Program Director

June 2019

Dear Brother Knights, please view the following video, and also see the Program Awards page:

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We are nearing the end of our fraternal year which is June 30th.  Please send in your activity reports as soon as possible..  We are honoring all councils that participate in each of the four required programs this year with a "Faith in Action" plaque.   Please read the supreme application for the Columbian award.  The SP-7 must be filled out and sent to supreme for Star Council or Columbian award  consideration.  If your council is making monetary donations or blood drives please send in the state report form to our state treasurer so your generous support will be added to the state total. 

I am excited to tell you that St. Pius X Indianapolis Council #3433 will be hosting this year’s Indiana State Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament on July 27th and 28th 2019, so please mark your calendars. All details can be found on the Athletics Events page of the State website.

This is the time of year most of our seminarians return for the summer to their local parishes.  Many councils and assemblies host religious appreciation dinners.  The Knights of Columbus from Dubois, Pike and Spencer counties honored their priests, deacons, women religious and seminarians at the Huntingburg Events Center for the 6th Annual Father Michael J. McGivney Vocations Dinner. 

Council 6923 of Fishers hosted a dinner honoring their seven seminarians.  Council 3682 of Avon hosts an annual dinner for religious, Grand Knight Rick Aldridge said this is one of his favorite activities of the year.  Being with these Priests is like being with family and they deserve all the recognition we can give them.    Anthony Wayne #239 and Mother Teresa #2581 Assemblies of the Ft. Wayne/Garrett area host an annual religious appreciation dinner with the 4th degree knights wearing tuxedos and social baldricks - a rather formal event.  The appreciation dinner is for their Bishop, Priests, Brothers, Sisters and permanent Deacons of the area.  Remember to show your appreciation for all of the religious.

The State Organizational Meeting for the District Deputies and State Officers is July 12-14th.  We will be planning strategies for increasing our membership and promoting the outstanding program activities that are changing lives and saving lives.  Have a great summer!  

Thank you,

Mark Michuda

program Director

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Dear Brother Knights and Guests,

Welcome to Indianapolis, brother knights.  Join us as we celebrate the acts of love and works of mercy through charity at our state convention.  We will be recognizing many amazing charitable activity programs that are making the world a better place.

The Supreme Council, as you know, is the governing body for the Knights of Columbus.  This year introduction of the "Faith in Action" program model was implemented.  The program defines us as men of faith with four categories representing our main priorities as an order.  They are Faith, Family, Community and Life.  Together, they help us to work with our Bishops, Priests and Seminarians as the strong right arm of the church.   

The transition into "Faith in Action" defines who we are.  The knights responded as always despite the challenges we faced rolling out the new program, working together in order to make it a success.  Under the category of Faith, I saw so many wonderful examples of creating holy moments.  Group rosaries, spiritual reflection programs, Marian Icon prayer programs and seminarian support through the religious appreciation banquets, S.O.S. and R.S.V.P. programs.   All of our Indiana Bishops have provided a letter of endorsement of the Knights of Columbus.

Families have been the anchor of the Knights, as we are always quick to show our support in promoting family values and support of the family.  Consecration to the Holy Family was welcomed by our parish Priests as they expressed their gratitude in the parish bulletins.  Food for Families, keep Christ in Christmas and family prayer night have been rather popular.  Let us not forget the hundreds of deceased brother knights in the Necrology of our convention booklet and special intentions at our Masses.

Community is an effort of making the world a better place one activity at a time. Helping Hands was the most popular required activity.  Coats for kids, Global Wheelchair Mission, disaster preparedness and habitat for humanity were not far behind.  Our youth were supported by the free throw championship and soccer challenge.  An activity that is saving lives is the council "Blood Drives." Last time I checked, Indiana Knights donated over 1,000 pints of blood! 

The Life category is summed up by this statement; all life that is created in the image of God is sacred.  The ultrasound machines, Novena's for life, marches for life, Special Olympics, baby boxes and Christian refugee relief is saving lives!

It has been an honor serving you in the capacity as State Program Director working together transitioning into the "Faith in Action" program.  The genius of this program increases our footprint through charity-identifying us as men of faith that support our church leaders and communities.  I am very proud to be a member of the Knights of Columbus.  Every Catholic gentleman should want to be a part of this great fraternal order.  May God bless you for all you do!

Vivat Jesus!

Mark Michuda

State Program Director

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