State Deputy Messages

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Passing of Bishop Odore Gendron, Seventh Bishop of Manchester, October 16, 2020

On October 16, 2020, Bishop Emeritus Odore J. Gendron, Seventh Bishop of Manchester, was called to his rest and to the glory of the Resurrection promised by the Lord after having received the prayerful support and consolation of the Sacraments. At 99 years old, and having just entered his 100th year last month, Bishop Gendron was the oldest bishop in the United States. Bishop Gendron will lie in repose in the cathedral until 6:00 p.m., concluding with the Mass of Jesus Christ, High Priest. The faithful are welcome to pay their respects and attend the Wednesday evening Mass following COVID precautions. All funeral services will be available via livestream at More details online.

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State Deputy Message – Weekly Briefing October 12th Columbus Day     

 ColumbusDayPicThis 1846 painting by John Vanderlyn depicts Christopher Columbus and members of his crew on a beach in the West Indies after arriving on his flagship Santa Maria Oct. 12, 1492. The work was commissioned by the U.S. Congress and installed in the Capitol Rotunda in 1847. 

EWTN: Courage And Conviction: the True Story of Christopher Columbus

Airing tonight at 6:30 pm. Check your local listings.

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State Deputy Message – Weekly Briefing October 5th         

 GRAND KNIGHTS - October 2020 – Time for Council Action Planning:

Grand Knights prepare for your District Deputy the information requested below.

a) Council Delegates contact info: Name, email, & phone number. (Quarterly Mtg/State Convention)

b) What is your council doing to help your parish priest(s)? (Leave No Neighbor Behind)

c) How are you promoting the Fraternal Benefits Seminar? (goal toward Founders Award)

d) Recruitment Drive Dates: Delta Church Drive or equivalent. (goal toward McGivney Award)

e) Council Degree Team (Y/N): None where? (local council, State team, Supreme online team)

 f) Programs: Oct 12th Columbus Day activities? Oct 31st McGivney Beatification activities?

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We are quickly entering FY 2020-2021 Quarter 2 on Thursday. We need to know how your councils are doing, and what you might need support with. I have talked many Grand Knights and last week’s message asked you to take an assessment of your council status. Tell your District Deputies. I would like to hear from them your successes and concerns.

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Executive Secretary Ed McCann made phone calls regarding the State Raffle. The state pays for the printing of the tickets and splits the funds from ticket sales 50/50 with the councils selling the tickets. In a non-COVID year, sales are enough for the state’s 50% to cover the prizes and cost of printing the tickets. Not this year. So I am asking councils to consider calling Ed McCann (603 493-0383) to help. Time is short! Your support is needed.

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We are now in the last month of the first quarter of FY2020-2021. Grand Knights need to take an assessment of their council activity. Does the council a plan in place to reach out to the members to “Leave No Member Behind”? I have heard from some. A phone tree or email tree is effective. How about a physical 1st class mailing to let them know what is coming up? Maybe drive by, you might find out they need help keeping up their residence.

We have asked councils to prepare in July and August to “Meet with your Pastor” to see him needs. Is help needed with social distancing or sanitized the church? Do not expect that he will greet you with open arms for a church drive next month if you have not met his needs that past three. People are increasingly returning to church. Time to reach out now.

Bishop Matthew Brady Scholarships and the William “Bill” McCarthy Scholarships2020 2021 State Emblem

Although the State Ball has been cancelled, the state scholarship selections have been completed and will be awards as scheduled. This year there are four students and one seminarian selected for the Bishop Matthew Brady awards. Two additional seminarians have been selected to receive scholarships in memory of former VSM Bill McCarthy. Announcements and presentation plans are currently being formulated by the committee.

STATE BALL UPDATE - CANCELLED:    59th NH State Ball, October 03rd @ 6:00 pm2020 2021 State Emblem

The Bishop Matthew F. Brady Scholarship Awards will be presented on Saturday, October 03, 2020 at a banquet to be hosted by Notre Dame Council 5163 to be held at Saint Marie Church, 378 Notre Dame Ave, Manchester NH 03102.

NH State Council Charity Raffle Ticket Drawing is Saturday, October 03, 2020

The annual drawing of the NH State Charity Raffle will be held as scheduled at Saint Marie Church, 378 Notre Dame Ave, Manchester NH 03102. Please make arrangements to bring your council check and the sold raffle tickets stubs on or before October 3rd. State Secretary Ray Lemay and State Raffle Chairman Ken Komisarek will be at Ste. Marie’s Church on that Saturday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm to complete the drawing that evening.

State Council Degree Team - Online Exemplification of Charity, Unity, & Fraternity

In response to the Supreme Council supporting each Jurisdiction to host a State Online Degree Team, 2020 2021 State EmblemNew Hampshire’s online team has already hosted two degrees.

The upcoming state online degrees are posted in the new red State Directories being distributed by your District Deputy. The next New Hampshire State Online Degree is on Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 7:00 pm. The Supreme Council will still have the “On Demand” degree, but August 27th will be the last Supreme scheduled degree. Supreme supports councils hosting their own degrees as originally planned.

State Council Degree Team - Online Exemplification of Charity, Unity, & Fraternity This month’s State Degree is Friday August 21st @ 7:00 pm. Once admissions processes are completed in the Council, Financial Secretaries can provide the invitation posted on the State Council Website to the candidate. 1st & 2nd Degree knights should notify their Council Financial Secretary if they are seeking advancement. Councils are encouraged to establish their own combined degree locally so that families, guests, and parishioners can participate. The NH State Council established monthly statewide ceremonial degrees support councils that have not yet created their own teams. NOTE: Supreme will stop hosting weekly degrees, but the “On Demand” will still be available.

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The Supreme Convention was held virtually on Tuesday and Wednesday with masks and social distancing. Jose Jimenez, Vice President of Hispanic and Ethnic Growth, and his wife Lisa were in attendance. The New Hampshire State Council received the Circle of Honor Award. The highlight was Supreme Knight Carl Anderson’s message which you can playback from the Supreme Website by visiting

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The New Hampshire State Jurisdiction Delegates to the Supreme Convention will be virtually attending the Supreme Convention on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Joining us from the Supreme Council is Jose Jimenez, Vice President of Hispanic and Ethnic Growth, and his wife Lisa. Brother Jose is also the Territorial Growth Director for the Southeast. As Vice President of Hispanic and Ethnic Growth he is responsible for the overall growth of Spanish and Ethnic Councils, Round Tables and Membership.

NH State Quarterly Meeting2020 2021 State Emblem

The State Council Quarterly Meeting was held Saturday Morning July 25th via Webinar format. This followed the prior week meeting with the District Deputies. Some of the topics addressed are listed here. Information will be distributed to the Grand Knights.

  • Council Delegate Responsibilities and Expectations
  • Membership Growth Opportunities
    • Delta Church Drives, Ushers, and more.
    • Developing Council Degree Teams Now.
  • Faith In Action and Leave No Neighbor Behind Programs
  • State Help with 990’s and Safe Environment Compliance
  • Council / Field Agent – Fraternal Benefits Nights
  • Awards Submissions Process & Supreme Awards
  • Continued vigilance with current COVID-19 guidelines

NH State Online Degree Team ready to go live on Friday, July 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

The NH State Council has put together a virtual degree team.  So if your council has any candidates ready to go have you Financial Secretary contact State Ceremonials Directory Joel Plante. for details. The objective is for the State to host at least one online degree each month.

DirectoryNH State Council Directories will be distributed to District Deputies at the New Hampshire State Council Installation of Officers on Saturday, August 8th. District Deputies will contact you as to distribution to your council.

Everyone be safe. God Bless.

Vivat Jesus!!!

State Deputy Joseph J Kowalik III 

New Hampshire State Quarterly Meeting Webinar will held:2020 2021 State Emblem

Saturday morning, July 25, 2020 starting at 8:00 AM

The webinar link will be sent out to Grand Knights and the council delegates submitted into the State Website Directory. 

$$$$$$$$$$    FY2020-2021 SUPREME FAST START INCENTIVES    $$$$$$$$$$

For the Fast Start Incentive, the Division Four winner of the first stage that ended on July 15th was the Oklahoma Jurisdiction. The New Hampshire Jurisdiction came Statsin second place. The Winner of the first stage will earn 10 points, the second place finisher will earn 9 points and so on. Additionally, each stage winner will earn a 1% head start on the next stage. After Stage 6, the top two jurisdictions in each division by total points will win cash prizes. (07 16 2020).

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New Hampshire State Quarterly Meeting Webinar will held Saturday morning, July 25, 2020 starting at 8:00 AM. The webinar link will be sent out to Grand Knights and the council delegates submitted into the State Website Directory.

Your District Deputies meet this Saturday, July 18, 2020 for two virtual meetings to begin Fraternal Year 2020-2021. They will be scheduling your council installation of officers and will be meeting with your council at their earliest opportunity.

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Summer Greetings. The first quarter of the Fraternal Year has started as we celebrated Independence Day and now look forward to the busy Summer ahead. Things are a little bit different the year. We need to continue to adapt to change. We have found creative ways to still be effective in reaching out to each other, support our priests and parishes, and stay actively effective in protecting our fellow brother knights and neighbors. A warm welcome to the newly elected Grand Knights and Councils Officers.

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