Category Archives: Knights of Columbus Notifications

KOVAR Collections December 30th – Council 5476

Hello Brother Knights,

It is KOVAR time!  I have volunteered to be the organizer this year.  The vests and cans will be available prior to the event for pickup. 

KOVAR 2020 Christmas – New Year Collection

WHEN: December 30, 2020

TIME: 11:00am – 2:00pm

HOW: 2 to 3 brothers at each location

WHERE: 6 ABC locations

I have created the KOVAR 2020 – Sign Up Genius schedule.  Please copy and the paste the link below:

Any questions, please contact me.


Brother Anthony Mehfoud

Free membership to celebrate our founder’s beatification!

Free First-Year Online Membership We are offering FREE Online Membership in commemoration of the beatification. Please promote this gift of free first-year online membership to all potential members between now and December 31, 2020. Interested prospects should visit, complete the membership application and enter promo code MCGIVNEY2020.

Orderwide Exemplification Day SundayNovember 1, will be an Orderwide Exemplification Day to celebrate the beatification. All state and local councils are encouraged to participate in this event either virtually or in-person as your jurisdiction allows. The Supreme Council will also host virtual degrees on November 1. Invitations to send to your prospects are available to download in English, Spanish, and French.

live coverage of the beatification of Fr. McGivney this Saturday at 10 am on EWTN – 10/31/20



As Catholics and citizens, members of the Knights of Columbus should vote and should encourage members of their families, parishes, and communities to vote. Members are not permitted to engage in partisan political activity in the name of the Knights of Columbus. Partisan political activity is defined as action directed toward success or failure of a political party, candidate for political office, or political group. The tiles below (click the URL link attached to the photo) contain links to nonpartisan websites maintained by the National Association of Secretaries of State and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.*

*These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the Knights of Columbus of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual. The Knights of Columbus bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links.

“Virtual” Fourth Degree Exemplification on Saturday October 31

Brother Knights

There will be a “virtual” Fourth Degree Exemplification on Saturday October 31, 2020 at 11:00 AM – Registration deadline September 28th.


Candidates must be a Third Degree member in good standing (dues paid and current membership card).

An application (Form 4) obtained from your Financial Secretary (me) is to be filled out and returned.

A check in the amount of $50 must be returned with the application form.  The fee includes the first year dues in the Fourth Degree Assembly, the Social Baldric, the Fourth Degree pin and certificate.

This is a great opportunity for any one wishing to advance to Fourth Degree since this degree was scheduled to be held in Virginia Beach and therefore will not require you to travel out of town.

Please contact Ron Campbell for application and to answer any questions.  All forms and checks must be received by Sept. 28th . (The date of the next Fourth Degree meeting.)

Please do not delay in making your decision.

Thank you.


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!

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