The official newsletter of the North Carolina Knights of Columbus State Council
 - State Deputy: John Nussbaum
 - Chaplain: Father Lesak
 - Secretary: Dan Lange
 - Treasurer: JC Reiher
 - Advocate: Chris Losack
 - Warden: Sergio Miranda
 - Immediate Past State Deputy: Colin Jorsch
#1: JP Horvat
#2: Tom Smith
#3: Walter Kulla, Jr.
#4: Ron Cortopassi
#5: Richard Hamel

State Deputy

Colin Jorsch

Greetings to one and all from Fayetteville.

Gina and I truly pray that this note finds you well and in good spirits.

This past month has been magical for me.  I had the honor of attending a couple of Knighthood Degrees in the state.  I also had the opportunity to present several more STAR awards — always and honor.  But, I have to say the highlight for me was sitting down and having breakfast with several of the Past State Deputies – the history and passion for the Order and the state shared was amazing.

As we move into the Lenten Season, my wish for you is that you take some time to spend in the renewal that this season offers.  We have a moment to slow down and prepare for our Reconciliation through Christ.  What an awesome gift.  I know things can get busy, but take some time and connect.  One of the daily readings last month came from the Book of Sirach.  The wisdom given here is:

“Keep away from your enemies; be on your guard with your friends.  A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure.  A faithful friend is beyond price, no sum can balance his worth.  A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy, such as he who fears God behaves accordingly, and his friend will be like himself.”

I pray you have a faithful friend that will walk your journey with you.

As we move into the month of March – Please don’t forget Founder’s Day (March 29) –  If you do nothing else, take a moment to pray for Father McGivney’s canonization:

God, our Father, protector of the poor and defender of the widow and orphan, you called your priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, to be an apostle of Christian family life and to lead the young to the generous service of their neighbor.  Through the example of his life and virtue may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ, more closely, fulfilling his commandment of charity and building up his Body which is the Church.  Let the inspiration of your servant prompt us to greater confidence in your love so that we may continue his work of caring for the needy and the outcast.  We humbly ask that you glorify your venerable servant Father Michael J. McGivney on earth according to the design of your holy will.  Through his intercession, grant the favor I now present (here make your request).  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Until next time, my He continue to watch over you and bless you.

Peace in Christ!

Colin Jorsch
State Deputy

Building The Domestic Church

Colin Jorsch

Excerpt from Supreme Knight Anderson’s address on Building the Domestic Church

In his apostolic exhortation Evangelium Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), Pope Francis called for a new missionary spirit among Catholics. “By her very nature the Church is missionary,” the pope wrote. “She abounds in effective charity and a compassion that understands, assists and promotes” (179). This challenge has special resonance for Knights of Columbus, especially throughout North America, where we have benefited in so many ways from the sacrifice of countless missionaries.

The great Catholic institutions of our country were built by men and women filled with a great missionary spirit. Although Father Michael McGivney would probably not have described himself as a missionary, throughout his lifetime the United States remained “mission” territory in the eyes of the Vatican.

In this regard, we remember the words of Pope Benedict XVI during his 2008 visit to the United States when he named Father McGivney as an example of the missionary spirit that built the Catholic Church in America.

On that occasion, Pope Benedict urged Catholics in America to “move together toward that true spiritual renewal desired by the [Second Vatican] Council, a renewal which can only strengthen the Church in that holiness and unity indispensable for the effective proclamation of the Gospel in today’s world.”

The pope continued, “Was not this unity of vision and purpose — rooted in faith and a spirit of constant conversion and self-sacrifice — the secret of the impressive growth of the Church in this country? We need but think of the remarkable accomplishment of that exemplary American priest, the Venerable Michael McGivney, whose vision and zeal led to the establishment of the Knights of Columbus.”

This missionary spirit has been the lifeblood of the Knights of Columbus. How else can we account for the fact that within four decades of its founding, our Order had spread across the United States and Canada and had begun activities in the Philippines, Mexico and Cuba?

This missionary spirit has been a constant dynamic throughout our history. It has always encouraged us to seek new challenges and to adapt to new situations — and to do so always in faithful service responding to the needs of our Church.


Following the Second Vatican Council, it became clear that the vitality of our parishes and of our Catholic families was being tested as never before. Thousands of priests and religious left their ministries, and vocations to the priesthood and religious life plummeted. The widespread scourges of no-fault divorce, cohabitation outside of marriage, single-parent families and abortion made Catholic family life appear at times as the new “terra incognita.” At the same time, the Second Vatican Council called upon the laity to assume a greater role in meeting these challenges.

The Knights of Columbus responded with dramatic new initiatives to better meet the needs of our families and our parishes.

During this same time the Knights of Columbus sharpened its mission to better support Catholic family life. This was always one of the core missions of the Order envisioned by Father McGivney. It was the reason the Order developed fraternal benefits to support widows and orphans. It led to the establishment of thousands of youth and family activities, to our support of parish-based Catholic schools, and to developing our spiritual and catechetical programs directed to families, such as our Catholic Information Service, our Pilgrim Virgin Icon program and Fathers for Good.

More recently, the Order has implemented a new program that brings together both our support of parishes and our support of families. It is titled Building the Domestic Church: The Family Fully Alive. Already, many thousands of local Knights of Columbus councils and families have begun participating in this program.


In its 2012 document titled Disciples Called to Witness, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops made clear the connection between the parish and the family in the new evangelization.

Regarding parish life, the bishops’ document stated, “It is the responsibility of both pastors and laity to ensure that [the doors of the parish] are always open. Evangelization must remain rooted in the parish. It is in the parish that one becomes engaged with the Church community, learns how to become a disciple of Christ, is nurtured by Scripture, is nourished by the sacraments, and ultimately becomes an evangelizer. Successful evangelization and catechetical initiatives must be focused on the parish.”

The document then went on to say this about the family’s role: “A culture of witness is sustained within the Church through marriage and the family. … It is within the Sacrament of Matrimony that the husband and wife evangelize, become evangelized, and share their witness of the faith to their children and to society.”

It further noted, “The family, called the domestic Church, is often the first place where one experiences and is formed in the faith.” And it concluded by quoting Pope Benedict XVI’s 2011 address to the Pontifical Council for the Family that “the new evangelization depends largely on the domestic Church.”

Thus we see a providential convergence of three initiatives of the Knights of Columbus: the development of thousands of new parish-based councils; new programs to strengthen family life, all leading to a deeper understanding of the family as domestic church; and our increasing commitment to serve the Church’s mission of a new evangelization through the parish.

Indeed, each of these three initiatives points to the Knights of Columbus as the organization best situated to enliven and strengthen parish life. We are truly positioned today to move to a new level of service as the strong right arm of our parish churches.

Now the time has come for us to accelerate these initiatives as they affect our work in parishes and our work to strengthen Christian family life.

The family as domestic church is central to both the work of the new evangelization and to the future sustainability of our parishes — as well as the future sustainability of the Order. But the Catholic family cannot perform this important mission on its own. The reason is simple: As Blessed Paul VI observed, the family can only truly be a domestic church when its daily life “mirrors the various aspects of the entire Church.” And for this to become a reality, the family must be more fully integrated into the sacramental life of the parish.

Knights of Columbus parish-based councils today are not only places that provide invaluable support to parish life in terms of charitable and social activities. They are a primary place to support the evangelization of family life through the mission of the domestic church. Our councils can do this by more fully integrating families into the life of the parish through the many programs of our parish-based councils.

If we do this, then we will continue the legacy of Father McGivney — a legacy which, as Pope Benedict observed, was to promote spiritual renewal among Catholics by strengthening them in holiness and unity. And as a parish priest, Father McGivney saw that this renewal could be assisted in powerful ways in the parish by the new organization he had established.


Today, we are determined to continue this work of renewal and unity. In this way, we will also realize the mission that St. John Paul II identified in Ecclesia in America: “The renewal of the Church in America will not be possible without the active presence of the laity. Therefore they are largely responsible for the future of the Church” (44).

The pastoral visit of Pope Francis to the United States and his attendance at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia present a historic opportunity for Catholics throughout the world — and especially for Catholics in North America.

During the World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis called for a new alliance between the Church and the family in order that Catholic families might receive greater encouragement and support.

“May God grant us this gift of a renewed closeness between the family and the Church,” the pope said. “Families need it, the Church needs it, and we pastors need it.”

But for millions of Catholic families, this new alliance will become a reality only if they can find this greater support within their local parish. There is no Catholic organization better positioned for this task today in thousands of parishes than the Knights of Columbus.

Today, the Knights of Columbus is providentially positioned to play a key role in the new alliance between the Church and the family called for by Pope Francis. But for us to do so requires that we adopt new methods.

We must devote even greater efforts to our fundamental mission of charity, unity and fraternity, and we must do so with even greater attention to the needs and the future of our parishes and our families. What is necessary now is our greater involvement in the renewal of parish and family life.

To meet this need we will have to do some things differently. Our councils will have to become even more active in our parish communities. We will have to stop duplicating activities that are more appropriately done by and through the parish. We will have to focus more on programs that support Catholic families in their mission as a domestic church.

For many councils, doing these things will require making choices between what is good and what is better. Often they may have to choose between what our Catholic community may have needed in the past and what it needs today and in the future.



When St. John Paul II spoke of the new evangelization he explained that the content of evangelization would not be new, but that this would be an evangelization “new in its ardor, methods and expression.”

This is this same dynamic that guides our mission today. The “content” of the Knights of Columbus has not changed. We are a Catholic brotherhood based upon the principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. We are dedicated to faithful and unparalleled service to the Church. But what will change is the “expression” of that service so that our work may become even more relevant and effective.

The changes outlined here may be difficult for some. Change is never easy. But the proven record of the past half century is clear: The closer the Knights of Columbus becomes to parish life, the closer we work with our parish priests, and the more we support Catholic families, the more our Order grows in membership and charity.

The challenge of effective leadership is to lead change, not to be led by change. The leadership of the Knights of Columbus has always succeeded in leading change. And this is what I am confident you and I will succeed in doing in the days ahead.

Vivat Jesus!

State Secretary

John Nussbaum

Lori and I send our greetings from Wendell.

This week we start the season of Lent. It is a time set aside each year to make a special effort to reflect on what God is calling you to do, to repent your sins, to renew your faith and to prepare to celebrate Easter. The real challenge is to take the time to do this in your very busy life. I pray that you will grow spiritually during this Lenten season. It is up to you to decide how.

Looking ahead, we have a full calendar leading us to the State Convention in May in Durham. To help you get ready for the Convention, you can find a copy of the Countdown to Convention check list below and on the State website. It contains many very important dates. Many of the dates have changed this year. Even if you can’t attend the State Convention for some reason, please consider doing as many of the items as you can.

For many of the items on the Countdown to Convention, there is additional information on the State website One very important document is the Council Recognition Manual. If you plan to attend the State Convention, please make your hotel reservation now. This will ensure you get a room at the KofC discount price. If something were to come up, you can always cancel the reservation and you aren’t out anything. To help your Convention Committee plan for a better celebration, please send your Convention Registration in as soon as you can.

Do you have some very special Brother Knights in your Council? I sure you do. Do them the honor of submitting a well thought out write up on them. See how hard you can make it the State Officers this year to select a winner for each of the “of the Year” categories.

Many Councils have already paid their 2nd Half State Per Capita invoice. That is great! Thank you so much. If you haven’t had a chance to pay yours yet, I am sure it is on its way to me. I would like to thank you also. Due date is March 15th.

I have received a few necrology forms so far. The form is on the State website. You can send what you have now, and if the Lord were to call a Brother home to him in the next month, you can also send me his name for inclusion in the necrology at the State Convention Mass.

I am sure my mailman is going to get a good workout this month. Many items are due to me by March 15th. If you can please send what you can electronically, it will help my mailman.

If I can ever serve you in any way, please let me know. I am here to serve you.

Fraternally yours in Christ,

John Nussbaum
NC State Secretary

Membership Director

Pete Devlin

Worthy District Deputies, Grand Knights and Brothers All,

We have reached the beginning of Lent, A time for us (and other men) to reflect on our Lives and the things Christ has done for us. We examine what short comings we may have, and try to grow closer to God. This is an opportunity to help men gain access, to doing the work of Christ, by joining the Knights. During lent we need to reach out to these men.

You have many opportunities to do this,

  • Extra masses during the Lenten Season
  • Fish Fry’s and minimal Dinners- set up information table with Knights Handouts
  • Make a service (knights ) presentation to The RCIA class , as they will be received into the Church during the Easter season
  • Sponsor a Knights work day to Clean up the Church prior to Holy Week, invite the rest of the church to join you. Great opportunity for Knights and non-knights to work beside each other, and discuss the opportunities of the knights.
  • Or Just ask each of the members of your councils, to commit, to asking one man to join,
  • Please have your council sign up to join the webinar “ recruitment in the Spirt of Father Michael McGivney” how to recruit new members  register on link  “see below “

This is also a great opportunity to get those members of your councils ,that have only gotten their First degree, back on track and get up to be Full Knights in the order.

The time is now,

May you all have a productive Lent, for both you personally and for your councils.

God bless you for all you do for the order,

Pete Devlin
Membership Director

Recruitment in the Spirit of Father McGivney

On Saturday, March 11th at 2:00PM EST, there will be a Fraternal Missions webinar to discuss the best ways to recruit new members for your council and get them engaged in charitable activity.  To learn more and register to attend, click the link below:


Council Director

Nick Sanstasi

Brothers All,

Greetings from the Crystal Coast! Two months have already past this year. Lent is here and Easter is right around the corner. Please remember that the deadline to turn in your submissions for your best Council program for the second half of the year has moved from April 1 to March 15th due to the State Convention being held in Durham from May 5th to May 7th.

It is understood that programs are not done to win awards, but submitting the program is a way to recognize your members who spent their time, talent and treasure running these programs. What a great way to thank them and to let them know you appreciate their efforts.

I would like thank Council 2829 in Winston-Salem for hosting this year’s State Bocce Tournament. The information can be found on the State Website. The deadline to register a team is May 6th. I would also like to thank Council 9499 in Clemmons for hosting the State Golf Tournament. The dates for the tournament are October 7th and 8th. Please check the website and future articles of the THK for additional information. Thanks to our State Athletics Chairman, Craig Smith for coordinating with the councils to host these events.

In keeping with the new parish initiative, please remember to extend an invitation to the entire parish to participate in any activity that you hold and that your activity has your priest’s or pastor’s blessing.

District Deputies and RMPC’s, please continue to keep track on the progress on the Traveling Gavels that are going through your councils, districts and regions. Please remember to submit your monthly progress report to the Traveling Gavel chairman, Anthony Thompson. Please ensure that all the gavels are brought to the State Convention so that they can be re-distributed for the 2017-18 Fraternal Year.

If you have any Special Olympic events going on, please make the Special Olympics chairman, Michael Garguilo aware of that event. If you wish to host a State Athletic event, please contact the Athletics Chairman, Craig Smith on how to get started.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or one of my chairmen if we can assist your regions, districts and councils in going and making a difference in this fraternal year in building your domestic church while strengthening our parishes. It is an honor to be serving you as your State Council Director for this state of North Carolina and for the Order.

I wish everyone a very peaceful and joyous Lenten season.

Vivat Jesus,

Nick Nastasi
State Council Director

Culture of Life Director

Boyce Williams

War for Our Children

Several years ago, a brother Knight was upset over an incident in his sons 5th grade class. His son related how the teacher announced that a girl in the class had “come out” as gay. The class was told how brave this girl was and how they should be proud of her. Really? In the 5th Grade?

We can wonder what sort of manipulation was used to bring about that so called revelation. Keep in mind though, there are even more powerful efforts to indoctrinate our children in ways contrary to our values and faith. As early as Kindergarten! Sadly, abortions now do not require that parents even be informed; these forces will not stop their assault through our school boards until children can undergo sex change surgery with out parents having any say at all.

There is a war going on for the minds of our children. Several groups want everyone to think that being whatever gender you decide is OK. They want everyone to accept abortion. They think they are better qualified than you are to teach sex education to your children. They do not represent anything that a Catholic can accept.

These links can help you understand what is going on:

Thank you for all that you do!

Boyce Williams
Culture of Life Director

Family Director

Fred Burton

Moving Forward into Lent and Springtime

By the time you read this, Lent will have begun and many of you will be conducting Fish Frys and Stations of the Cross in your parishes. There’s still a third of our fraternal year ahead so I’ll take this occasion to outline a few of the opportunities remaining before us.

The Silver Rose of Our Lady of Guadalupe – honor our Blessed Mother ………..

…… and ask her intercession to protect life! We will have the Rose from March 26th through April 22nd, moving southward from Butner to Mint Hill. Use this link to view the schedule: 2017 Silver Rose Tour Schedule. Contacts’ e-mails and phone numbers are included to assist in getting the details of each stop. If one is near you, arrange a special outing for your council members AND parishioners to participate! Obviously, this will be of particular interest to our Hispanic brothers and sisters.

Fish Frys and Stations of the Cross – some new tactics?

A District Deputy suggested making brochures or interest cards available with the meal. Good! But rather than placing them where they could be ignored, get some brother knights to ‘work the crowd’ by just talking with parishioners. Soon they’ll discover some interests which will coincide with our service programs – and then present the printed materials. Maybe your Field Agent can provide you with a brief power point presentation about the history of our Order. Invite your council’s widows or police in uniform to eat for free.

Take an active part in Stations of the Cross – Ask your pastor what you can do to make Stations bigger and better. Step forward to carry the cross or lead the devotion. Offer to announce Stations at the Masses. Publicize it in the Narthex. Be creative but let Stations of the Cross be your primary focus!

Fourth Degree Spring Events – how can those involve your council?

You may have some new Sir Knights after the March 25th exemplification – congratulate them! Will their Assembly march in a parade on Memorial Day or July 4th or Labor Day? Can your parish’s Scouts march with them? How about Cub Scouts or the Brownies accompanied by their parents? Is there a local Catholic high school with a marching band and cheerleaders that can march? (The Assembly will need a banner, “One Nation Under God!”)  Many Assemblies host flag retirement ceremonies – Fine! Invite those same groups, veterans associations, high school ROTC detachments, local police and fire departments and the parish-at-large! Can the council help provide refreshments after the events?

You see what’s going on here: Involving Knights, on all levels, in the life of the parish and further forming our members and parish families in their Faith! And that, worthy sirs, is Building the Domestic Church!

Vivat Jesus!

Fred Burton

NC Family Director and Silver Rose Chairman

LAMB Director

LAMB Director

Brothers All,

  • Important reminder that the due date for final 2016 LAMB Forms was February 1st. As has been the policy, primarily so we can close out the financial year for tax purposes, 2016 funds not requested to be disbursed by April 1st will go into the general LAMB fund, for disbursement to the regionally based charities LAMB supports.
  • Collecting your items for the LAMB Silent Auction at the State Convention? This will be the fourth year an auction to raise money of LAMB will be held at the State Convention and every year Councils that participate raise a significant amount for their LAMB Campaigns. Council LAMB Directors will be sent entry forms or if you have any questions, Brother Steve Purcell, the LAMB Chairman for the West will be heading up the event. Steve can be reached at:
  • Last but far from least, my wife and I recently had the honor of attending a banquet held by Jacksonville Council 3574 to make their annual LAMB check distributions. It is always rewarding be able to see what an impact LAMB has, as recipient after recipient came up to receive their check, however this year had an added element in that the Foundation recognized Brother George Wegman the past LAMB Director for the Council.

For seven years George worked tirelessly to continue to increase LAMB fundraising in his Council until health issues forced him to scale back.  Did he retire from LAMB?   No, he still helps out and found a worthy successor in Brother Kelly Stitt who has continued to build upon George’s efforts.

Although a Council of average size at 165 members, in 2016, Jacksonville raised the second most of any Council in the State in 2016, over $28,000 or $170 per member!

Brother George Wegman with State LAMB Director Richard White.

Some of the Jacksonville LAMB donation recepients with George Wegman in the center and Kelly Stitt to his left.

Richard White

LAMB Director

Bull City Run, Walk, Roll 5K

Tom DuPree

Bull City Run, Walk, Roll 5K

Click to download Flyer

Brother Knights,

What a great opportunity you have to participate in if you are available!  The Durham VA Healthcare System in partnership with the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 175 is proud to announce the 3rd Annual VA Bull City Run, Walk and Roll 5K fundraiser.  This event is Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Durham VA Medical Center.  We are inviting you and your family to celebrate Veterans, their families and love ones through a healthy, fun-filled, family friendly event.  Our GOAL is to raise $10,000. These funds will provide scholarships for Veterans to attend National Veterans Rehab Events.   Please read the attached flier for important details.

In order to achieve our goal, we are seeking financial support from our North Carolina Knights of Columbus Councils/Assemblies and individual Knights to provide funds for sponsorship.

Ways to reach our Goal:

  • Request sponsorship of local/community companies in your area
  • Sponsorship of a runner from your Council/Assembly
  • Donation by Council/Assembly
  • Donation by individual



SK Thomas W. (Tom) DuPree Jr. PGK, PFN, VAVS Representative Durham VA North Carolina District VAVS Representative VA,
N C State Council Veterans Affairs and VAVS Chairman
St. Francis of Assisi Assembly # 3552 Faithful Navigator

Social Justice

Chris Lizak
Social Justice Chairman

Here is the original statement issued November 11, and now supported by the USCCB.

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle

Chairman, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration:

We would first like to congratulate President-elect Donald J. Trump and give our support for all efforts to work together to promote the common good, especially those to protect the most vulnerable among us. I personally pledge my prayers for Mr. Trump, all elected officials, and those who will work in the new administration. I offer a special word to migrant and refugee families living in the United States: be assured of our solidarity and continued accompaniment as you work for a better life.

We believe the family unit is the cornerstone of society, so it is vital to protect the integrity of the family. For this reason, we are reminded that behind every “statistic” is a person who is a mother, father, son, daughter, sister or brother and has dignity as a child of God. We pray that as the new administration begins its role leading our country, it will recognize the contributions of refugees and immigrants to the overall prosperity and well-being of our nation. We will work to promote humane policies that protect refugees and immigrants’ inherent dignity, keep families together, and honor and respect the laws of this nation.

Serving and welcoming people fleeing violence and conflict in various regions of the world is part of our identity as Catholics. The Church will continue this life-saving tradition. Today, with more than 65 million people forcibly displaced from their homes, the need to welcome refugees and provide freedom from persecution is more acute than ever and 80 of our dioceses across the country are eager to continue this wonderful act of accompaniment born of our Christian faith. We stand ready to work with a new administration to continue to ensure that refugees are humanely welcomed without sacrificing our security or our core values as Americans. A duty to welcome and protect newcomers, particularly refugees, is an integral part of our mission to help our neighbors in need.

We pray for President -elect Trump and all leaders in public life, that they may rise to the responsibilities entrusted to them with grace and courage. And may all of us as Catholics and Americans remain a people of solidarity with others in need and a nation of hospitality which treats others as we would like to be treated.

State Bocce Ball Tournament

Santa Maria Council #2829

2017 State Knights of Columbus Bocce tournament.

Where: MILLER PARK: 2598 Queen St. Winston Salem, NC 27103

When: 8:30 a.m. SATURDAY, May 20, 2017(rain date 6/10/2017)
Teams: 4 Man teams (may be Co-ed with at least 2 KOFC members)

Cost: $80 per team

SK Matt Pisano
PO Box 26622
Winston Salem, NC 27114

Tournament limited to 24 teams.

Any teams registering should send application and fees in no later than MAY 6th .
Registration fees are NON REFUNDABLE!!

Convention Chairman

Editor’s Note: Full information about the convention can be found on the website: NC State Convention 2017

Rick Lewis

My Brothers all,

Key Convention Dates

Registration:By 3/24By 4/30
Ad Book:By 4/1
Hotel:BOOK BY 4/10

We continue to be working hard as we get closer to your 97th State Convention.  We are getting registrations both in the mail and electronically.  It is good to see people getting their registrations in early.  I have received a few calls regarding the electronic registration and “having” to use PayPal.

Having a PayPal account is NOT REQUIRED to register online, even though the wording may indicate you have too.  After filling out the registration form, you then go to the payment page.  If you do not have a PayPal account, click on the grey “Pay with Debit or Credit Card”.  You do not have to log in and you are taken to another page to enter your Credit or Debit Card.

We have also been receiving Ad Book ads, and we thank those that have submitted their material.  You still have plenty of time to get your materials, but do keep in mind the deadline.  The deadline for submitting your material is April 1, 2017.  The Ad Book sales are provide most of the funding for items provided during convention outside of the luncheon and banquet meals.  We need your support to help make the convention successful.

Questions about the ads and submitting material need to go to Bob Caron, FDD directly.  His Email is

Please remember, get your hotel rooms booked as soon as possible.  The information for the hotel is as follows:

Hotel: Sheraton Imperial, Durham, NC
Phone: 800-325-3535

BOOK BY APRIL 10, 2017 (Cannot guarantee you will be able to get a room after the cut offer date)

We will be finishing up the final details in committee very soon, and we are looking forward to bringing you a wonderful Friday night event.  More details will follow.

If you have any questions, please do feel free to contact me directly.


Rick Lewis FDD, PFN
Convention Chairman

Note From a Grand Knight

Editor’s Note:  The following letter is printed with the kind permission of the author.

Brother Knights:

Having attended Mass last evening and been present during the publication pronouncement of our Council to receive this award from our State Deputy Colin Jorsch, I wanted to share some thoughts with you:

  • This award is the tangible representation of a group of devoted men who maintained a goal in mind. It just did not happen…it was the product of the assimilation of an ideal, that of sharing the message of Fr. Michael McGivney, because his message is still as valid today as it was more than 100 years ago.
  • This award represents the achieving of a new level of awareness that affirms that we, as a collective force, can aspire and enact the magic of what a team can, if working together, if focused together and set on the goal that has been accepted by all to be grasp
  • “Greatness” is not something that is acquired by happenstance…it takes focus. We set out on this mission, to service our Parish, and at the same, draw from the many talented individuals within her…because there is still a lot of work to be done! Not only did we increase in the number of our members, but we also served others, inside of our parish and outside within our community.
  • This award will serve as a reminder that the men of Coucil #9880 are still vested in service, and that our principles of ‘charity’, ‘unity’, ‘fraternity’ and ‘patriotism’ still have relevance despite whatever challenges our country, and on a grander scale, our Church has to confront

My hope is that you reflect upon this recognition, offer prayers to Almighty God, and in the spirit of Fr. McGivney, continue to pledge service to others, because, in the final analysis, this is what our real purpose is… living a truly meaningful life.

May the good Lord continue to bless you, and the Knights of Columbus!

Vivat Jesus!

-Frank Castillo, Trustee
Knights of Columbus Council 9880
St. Raphael’s Church

Knights in Action

Council 15085 – Faith Formation

GK/SK Mark Zaffrann serves as an instructor for the Faith Formation classes held at St. John the Evangelist Church in Waynesville

Council 11180 – Edenton Knights Hold Pancake Breakfast

Brother Knights from Mother of Mary council #11180, Edenton, NC, held a pancake breakfast this morning. Morning mass, normally held in the parish hall, was held in the church and parishoners were welcome to enjoy a scrumptious meal either before or after the first or second mass of the day, as well as Hispanic service attendees.

The council raised approximately $400 after serving 60 hungry diners. Kudo’s were spread quite readily. Deacon Frank Jones rather enjoyed the sausage, as he was famished from the mornings routine. “After two services, I kind of start getting hungry and all I could think about between services was having to make a decision between links and patties,” he joked.

Grand Knight Bill McCarthy was impressed by the showing of both Knights and guests. “We’re getting enough Knights familiar with their jobs that I can just stand around and be a taste tester,” he proclaimed.

Free Throw Regionals

District Deputy Mid-Year Meeting

Wayne Klevin, RMDD6, came way out to northeast North Carolina to conduct our mid-year meeting/DD meeting on Saturday, 18 February, 2017. Although he had to start his meeting out in the parking lot (because neither the hosting GK or FN had a key to the building! lol), knowing Wayne’s personality, it’s easy to see how it could be done.

But we had a great time interacting and coming up with interesting solutions to our unique situations out here. Attending were GKs, DGKs, and FS’s from Councils 11180 (Edenton), 7547 (Elizabeth City), and 8759 (Outer Banks).

Knighthood 3rd Degree Class

Knighthood (3rd) Degree Class held at Clemmons on Feb 18, 2017

Front and center are State Deputy Colin Jorsch and Honoree Reverend Mr. John Harrison, PSD. “Red Coats” in the back are Ron Carney, PSD and FDM, and State Secretary John Nussbaum.



District Master

Jack Murray

Worthy Sir Knights & Brothers All,

Thank you all for your participation and support for the many pro-life events the past 2 months in NC as well as in Washington, DC. For those SK’s also wearing their Regalia for these events and the 6 Brother SK’s wearing Regalia for the Mass in DC, thank you.

Thank you and congratulations for a job well done as the NC District for the 4th Degree had a 100% reporting of the Form 1728, Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity Report.

The Next 4th Degree Exemplification:

  • March 25th
  • Holy Cross Catholic Church, Kernersville
  • Pope John Paul II No. 3017
  • Official Page

There will be a Fourth Degree Exemplification on Sat. March 25, 2017 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kernersville. Pope John Paul II No. 3017 is the Host Assembly assisted by Assemblies 782 and 2282. The Exemplification Information Sheet and Dress Code Form in the 4th Degree section of the website using the link above.

The day will start with Mass at 9:00 AM, Faithful Friar Fr. William Lesak the celebrant with the Exemplification starting promptly at 11:30 AM. Lunch will be served at 2:00 PM following the Exemplification. There is also a ladies program, a mini retreat TO BE HELD on the Holy Cross Campus as well as information on local shopping malls. Please pay attention to the due dates as it most important when planning for supplies and the luncheon numbers.

We are still working on locations to hold future 4th Degree Exemplifications. We are planning one for the Western part of the State in late Summer, the location to be determined very soon. We are also working on a location for one in the East to be held in the late Fall and then one for the Middle of the State sometime in the early Spring 2018. As soon as we confirm these locations, they will be publicized.

Military Chaplain’s Fund

A reminder the Military Chaplain’s Fund is still active until the end of this Fraternal Year. Please make all donations payable to Knights of Columbus and on the Memo Line indicate Military Chaplain’s Fund. All donations are to be sent to SK Gary McLain FVSM at 36 Currant Ave., Middleburg, Fla. 32068. Supreme is asking for a $25.00 donation per Knight and passing of the hat at meetings helps. The March issue of the “NC Catholic” has a great story relative to the Military and the need for Priests.

State Convention

The NC State Convention is scheduled for the weekend of May 5, 6 & 7, 2017 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham. There is a Memorial Mass scheduled for 5:00 PM on Saturday evening and we encourage all SK’s wishing to attend the Mass, please bring your Regalia and be a part of the Honor Guard. This Mass is where the Annual Necrology, listing of deceased Brother Knights, is read . Always a very moving tribute to our fallen Brothers Knights.

Cathedral Dedication

We have been getting a lot of inquiries about the scheduled dedication for the new Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral scheduled for July 26, 2017.  We have been meeting with Diocesan Committees to learn the extent of the Knights of Columbus, 3rd & 4th Degree participation. The Dedication Service will be by invitation only, a listing of KofC participants will be given to Security Personnel and some form of color coded ID to be issued. We have met with the Host Assembly 778 and Host Council 2546 to lay the groundwork  for manpower needs. As further meetings occur, information will be passed along. Suffice to say, if you have not received an invitation from the Diocese or not a part of the KofC Delegation assigned to various tasks, do not attempt to attend the Dedication as you will be turned away from the Church Campus by Security Personnel. We have been advised to the extent of Security and it will be very much enforced.

As I meet with Assemblies, the same phrase keeps resounding, “ we are not getting any younger and looking for new SK’s”. Brothers, please continue to ask our younger Knights to become a part of the Patriotic Arm of the Knights of Columbus.

Please remember our Veterans and all our Military Personnel, in your thoughts and prayers.  The VAVS is always looking for support, please help out whenever  and wherever you can.

REMEMBER: “Sir Knight” is an Honor – Not just a Title!

God Bless You, God Bless Our Church and God Bless America


SK Jack Murray, IPSD
District Master

Charlotte March

State Deputy Colin Jorsch and DD’s Tom Kotz and Tim Walsh at the Charlotte Right to Life March. The Knights of Columbus SO’s were on each corner near the rally gathering, with a SK in Regalia and additional Knights with signs also assisting at each corner etc. a great turnout of support.