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Friday, August 01, 2014

State Deputy Message - 2014 August

August 1, 2014
Being members of the Knights of Columbus, we have an obligation to provide faith filled service to our Church, family, and community. To provide this service, we need to be strong in our ranks. Our councils need to have strong leadership with abundant membership. With strong councils, we can do the work we are called to do. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson says, “We seek to make God known to others both in the work we do and in the educational and evangelizing initiatives we support, bringing the Good News of the Gospel to as many people as possible.”

On August 12, the Order celebrates our founder Fr. Michael McGivney’s Birthday. On August 14, the Order memorializes our founder Fr. Michael McGivney’s death. The Order has asked all councils to celebrate our founder with Family Week Celebrations, to include an Order wide First Degree Week from August 11 to 17, 2014. During this week, all councils are asked to conduct a 1st Degree for new members and a Family program for your council. Invite the new member and his family to your council’s Family Program. This could be a picnic, a bowling tournament, pool party, Council night at the movies, corporate communion, etc. Remember that new members join our Order with a purpose in mind. If you engage them and their family early in their Knight’s career, they will stay active in your council. Make the new member and his family feel very welcome and ask them to join in your programs. By doing so, you should not see a retention issue.

Bringing new members into your council is a great way to bring the Good News of the Gospel to as many people as possible. By living our State theme, “I will choose Christ, I will choose love, I choose to serve”, you and your council will exemplify our four principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. With this, your current members and your new members will be living the Gospel in your council, Church, family, and community.
Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker                                                                                                                                      
State Deputy


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