Worthy Brother Knights,
Eleven years ago, I was asked “Who is a Knight of Columbus” for an article. After much discussion and discernment, I came up with the following. “A Knight of Columbus is a Catholic gentleman who does the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason.” We as Knights follow the scripture reading of Mathew Chapter 25 Versus 35-40, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, I was ill and you comforted me, in prison and you came to visit me.”
Since February of this year due to the pandemic, we have shuttered ourselves away from family, friends, Brother Knights, our parishes, our communities. Now that Indiana has loosened its restrictions on gatherings, we Knights need to reignite our commitment to serve. The Indiana Jurisdiction has begun a new initiative, “Reconnect 2020-2021.” It is essential to restart meeting as Councils either in person or virtually, we need to assist our parishes in their projects, to work at food pantries, to sponsor membership drives to gather more hands to help those with the basic human needs of food, water, clothing and shelter. We need to reach out to Brother Knights who have been members of our Order for years and those who have just joined our fraternal ranks to renew their commitment to serve.
When a need arises, we Knights step right in to help. In World War I we established welcome huts to serve the needs of our soldiers. When children needed our help, we established Gibault. To save baby lives, we began participation in 40 Days for Life, buying ultrasound sound machines and assisting in placing baby boxes at hospitals and fire stations. Indiana was the first jurisdiction to host Tootsie Roll drives for the other enabled. We can do all the projects we have done in the past and those yet to come while practicing CDC guidelines, wearing masks and social distancing.
Please read the State’s Program and Membership Director’s message to learn of some exciting incentives to reward you for achieving various goals in the Reconnect initiative.
We Hoosier Knights are strong, innovative, and anxious to serve our families, friends and communities leaving “No Neighbor Behind.” We are Brother Knights who do the right thing, at the right time for the right reason! What we do now, determines our future. The time to reconnect is now!
Steve Ziemba PSD
Indiana Executive Secretary
Indiana State Council - Knights of Columbus
Dear Brother Knight,
You can now purchase Indiana Knights of Columbus Charity Fund Inc. Special Group Recognition License Plates for your vehicles (cars, light trucks, RV and motorcycles) from your local BMV office.
These plates can be ordered through IN.gov/BMV, at BMV branches, at BMV Connect kiosks, or BMV partial service providers. The plates will cost $30 in addition to applicable taxes and registration fees. A $15 supplemental fee and a $15 group fee is due for each Knights of Columbus plate that is purchased. The BMV will return the $15 group fee for each license plate sold to the IN K of C Charity Fund Inc. This plate may be personalized for an additional $45.
The IN K of C Charity Fund Inc is our 501(c)(3) established to help people in urgent need situations; disaster relief, coats for kids, food for families, ultrasound machines, and other similar needs.
Immediate Past State Deputy
317-939-1958 (office phone)
317-443-3668 (cell phone)
You and your family are invited to live watch parties of Father McGivney’s beatification Mass that will be celebrated on Saturday Oct. 31 and broadcast live by EWTN, Salt + Light TV and CatholicTV at 11 am Eastern / 10 am Central. Please see these links...
I can also assist you in spreading information about fundraisers or any other important causes that you might want to assist. For example, brothers from out of town areas could assist you financially if you are raising money for a baby box. Or if your council has a long-standing history with a local women’s care center, your brothers throughout the state can assist you if they have some notice about it.
Remember to include contact information and a brief description when sending in photos or sending in a blurb about an event. If you need assistance with social media issues or wanting to feature your stuff in the local press, please email me and I can send you the appropriate information to help you out.
SK Walter Peycha, PGK
Indiana KofC Public Relations Chairman
Indiana KofC Online Membership Chairman
317-560-4858 IN KofC Membership Hotline
765-336-9454 (cell phone)