Faith, Family, Fraternity – Grow the Order

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State Deputy Scott Maurath's Message
April 2014

April marks the beginning of the fourth and final quarter of this fraternal year. It is time when we, the leaders of our Order in Kansas, must review our progress in reaching the goals set at the beginning of the fraternal year.

In making my review as State Deputy, I find we are having a great year in programming with new records being set and participation increased. In membership, we are showing a positive growth rate directly attributed to membership recruitment activities of many councils. With continued efforts in recruiting we will meet our goals of reaching the Circle of Honor.

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11th Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Wichita

His Holiness, Pope Francis, has named Msgr. Carl A. Kemme, vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, to be the 11th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, Kansas. The appointment was announced Feb. 20 in Washington, D.C., by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Please visit for more information.

The ordination and installation will be livestreamed at the diocesan website,, beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 1. It will also be broadcast live on EWTN and Vespers, or evening prayer, will be prayed the evening before, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30. A Mass, open to the public, is planned for 9 a.m. Friday, May 2. It will be the first Mass to be celebrated by Bishop-elect Kemme, after his ordination to the episcopate.

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was chosen as the location for both ceremonies to give gratitude for the great gift of the people in the diocese who made sacrificial gifts to the TOGETHER Vision to renovate the Cathedral campus. The site is a sign of the strength and unity of the local church.

There may be additional broadcast details, which will appear in the Catholic Advance.

Pennies from Heaven Auction at the State Convention

Click here to see the items available at the Pennies from Heaven auction at the State Convention Contact Pennies from Heaven Chairman Todd Bachamp at 913-735-6679 to add your donation to this list.

113th Annual State Convention

The 113th Annual State Convention is being hosted by Manhattan councils.
Please visit for more information.

Knifing to Victory -Updated

In both February and March, councils that recruit 2 members earn a Knights of Columbus multi-functional knife, councils that recruit 3, 4 or 5 members earn 2 knives, and those councils who recruit 6 or more members earn 3 knives. Councils are encouraged to use these knives as rewards for the top recruiters in their council.

Below are the results from the Knifing to Victory incentive for February and March. Congratulation to these councils. The knives earned in both February and March will be awarded at the State Convention.

February results:
Six Councils earned 3 knives…
8488 - Manhattan 3114 - Clonmel 7426 - Meriden 1163 - Axtell 13087 - Baileyville 12960 - Lawrence

Eleven Councils earned 2 knives…
3423 - Pilsen 7909 - Olathe 10932 - Overland Park 12093 - Prairie Village 1187 - Ellinwood 7441 - Oswego-Chetopa 1046 - Chanute 4708 - Atchison 9532 - Wathena 675 - Severance 4458 - Derby

Ten Councils earned 1 knife…
6984 - Hays 976 - Newton 7769 - Osage City-Scranton 13012 - Topeka   11853 - Baldwin City 12546 - Wea 2885 - Mooney Creek 2093 - Nortonville 10321 - Effingham 1769 - Seneca

March Results:
Three Councils earned 3 knives…
15865 - Kansas City 3321 - Hoxie 6984 - Hays-St Marys

Fourteen Councils earned 2 knives…
3146 - Basehor 10301 - Wetmore 10344 - Washington 1769 - Seneca 12858 - Wichita-St. Anne 12932 - Eudora 14639 - Kelly 657 - St. Marys 2538 - Park 2773 - Angelus 4166 - Schoenchen 11692 Wichita-Resurrection 1052 Westphalia 883 - Pittsburg

Thirteen Councils earned 1 knife…
1372 - Lawrence 1500 - Claflin 1589 Olpe 1743 - Hanover 2614 - Arkansas City 2774 - St. Leo 4254 - Topeka-Most Pure Heart 7909 - Olathe-Prince of Peace 10932 - Overland Park-Ascension 11687 - Catherine 12049 - Wichita-St. Jude 14799 - Wichita-St. Paul 10032 - Frontenac-Capaldo

Sporting Clays Tournament

The State Sporting Clay Committee extends an invitation to all Knights to join in the fraternity, fellowship, and fun at our Annual Sporting Clay Shoot. Traveling/Membership Card, indicating up to date membership is required for entry to the tournament. Open to K of C members, wives, immediate family and prospective K of C candidates.

The annual Sporting Clays Tournament is April 12, 2014 at Lynbrooke Sporting Clays, 7 miles SE of Augusta, KS just a short drive from east Wichita. Last year, the average clays broken were 46 out of 100! Top 5 shooters in each flight will receive a prize.

Click here for more sporting clays tournament information.

Kansas Knight of the Month

Kurt Moeder
Council # 2340 - Liebenthal

Supreme Council Families of the Month

Max & Alita Kennedy Family
Council # 534 - Topeka

Michael & Lindsay Mazouch Family
Council # 862 - Great Bend

Michael & Jan Volgamore Family
Council # 1510 - Norton

Thomas & Delores Edwards Family
Council # 7318 - Lakin

Mark & Joanne Noll Family
Council # 8505 - Hiawatha

April 2014 District Master Report

Click here to review the District Masters report

The Truth About the Kansas Religious Freedom Bill

Read the truth about HB 2453 - Last week the Kansas House of Representatives passed important legislation preserving the right of religious institutions to operate their ministries, and religious individuals to run their private businesses, in accordance with their religious beliefs on marriage.  This is needed because of the very strong possibility that Kansas’ marriage amendment will be struck down in federal court, leaving an uncertain legal landscape.

Opponents of the bill have badly distorted the purpose of the bill, to the point that much of Kansas, and even the nation, believes that it would legalize discrimination against people just because of their sexual orientation.  That is simply false.

Please take a moment to read the facts about HB 2453.

National groups that support same-sex marriage and oppose religious freedom see this as a golden opportunity to not only achieve a “win” in the heartland, but to discredit the very concept of religious freedom by making it synonymous with bigotry.

Legislators who voted for the bill are being bombarded by emails, calls, and social media in opposition to the bill.  They are being called bigots, hatemongers, and every other slur under the sun for voting for a bill that does none of the things it has been accused of.

If your state representative voted yes on HB 2453, please follow the link below and thank him or her.  It is time for people of faith who support religious freedom to make their voices heard.

Click the link below to log in and send your message:

A Mother’s Heart

Jane Roe’s Pro-Life Commercial


Names and Addresses of Kansas Seminarians assisted by our Adopt-A-Seminarian Program during the 2013-2014 school year. Read More

Did You Know?

The Knights of Columbus does many wonderful things everyday. As members we can be proud of our record of service, support for our priests and the work we do in our parishes and community. The “Did You Know” series is intended to keep the good works done by the Order first and foremost in your minds. Remind your councils of these successes at their business meetings and use them when recruiting new members.

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Membership Playbook - Revision #2 (June 2012)

The Membership Playbook has been updated for 2012 - 2013. The Membership Playbook can be opened by clicking here. Please contact a member of the Membership Team if you have questions or suggestions for additional information.


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