My Dear Brothers in Christ…

It’s hard to believe that a year has just passed. At our state convention, I talked about finishing the year strong and the importance of carrying the momentum into the next Columbian year. I cannot stress this enough, the importance of why we need to grow. Look around at what you see happening today, this constant attack on those of religious faith.

As our Supreme Knight Carl Anderson has said many times, we are more relevant today than we have ever been before. As Knights of Columbus, we need to be those men of faith. Our country needs the Knights of Columbus to be those men, standing up for religious liberty and for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

Our Bishop’s turn to us, because they know they can count on us to give them support. Our faith in action pro-gram speaks of one who puts his faith into action. We must be constantly forming ourselves in the faith, and living as a shining example of a Christian life, one that so proudly represents, he who calls himself a Knight of Columbus.

My brothers, what is the definition of a Knight? It is man devoted to the service of a lady as her attendant or champion. Our lady is Mary the mother of Jesus. As sons of Mary we have to do our Lord’s work in His vineyard. Quite often I ask this question, what could we accomplish if our numbers were greater? Who could we help? How could we change things around us? Mother Theresa would say, “Faith in action is love. And love in action is service.” When we ask others to be a part of what we’re doing, in reality we asking them to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. Something that is spreading the love of Christ to others.

To quote our Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori, in the 2019 June edition of the Columbia magazine, where he says; what about growth in the Knights of Columbus? Here, too, half measures will not do. For example, a business as usual membership drive may not bring the desired results. But when the council prayerfully commits itself to implementing the Faith in Action Model, it can truly make an impact. When Knights are seen as growing in their relationship with Christ in their daily life of prayer, banding together to serve actively the needs of the wider community, living the vocation of marriage and family joyfully and generously, and protecting vulnerable human life – lovingly. Then we will see others that will want to join our ranks. People are hungry. They are searching. They are looking for the real deal.

My brothers, let us be the real deal. California has a tremendous amount of potential for growth. That is the challenge to each of us my brothers, that is the reason I recruit for new members, and I hope that it is yours.

It is been a fantastic year and it has been my honor, serving each one of you, as your State Deputy.

Finally, I ask you to please pray for our IPSD Romeo Quevedo who is presently having a surgical procedure to determine the cause of internal bleeding. Also, please pray for the loss of our Brother PSD Richard “Dick” Cutting and for the Northern District Marshal Cleo Ordonez who is undergoing his final Cancer procedure.

God bless and VIVAT JESUS!

Joe Salaiz
State Deputy