord.

Please accept my request and those of our Auxiliary Bishop as a priority for your council’s activities for the coming fraternal year.

Vivat Jesus!
Patrick J. Schuller
State Deputy
Knights of Columbus
Arizona State Council