State Deputy's Message - 09/20/2020

Worthy Grand Knights,2020 2021 State Emblem

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.

LIVE DRAWING: NHSC Charity Raffle Ticket Drawing is Saturday, October 03, 2020

Arrange to bring your council check & sold raffle tickets stubs on October 3rd to Ste. Marie’s Church, 378 Notre Dame Ave, Manchester NH. Questions or more tickets, contact Raffle Chairman Ken Komisarek at (603 625-2134).  Ken and SS Ray Lemay will be at Ste. Marie’s on Saturday, October 3rd from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm to do the drawing that evening.

The State Online Degree Team is hosting a live combined degree this Friday, September 25, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Support the team by signing up for the exemplification on the State Website. Take a half hour, come see what it is all about! 

The 2020 Bishop Matthew F. Brady Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Adele Sinagra Council #5093 Hampton, Amelia E. Guarino Council #11907 Nashua, 

Tristan Ouellette Council #4983 Newport, Thomas J. Donovan, Council #4666 Suncook. 

The Seminarian recipient selected by Father Matthew Mason was Phong Le Quang.

The William "Bill" McCarthy Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Selected by Father Matt Mason, seminarians for these one-time scholarships were Christian Collopy and Spencer Gregory. Congratulations to both!

Quarter one is ending next week. Worthy Grand Knights assess your membership and programming goals. Talk to your District Deputy to assist. Thank you.

Vivat Jesus!!!

State Deputy Joseph J Kowalik III

Worthy Grand Knights, there are less than 5 weeks until the State Charity Raffle drawing on October 3, and a little over 1000 books of raffle tickets are available! Let me know how your Councils are doing with sales (kskomisarek [AT] comcast [DOT] net or 603-625-2134). Despite the cancellation of the State Ball, we are still holding the raffle drawing on October 3 at St. Marie Church, 378 Notre Dame Ave, Manchester, NH 03102. If you need more tickets, let me know ASAP. I thank you for all that you have done for the Raffle thus far.

Vivat Jesus!

Ken Komisarek, State Raffle Chairman

40DaysforLifeDespite the pandemic, there will be a 40 Days for Life Campaign in Manchester.  Please encourage your Councils to participate. Social distancing should be easy.  If your Council cannot attend physically, then set some time for members to pray at the council or at home-  A Virtual 40 Days for Life!

It all begins 09/23/20 at 6pm on Penacook St. with a kickoff prayer service, see attached flyer.



Gentlemen I participated in a very positive meeting with other Life Directors and Drew Dillingham, the Supreme Director.  We need to continue to pray, educate ourselves, and reach out to those in need.  Life is a gift from God and we must lead the way to cherish and protect it from the first moment of conception until natural death.

Supreme has many resources to help you plan your Life programs. If you can participate in the webinars.

As of the middle of August, Supreme had a record of only 23 Life Directors appointed in the state of New Hampshire.

Worthy G.K.- if you have not appointed a Life Director- please consider doing this as soon as possible. We need Brothers committed to the sanctity of life who have ideas to promote the culture of life and life programming. And if you have a Life Director and haven't reported it to Supreme, please take action.

Thank you for your help and cooperation.


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Degree Advancement Opportunity2020 2021 State Emblem

Date:  Friday September 25, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM

The NH State Council’s Degree Team will be holding a virtual degree for the exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity on Friday, September 25th.  Grand Knights are requested to invite their new candidates and their family to participate in the upcoming exemplification.

The on-line exemplification offers the councils the perfect opportunity to advance all their members to full Knighthood.  The Grand Knights are requested to identify the members of their council who have not achieved full Knighthood and invite them to attend the State Council’s On-line Exemplification.

The council are to use the regular process for vetting new candidates.  The council’s Financial Secretary are to register new candidates, and candidates advancing to full Knighthood to assure the candidates making the degree are known by the councils.

The link where the FS can register the candidates is:

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Worthy District Deputies & Worthy Grand Knights:Madonna

Just a gentle reminder that the last day to receive the discounted starter kit at $140.00 + shipping is September 25, providing your council with an additional $29.00 in profit if all cards in the kit are sold.  After September 25, the cost is $169.00 + shipping.

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Questions have been raised regarding the Supreme Council’s position on resuming council meetings. This was pulled from the Knights of Columbus Officer’s Online, Officer’s Desk Reference which was recently update July 2020.  It is question 17 under the heading: Council and Assembly Issues


17. Fraternal Activities During Pandemic Conditions

Although many jurisdictions are slowly reopening, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to present a significant risk, especially to persons who are vulnerable due to age or medical condition. Because the health and safety of our members and guests is of paramount concern, council officers and members are advised to proceed cautiously as they resume ordinary fraternal activity. 

The Order’s policy for fraternal activity during current pandemic conditions has been updated as follows:

  1. In order to prevent inadvertent spread of COVID-19 by asymptomatic carriers, travel for Knights of Columbus fraternal activity should be limited to that which is necessary and required.
  2. Councils, assemblies and circles should use electronic tools and procedures as much as possible for fraternal activity, particularly meetings.
  3. In-person meetings should be avoided unless personal interaction is essential and local pandemic orders and regulations permit. If you decide to resume in-person meetings, it would be ideal that they be conducted outside. Please note that you must offer all members the opportunity and means to participate remotely, so that members who are concerned about their health may avoid possible exposure to the coronavirus. Until further notice, no member may be required to attend any meeting in person.
  4. Councils officers should exercise prudential judgment when planning to resume in-person meetings and events. They must research and obey all diocesan rules, as well as the current orders and regulations issued by civil authorities. Any activities planned at local parishes must be coordinated in advance with pastors. The Supreme Council has created an inventory of resources to assist council officers as they consider whether and when to resume in-person meetings and events. Go to “Fraternal Operations Webinars” at

This policy is subject to change in response to new developments in the pandemic.

CouncilSuccessDear Worthy Grand Knights, District Deputies and brothers all,

Vivat Jesus!

I hope everyone is well!

I will be hosting a discussion on some best practices for LEADING YOUR COUCNIL TO SUCCESS! These sessions will be held ONLINE through a GoToMeeting Format and will last approximately 90 minutes. I would be honored if you have the time and could join me! The sessions are scheduled as follows:

Thursday, September 10 @ 7:00 PM CDT / 8:00 PM EDT

Monday, September 21 @ 6:00 PM CDT / 7:00 PM EDT

Thursday, September 24 @ 6:00 PM CDT / 7:00 PM EDT



Thank you for all you do for our order, looking forward to “seeing” you at one of the sessions!

Stay well, fraternally,

Tom Ciborski, RTD

DeltaChurchDriveDear Worthy Grand Knights, District Deputies and brothers all,

Vivat Jesus!

I hope everyone is well!

As we begin to see some areas “opening up” at different levels and with varying local requirements, we will soon, hopefully, be returning to our churches. How wonderful! In looking forward to those days, I’m offering our Delta Church Drive Presentation to introduce/re-introduce you to this proven successful recruiting opportunity!

Please join me at one of the following GoToMeeting sessions:

Saturday, September 12 @ 10:00 AM CDT / 11:00 AM EDT

Saturday, September 19 @ 10:00 AM CDT / 11:00 AM EDT

Wednesday, September 23 @ 2:00 PM CDT / 3:00 PM EDT



Thank you for all you do for our order, looking forward to “seeing” you at one of the sessions!

Stay well, fraternally,

Tom Ciborski, RTD

OurLadyGuadalupe 003Featuring an11”x14” quality print of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas & Protectress of the Unborn.

We have decided to EXTEND the deadline to October 13th, the anniversary of the last day Our Lady of Fatima was seen.  

We are asking as last time for Councils to PROMOTE the selling of these prints. If Councils wish, they may order a number of prints to then sell within their parishes.  They are asked to either email the attached to all parishioners, and/or print the attached and place in locations at the parishes to promote the selling of prints.  They may even ask the priest (or they themselves can speak) at the Masses to sell these prints.  Councils and Council members are not obligated to buy prints, though it would be helpful to the cause. They are asked only to promote the sale of the prints.

  • Original is oil on canvas, painted by NH resident Alison Mueller, exclusively made for the Art for Education Fundraiser
  • Currently, funds raised to directly support Salve Regina Academy, the new Catholic Parish School in Gorham ,NH.
  • Shipping bulk Council orders 10-19 prints = $15; orders 20 prints or more FREE SHIPPING to Council
  • Councils may choose to buy a quantity (for instance, 15 prints) and have prints on-hand to then sell
  • Ordering closes October 13th;items packaged /shipped near the15th of every month Council can pick up at diocesan administration building.
  •  All ordering to Chancery is done online; Councils will have flyers with ordering instructions and link.
  • Customers input their local Knight's council # and town.
  • Promote in parishes: in Bulletins, on social media, after Masses, in conversation! Have flyers on-hand!

$30 per print
Order online ( +$5 shipping individually)
Shipped or bulk pick-up at Chancery Building

Council that sells the most prints will win the original framed canvas oil print!

Brother Knights and families

Camp Fatima and Camp Bernadette did not open due to Covid-19. They are running a significant financial deficit due to the many ongoing expenses associated with keeping the camps and facilities functioning.

Fatima needs our help. Please consider a contribution to their Fatima campaign: REALIZING DREAMS.

You can make your donation by sending a check to Camp Fatima Realizing Dreams
Mail to: Camp Fatima
             32 Fatima Road
             Gilmanton Iron works, NH 03837

Or make your donation on line at or on our website at . Your support for the camps is greatly appreciated. Need more information call Ron at 895-2889 or metevi [AT] myfairpoint [DOT] net.

Thank you for your consideration and kindness.

Ron Metevier
Family Camporee Chairman

2020 2021 ShirtYes -- my brother Knights. It is a pleasure to once again bring you the opportunity to wear the NH Knights of Columbus shirt proudly with our State Motto, "Live Free or Die" on its sleeve.

Our worthy State Deputy has chosen a great looking shirt for this coming year and I am proud to offer it to you at exactly the same pricing as last year.

Brilliant Blue will be the color chosen this year. All embroidering will be the same but in Black. This will again look very sharp against the color blue that has been selected for this year.

Get your orders in soon as I will be ordering our first shipment as soon as I get 50+ orders. So do not hesitate on getting in on the first batch for this year.

Please see attached flyer and use page two to order your shirt(s).

Please offer this to all your council members.

Edward A. McCann, PSD

NH State Executive Secretary, Knights of Columbus

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Due to the current COVID-19 situation the activities of Special Olympics New Hampshire have been suspended until further notice. In an effort to raise funds, Special Olympics NH has established a raffle with great prizes as described in the attached flyer. Please communicate this raffle to your council membership. Raffle tickets may be purchased on-line Please indicate that you became aware of this raffle from the NH Knights of Columbus.

Thanks in advance for your participation and support of Special Olympics New Hampshire.


Wayne Griffin, PSD 

Board Member

Special Olympics Chairman

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FrMcGivney 002Knights of Columbus Founder Father Michael McGivney Moves Closer to Sainthood

Priest launched international lay movement, died in 19th century pandemic 

ROME – The Vatican today (May 27) announced that Pope Francis Pope Francis approved the promulgation of a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of the founder of the Knights of Columbus, Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, a Connecticut priest who served his flock during the pandemic of 1890, before himself becoming ill and dying of pneumonia.

The pope’s action means that Father McGivney can be declared “Blessed,” the step just prior to sainthood. An additional miracle attributed to Father McGivney’s intercession will be required for his canonization as a saint.

McGivney is best known for founding the Knights of Columbus in 1882. Nearly a century before the Second Vatican Council, his prescient vision empowered the laity to serve Church and neighbor in a new way. Today, the Knights of Columbus is one of the largest Catholic organizations in the world with 2 million members in North and Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Europe.

The miracle recognized as coming through Father McGivney’s intercession involved an unborn child in the United States who in 2015 was healed in utero of a life-threatening condition after prayers by his family to Father McGivney.

A date will soon be set for the beatification Mass, which will take place in Connecticut. It will include the reading of an apostolic letter from the Holy Father and the bestowing of the title “Blessed” on Father McGivney.

Earlier this year, in an address to the Knights of Columbus Board of Directors, Pope Francis said the organization has been faithful “to the vision of your founder, Venerable Michael McGivney, who was inspired by the principles of Christian charity and fraternity to assist those most in need.”

“Father McGivney has inspired generations of Catholic men to roll up their sleeves and put their faith into action,” Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson said. “He was decades ahead of his time in giving the laity an important role within the Church. Today, his spirit continues to shape the extraordinary charitable work of Knights as they continue to serve those on the margins of society as he served widows and orphans in the 1880s. Father McGivney also remains an important role model for parish priests around the world and left us a transformative legacy of effective cooperation between the laity and clergy.”

Born of Irish immigrant parents in 1852 in Waterbury, Connecticut, Father McGivney was a central figure in the dramatic growth of the Church in the United States in the late 19th century. Ordained in Baltimore in 1877, he ministered to a heavily Irish-American and immigrant community in the then-Diocese of Hartford. At a time of anti-Catholic sentiment, he worked tirelessly to keep his flock close to the faith in part by finding practical solutions to their many problems – spiritual and temporal alike. With a group of the leading Catholic men of New Haven, he founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882 at St. Mary’s Church to provide spiritual support for Catholic men and financial resources for families that had suffered the loss of their breadwinner.

The fledgling group soon became a major force in the areas of evangelization, charity, racial integration, and the defense of religious freedom.

Father McGivney spent his entire priesthood in parish ministry and died of pneumonia on August 14, 1890— two days after his 38th birthday – after falling ill amid a pandemic. Recent scientific evidence indicates that that pandemic – like the current one – may have been caused by a coronavirus.

Known by his contemporaries for his devotion to the faith and his embodiment of the characteristics of the “Good Samaritan,” his cause for sainthood was opened in the Archdiocese of Hartford in 1997. St. John Paul II – who was pope at that time – lauded Father McGivney’s principles, stating in 2003, “In fidelity to the vision of Father McGivney, may you continue to seek new ways of being a leaven of the Gospel in the world and a spiritual force for the renewal of the Church in holiness, unity and truth.”

In March 2008, he was declared a Venerable Servant of God by Pope Benedict XVI, who during his visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral cited the “remarkable accomplishment of that exemplary American priest, the Venerable Michael McGivney, whose vision and zeal led to the establishment of the Knights of Columbus.”

Two recent books also tell the story of Father McGivney and his legacy: Parish Priest (2006), his biography; and the The Knights of Columbus: An Illustrated History (2020).

More information is also available at

Photos and other visual resources are available here.

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MadonnaThe 2020 KCIC program documents are now available on the NH State Council Web Site. There are *nine (9) KCIC documents available to provide you all of the information needed to begin your 2020 KCIC Program in your council.  

  1. 2020 KCIC Christmas Card Program April 29 - Explains program in detail
  2. 2020 Keep Christ in Christmas (KCIC) Program Announcement
  3. 2020 KCIC Council Chairman Nomination Form MASTER
  4. 2020 KCIC NH State Council EMAIL Order Form MASTER (Word only, not pdf)
  5. 2020 KCIC Promotional Material Council Price List
  6. 2020 KCIC Retail Price Brochure
  7. 2019 KCIC NH Sales Figures
  8. 2019 KCIC NH Cumulative Sales Figures
  9. 2019 KCIC International Sales Figures

* NOTE: In order to read and download the nine (9) KCIC documents you must create an account with a password on the NH State Council web site -

If you have difficulty creating an account or logging into the State Web Site, please contact the State Web Master’s DIRECTLY:

Greg Taillon: G [DOT] Taillon [AT] comcast [DOT] net   and/or Robert Jones: REJonesjr [AT] comcast [DOT] net 

  • Click on “Home" tab
  • Click on "KCIC Forms (Registered Users)" in drop down list
  • Click on "Keep Christ in Christmas”

Note: Please keep in mind that the 2020 KCIC Email Order form must always be emailed to me in MS Word and not a pdf.

Contact me if you still need assistance!


Dave Wilson

Knights of Columbus NH State Council KCIC Chairman
yeoldknight [AT] comcast [DOT] net

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Upcoming Events
Fri Sep 25 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
State Exemplification of Charity, Unity, & Fraternity
Sat Oct 03 @ 5:00PM - 08:00PM
NHSC Charity Raffle Drawing
Sat Oct 03 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
State Ball - CANCELLED
Sat Oct 10 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Executive Board Meeting
Fri Oct 16 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
District Deputy Online Meeting
Sun Oct 18 @ 1:00PM - 04:00PM
State Council Fall Quarterly Meeting
Fri Oct 23 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
State Exemplification of Charity, Unity, & Fraternity
Sat Oct 24 @ 8:00AM - 04:00PM
State Council One Day Retreat
Sun Nov 01 @12:00AM - 11:00PM
All Saints Day
Fri Nov 06 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Financial Secretary Online Meeting