STATE DEPUTY’S MESSAGE

My Dear Brothers in Christ…

I hope all is well. The fires in our state have drawn into perspective of the true nature of our brotherhood, as councils in the state have shown their solidarity in the efforts to help those effected, most particularly the total devastation experienced in the town of Paradise. To date, 69 of our brother Knights from council 7773 in Paradise have lost their homes due to the fire, with a possibility for this number to grow.

As I have been reflecting on this complete tragedy, I can’t help to think of how more relevant the Knights of Columbus is, and why we were founded by Father McGivney. We were founded to help our members and their families in their time of need. Our Order, is not only there during these times of desperate need, but in everyday of our lives. Membership in the Knights of Columbus is a treasure that we should share, not conceal or hide. Every Catholic man and his family deserve the same opportunity to grow in his faith. To be protected, him and his family, by the most ethical Catholic Insurance Company in the world. To be a part of our brotherhood, one founded by principles drawn by Holy scripture. As leaders and members of the Knights of Columbus, the responsibility rests on us to grow each year and to offer the same life changing opportunities that were offered to us.

As I look at the report of councils that have not brought in a single new member this year ( see table below ), I ask myself why? Have the council come to a point where they can’t even find one man to join? Do they even understanding why they bring in new members? My brothers, I have attached the list of 335 councils that have not even brought in one member this year. You can subtract 78 councils from this list that were suspended from the start of the Columbian year, that brings the real total to 257 councils that have not recruit a single member in 5 months. If each of these councils recruited 1 new member a month, we would have 1,285 members added to the state council and to the Order. Think about it, more hands to do God’s work. More resources to help our brothers in need. This really matters my brothers, and we need to keep reminding all the councils of this, never losing sight for the reason I described at the beginning of this letter and why membership is so important. Every Catholic man and his family deserves the gift of membership in the Knight of Columbus. We owe it to that brother who brought us in, never forget the gift that was given to each of us, and how membership in our Order has changed our own lives. And how it will change the life of the new member you bring in. I will leave you with that final thought. Wishing you all, a most blessed Christmas season.

615 621 784 840 877 879 905 958 977 1067 1174 1292 1311 1324 1465 1499 1586 1658
1740 1842 1986 2132 2143 2165 2249 2264 2268 2382 2384 2404 2435 2445 2466 2468 2492 2501
2507 2517 2540 2545 2550 2563 2599 2653 2670 2677 2741 2938 2947 2956 2989 2991 3016 3041
3052 3103 3199 3215 3254 3264 3487 3517 3545 3570 3583 3585 3612 3614 3637 3678 3697 3699
3770 3773 3786 3791 3815 3847 3926 3950 3978 3990 4018 4025 4082 4258 4394 4398 4438 4523
4780 4784 4793 4799 4852 4882 4901 4926 4929 4930 4931 4936 4939 4953 4958 4964 4970 4981
4991 4996 5006 5007 5012 5210 5277 5303 5528 5568 5736 5746 5749 5796 5811 5815 6004 6008
6012 6016 6039 6049 6197 6705 6913 6922 7142 7164 7260 7268 7309 7357 7534 7546 7583 7611
7634 7663 7792 7821 7864 7899 7902 7927 7930 7933 7986 8133 8207 8217 8336 8385 8397 8627
8628 8747 8800 8899 8990 9090 9111 9135 9153 9156 9159 9162 9210 9231 9314 9332 9408 9443
9445 9481 9486 9487 9512 9525 9536 9580 9599 9603 9604 9633 9718 9724 9740 9799 9836 9851
9854 9897 9904 9951 10058 10067 10094 10118 10133 10134 10193 10244 10264 10302 10312 10336 10414 10449
10469 10528 10530 10533 10661 10694 10702 10782 10802 10925 10927 10981 11009 11041 11127 11176 11300 11338
11431 11446 11465 11520 11788 11837 11854 11881 11939 12050 12055 12210 12305 12400 12452 12527 12636 12679
12681 12683 12767 12780 12805 12847 12853 12888 12975 12987 13011 13036 13179 13182 13184 13195 13203 13223
13303 13321 13323 13387 13445 13484 13603 13619 13620 13622 13642 13756 13929 14026 14156 14292 14335 14356
14375 14430 14499 14699 14754 14818 14824 14927 14930 14945 15002 15016 15040 15151 15242 15317 15358 15379
15466 15515 15524 15556 15583 15620 15671 15680 15693 15701 15705 15714 15735 15812 15866 15883 15899 15923
15965 16009 16028 16033 16108 16154 16175 16185 16237 16255 16256 16371 16392 16419 16452 16496 16516 16526
16570 16612 16654 16687 16701 16728 16732 16742 16750 16751 16764 16770 17016 17048 17134 98004

VIVAT JESUS!

Joe Salaiz
State Deputy
state.deputy@californiaknights.org