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2018 Knights of Columbus High School Scholarships Awarded

Council Grand Knight Rick Witty, Madison Page Kuriger, Msgr. William Carr, Tyler Craig and Scholarship Chairman Gary Port

    The Knights of Columbus are pleased to announce that their two annual $1,000 high school scholarship awards were presented at the St Bridget School Eighth Grade closing ceremony on June 4, 2018. Madison Page Kuriger will be attending St. Gertrude High School, and Tyler Craig will be attending Benedictine College Preparatory. Please congratulate Madison and Tyler for their success in winning this competitive scholarship award.

   St. Bridget Knights of Columbus Council 5476 has awarded this competitive Catholic High school Scholarship for the last five years. To date, the Council has presented scholarships to thirteen St Bridget school students who will be continuing their Catholic education in high school. Contact Gary Port for more information about his scholarship.

   Photo: Council Grand Knight Rick Witty, Madison Page Kuriger, Msgr. William Carr, Tyler Craig and Scholarship Chairman Gary Port.



membership incentives available for councils and individuals in Virginia

My Brother Knights of Virginia,

I wanted to follow up from the discussion at the Virginia State Council annual meeting about membership incentives available for councils and individuals in Virginia.  Below is a list of all membership incentives available.

  1.  At the annual meeting I announced that the Virginia State Council is running a membership incentive for May 2018.  For every new member recorded by Supreme in May 2018 the Virginia State Council will send a check in June 2018 for $4.00 per member recorded to each council who has new member(s) recorded.  Think of it this way, the Virginia State Council is going ahead and giving you the $4.00 Virginia per capita for next fraternal year for each of these new members.  In discussions with all three General Agents in Virginia they have agreed to also pay the council $4.00 per member recorded by Supreme in May 2018.  Wow that is $8.00 being paid for each new member recorded by Supreme in May 2018.  What a great time to recruit new members and get them through the Admissions Degree.
  2. Supreme is once again offering a $4.50 credit on per capita for all billable members for councils who achieve Star Council this fraternal year.  If your council is close or has a goal of Star Council this fraternal year now is the time for action.  Just think of the money your council could save and use towards charitable causes.
  3. The Virginia State Council is also running a contest among the District Deputies.  Those high performing districts in January and February 2018 have received money already.  Who is going to get money from the next payout?
  4. If you have not heard or passed this incentive along to your council members, Supreme has an incentive for recruiters.  Those members who have recruited new member(s) between November 15, 2017 and June 30, 2018 are going to be put into a drawing for one of 10 trips paid for by Supreme to the World meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland in August 2018.  Now is the time to recruit a new member and get him to an Admissions Degree so you are eligible and could win this fantastic trip to Dublin.

If you have any questions on these incentives please don’t hesitate to ask your District Deputy, the State Membership Director, or myself and we will get you information quickly.

Fraternally, Steve

Stephen J. Kehoe

State Deputy

Jurisdiction of Virginia



Six New Council 5476 Members


 Please join me in welcoming six additions to our council.

Andrew Franz, John Grabenstein, Daniel Keller, and Flynn Leathers attended a first degree ceremony on April 16 at St. Bridget Church (hosted by our council).

Paul Forst transferred in from Westminster, Md (council 1393) and Samuel Liput transferred in from Waynesboro, VA (Council 10760).

 The corrected council roster is attached. Please let me know if there are any additional updates that need to be made.

 Fraternally,   Randy Boyd, FS



RVA French Food Festival 4/27-28/18

RVA French Food Festival

Sign up to Volunteer through your local Council too.
April 27-28 – St Joseph Home

As major supports of the work of the Little Sisters of the Poor, we need as many Knights as possible to help with the Festival this year; especially since we will have a new tent – totally manned by the K of C.  Please go to:

to sign up for one or more shifts at the Pomme Fritte tent, either Friday or Saturday.

Use of the volunteer website is needed to have everyone in one spot so we will know what we have to work with on the serving line.  FAMILIES, FRIENDS, and NEIGHBORS are welcome – must be an adult, please.  Also, please let me know if anyone has a physical disability and needs a sitting job.  We will do what we can.

Bob Rosbaugh


Rich Bopp Passing

BOPP, Richard Irving, 70, of Richmond, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Irving and Ruth Bopp; and sister, Gloria Hartmann. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Nancy Bopp; children, Jennifer, Steven, Kevin and Sara; six grandchildren, whom he loved very much; sister, Charlene Tardi; and many other loving family members.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Richard to JDRF Diabetes Foundation ( in support of his grandson, who is currently living with type 1 diabetes.

Mass For Departed Brothers Mass at 11:00 am Saturday April 21, 2018.

Sir Knights,

We will host our first Mass For Departed Brothers Mass  at 11:00 am  Saturday April 21, 2018.

Please save the date.

  • I have met with Msgr Carr to firm up the order of the Mass and with Allen Bean for the hymnal selections , etc.
  • I have discussed with GK Roger McDonald at Council 395 requesting their involvement.
  • We have over 6 departed brothers from 395 that attended St Bridget RC Church.
  • I expect they might offer an Honor Guard as we will…… and possibly  Escort Usher(s)  for the Widows.

Honor Guard

  • I will attend Fourth Degree Richmond Assembly 1165 meeting at St Michaels this Monday Feb 26.
  • I will discuss Honor Guard duties with Commander Ted Puchalski.
  • I encourage all our St Bridget SKs to attend.  (6:30 PM start time, park in rear at newly constructed building)      

I am hopeful that GK’s  Rick and Roger McDonald will be available  for the Welcome and for the  Necrology of our Departed Brothers.

For the Mass Ministry, we need

  • a Lector
  • a Candle Lighter to present to the Widow
  • a Eucharist Minister( we have 2 already plus Msgr Carr)  
  • and Escort Ushers ( possibly 9 total)
  • We also need to work on the luncheon afterward. Husbands and wives can assist here. I welcome your ideas.

I  want to offer these positions  to you  Sir Knights first. Please get back with me.

Invitations with RSVP will go out to the widows or their  next of kin. (I’m working on this)

We need to get RSVPs from our councils to confirm headcount so we can have enough luncheon items on hand.

(Will do this by email council broadcast) .




Online membership letter for DD’s to councils

My Brother Knights,

I would like to apologize up front for the length of this missive. Please take the time to read this and the attachment.  I aim to provide you some information about a new program of the Knights of Columbus called Online Membership, active as a pilot program in Virginia as of 16 January.

Many of you have heard “rumors” of this program that has been variously called Online Membership, e-member, and e-Knight. As those rumors spread, I heard some very serious concerns about this program from many of you.  And I had some significant concerns myself.

At the State Meeting 13-14 January, Brother Matt St. John from Supreme was in attendance to give a presentation on the program. He was also present at our DD meeting Sunday morning for more questions and answers.  There is also an hour-plus long webinar about the program as well.

Again, please read the attached information pamphlet.  My note does not attempt to repeat all of the information contain in the information pamphlet nor provide all details of the program. For example, I will not go into some of the procedural steps.  I do hope to emphasize the program intent, and hopefully assuage some concerns that you have expressed over the last few months.

I will start off with a statement from our Supreme Knight Carl Anderson:

“Our goal is to introduce substantial numbers of younger men into the activities of our Order in a way that will strengthen the benefits of our local councils. Our goal is to recruit large numbers of young men who will for a large membership pool in each state that can be linked with local councils. To do this we have concluded it is necessary to recruit younger members through the communication channels that they use and rely upon.”

This statement brings up my first point. This program is a recruiting tool. It is a first step toward attracting younger me into our order.  It is not an end into itself.  The longer-term goal will be for these online members to convert to council membership.  This recruiting tool takes advantage of the communications sources used by many younger men.  But it by no means eliminates or competes with local council recruiting.  This program is also geared towards military and college students, who may not have steady access to local councils.

Nothing in this program that changes in any way the requirements for membership in our order.  Anyone joining online must certify through the application that they are male, 18 years old, and a practical Catholic.  That is the same requirement we check through our admission process.  The online application states: “Failure to answer truthfully to any of these declarations, or failure to remain a practical Catholic in union with the Holy See, renders void your membership in the Knights of Columbus.” The same is true for any of us when we join.

Online members are dues-paying members of the Knights of Columbus, with many of the same benefits as the rest of us. Rather than belonging to a council, they will belong to what is called a State Division.  It is not exactly the same, but similar to an “at-large” vice “chapter” member of the VFW. However, they are not First, Second, or Third Degree members.  The program does not include an “online Admissions Degree” – contrary to one of the rumors.  Nothing in the program does away with any of our degree ceremonials.

Online members may attend local council meetings. Online members will have a membership card, and I am providing samples of that card to each GK, Warden, and Guards in each council in the district.  But they are not authorized to vote on issues, just as the rest of us can attend meetings of other councils but do not vote on their business.

Online members will receive regular communications from Supreme, which will discuss Faith formation, tailored messages about Knights activities, and information stressing the value of council-based membership.  Again, the goal is to recruit the members online, then get them to convert to a local council.  Supreme does not want them to stay stagnant as online members.

Now I would like to address some specific concerns that I have heard:

The dues are lower than for the council.  There are dues for online membership.  Those are $30 per year.  A concern was raised about the difference between online membership and council dues.  Part of the difference is a few assessments that we pay such as Penny per Knight per day.  There are also benefits to council membership that don’t come with online membership.  For example, how much do we charge members for our council Christmas party or our end of year PGK Dinner.  Usually nothing, and I’m sure there are other similar examples.

This will compete with council recruiting of younger men.  I mentioned already the idea of converting online members to council membership.  The process for this conversion will be the same as for a new prospect we recruit ourselves, although the paperwork will be a little different.  The online member will meet with the council Admissions Committee.  The council will vote to accept the member.  Then the member will participate in the Admissions Degree – and then the Formation and Knighthood Degrees.  An important point here is that online membership does not compete with council goals toward Star Council.  When an online member converts, the council gets credit!  As of early January the order has had about 290 men join online.  15% of those have already converted to council membership.

This is just to sell insurance.  Again, this is a recruiting tool.  Online members will have access to a web portal.  During the rollout, only online members will have access to this content.  I don’t believe there is anything here not also on the Supreme website.  Importantly, the first button across the top of that portal is “Lead with Faith” – emphasizing the importance and beauty of our Catholic roots.  Yes, there is a section on the portal for “Protect Your Family” with information about our insurance program.  Online members are eligible to become owners, just like the rest of us.  Which is fine, because protecting our families is one of the reasons Fr. McGivney founded our Order!  Interestingly, those who have joined in the pilot programs in a couple other states to date have been more engaged in the “Lead with Faith” page that in the insurance page.

This is a means for non-Practical Catholics or women to join our order. Who is checking when they apply online? Yes, someone could lie.  They could also lie to the Admissions Committee!  Let me provide a hypothetical situation.  An online member wants to convert to council membership.  The admissions committee asks the online member “are you a practical Catholic?”  And the online member says, “yeah that was on the web site, but what is that?”  Same question we get from a lot of applicants right?  After explaining, the online member says, “gee, I’m divorced and remarried, is that a problem?”  What do you do?  The initial answer is the same as right now, we defer to the chaplain for his guidance.  If the chaplain agrees there is a case of not being a practical Catholic, we refer the case to State Advocate and Supreme legal department.  That would be a case of fraudulent representation when joining and would nullify membership and my understanding is would also nullify insurance if bought.

Let me give another hypothetical. A woman joins online, lying on the part that says “I am male.”  I don’t know about you, but when I bought my insurance, a nurse came to the house to draw blood.  Blood contains genetic markers including indicating male or female, even if the nurse somehow could not tell!

And a third hypothetical. A non-Catholic joins, lying on the part that says “I am a practical Catholic.”  This may be more difficult, there is no genetic marker for the indelible mark baptism leaves on our soul.  However, is it worth the risk to anyone?  The non-Catholic stays an online member just to get access to our insurance.  Say he invests $10,000 a year for a whole life policy.  The person dies 10 years into the policy, but as part of the process at that point, we find out the person never was Catholic.  Remember my comment about fraudulent representation?  I’m not a lawyer, but I’m sure our Order’s legal department would have an issue with paying out the policy in such a situation.  Who would take the risk?

In summary, I believe this program is a great opportunity for our order, and for our councils. You should keep your eye out for any online members you may come across and share with them the benefits of belonging to the council at their parish.  You should also think about those men you know who have expressed interest in the Knights, but “haven’t had time” to join or attend meetings.  They may be ideal candidates for online membership, which then will lead them to your council!

I again apologize for the length of this note, but there is a lot of false information running around about this program that I wanted to set the record straight.

Vivat Jesus.

Jim Henry

Virginia District Deputy 3

Last Chance for Early Bird Registration | Catholic Men’s Conference

2018 Catholic Men’s Conference

Saturday, March 17, 2018 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Saint Bede Catholic Church
(757) 229-3631
3686 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, Virginia 23188
United States

Map and Directions


On Saturday, March 17, 2018 men from across the diocese will gather at Saint Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg for the 6th Annual Diocesan Catholic Men’s Conference. This year’s theme, “Truly Present,” will explore Jesus’ presence to us and our call to be present in all our relationships in the world as husband, father, brother, and friend. Hans Urs Von Balthasar, a Swiss theologian from the 20th century, writes, “If you live near a waterfall, after a week, you’ll no longer hear its rumble. In the same way, we have forgotten how to listen” how to be truly present, both to God and to each other (Heart of the World).

This year will feature a dual-track conference with keynote speakers in English and Spanish, breakout opportunities, Reconciliation, Adoration, and Mass. Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers will be the keynote speaker for the English-speaking track.

Keynote Speaker (English)

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is a powerful and passionate evangelist and preacher, whose no-nonsense approach to living and proclaiming the Catholic faith is sure to challenge and inspire those who hear him. Deacon Harold holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Theological Studies Degree from the University of Dallas. He co-hosts the weekly broadcast, “Living Stones,” on Mater Dei Radio, and has appeared on “Catholic Answers Live” and “Vocation Boom Radio.” In addition, he is the host or co-host of several popular series on EWTN television. Deacon Harold is featured on the award winning Chosen faith formation program by Ascension Press and the author of the best-selling book, Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality published by Ignatius Press, and co-author of the acclaimed new book, Ignite: Read the Bible Like Never Before. Deacon Harold is also featured on The Greatest Commandments: A 40-Week Spiritual Journey for Married Couples, a vibrant marriage-enrichment program rooted in biblical values and designed to help husbands and wives know God better, trust Him fully and love Him completely throughout the course of their married lives.

As the president and CEO of The Saint Joseph Center, Deacon Harold oversees that nonprofit organization’s endeavors, which include hosting an international institute for Catholic male spirituality, coordinating dynamic speaking tours and life-changing retreats, and developing products and services that support family life. Most importantly, he is married to his wife, Colleen, and they have four beautiful children. They live in Portland, Oregon, where Deacon Harold is assigned to Immaculate Heart Catholic Church.

Registration Cost

The $40 early-bird admission cost is available until February 1, 2018. Additionally, all permanent deacons who register by that time will receive $10 off their registration. After February 1, 2018 general registration will be available online for $55 until March 10, 2018. After that point, registration will only be available at the door for $60. As always, the conference is free for priests and religious brothers.

All those interested may contact the Center for Marriage, Family, and Life at or 804-622-5109 for more information. Visit for full conference details and to register online.

To register as a vendor or an exhibitor, click here.

An opportunity is available to achieve the sublime 3rd degree of Knighthood !


Brother Knights,

An opportunity is available to achieve the sublime 3rd degree of Knighthood !

District 10 will host the 3rd degree exemplification on Jan 20, 2018 

This will at Council #6936 at the Saint John’s Parish hall 811 West Nine Mile rd Highland Springs Va 23075

Parking is in the rear and entrance doors will be labeled. Attire is coat and tie.

Candidate’s to arrive at 10:30 am, ceremony starts promptly at 11 am, followed by a meal at 1 pm.

Please contact me or Gary Port –  no later than Tuesday 1/16.

thank you,

Rolfe Trimble

K of C #5476

March for Life on Friday, January 19, 2018

Pilgramage to DC

Greetings All,


It’s time for me to continue putting the list together for the March for Life on Friday, January 19, 2018. If I already have you signed up for 2018 no need to respond, but I did want to touch base with my mailing list.  Please let me know if you would like a spot(s) reserved on the free bus transportation being provided by the K of C and the Richmond Diocese(  We will follow the routine of past years as far as departure time, etc.( meeting at 7:45 a.m. for an 8 a.m. departure from the Pump Rd. location, travel to the Pastoral Center to meet with the Southside bus, and depart DC at 4-4:30 p.m.).  Darius, please let me know if you anticipate any substantive changes.  When signing up, please provide a mobile phone number.


Please pass this information along to friends, parish groups, etc.  Please try to sign-up early, last year we had a waiting list and had to scramble to get people on other buses.


Also, a Respect Life Holy Hour has been scheduled for January 16, 2018, @ 6:30 p.m. at St. Bridget Church.   The Holy Hour will be intended as a vigil of sorts for the March for Life and will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.  Please make every effort to join the Church in prayer for the success of our pro-life efforts.


Thanks and a Blessed Advent to you all.


Mike Kozak