The Family has been, and is the backbone of the Church and the Knights of Columbus for 135 years. The Knights were established to provide spiritual, moral, and financial support in times of difficulty. The promotion of the Family is as important today, as it was in 1882, when Father Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus.

The California Knights encourages all families to celebrate the Family throughout the year and especially during the week of August 13th-19th. Start the week with a Family Mass, host a picnic or BBQ for the Council, or for your Parish. Think about recognizing a Parish or Council Family of the Month. Strong Families mean strong councils and strong parishes. The California State Council would love to have a California family recognized at the Supreme Convention in August 2018 for the Family of the Year International Award. We can only do this if we promote the family, recognize them, and submit them for recognition.

The California State Council encourages all councils to conduct the following programs to promote the Family:

  • Scholarship Program – This project promotes the education of our families. The Chairman for this year Froilan Panlilio
  • Family of the Month and Family of the Year – This program recognizes Families within the Knights of Columbus who have worked together in the support of the Order and Catholic Family Values. Our Chairman is Ed Vocal
  • Family Week – This program celebrates and promotes Family Activities during the week of August 14- 20. This year’s Chairman is Bert Morales
  • Food for Families – This program promotes food donations and contribution to less fortunate families. Chairman – John Carney

            Committeeman: North – Isaias P. Hernandez; South – Carlos Cuellar

Families are the foundation of society and are at the core of the Knights of Columbus. With this in mind, Councils regularly sponsor activities that allow families to spend time together in volunteer activities, faith initiatives and social events.

Councils are encouraged to conduct at least five family projects each year. We urge you to do something every month. Your activities will be judged on originality. We are looking for new projects and events that are fun for the entire family.


Tim Fukuda
Family Activities
California State Chairman