The Tar Heel Knight

October 2018

State Officers

Regional Membership and
Program Consultants


State Officers

State Deputy: John Nussbaum
Chaplain: Father Lesak
State Secretary: Dan Lange
State Treasurer: JC Reiher
State Advocate: Chris Losack
State Warden: Sergio Miranda
Immediate Past State Deputy: Colin Jorsch

Regional Membership and
Program Consultants

#1: JP Horvat
#2: Tom Smith
#3: Walter Kulla, Jr.
#4: Ron Cortopassi
#5: Richard Hamel

Faith Director

Fred Burton Devotions 103 (Whom Shall I Send?) Imagine yourself as a young man who’s spent four years in college where you’ve chosen your career and met your future…

LAMB Event

St. Francis of Assisi Council 16839 Held a LAMB drive on Saturday Sept. 1 at the Food Lion Grocery Store in Jefferson NC. The successful drive conducted with 9 Brothers…

Helping Hands

Greetings! Let me introduce myself as the new Helping Hands Chairman. My job is to provide support, advice, and to help you implement this important program at your Council. As…

State Raffle

By now all Councils should have their raffle tickets, all their forms and instructions, appointed a Council chairman, and have been trained on the new process. Thanks to your input…

Habitat For Humanity

After seeing all the damage that Hurricane Florence has caused to so many people’s homes made me think just how precious a home is to all of us. It is…

State Soccer Challenge

State Soccer Challenge hosted by the Paul J. Trageser Council  # 10910 Date: November 10, 2018 (Saturday) Location: St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church 940 Carmichael Street Chapel Hill, NC 27514…

2019 State Raffle Has Begun

Tickets are only $5 each and your Council gets to keep HALF of all money collected. Due to the cost of trips and cruises, all prizes are CASH.

Grand Knights and Council Raffle Chairmen: Remember to turn in your ticket stubs, money, and all required forms to your DD or RMPC by April 8th.

Safe Environment Training Deadlines

Brothers All,

I am sure that many of you have heard from either me or your District Deputy regarding the urgent deadlines for the Safe Environment Training. It is vitally important that you complete the training within 30 days of receiving your invitation. For those program directors that do not complete the training within 45 days will be removed from office and a new director must be appointed. Additionally, all program director positions MUST be filled and those that are required (General, Family, Community) MUST have properly completed the Safe Environment requirements in order to receive the Columbian Award and in turn the STAR Council award. Supreme is very serious about this so please do not procrastinate. Complete your training requirements today.

If you are having trouble finding the training invitation, you have two options:

I know that many of you are still dealing with the outcome of the hurricane and I am willing to advocate on your behalf for an extension, but I really need you to work to complete the training ASAP. Additionally, there are a number of councils that have not yet submitted their Form 365 naming their program directors. This is what starts the training process so this also needs to be completed ASAP. Similarly, if you have a change in the directors, you need to submit an updated 365 to register that change with Supreme.

I know that you all are busy and that this is an additional drain on your time, but this is important and I ask that you please prioritize accordingly.


Christopher J. Losack
NC State Advocate

We Are Called

New Members Admitted

Ten new brothers were admitted to the St. Francis of Assisi Council 16839 at a Admission ceremony held July 22 at St. Francis of Rome Church in Sparta, NC. Brothers with their hands up are our new members!

Faith In Action Resources

Brothers All,

I mentioned in an e-mail blast last month that the and websites have been updated with detailed information on each program that is part of “Faith in Action.” If you have not had an opportunity to check out these resources, I encourage you to visit the sites as there is a wealth of information available. There are detailed information sheets on each program that spell out exactly what is needed to successfully execute these programs. You can now also order copies of these from Supreme including a collection of all of the Faith in Action programs. To enable your council to be successful with Faith in Action the Supreme Council will be sending a copy of the collection to each Grand Knight and Chaplain of record. I encourage you to sit down with your pastor after you receive the book and review each of the programs. Determine which ones are most important to him and strive to carry them out within your parish. The State Council has done similarly with each of our Bishops. Once you have the backing of your pastor it is much easier to conduct programs within your parish. You should have also noticed the start of the Weekly Program Spotlight in which we will focus an update on a different program each week. I hope you will find all of these resources valuable to you.

We are now into the second quarter of our fraternal year. You should be hitting full steam by now so I encourage you to focus on very strong program participation for the remainder of the year. Also, if you have not yet turned in your matrix form for the first half, please work with your District Deputy to get this completed ASAP.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out anytime at

Vivat Jesus


Christopher J. Losack
NC General Program Director

We Are Called

Faith Director

Fred Burton

Devotions 103 (Whom Shall I Send?)

Imagine yourself as a young man who’s spent four years in college where you’ve chosen your career and met your future wife. You’ve both actively participated in the Catholic campus ministry and, having graduated, you’re ready to move ahead in your spiritual journey. Or perhaps you’ve been through RCIA and rejoiced at finding the truth of God’s Holy Church. And what of the young man who was confirmed only a couple of years ago and now finds little or no organized means of growing in his Faith. It was easy before when the devotions were guided by your teachers and mentors. Now, however, you’re on your own!

But while looking through Facebook, you find the Knights of Columbus. You see it performs works of Charity and has councils across the nation and around the world. And, yes, you’re delighted to see it has a spiritual dimension! You sign up as an On-Line Member and then join a local council. You’re welcomed by your new brother knights and you want to take an active part as soon as possible. But many of their projects involve more time than you think you can spare …….. so where do you start?

While most of us could probably find someone in our councils interested in this work, young men like these might prove to be fine candidates to run the devotional programs we have discussed. Appoint two as co-chairmen under the council’s Faith Director, one married to coordinate the family devotions and another, perhaps single, to direct the individual devotions. (And how about a third to address the needs of an ethnic group?) They’ll work together closely in determining ways to best promote their devotions, sharing resources and seeking new materials. What are some tasks they could take on?

  1. Keep everyone in touch via social media – ‘their own turf’. That, too, can have some distinct advantages as it may draw other young men to join us as On-Line Members or at least participate in the devotional programs we offer.
  2. Order the program materials available from Supreme.
  3. Maintain the BTDC kiosk. Keep it stocked with materials their folks would like.
  4. Share news of devotional events at all nearby parishes.
  5. Get referrals to new On-Line Members from the Grand Knight & contact those men.
  6. The chairman over individual devotions can reach out young men recently confirmed and offer them the Order’s program “Into the Breach”.
  7. They may opt for regular bi-annual or quarterly get-togethers, social events, open seminars or maybe an annual mini-retreat (more on that later)

All this makes for a simple program in which they can ‘get their feet wet’, fostering both spiritual and leadership growth for the future!

BTW, you may have noticed the program “Sacramental Gifts” and a program designed to welcome new parishioners include presenting men and their families with promotional literature on these devotions. And that’s how it should be – opening A GATEWAY to spiritual growth at landmark times in their lives when they’re most receptive.

Vivat Jesus,

Fred Burton
NC Faith Programs Director
NC Silver Rose Chairman

Community – Wreaths Across America

Certificate of Appreciation presented to FN/PGK Chris Amsler on behalf of Assembly #3001 by PGK Lonnie Pizza (Coordinator, Wreaths Across America Event at Greenhill Cemetery in Waynesville) for their generous donation and support of this year’s event.

LAMB Event

St. Francis of Assisi Council 16839 Held a LAMB drive on Saturday Sept. 1 at the Food Lion Grocery Store in Jefferson NC. The successful drive conducted with 9 Brothers resulted in over $600 raised.

Veterans Affairs / VAVS Program

Greetings Brothers, Sir Knights, Faithful Navigators, Grand Knights,

Vivat Jesus!

Last week North Carolina experienced one of the worst hurricanes in its history.  You have heard and seen the devastation that our State is facing.  The cost to rebuild will be tremendous.  This hurricane caused our military and civilians tremendous lost.  We understand the great demands for support from you to help those less fortunate in this situation.  Our prayers and thoughts will be with you during your time of recovery.

For those not effective, I would respectfully ask for your continued support of our Veterans and their needs in the coming months.

Golf Tournament:  On Thursday, September 20th I had the opportunity to attend the 2nd annual golf tournament in Winston-Salem. I was able to talk to the volunteers and guests on the role of the Knights of Columbus and volunteer opportunities to assist the VA and Veterans in the State of NC.   Brother Jim Sanders coordinated the creation of a K of C golf team to participate in the charity golf tournament.  This tournament was to support “Veterans Helping Veterans Heal”. This agency serves the homeless Veteran population in Forsyth County.  Their mission is to restore a foundation of home, health and spirit through the VHVH Program Community.  Brother SK Manny Comas of Council 13236, Saint Paul the Apostle, Greensboro was the coordinator for this event.  Six Sir Knights, 25 other volunteers (Wells Fargo employees) and the Veterans Administration offices prepared and served a delicious lunch for the Veterans, Golfers and Support staff.  Everyone had a great time.  After expenses they raised $27,000.

Veterans Helping Veterans ( manages a 24 bed facility for homeless veterans.  Veterans who live at this facility are nominated by the VA and live at the facility for two years maximum.  They received physical and mental health care, opportunity to go to school and / or obtain job training, and life skills   70% of the funding for this facility comes from the VA.  The rest of the monies come from donations and fundraising events.

What is needed is to expand the communication of the event locally, with more media involvement.  Would like to see this event promoted amongst all of the NC K of C Councils, in particular the church Councils within the Triad area to get more participation by the Knights from councils in the area specifically and throughout NC in the charity event either through volunteering or playing of golf.  We need the Knights to have a greater presence with this organization during and after the charity event given our support for military veterans.

Coats for Vets:  Our Coats for Vets Program will begin again in October.  As we transition into the Fall Season, we need to start thinking and preparing for the Coat Program.  An example of the program—the Durham VA Medical Center has received over close to 6,000 new coats.  Last year the Knights of Columbus donated 400 coats.  Please start your promotion by asking our Brothers, Councils/Assemblies to either purchase or make a cash donation which will be used to purchase new coats for Veterans.  Sam’s carries the type of coat we are looking for at a cost less than $30.00.

One Hundred Year Celebration:  As we approach Veterans Day, Sunday November 11th I would like to suggest that your Councils/Assemblies take this opportunity to recognize our Veterans by showing appreciation of their dedication to our Country.  The Veterans and their families plus our currently serving men and women sacrifice much to defend the freedoms that you and I enjoy.

SK Manny Comas and Veterans

Some Wells Fargo volunteer preparing to serve food

Coats need to be neutral in color so both men and women can wear them.
Suggestion: SAM’s COSCO, BJ, Burlington Coats have reasonable prices and style that will work.

Hooded, insulated, water-resistant

SIZE: Small to XXX Large


The VA Medical Center in your area is in need of NEW winter coats for Veterans in need. Won’t you help? Make a donation and live OUR First Principle—CHARITY! Please bring NEW coats to your next Council or Assembly meeting in Oct-Jan. Arrangements will be made to pick up and deliver to the VA Medical Center in your area.

Cash donations are acceptable to make purchases. Make checks PAYABLE TO:
St. Francis of Assisi Assembly #3552
Memo: VAVS Coats/Council/Assembly #

Send to: SK Gerard (Jerry) Cucurullo FC
6208 Heacham Ct.
Raleigh, NC 27614

I have set up a special checking account for the VAVS Programs. 100% of your contributions goes directly to support our Veterans. You can use the following link:

Special VAVS account:

Any question:
Contact SK Tom DuPree
NC District VAVS Rep.

Helping Hands

Chris Lizak Helping Hands Chairman


Let me introduce myself as the new Helping Hands Chairman. My job is to provide support, advice, and to help you implement this important program at your Council.

As you may have seen in the Community Director’s Article in the September Edition of Tar Heel Knight, Helping Hands is the required program for the Community category for a Council to achieve the Columbian Award under the new Faith-in-Action program model. At the most recent Supreme Convention, the Supreme Knight shared a letter from the Vatican’s Secretary of State saying: “It is the Holy Father’s hope that the Knights ‘Faith in Action’ program, through the addition of a “Helping Hands” component, will bear fruit in a creativity of charity, even more adapted to the new forms of poverty and human need that are emerging in society today.”

In light of the many human needs created by Hurricane Florence flooding, we Knights will need a lot of that “creativity of charity” to address the devastation down east. Programs providing hurricane relief would fall under “Helping Hands”, and therefore satisfy your Council’s Community requirement.

The requirements of the Helping Hands program are very broad to accommodate different needs in different communities, and most Councils are already engaged in programs that would qualify. Councils will aid the needy through the activities they feel best suit their community, such as serving at or running a soup kitchen, collection drives, repairing facilities of a local service organization, or something entirely unique. Your Helping Hands program should help care for the most disadvantaged members of our community – the homeless, the addicted, the elderly who may feel isolated, and others in need.

Whether you are reviewing your existing programs, or are implementing a new program, I am available for advice and as a clearinghouse for information to help you meet this requirement. Please contact me at if I can help in any way. Over the next few issues of the Tarheel Knight I’ll be sharing the experiences of Councils across the state who currently run successful programs that would qualify under the “Helping Hands” banner, so email me with anything you would like to share with other Councils.

Vivat Jesus!
SK Christopher Lizak

State Raffle

By now all Councils should have their raffle tickets, all their forms and instructions, appointed a Council chairman, and have been trained on the new process. Thanks to your input from last year’s raffle, we made several changes for the better. All we ask is that each Council and their chairman follow the instructions.
As you can see, we no longer have to wait to get tickets until after the Mid-year meetings. You can start now and several Councils have. Please remember, with all this extra time, Councils have plenty of time to run, complete the necessary forms and turn everything in ON TIME. This means everything can be submitted to your DD or RMPC by your March meeting. He will check to see that everything has been submitted and correct. If not, he will not accept your Council package.

This is a fantastic opportunity for Councils to make a great deal of money for their worthy causes! Don’t miss out!!!!

Dave Onofrio

Habitat For Humanity

After seeing all the damage that Hurricane Florence has caused to so many people’s homes made me think just how precious a home is to all of us. It is the gathering place for family, it is our place of memories made … both good and sad and it is our safe place. For those who have homes that were not damaged we are very fortunate, and we are fortunate that in our lives we were able to get homes and to be able to raise our families in a house of our own that is so important to a stable environment.

Unfortunately, there are many people who need help to get that first home and be able to start that family on the right foot. That is where Habitat for Humanity comes in. It is such a wonderful charity and such a needed one. It is one of the most popular and most respected charities in the United States. Why? Because it fills an original need and it has filled it so well.

Just like the Knights of Columbus that filled the need for Catholic working-class families who lost the bread winners in the 1880s and helped widows and orphans keep a roof over their heads. The Knights are so successful because we fill important needs just as Habitat for Humanity started doing in 1976 and also filling an important need.

As Knights we believe in charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism as our guiding principles. And if you think about it that is exactly what Habitat does. It is a charity made up of people who care for other people. Its leaders and workers are following our unity principle by sticking together year after year and new home after new home keeping the mission going forward just like we do. That is the sole and united purpose … to give a home to a family and to provide them a permanent shelter and a place for children to grow and be nurtured. It promotes fraternity because the volunteers are a strong loving and caring brother and sisterhood that are a special breed of people who work jobs that many people do for a living and get paid for but this is done for free to be helpful and benefit a neighbor in need just like the Knights do. What about patriotism you may ask? Well what is more American and patriotic than owning your own home. The Knights and Habitat for Humanity are kindred spirits following a truly wonderful path.

Remember that Habitat for Humanity earns a council double credits toward the Columbian award. It is so simple to do. Donate 200 council total service hours to Habitat home building or volunteering at a local Habitat store or have your council donate $1000.00 to them instead.

I ask every counsel to please get involved with your local Habitat for Humanity. You can reach me with any questions or council success stories with Habitat for Humanity that I will be sure to pass along on this website to inspire other councils. You can do this by emailing me at

Fraternally Yours,
Frank Militscher, PGK
Habitat Chairman

Coast to Coast Rosary

Worthy Brothers,

Much has been brought to light in our Church recently, that casts a shadow upon the wrongs that so hurtfully destroy lives, cause fear, and push many away from any trust of our priests. The devil has already delighted in the darkness and the lies that damaged Mother Church. And he delights in the damage that has been done and continues to be done with the lies and deceit. Many honorable priests will be caught in the snares, and many people will use this as a way to discourage our faith. But we are men of courage and honor. Today I ask you to pray. To pray like you have never prayed before. We cannot turn our heads and let the perverse infiltration destroy Mother Church. We cannot forget those that have been victims, but we must hold them close, as they have done nothing wrong, but have been wronged so severely. I ask you to join forces on October 7th, and pray for our Church. The movement has begun. Join hands together in your parish. Bring to your council, priest, deacons and lay brothers and sisters, the strength of the rosary. For more information on this movement:

Vivat Jesus!
Jeffrey Hoffman

State Soccer Challenge

Pat O’Doherty
Youth Director

State Soccer Challenge hosted by the Paul J. Trageser Council  # 10910

Date: November 10, 2018 (Saturday)


St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church

940 Carmichael Street

Chapel Hill, NC 27514


Phone: (919) 942-1040

11:30 am – Doors open for registration and practice
12:45 pm – Benediction, Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem
1:00 pm – Competition Begins

Awards will be awarded immediately following competition.

District Deputies, Please email District Soccer Challenge results to the State Youth Director Pat O’Doherty or you can bring them with you to the competition. If you bring them, please arrive at 11:30 am.

Please verify that the form is complete: signature of guardian(s), signature of competitor, address is complete, Council Number too. All scores are recorded and legible.

Only the 1st place winners at the District level can compete at the State level.

Details on food arrangements are pending and we’ll let you know as soon as we have them completed.

Please note “There must be a Guardian’s signature on the form or the Competitor will not be allowed to participate!””

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Pat O’Doherty
Youth Chairman

Knights in Action

Brooklyn Knights Deliver Hope to Eastern NC

Over the span of 24 hours on October 1st and 2nd, 12 members of the St. Finbar Council 15728 and Most Precious Blood Council 6134 of the Knights of Columbus Councils in Brooklyn, NY drove over 500 miles to New Bern in a large truck and several vans filled with over $5,000 worth of donated supplies including food, water, toiletries, cleaning supplies, tools, a generator, and crucial emergency medical gear for EMS ambulances. The Brooklyn Knights met up with the Brother Knights of Monsignor James Jones Council 3303 here in New Bern. The Knights then caravanned to Pollocksville and met up with the Warren Franks and Becky Heath of the Jones County EMS to unload all the supplies in the recently gutted Fire Station. Most of the Knights returned to Brooklyn the same day with the exception of Michael and Kevin Marquez of the Bensonhurst, NY EMS. Both remained in New Bern for a few days to aid in the community volunteer effort. All the donated supplies have been distributed to the many in need in Pollocksville and the Ambulances now have much needed medical supplies. Charity is one of the major principles of the Knights of Columbus. Many of the Brooklyn Knights expressed great joy in being able to help the people whose homes have been devastated.

From left to Right: Louis Stuto, Grand Knight Council 6134 Brooklyn, NY; Charles Shelley, Grand Knight Council 15728 Brooklyn, NY; Father Michael Gelfant, Chaplain , St Finbar Council; Beck Heath, Jones County EMS; and Michael Lynch, Grand Knight Council 3303 New Bern.

Members of the St. Finbar and Most Precious Blood Knights of Columbus Councils with Mike Lynch, Grand Knight of the Monsignor Jones Council of New Bern.

Annual Seminarian Invitational 2018


The event, organized by the diocese with the help of the Knights of Columbus Council 2546, has become an annual tradition that allows young men considering a vocation to the priesthood to share time with seminarians and priests.
The event is held on the grounds of the Knights of Columbus Father Thomas Price Council 2546.

Reciting evening prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours is not what most people associate with the habits of typical teenagers on a Friday evening. And yet that was exactly what some 40 young men did on Friday, July 27 2018, after playing sports for a couple of hours in the sweltering heat of Raleigh’s early summer.

After games of soccer, ultimate frisbee, — and lots of watermelon — everyone gathered for evening prayer and dinner. Fr. Philip Tighe encouraged the young men to pray for the seminarians by name, to pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and to set aside some prayer time daily so that they could find the answer to the big question: What do You want me to do?


Leo Minervini

Past Grand Knight

Father Thomas Price Council 2546

Photos courtesy of

Brother John Bigliard

Father James Keenan Council 11266


2019 State Raffle Has Begun

photo of Dave Onofrio, KofC NC State Raffle Chairman

Dave Onofrio State Raffle Chairman

The 2019 State Raffle Has Begun!!

We’ve listened to you and made several changes to the Raffle. Your DDs and GMPCs have been trained and have been given the responsibility to train every Grand Knight and Council Raffle Chairman to show what has change (for the better), why we have certain forms that need to be submitted, and how to work with the new process. I will have all the tickets distributed to the RMPCs by the end of August. They have been asked to get them to the DDs as early in September as possible. The DDs have been asked to distribute the tickets and train the Councils by the middle of October. The raffle ends on March 31, 2019, but Councils are to wrap it up at their March, 2019 meeting. This extends the raffle at least 3 months since, in the past, most of the councils didn’t get started until the end of January or middle of March. District 19 does not have an RMPC or DD so I will ensure each Council gets their tickets and the training they need. The most important thing all Councils need to do right now is to find a Raffle Chairman willing to spend the time to do the job the right way. The top Council last year earned over $2000 for their various projects / programs they were running. Can your Council use a piece of that???

QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS —- Start with your DD and RMPC, but remember I’m just an email or phone call away. If you call me and I don’t answer, please leave your name, council title, council number and a brief reason for the call. I will get back to you as soon as I possible can.

Dave Onofrio
(H) 919-552-7817
(M) 919-413-8132