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Supreme Knight’s 2020 Annual Report

I watched his address. It was very good.

From: Mike Kozak <>
Sent: Friday, August 7, 2020 9:54 AM
To: <>
Cc: Bruce Slough <>; John Vandersyde <>
Subject: Supreme Knight’s 2020 Annual Report

Not positive about the link, but Carl Anderson’s address to the Supreme Convention is the intent. Looks to be well done.

Mike K.

Jean Vianney’s whole, incorrupt heart is coming to Virginia!


Dear Brother Knight,

The major relic of St. Jean Vianney’s whole, incorrupt heart is coming to Virginia! It will be at the Basilica of Saint Mary, 310 South Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 from Tuesday, Jan. 15 until Wednesday, Jan.16.

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the relic will be available for veneration from 6:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. and again from 11:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. A Holy Hour for Vocations will begin at 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, the relic will be available for veneration from 6:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated on both days at 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.

On Jan. 16, Fr. Patrice Chocholski, Rector of the Shrine of St. Jean Marie Vianney in Ars, France, will speak at 7 p.m.

The Knights of Columbus is organizing this “Heart of a Priest” relic pilgrimage honoring the patron of parish priests, whose holiness and integrity is a model for clergy and laity alike. We hope as many Knights and their families as possible will be able to venerate this relic.

Please share the details of this rare opportunity with your pastor and perhaps request he make an announcement.

Visit for more details.

Knights of Columbus

25 Amazing Things Too Many Catholics Don’t Know About the Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus are the largest Catholic fraternal organization in the world! …who are they again?

Here are 25 things every Catholic should know about this amazing organization!

1) It all started when a parish priest wanted to help Catholic families.

The year was 1882 and anti-Catholic sentiment was running high. Catholic immigrants faced hostility and were thrown into dangerous work conditions which could cause early deaths. So 29-year-old Father Michael McGivney gathered the men of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., to establish a lay organization.

The goal? To unite men of Catholic faith and provide for the families of deceased members.

2) The Order is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization.

Today, with nearly 2 million members worldwide, the Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.

3) The Knights have councils in over a dozen countries.

Knights are active in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Dominican Republic, Poland, Panama, Guatemala, Lithuania, Bahamas, Saint Lucia, South Korea, Ukraine and more!

4) The Knights stood up to ISIS.

The Order produced a 280-page report detailing the genocide against Christians by ISIS, which was decisive in getting the genocide recognized by the U.S. State Department.

5) The Knights are saving a Christian town in Iraq that was desecrated by ISIS.

They are raising $2 million to save Karamles, a town recently liberated from ISIS.

6) Columbus was chosen as the Knights’ namesake because…

…the American public loved this famous Catholic explorer at a time of general antipathy towards Catholics. Today, many make him out to be a villain, but many of those claims are actually historically inaccurate.

7) The K of C emblem is literally everywhere at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.

That’s because the Knights are one of the major supporters of the March for Life and the pro-life movement.

8) K of C has donated $1.62 billion (yes, billion!) to charitable causes over the past decade.

As of December 2017!

9) They have swords!

Maybe the most important point.

10) The Knights of Columbus Fortune 1000 Insurance Company was born out of Father McGivney’s vision to help protect Catholic families from financial ruin.

As a seminarian, his father died unexpectedly. Father McGivney was convinced that there had to be a way to help other Catholic families facing similar financial troubles. He established the K of C insurance system that has evolved into a top-rated insurance program, with over $100 billion of life insurance in force.

11) K of C founder Father McGivney may become a saint.

His cause for canonization is open, and he was given the title “Venerable Servant of God” by the Holy See in 2008.

12) Oh, and some Knights are already saints

St. Luis Batis, St. Rodrigo Aguilar, St. Miguel de la Mora, St. Pedro de Jesús Maldonado, St. José María Robles and St. Mateo Correa were martyred during the persecution of Catholics in Mexico in the early 20th century.

13) At the peak of the Ku Klux Klan’s power, the K of C stood as its most vigorous opponent.

In one incident in 1924, hooded Klansmen abducted, severely beat and mutilated Father John Conoley in Gainesville, Fla. Knights armed with shotguns stood in the windows of the rectory, protecting another priest and the church itself from the Klan’s threats to burn it.

14) The Knights have been a huge supporter of the Special Olympics since day one.

15) Babe Ruth, Vince Lombardi, and President John F. Kennedy were all members of the Knights.

16) Ever wonder how the words “under God” became part of the Pledge of Allegiance?

We can thank the K of C for that.

17) They have a long history with Mother Teresa.

Upon receiving the Knights’ Gaudium et Spes Award she said, “I accepted to come, and to accept out of sheer gratitude, for they have done so much for our congregation and for our poor.”

18) They’re a major supporter of vocations.

K of C councils “adopt” one or more seminarians and provide them with financial assistance and prayer through the RSVP program.

19) Knights of Columbus has an investments business called Asset Advisors.

K of C’s investment team manages approximately $24 billion in assets in accordance with Catholic moral principles.

20) Both the first American and the last American to fall in World War I were Knights of Columbus.

21) They have a long tradition of supporting the military.

This year, the Knights sent more than 200 military personnel, their designated caregivers and volunteers to the Marian shrine in Lourdes, France, for a time of rest, prayer and healing as part of the annual Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage.

22) The Saint John Paul II National Shrine is a major initiative of the K of C.

The shrine has a first-class relic of JPII’s blood, and it is a great place to venerate the saint and remember his legacy.

23) There are 374 (and growing!) K of C councils on college campuses around the world.

The annual College Councils Conference is held in New Haven each fall.

24) The Knights are on a mission to save 1 million lives.

Little is more moving than seeing an image of a baby growing in the womb. Since 2009, the Knights have funded about 900 ultrasound machines at pregnancy care centers in all 50 states.

25) With the new Online Membership program, joining the Knights is easier than ever.

Practicing Catholic men 18 years of age and older can join at

Please see the note from Nick….

From: Nick.Abbate@KOFC.ORG [mailto:Nick.Abbate@KOFC.ORG]
Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 12:24 PM
To: AbbateAgencyMail4@KOFC.ORG; AbbateAgencyMail3@KOFC.ORG
Cc: Robert.Abbate@KOFC.ORG
Subject: My Intro: To all my DD, DW and GKs from your new Field Agent Team


Dear Worthies,

This is my first of many correspondents with you.  I thought I would start this first one off with getting to know me and my family as I will get to know yours more through the coming days.  My wife and I left active duty military last month and moved to Richmond from Salt Lake City, UT.  Arielle, my wife, is a pharmacist and is looking for a new job in the Richmond area.  We have a daughter, Mary, who is 16 months old and is the center of our world, as you could imagine.  Working for the Knights has always been on my mind while I was active duty, after my 4th deployment and watching my daughter grow up via skype, I decided it was time for a change and Arielle agreed.  We are looking forward to sowing roots in Richmond and allowing our daughter to grow up in a home town feel.  But that’s enough about me.

As we get to know each other through the upcoming days I would encourage each of you to come by the office, your office, and have a coffee, soda or any drink with me.  I will also be making my way around to visit each of you in your districts/councils.  If you ever need a sponsor or help in anyway please give me a call, I will be here for you.  Richmond is my home now and hopefully you will become our Knights family.

Very Respectfully,

-Nick Abbate

YOUR Field Agent

P.S.   I am including a newsletter for your distribution to your members.  I will be providing a newsletter each month on different topics.

“Excellence in Life Planning ®”

Nicholas W. Abbate,
Field Agent for the Knights of Columbus

Office Location:
1243 Gateway Centre Pkwy,
Richmond, VA 23235


The Abbate Agency “Celebrating 13 Years of Service, 2005 – 2018”
Serving Greater Diocese of Richmond from Bristol to Virginia Beach and the Eastern Shore!

Visit our website at and check us out on Face Book(See attached file: K of C Guarantee.doc)

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Superbowl Chili Sales Schedule


Dear Brother Knights.

Happy New Year!  Hope you had a fantastic Christmas and are on your way to a fantastic 2018!

You know it!  It’s chili time 2018!  Are you ready for some football (go Saints)!

As always we appreciate your time and help on this project. Thanks to all who helped last year; we hope you can do the same this year.  Let the 2018 sales begin!


Points at a glance:

  1. Pre-sales start this coming weekend (Jan. 6-7)
  2. See below for available slots and times after mass (sign up where best for your schedule); for your convenience you can sign up below and email back or you can sign up via SignUp Genius at this link,
  3. See also schedule for the “cooking” (Feb. 2-3) and delivery days (Feb. 3-4)
  4. The Super Bowl is on 4 February this year (in case you were wondering)
  5. As always, please no wagering or off-track betting…

Let us know if you can volunteer after mass (we probably just need one Knight after each mass, 10-15 minutes to take pre-orders, cash and check (and we will try the Square for cards, more info to come on this for those people that sign up to pre-sell), $8.00 for 1 quart, $15 for 2 quarts).  The table will be set up in the Commons as last year.

Let me know if you have any questions or need more information.



Bart Leahey and Jose Alcaine, Co-Chairs, 2018 Operation Chili Bowl

Chili Pre-Sales (10-15 minutes after mass)

January 6-Sat



January 7-Sun




January 13-Sat



January 14-Sun






January 20-Sat



January 21-Sun






January 27-Sat



January 28-Sun







February 2 – Fri

6:30pm –


Cooking and Packaging

February 3- Sat

9:30-1pm (end time will depend on sales)



February 3 -Sat



February 4-Sun





September 11th Meeting Speaker


Below please find a couple of links that our Christo Rey speaker was hoping to get to our membership before the September meeting date. Please plan to attend, he will speak for about 15 minutes.

Also, perhaps to discuss at meeting would be a donation to K of C disaster relief efforts for our brother Knights in Texas.

Also, I’d like to make an announcement about our St. Bridget pro-life ministry program on Saturday, 10/21 from 9-11 am. We have a panel of speakers on depression/ anxiety, teen depression, and opioid addiction, along with pastoral care from a Catholic perspective regarding these issues.

Peace be with you.

Fraternally, Mike

On Aug 8, 2017, at 9:34 AM, Adria Hogan <> wrote:

Hi Mike-

Yes- I can be at your council meeting on Sept. 11 starting at 6:30. I will plan to be there until 7:15. There is a video component of my presentation, so I will bring my pc…..will I have access to a projector to show it?

Does the group ever get digital info to view before a presentation? Attached are some docs in digital form as well as links to some Youtube videos that tell the Cristo Rey story. Some organizations find it useful (and it saves time) for members to view content before the meeting.

Thanks for arranging this!

Cristo Rey Corporate Work Study kick off in Milwaukee

A good intro to Cristo Rey


On Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 7:29 AM, <> wrote:


You can speak at the beginning of our meeting on Sept. 11 from 7:00-7:15 p.m.  We also have a social gathering with light food and drinks beginning at 6:30 if you’d care to attend.  We meet in the Rectory basement of St. Bridget.  There is a special buzzer set up on a chair next to the back door (by the main school parking lot) to press to gain admission for the K of C meeting room.  Please be careful NOT to press the buzzer on the wall for the priest’s residence…it annoys them when their doorbell rings repeatedly!  Hope this date and time works for you.  Peace be with you.

Mike K.

3rd Degree scheduled for August 26

Please note that there is a 3rd Degree scheduled for August 26 at St Michael’s ….all second degree Knights should consider this opportunity!

Subject: Knighthood Degree Schedule


Attached is the updated Knighthood Degree Schedule dated 18 July 2017 revision 2. You may notice that there is a added Knighthood degree.  This degree is open to all. If you have a brother that would like to attend please contact District Deputy 16, Joel Levesque at

Steve Stephen Paul Raschke Sr., PSD Ceremonials Chairman State Council of Virginia


Member Meeting Tonight; FFF Thanks!


We will have our May Business meeting tomorrow night at 6:30. We have some important items to discuss, and let me know of anything that you would like to discuss. We plan to adjourn by 7:30PM.

On another note, many thanks to all of our Knights who worked at the French Food Festival! I believe that we “answered the bell” quite well helping to make Chef Mike McClure’s tent a great success.

I would like to mention individuals who participated, but I am afraid that I would miss someone as we had a great number of you helping either at our booth or somewhere else. This was our first time doing this, and there are lessons to learn to make it better next year. It was a delight working with Chef Mike…I hope all of you got a chance to meet him. I, for one, will try his restaurant in the Bottom, LuLu’s.

It was also gratifying to see the number of spouses and older children that we had helping us….team work brought us through!….Thanks to all!

Fraternally, Rick Witty

Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.

Commercial MRO Sales

O 888-334-0004

C 804-640-0305


3rd Degree exemplification next Saturday April 29


 Please excuse the tardiness of this message.  With all we have going on, this one slipped by me.

 There will be a 3rd Degree exemplification next Saturday April 29, 2017 at Our Lady of Lourdes.  The ceremony will start at 11:00 a.m. 

 If you are a 2nd Degree Knight this is a great opportunity to advance to full Knighthood.  Please let me know ASAP if you would like to attend.

 Fraternally,   Ron Coombs, Chancellor Council 5476