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State General Programs Information

State Program Director
Lorenzo Rodriguez

Brother Knights, Visitors, and Families:

Welcome to the Florida State Council Programs. Important to our order is not only growing our ranks, but once a member insuring that every knight and their families have the opportunities available to get involved in ministries of their choice. Our programs specially geared to Catholic Family Life keeps everyone actively involved and insures the Blessings received by supporting our church, families and communities.

I invite you to visit the many State Service Programs available found in this section. Each has a small statement about the program and upcoming or recent activities. For further information, feel free to contact our Chairmen, Directors, or myself. You will receive a prompt reply as we look forward to sharing and spreading our way of life through our Knights of Columbus Programs both General and Charities.

Be happy and Blessed as you enter into the adventures of the Florida State Council Programs.

Vivat Jesus

Culture of Life Activities

Culture of Life

The first week of March begins the 40 Days For Life Vigils; they end the first week of April. Please promote this very important event and take part when you can.

The Run for Life will be starting early part of March I am requesting all Councils to please do a fund raiser for this very important program. You have plenty of time to plan a Dinner or some other event.

We have an Ultrasound Program that needs a lot of funds to help the small Councils purchase Machines for their areas. This is another request for each Council to put on a fund raiser to support this very important program.

If you read your SP-7 forms and the "Surge With Service" booklet You can plan events to satisfy The SP-7 Culture of Life Activities report.

Brothers All,

Welcome to the Pro-Life Activities page in the Florida State Council website. We Brother Knights must be on the forefront of defending Life from conception to a natural death in accordance with the teachings of Holy Mother Church. Life is a gift from God and must be protected.

Let us all keep the cause of Life foremost in our minds. As Our Lord loves us so much, we must be his apostles for those whose lives are in danger whether in the womb or the elderly.

Every Council should be involved in Pro Life events in their area. We have many activities throughout the State during the year and we will attempt to update them as they come up. If you have success in any area, please share it with us so it can be seen by all.

See "Suggested Activities" tab. Information about the Pro Life Award and the 5-Star-Achiever Awards can be found on the "Awards" tab screen. Please be involved.

Vivat Jesus
Bill & Kay Cook, State Pro Life Couple
107 Pass Key Rd
Sarasota, FL 34242

2015 Florida State Council Ultra-Sound Policies and Procedures

  1. Contact the Florida K of C Charities Ultra Sound Chairman, Vincent Cipriano at vincip@comcast.net with information on the Pregnancy Care Center you would like to begin raising money for, toward the purchase of an Ultra-Sound machine

  2. Submit the Diocesan Evaluation (Form #9884) to the Diocesan Respect Life 3 Director to determine if the pregnancy care center meets the practical, moral and religious criteria for inclusion in the Ultrasound Initiative

NOTE:No money can be raised until the Diocesan Evaluation form (form #9884) is completed, and submitted to Supreme and a copy to the Florida K of C Charities Ultra-Sound Chairman, Vincent Cipriano. You must wait until you receive approval from Supreme before you can proceed.

  1. Determine that this pregnancy care center will be able to staff and operate this machine.
    This will include:
  • assuring the center is properly licensed under state and local laws and regulations to operate an ultrasound machine
  • assuring that the center is affiliated with a physician who will serve as medical director to oversee the litrasound machine operations
  • assuring that the machine will be staffed with licensed and experienced medical personnel
  • assuring the center has adequate insurance for operation of the machine
  1. Once each of these criteria have been met, work with the pregnancy care center to choose an ultrasound machine that will fit the center's needs. Contact ultrasound machine manufacturers and get quotes for the purchase price of the machines (not including sales tax, freight, maintenance agreements or other add-on costs). The prices of ultrasound machines to date have reflected discounts negotiated with the vendor. In some cases, the discount has been 55% of the list price.

Although all vendors are open to submit proposals for placement of an Ultra-Sound Machine, we have found the following vendor to be very responsive to the program and we recommend they be one of the choices when researching a vendor.

Ultra Sound Vendor contact information.



PHONE: 254 - 319 - 2214 ~ E-MAIL: IIT-JIM@MSN.COM

Innovative Imaging Technology, Authorized Representative for Esalote North America

BIOSOUND ESAOTE, Inc. Indianapolis, Indiana 46250

5. Begin fundraising. While the pregnancy care center may certainly assist in fund raising, if the pregnancy care center raises the funds predominately on its own, without on-going and significant involvement of the local council, the pregnancy care center will not be eligible for matching funds from the Supreme Council Office.

The Knights of Columbus council must be actively involved in raising the funds for half of the purchase price of the ultrasound machine. The local council leading the drive should designate, or open a bank account to deposit the funds into. Donated checks should be made payable to “Knights of Columbus Council # / Ultrasound fund.” If the donor request a letter for tax purposes the check must be made payable to “Florida K of C Charities/ Ultrasound fund.” To assure all donations are counted towards the council’s share of the funds to be raised and matched the donated check CAN NOT be made payable to the pregnancy care center.

    1. As funds are raised, you may decide to wait until one half of the funds are raised, or you may send funds as collected to the Florida K of C Charities Ultra-Sound Chairman, Vincent Cipriano with a copy of the Ultrasound Designated Donation form FSC 13105

    2. Please keep your Florida K of C Diocesan Pro-Life Coordinator (you can find the Pro-Life Coordinator in your Diocese, by logging into the Florida State Council Web-Site and Selecting the Services Tab then Pro-Life/Diocesan Coordinators) updated with how the fund raiser is going, which paperwork you have submitted, if you are waiting for an answer from the Supreme Council, and when you have completed it. Please let him know if there is anything with which he can help you.

6. Once the funds for not less than half of the purchase price are raised, the funds must be sent or have been sent to Florida KofC Charities as instructed on Section 5 (a). You will then be able to submit the Ultrasound Initiative application (#4886), along with the invoice or sales order for the selected ultrasound machine to the State Ultra Sound Chairman for review. If the Application is complete it will be forwarded to the State Deputy approval and forwarding to the Supreme Council Office, which will match the other half of the purchase price of the machine.

NOTE: at the bottom of the Supreme Ultrasound Initiative Form (#4886) it is imperative you instruct Supreme to make the matching funds check out to Florida KofC Charities, Inc. and sent to Florida KofC Charities Director Don Vettorel 5271 NW 90th Terr. Coral Springs, Fl. 33067. Once Matching Funds are received a check will be sent to vender for the equipment.

7. According to the same terms as described above, funds may be raised and matched in order to replace a pregnancy care center’s machine that has become less effective because of excessive use or outdated technology.

8. Plan a check presentation or ribbon cutting ceremony to be held when the actual machine arrives or is ready for operation. Be sure to invite the state deputy and determine with the pregnancy care center which media to invite.

9. When the Ultrasound equipment is delivered to the Pregnancy Care Center, coordinate with the Center's Manager and your Diocese to get it blessed by your Bishop.

  • Get a Council member to take photos and videos of the event.

  • Write an article for the State Website when done; tell story of how you raised the money. Send copy of article and photos to Columbia Magazine.

Following these procedures will insure the equipment will be delivered in a timely fashion without delays, and all funds will be complying with the State Statures for Charitable Contributions.


Follow the lead of our Supreme Council, on the declaration of our Order's mission:

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson] identified three pillars at the center of the Order's mission: the Eucharist, devotion to [the Blessed Virgin] Mary, and dedication to promoting a culture of life." (KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS NEWS, Columbia Magazine, Jan. 2012, p.6, par. 7).

Support the Bishops of the Catholic Church in Florida on pro-life matters of concern in the seven dioceses of the Province of Miami, in their nonpartisan public policy voice and action on behalf of the lives of the vulnerable, voiceless, defenseless unborn.


Act in accordance with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the teachings of His Church, in Charity, to proclaim the sanctity of life and dignity of the human person, providing opportunities for Knights of Columbus and Catholics in Florida to carry out their responsibility to participate in community life and faithful citizenship. Promote and develop a Culture of Life.


"Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me" (Matthew 25:40) "You shall not kill" (Exodus 20:13) (NOTICE: There are no exceptions !!!) "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you" (Jeremiah 1:5) "Am I my brother's keeper?" (Genesis 4:9) "From man in regard to his fellow man I will demand an accounting for human life" (Gen 9:5)

The Bible (in English)

"63. Nowadays, in America as elsewhere in the world, a model of society appears to be emerging in which the powerful predominate, setting aside and even eliminating the powerless: I am thinking here of unborn children, helpless victims of abortion; the elderly and incurably ill, subjected at times to euthanasia; and the many other people relegated to the margins of society by consumerism and materialism. Nor can I fail to mention the unnecessary recourse to the death penalty when other “bloodless means are sufficient to defend human lives against an aggressor and to protect public order and the safety of persons. Today, given the means at the State's disposal to deal with crime and control those who commit it, without abandoning all hope of their redemption, the cases where it is absolutely necessary to do away with an offender 'are now very rare, even non-existent practically'”. (229) This model of society bears the stamp of the culture of death, and is therefore in opposition to the Gospel message. Faced with this distressing reality, the Church community intends to commit itself all the more to the defense of the culture of life." (POST-SYNODAL APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION ECCLESIA IN AMERICA, The culture of death and a society dominated by the powerful, JOHN PAUL II)


"73. Abortion and euthanasia are thus crimes which no human law can claim to legitimize. There is no obligation in conscience to obey such laws; instead there is a grave and clear obligation to oppose them by conscientious objection. " (EVANGELIUM VITAE, The Gospel of Life, JOHN PAUL II) ". . . In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to "take part in a propaganda campaign in favour of such a law, or vote for it." (EVANGELIUM VITAE, The Gospel of Life, JOHN PAUL II)

LINK to the Vatican - Declaration on Procured Abortion "22. It must in any case be clearly understood that whatever may be laid down by civil law in this matter, man can never obey a law which is in itself immoral, and such is the case of a law which would admit in principle the liceity of abortion. Nor can he take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law, or vote for it. Moreover, he may not collaborate in its application. It is, for instance, inadmissible that doctors or nurses should find themselves obliged to cooperate closely in abortions and have to choose between the law of God and their professional situation." (Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Declaration on Procured Abortion, No. 22, 18 November 1974)

Chaplain Comments on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Run for Life Challenge

Worthy Grand Knights and District Deputies,

The Run for Life team is bringing the event to your council as the ​Run for Life Challenge!

The ​Run for Life Challenge​ is an event you can initiate in your own council, parish or school. The nature of the event is limited only by your imagination or preferences. ​ ​It can be a run or a walk, a bowling tournament, a baseball game, a dinner, auction, or any event you would like to have in order to raise money for the Culture of Life. Sponsorship of the event is encouraged.

The mission of the ​Run for Life Challenge​ is to raise funds in support of diocesan Respect Life offices and various other local lifesaving charities. All the funds raised stay in your local area to help with your local Pregnancy Help Centers, whether to support ultrasound machine operations or just the day-­to-­day costs of helping those women who elected to carry their babies to term.

Let the ​Run for Life Challenge​ team know what events you are doing so we can put them on the State website and give you the full support you will need. The team will have an event such as a 5K or 10K race in Saint Augustine sometime in February or March.

Each Council, Assembly or District should conduct events under the current Florida K of C insurance directives. A copy of the requirements can be provided by the Run for Life Challenge​ Coordinator for your diocese.

TO REQUEST FUNDS FOR LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS:​ We encourage you to gather all funds raised and direct them through “Florida KofC Charities, Inc” to qualified 501(c) 3 lifesaving organizations in your respective areas. For this, log in to ​http://floridakofc.org/​ select “Services”, “Forms”. In the “KofC Charities Forms” section, select form “FSC 13100 Helping Life Designated Distribution Document.” Print it, fill it out (Type of Function: “RUN FOR LIFE CHALLENGE”), and send it with your check, to the address in the form. Make a copy of the check you receive.

TO REPORT FUNDS COLLECTED TO THE STATE COUNCIL:​ In the “State Award Forms” section, select form “FSC 04101 Pro Life Report” and fill it out ​online before the due date. In the “Special Project ­ Please list project in detail” section, enter first “RUN FOR LIFE CHALLENGE”, then describe the event (examples: Run, Walk, Bowling Tournament, Baseball Game, Dinner, Auction, or other event). Remember to upload the copy of the check(s) with photos of the event or project. Awards will be presented to the 3 Councils that raise the most money for Life.

The Run for Life Challenge Team:

East Coast: Chuck Rossner  West Coast: Dave Erickson 
North Florida: Allen McCaffery  Panhandle: Dan Arndt


East Coast Relay Run for Life: 356 miles - Homestead to St. Augustine

Run Schedules and Pledge Sheets are found by clicking on Services/Forms and going to Pro Life/Run for Life forms. Note: All starting and stopping times/locations are approximate and may vary due to local plans/conditions.

The Knights of Columbus are pro-life. A few K of C members along with other adult and youth runners who are in unity with pro-life principles are running to raise funds to help our local life-affirming organizations that protect the unborn through crisis pregnancy centers, protect battered and abused women, children and senior citizens.

Please make your check donation to "Florida KC Charities/Helping Life"

Mail to:
Run for Life - East
P.O. Box 344185
Homestead, FL 33034

Florida K C Charities Inc / Helping Life Fund is a 501 (c) (3) IRS-certified, non-profit organization dedicated to help life-affirming service providers. All donations made are tax deductible


Dinner includes meal, raffles, silent auction, and inspirational presentation-speaker to be determined later, inspirational music by various artists.

1st night stop in North Miami at St. Martha?s Church (Sat.Feb.27th). Local council will host team with meal and fundraiser. All other stops/fundraising to be determined by local host councils/districts.

State Run for Life Coordinator, East Coast:

Charles (Chuck) Roessner III
20261 SW 318th Street
Homestead, FL 33030-5119
(305) 248-3396
For enroute communication ONLY on the days of the Run:
(305) 562-5496 (cell)

Images from the East Coast Run. (Click the image to expand.)
Images from previous East Coast Runs. (Click the image to expand.)

West Coast Relay Run for Life: 360 miles ' Marco Island to St. Augustine

Run Schedules and Pledge Sheets are found by clicking on Services/Forms and going to Pro Life/Run for Life forms. Note: All starting and stopping times/locations are approximate and may vary due to local plans/conditions.

Our Annual Run for Life starts in Marco Island, moves north, then east on on U.S. 41, U.S. 301, S.R. 19. See schedule for details.

Please make your check donation to "Florida KC Charities/Helping Life"

Mail to:
Run for Life ' West
14580 Sterling Oaks Dr
Naples, FL 34110-4147

Florida K C Charities Inc / Helping Life Fund is a 501 (c) (3) IRS- certified, non-profit organization dedicated to help life-affirming service providers. All donations made are tax deductible.

State Run for Life Coordinator, West Coast
James Gary Ray
14580 Sterling Oaks Dr
Naples, FL 34110'4147

Dear Brother Knights,

The West Coast Run for Life will start Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. This will be our 9th annual run. However, it will be the 27th Anniversary for Run for Life in Florida as started on the East Coast.

The West Coast run will begin at San Marco Council 6344, Marco Island, FL and "God willing" go 364 miles to the "CROSS" in St. Augustine, FL. The plan is to run about 40 miles per day for 9 days, attend Mass each day and break bread with a local council each evening. The running route will be on sidewalks as far as possible or facing the traffic on routes 951, US 41 and 301 through Naples, Fort Myers, Port Charlotte, Venice, Sarasota, Bradenton, Palmetto, Sun City, Ruskin, East Tampa then cutting over route US 60 to US 301 north to Ocala, over various county roads through Palatka, meeting up with the East Coast runners at Crescent Beach for the final goal.

At San Marco Catholic Church the runners and support team will attend the 8:00 AM Mass and should be underway by 9:00 AM. This run is a relay with 1 or 2 runners going for 1 hour followed by 1 or 2 fresh runners going for the 2nd hour and so forth until the miles are covered. We estimate runners will cover 5 to 8 miles per hour. Walkers will be included in a daily mileage tally using their own pace and time (scheduled parts). The support team will consist of minimum of 2 vehicles; car and a pick-up truck. The runners will be transported by the support team and the support team will hover in the immediate area (within 2'miles) for the runner's safety and immediate needs.

The idea for the end-of-day host council would be to hold a dinner/fund raiser to feed at least 2 to 8 runners & support staff and hopefully invite other local councils to come and meet the runners to increase the fund raising potential. The runners & support staff will need lodging for the night and council members could offer to house 1 or more individuals. Council members could also attend an early morning Mass with the runners & staff at a local Catholic Church to kick-off the day's run activities.

To be successful the cooperation of all the councils in the vicinity of the selected run path is absolutely necessary. (Did you budget for $200 minimum donation this year?)

FIRST: You must promote the run starting now among all of your council members in the council newsletters, websites & church bulletins; we need adult runners who are willing to participate one or more days in the areas - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday need to be staffed with committed runners from your local areas.

SECOND: You must be willing to ask members and parishioners to pledge donations for the 360 miles these runners will be undertakings. All donations must go through the Florida K of C Charities, Inc / Helping Life fund. Each Council or District raising $500 or more may submit a distribution form to Helping Life for a donation check for a pregnancy center, abused women & children's shelter or senior shelter in your locality. Smaller donations will be included in the Helping Life fund for special distributions.

THIRD: Support a District or a Host Council's "Run for Life" function with your attendance at these functions. Your participation and council donations can be listed under Community Activities and Pro-Life Activities on your annual reports

Fourth, Councils could involve the local parish youth and conduct mini-runs on the school track. Provide the youth a tee shirt, a certificate of achievement and trophies for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place top money raisers at each participating school. These mini-runs are at the decision of each school and may be conducted during February and March (Lenten sacrifice). You can also list your participation under Youth Activities on your annual reports.

The West Coast "Run for Life" committee encourages you to get behind this year's run to contribute both time & effort so that Florida Knights of Columbus can make a greater financial impact for the Pro-Life efforts in your local communities. Together we can make a difference! May we have your feedback on the TBDs?

Vivat Jesus,

J. Gary Ray (Carolyn) David Erickson (Kathy)
Florida K C Charities State Run for Life
Run For Life Coordinator Communications
West Coast Coordinator
239-821-5115 cell 239-940-9940 cell
239-267-1418 home 239-514-0293 home
jgaryray@gmail.com swimerick@comcast.net
Images from the West Coast Run. (Click the image to expand.)
Images from the West Coast Run - 2014. (Click the image to expand.)

Panhandle Relay Run for Life:

  • 105 miles - Pensacola to Panama City
  • 104 miles - Panama City to Tallahassee
  • 76.3 miles - Lake City to Palatka
  • 28.5 miles - Palatka to St. Augustine
  • 313.8 miles Total

Run Schedules and Pledge Sheets are found by clicking on Services/Forms and going to Pro Life/Run for Life forms. Note: All starting and stopping times/locations are approximate and may vary due to local plans/conditions.

Any runners, wishing to, will travel to St. Augustine to run in with the East and West coast runners. The run will take place by way of Beaches and alternate along Hwy. 98. Runners will run in relay form and be picked up and dropped off along the route. If we are able to get additional runners we may run additional days.

If anyone knows of anyone wanting to participate in this event please e-mail: prolifeman53@gmail.com or cell: 850-207-8779. Runners are asked to get pledges for their part in this event.

We also ask councils to pledge a suggested amount of $250 or what ever you can afford and send to: Dan Arndt, 6339 Mockingbird Lane, Milton, FL 32570.

Please make your check donation to "Florida KC Charities/Helping Life"

Daniel F Arndt
6339 Mockingbird Ln
Milton, FL 32570-3748

Florida K C Charities Inc / Helping Life Fund is a 501 (c) (3) IRS-certified, non-profit organization dedicated to help life-affirming service providers. All donations made are tax deductible.

State Run for Life Coordinator, Panhandle:

Daniel F Arndt
6339 Mockingbird Ln
Milton, FL 32570

So far the schedule for dinners during the run is as follows


  • Saturday, 2/27/16 San Marco Council 6344 - Marco Island US 41 & Corkscrew Rd - Estero 40.1 Our Lady of Light 10498 - Estero

    Sunday, 2/28/16 US 41 & Coconut Rd - Estero US 41 - South Venice (Jacaranda) 62.4 District 52 @ St Charles Borromeo - Port Charlotte

    Monday, 2/29/16 US 41 - South Venice (Jacaranda) US 41 - Palmetto 40.0 TBD

    Tuesday, 3/1/2016 US 41 - Palmetto US 301 & Fowler Rd - Temple Trace 40.5 St, Joseph 5604 - Bradenton

    Wednesday, 3/2/2016 US 301 & Fowler Rd - Temple Trace US 301 & FL 50 - Ridge Manor 39.8 CO 15675 - Riverview

    Thursday, 3/3/16 US 301 & FL 50 - Ridge Manor US 301 & US 27 - Belleview 38.8 TBD

    Friday, 3/4/2016 US 301 & US 27 - Belleview US 301 & FL 200, Ocala - Blessed Trinity 14.4 Marion 5960 - Ocala

    Saturday, 3/5/2016 US 301 & FL 200, Ocala - Blessed Trinity FL 19 & FL 100, Palatka 53.0 TBD


    Celebrating the 28th Anniversary of the Knights of Columbus Run for Life

    The Run For Life is an annual event during which relay teams run in the defense of Life. Along the way they raise money for emergency shelters, crisis pregnancy centers and maternity homes for expectant mothers throughout Florida. 9 day East Coast Run is 365 miles beginning in Homestead and ending in St. Augustine.

    End of Run ----------

In St. Augustine: Sunday, March 6
Prince of Peace, 101 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, FL 32084


San Sebastian Church, 1112 State Rd. 16, St. Augustine, FL 32084


San Sebastian Church, 1112 State Rd. 16, St. Augustine, FL 32084
(on Hwy 16, just West of St. Augustine)
The banquet will again be presented by the Knights and Wives of San Sebastian Council 11046.

Dear Brother Knights,

We need help to conduct the West Coast portion of the Run for Life.

Coordinating the running and handling the supporting functions for 9 days from Marco Island along US 41 and US 301 to Ocala and then crossing over the state to reach St. Augustine is after these years no longer an easy task for just a couple of members. Our team must be expanded by adding some younger brothers who can make themselves available for a few of the 9 days journey. We need new blood. This is an urgent appeal.

Someone asked you to become a member of the Knights of Columbus. You joined and found a comfortable niche to carry out your responsibilities to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. I am asking you now to try out for a new and rewarding experience ? taking an active role in the Run for Life.

  • For some who are reading this page it may be the first time you have heard about the Run for Life and I welcome you to learn more.
  • Some of you may enjoy jogging or the solitude of distance running. Others may know of a council member or a family member who does enjoy running. You may be able to suggest that they participate with their feet.
  • Some of you may be inspired to help the runners by providing roadside assistance, hydration and safety along the highways they run.
  • Some of you have shared your homes for overnight rest and provided meals for us along the way. This type of support is greatly appreciated, always helpful and still very much desired.

You will benefit from the camaraderie and fellowship of meeting other like minded team members who are traveling from one end of the state to the other with the common purpose of carrying out a Pro-Life mission.

Please consider this opportunity today and contact us.

Vivat Jesu,

J. Gary Ray (Carolyn)
Florida K C Charities ?Run for Life Coordinator, West Coast
239-821-5115 cell
239-514-0293 home

David Erickson (Kathy)
State Run for Life Communications Coordinator
239-940-9940 cell
239-267-1418 home swimerick@comcast.net


  • Pro Life Award Requirements
  • To apply, please fill out (before the submission due date on the Requirements above) the online Pro-Life Report form at the State Council website, Services | Forms.


  • Pro-Life Five Star Achiever Award Requirements
  • This award is now a Council award. It is suggested that the Council's Pro-Life Coordinator keep track of pro life events, members who participate, and date of the event, to help Grand Knights make a decision on the award. The Grand Knight will be able to download, sign, and present this award to the Knight(s) who have fulfilled the requirements above. The certificate is available at the Services | Forms | Council Forms section of this website.


State Council:

Culture of Life Activities - March For Life

As part of an organized program of the Council, with parish and community participation, a minimum of 100 marchers must participate in a local, regional, or national March for Life. Report activity using the enclosed "Featured Programs Worksheet" and the Columbian Award Application (#SP-7). The time spent traveling to and from a March for Life gives members the opportunity to explain to prospects the many ways in which the Knights of Columbus is working to build a Culture of Life. For more information on getting involved in a local, regional, or national March for Life, select the "Diocesan Coordinators" and the "Suggested Activities" tabs above.

December promotion - March For Life (U.S.): Make plans to attend the March For Life in Washington, D.C. If you can't get to D.C., plan to attend a state or local march.

Culture of Life Activities - Ultrasound Initiative

The council must identify a Pregnancy Care Center that is medically certified to utilize and maintain an ultrasound machine, and comply with all regulations of the Ultrasound Initiative to place an ultrasound machine, and follow the published guidelines for obtaining the remaining half of the purchase price from the Supreme Council. Report activity using the enclosed "Ultrasound Application" and the Columbian Award Application (#SP-7). For more information participating in the Ultrasound Initiative, see page 15 of the enclosed "Charitable Programs Plan for 2012-13" ort select the "Ultra Sound Initiative" section above".


The Ultrasound Award acknowledges the involvement level of a Council that participates in the Ultrasound Initiative. The requirements, award period, guidelines, and form submission due date for the Platinum, Silver, and Bronze Awards are described in Form FSC04886 Ultrasound Initiative Report. From the menu, select Services, Forms, and find it in the State Award Forms section. Fill out the form online before the due date, and select the Submit to State button.

NOTE: For the BRONZE SPONSOR AWARD, your Council is making a check payable to Florida KofC Charities, Inc., writing ULTRASOUND FUND on the check's memo line. The Ultrasound Chair will use these funds at his discretion for support and training to Pregnancy Centers of his choice throughout the State. For more information, contact the Florida K of C Charities Ultra Sound Chairman, Vincent Cipriano, at vincip@comcast.net

Throughout the year, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops (FlaCCB), a Diocesan Respect Life Director, or the KofC Supreme Council might email an "Action Alert" - a call for Knights to act in our civil duties to contact our Senators or House Representatives and let them know our position on pro- life bills. It is important that we, as citizens, do this in charity, unity, and fraternity, to speak for the voiceless unborn. Please act as soon as you receive the e-mail and forward it to your Council's Brother Knights, to family and friends.

Links for more information

Catholic Days at the Capitol

Annual Respect Life Conference

For more information and Registration: Archdiocese of Miami

40 Days for Life

Archdiocese: Miami

County: Broward
City: Hollywood
40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil Address: Hollywood Blvd and 35 Ave., 33021, at Presidential Circle.
Registration at: 40 days for life Registration
After creating your username and password please search for the Hollywood FL. location, same as last year, on

40 days for life Registration


At the public right-of-way outside the following centers. See links for contact information, maps, and instructions. Be sure to agree to the Statement of Peace.

More information - Registration at:

Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee
American Family Planning
6115 Village Oaks Drive
Pensacola, Florida

More info:

Diocese of St. Augustine

A Woman's Choice
4131 University Blvd. South,
Jacksonville, FL 32216.
Contact Joan Pano, (904) 382-2619 or 40daysforlifejax@gmail.com

More info:

Bread & Roses Women's Health Center,
1233 N.W. 10th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609
Please park in the public parking lot across from Bread and Roses, behind the Applebee's.
What to bring? Bottle of water!, prayers, an open heart and mind, a Christ-like and prayerful attitude.
Contact Lily Swarts at, respectlife@catholicgators.org

More info:


+++ Diocese of Orlando

Ocala Women's Center
108 North Pine Avenue
Ocala, Florida

More info:

Planned Parenthood 610 Oak Commons Kissimmee, Florida 34741
Irma Davila, davilai25@yahoo.com
More info:

Diocese of St Petersburg

Tampa Women's Health
2010 East Fletcher Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33612
Contact: Dolores or Angela 813-962-0191, 813-389-7175, fertility.care@hotmail.com

More info:

Women's OB/GYN Center
28960 US 19 North #110
Clearwater, Florida 33761
Contact: David Behrle H: 727-723-1169, behrle.david@gmail.com
More info:

All Women's Health Center
4131 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg , Florida 33713
Contact: Sarah Phelan 727-560-1184 SarahPhelanRY@gmail.com
More info:

Contact: Sabrina at 813-246-6916 or via email at sab@dosp.org.
More info - See Diocese's page:
Diocese of Venice

Diocese: Venice
County: Sarasota
City: Sarasota
Prayer Vigil Address:
After creating your username and password please search for the location: Sarasota
Coordinator: Bill & Kay Cook
Coordinator Phone/email address: 941-993-5963 billcook@comcast.net
Special Instructions (parking, location, etc.): Do not park in PP lots
Please park on adjacent streets, not to block other local businesses. Please remember to adhere to
Diocesan Guidelines for presence in front of an abortion clinic.

P More info:

Planned Parenthood
8595 College Parkway, #250
Fort Myers, Florida (Please do not use the sidewalk up at the Planned Parenthood office)
Coordinator Phone/email address: 239-888-6887
More info:

More info - See Diocese's page:
Diocese of Palm Beach

Across from the Presidential Women's Center
100 Northpoint Parkway, West Palm Beach, FL
Near the Wellington Health Center
1011 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington, FL
Contact: Susan Pine of FACE LIFE, Inc. at 561-255-1534

More info:

+++ Archdiocese of Miami

Fort Lauderdale Women's Clinic
2001 West Oakland Park Boulevard
Oakland Park, Florida
Contact: John Aman 954.540.8560 john@browardrighttolife.org
Parking is available at the Buen Pastor
Good Shepherd Church, 1981 W. Oakland Park Blvd,
on the east side of the Fort Lauderdale Women's Clinic.

More info:

Diocese: Miami
County: Broward
City: Hollywood
Prayer Vigil Address: A Woman's Center of Hollywood, 3829 Hollywood Blvd. Unit C, Hollywood, FL
After creating your username and password please search for the Hollywood location.
Coordinator: Nancy Farner
Coordinator Phone/email address: 786-210-0102 nancyfarner@hotmail.com
Special Instructions (parking, location, etc.):
Please park on adjacent streets, not to block other local businesses. Please remember to adhere to
Diocesan Guidelines for presence at an abortion clinic.

More info:

Hollywood Blvd. and 35 Ave. at Presidential Circle:
Coordinator: Nancy Farner
Coordinator Phone/email address: nancyfarner@hotmail.com
Special Instructions (parking, location, etc.):
Please park on adjacent streets, not to block other local businesses. Please remember to adhere to Diocesan

Guidelines for presence in front of an abortion clinic.

28/42 Pro-Life Initiative

At this time we are impelled into a battle and just as in all time in our history it is a battle of good and evil with a main theme of an attack on Pro-Life. We as Knights and Catholic Gentlemen should be proud on our stand on Pro-Life especially in defense of the Unborn Child. But it is now time to step up, get out of our comfort zone and get fully engaged. This Initiative is one way to get involved.

28th Anniversary of the Run for Life

We would like all Knights in Florida to be involved With the Run for Life. The Run for Life is an event in the state the Knights of Columbus to raise needed funds to the many Pregnancy Resource Centers throughout the State. We now have three runs covering the East and West coast and the Panhandle. We would like to have all councils to be involved. This involvement could be having their own runs in their areas and/or different fund raisers to raise funds and educate on Pro-Life. Some ideas are to have a 5k run or walk around a track. You could have a breakfast fund raiser with a Pro-Life theme.

42nd Anniversary of the March for Life

The second part of the Initiative is the Anniversary of the March for Life in Washington D.C. We would like to have as many Knights and family members as possible to participate in this historical event in January. With 5-6 months remaining each District or Council can start now to raise funds to support a bus to travel to this event. The buses seat 50-60 people and would cost each individual $200-300. Fundraisers would defray the cost. If you have never been to this event I can tell you that it is an awesome event with well over 200,000 in attendance. We would like to see if we can get a total of 1.5 million this next time which is the amount of babies being aborted each year.

For More Information

If your Council, District, or Assembly are interested in this Initiative, contact the Florida State Council Pro-Life Director or your Regional Pro-Life Coordinator. We will send more information on ideas for fundraisers and updates. Signup ASAP; let us fight this battle and remember "We are Knights, We are Pro-Life."

Other Pro-Life Activities

Please check the following links for more information:

Supreme Council: Surge with Service - Culture of Life Activities section

Supreme Council: Other Culture of Life Activities

The KofC State Diocesan Pro-Life Coordinator serves as the liaison between the State Pro-Life Director, the Diocese's Respect Life Ministry Director/Chair, and the Knights of Columbus in the Diocese, in Pro-Life issues. The Coordinator will periodically notify the District Deputies and Grand Knights in his area of Pro-Life Action Alerts and Pro-Life events in the region.


*** Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee ***

Please e-mail me and let me know about your Pro Life events/fund raisers: Date and time, location name and address, and nature of the event. Allow me to forward your Pro Life communications to all District Deputies and Grand Knights in the Diocese, to increase participation.

Please cooperate with our Bishop's Pro Life stance; check the Diocese's website:

Check the Diocese calendar for other events.


*** Diocese of Orlando ***

Please e-mail me and let me know about your Pro Life events/fund raisers: Date and time, location name and address, and nature of the event. Allow me to forward your Pro Life communications to all District Deputies and Grand Knights in the Diocese, to increase participation.

Please cooperate with our Bishop's Pro Life stance; check the Diocese's Respect for Life section:

Check the Diocese calendar for other events.

*** Diocese of St Augustine ***


Please e-mail me and let me know about your Pro Life events/fund raisers: Date and time, location name and address, and nature of the event. Allow me to forward your Pro Life communications to all District Deputies and Grand Knights in the Diocese, to increase participation.

Diocese of St Augustine - Respect Life Ministry

Select NEWS & EVENTS on the menu. Check the Diocese calendar for other events.


*** Diocese of St Petersburg ***


Please e-mail me and let me know about your Pro Life events/fund raisers: Date and time, location name and address, and nature of the event. Allow me to forward your Pro Life communications to all District Deputies and Grand Knights in the Diocese, to increase participation.

Please cooperate with our Bishop's Pro Life stance; check the Diocese's Respect for Life section: and our Ministries of Mercy section.

Select Events Calendar on the menu. Check the Diocese calendar for other events.

*** Diocese of Venice ***


Please e-mail me and let me know about your Pro Life events/fund raisers: Date and time, location name and address, and nature of the event. Allow me to forward your Pro Life communications to all District Deputies and Grand Knights in the Diocese, to increase participation.

Please cooperate with our Bishop's Pro Life stance; check the Diocese's Respect for Life section:

Check the Diocese calendar for events. Select News and Media | Diocesan News on the menu:

Please click the following link for Information, and register:

Diocese of Venice - Respect for Life


*** Diocese of Palm Beach ***


Please e-mail me and let me know about your Pro Life events/fund raisers: Date and time, location name and address, and nature of the event. Allow me to forward your Pro Life communications to all District Deputies and Grand Knights in the Diocese, to increase participation.

Please cooperate with our Bishop's Pro Life stance; check the Diocese's Respect for Life section:

and its Pregnancy Care Centers section

Select News & Events | Events on the menu. Check the Diocese calendar for events: Natural Family Planning classes, Hope After Abortion (Rachels Vineyard) Retreats, etc.

Archdiocese of Miami


Please e-mail me and let me know about your Pro Life events/fund raisers: Date and time, location name and address, and nature of the event. Allow me to forward your Pro Life communications to all District Deputies and Grand Knights in the Diocese, to increase participation.

Archdiocese of Miami Pro-Life Events Schedule

Please cooperate with our Archbishop's Pro Life stance; check the Archdiocese' Respect for Life section. Attend peaceful Prayer Vigils at Abortion centers in your area. Locations and Archdiocese guidelines

Ensure your Council members, wives, sons and daughters over 18 yrs. old attend the next LIFE WORKSHOP. Check the Respect Life Ministry website for LIFE Workshops offered in different churches throughout the year. Learn what and why the Catholic Church teaches on the critical life issues of our day. Learn how to defend the sanctity of human life at all stages. Become a part of the solution by learning how to articulate the Truth. You can attend regardless of which Parish you belong. Select Events on the menu. Find Contact Information on Respect Life Pregnancy Centers

Additional Information:

+ The NORTH MIAMI-DADE Respect Life Pregnancy Help Center is ready for an Ultrasound equipment. Please contact me for an effort between Councils/Districts. Our goal is to provide the equipment and the yearly salary for an ultrasound technician. Check the Pregnancy Help Center assigned to your Council.

Respect Life Ministry:
Main Office: (954) 981-2922

Pregnancy Care Centers:
North Broward: (954) 977-7769
Central Broward: (954) 565-0229
South Broward: (954) 963-2229
North Miami-Dade: (786) 452-0280
South Miami-Dade: (305) 273-8507

+ Respect Life needs volunteers to help in their Baby Bottles Campaign. Baby Bottles are distributed at Churches one weekend, then picked up the next weekend. Please contact me on how you can help - you can be a parishioner at another Church and still help. The Respect Life ladies need you. District Deputies and Grand Knights will be notified of Churches involved and their schedule.

+ Respect Life presents Chastity Days for 8th Graders of all Catholic Schools in February. Children of Knights of Columbus/Columbiettes in public schools can also attend, as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Contact Respect Life for information.



For more information, please refer to the Archdiocese of Nassau website.

Please cooperate with our Archbishop's Pro Life stance; check the Archdiocese's Pastoral Offices, Office of Family Life section.

State Church Activities

  • Overview
  • Altar Servers
  • Bible Placement
  • Divine Mercy
  • Marian Program
  • Keep Christ in Christmas
  • Father McGivney Guild
  • Liturgical

  • Knights of Mercy Program

    Why should every council and assembly get involved in this new program?

    If the Catholic Church is going to exist and more importantly thrive in today's society, men and women throughout our communities must come forward and take an active part. As Knights of Columbus, our prime responsibility is to encourage and promote that action. The aim of all our Church Activities is to develop close ties between councils and parishes, which are mutually beneficial and helpful to members in developing their lives of faith, worship and service.

    The Knights of Mercy Program is specifically designed to develop a close and lasting working relationship with each parish and provide an excellent and very fruitful evangelization program that will cause these parishes to thrive and grow in today’s world. Celebrated correctly, Divine Mercy Sunday is the ultimate evangelization tool. The Knights of Mercy Program ensures that each parish is properly prepared to do it’s very best to use Divine Mercy Sunday to evangelize.

    The program has been utilized in many parishes throughout the Order and has proven to be very well accepted by pastors and other clergy. Priests will feel a closer bond with the Knights after they witness the fruits of the program. There could be a no greater act of charity then to help to save souls, and this program can save them in great numbers. The grace of Divine Mercy Sunday’s plenary indulgence, can lead a soul straight to Heaven with no punishment at all.

    The Knights of Mercy Program is designed to bring about a permanent evangelization effort built around a solid and thorough understanding of Divine Mercy Sunday. One of the most beneficial things that we can do is to ensure that pastors understand the potential of correctly celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday. There are two main categories: one is providing the necessary information to priests; and the other is providing a Divine Mercy image for the parish church.

    If an adequate image of Divine Mercy already exists in the parish church, then the main focus would be on providing information to the pastor about using Divine Mercy Sunday as a tool for evangelization and to offer to provide any informational resources necessary to help him.

    The available information from www.DivineMercySunday.com website, which is owned by a member of the Knights of Columbus, was derived from collaboration efforts with the Vatican, Bishops, and Priests, including other experts in Divine Mercy. Most of the guidance comes from the 2002 Vatican decree establishing the permanent Plenary Indulgence that was issued specifically for Divine Mercy Sunday which includes the instructions and duties for priests.

    For more information on the Knights of Mercy Program, call Robert Allard at 772-343-9475 or for complete details, follow the program link on the www.DivineMercySunday.com website or use this informational link Knights of Mercy Program .

    Robert and his wife, Linda are available for parish presentations on Divine Mercy. For more on these presentations go to http://mercysunday.com/presentation.htm .

State Keep Christ In Christmas Chairman
Julian Gazzano

Keep Christ in Christmas is an evangelization program of the Knights of Columbus. Knights in 40 states and the provinces of Nova Scotia and Ontario have sold more than 13 million religious Christmas cards thru this program over the past 13 years. It is a wonderful program to bring the presence of the incarnation of Christ to the world.

In a time when all things religious are being discouraged and swept away, it's refreshing to know that the Order sponsors the 'Keep Christ in Christmas' campaign to remind people that Christmas is above all a holy day celebrating the birth of Christ.

Your continued support of the Keep Christ in Christmas Program is very important more today than any time before. We must be the leaders in reminding other of the true meaning of Christmas. It is the celebration of the Birth of Our Savior Jesus Christ. Your participation in the KCIC Programs (Christmas Cards, Christmas Seals and Car Magnets) is requested.

Keep Christ in Christmas Articles

  • Christ in Christmas Catalogue
  • CIC Order Form (2017)
  • Christmas “Nativity” Magnets
  • Other “Christmas” Magnets

The image that is before us today is a reproduction of the painting that embellishes the Basilica Cathedral Notre-Dame de Québec, above the main altar, a colorful painting of Our Lady, the work of Sister Marie de l’Eucharistie, a Sister of Charity of Québec.

Worthy District Deputies, Brothers all,

We as members of the Knights of Columbus and have dedicated our lives to Our Blessed Mother’s team and have the opportunity to share with all of the faithful here in Florida another program honoring our patroness, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

On September 8, 2013, we will launch another Knights of Columbus Marian Prayer Program, this time dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

May Our Lady accompany our Church and all the members of our Order throughout the state of Florida. Like her, we want to be open to the Holy Spirit and available to accomplish God’s plan in today’s world. And following Our Lady's example, we want to leave with haste as she did, to share the Good News of the Gospel to a world that needs the Hope and the Truth and the Love of Jesus Christ


At the initiative of our Worthy Supreme Knight, we inaugurate the 16th prayer program of the Knights of Columbus, conducted using a sacred image as its centerpiece. In 1979, the first such program was begun with images of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas. In preparation for the 1982 Centennial of the Order, the second prayer program was initiated, which also highlighted the Immaculate Conception. Over the years, the Blessed Mother has also been honored by her Knights under her titles of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Our Lady of Czestochowa, Our Lady of Pochaiv, Our Lady of the Assumption, Our Lady of the Rosary and Our Lady of Charity.

These Order wide programs of Marian Prayer have gathered together more than 16 million people at some 140,000 prayer services conducted at local councils and parishes.

As we inaugurate this new Marian Prayer Program, may Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the Diocese of Quebec, our Mother and the Mother of the Church, the star of New Evangelization, lead us to her Son, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World.

If you need any further information please contact your District Deputy or myself, Lawrence C. Kocen, (Larry) Marian Program Chairman at lkocen@gmail.com , (941)496-9142 or (941)412-7713.

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Worthy Brothers,

The State of Florida is fifty-two thousand members strong and only five thousand Guild members. That is less than 10% of our membership. Are you a member? We, as loyal Knights, have an obligation to belong to the Guild, and pray for the Canonization of The Venerable Father McGivney. Among the reason Father McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus was to help Catholic men practice their faith and thus become better husbands and fathers and making God the first priority in their lives. Father McGivney knew that men would have a greater opportunity to put God first if they engaged in works of charity and experienced fraternity with other men who are striving to take their faith seriously.

Worthy Brothers, I ask you to have your councils, assemblies and ladies’ auxiliaries pray the Prayer for the Canonization of the Venerable Father McGivney at their meetings.

The following are available free from Supreme council. These are in the supply catalog. Prayer for the Canonization of Father McGivney Form #2617. “Father McGivney Guild Enrollment Form”, Worthy DD’s use this form at your first degrees and have them filled out by the candidate that night. This is form #4046. Father McGivney Apostle for the 21st Century. This is a good pamphlet to place on your parish periodical rack. This form #4064. Order these pamphlets. They are free!!!

Chuck Kahler
Father McGivney Guild Chairman
Bound together by faith
941-662-6253 ckchck4@aol.com

Worthy Brothers,

The meaning of Liturgical

It means a church that conducts it's worship services in a pre-planned order. This is done so that all aspects of worship are touched upon, i.e. praise, prayer, preaching, Bible readings, the sacrament(s) etc. Some churches have special pre-planned liturgies for different church events, Christmas, or Easter for example. The degree that services are liturgical varies according to the denomination, and even from church to church within any given denomination.

May God Bless and Keep You and Yours Safe

Norm LaRose

State Community Activities


To quote "Surge with Service"

"Your community offers limitless opportunities for action that can be seen, felt and judged for its true worth. Look for something that's needed and workable in your community - fight poverty, aid individuals with mental retardation, plant a tree, sponsor a blood pressure screening, support law enforcement, campaign for every baby's right to life, help the aged - whatever your community needs, your members are interested in and your council resources allow. No matter what you choose ........... GET INVOLVED!!!"

Some of the things you can do are as follows:

  • Pro-Life
  • Volunteerism
  • Human Needs
  • Civic Involvement
  • Environment
  • Public Safety
  • Blue Mass
  • Health Services
  • Red Mass
  • Visit Patients in The Hospital
  • Support Hospice
  • Help Veterans
  • Volunteer at Veterans Hospitals and health care facilities
  • Battle Against Cancer, Aids
  • Stand Against Drunk Driving
  • Honor Columbus

These are just a few of the many ways to get involved in Community Activities. All these and more are in your "Surge with Service" Working in the community also brings in new members. New members mean more thing you can do.

I'm available if you have questions.

God Bless,

Jean Pierre Chacon
Knights of Columbus
Florida State Council
Community Activities Director

With many families with young children continuing to struggle in these challenging economic times, there has never been a better time for Knights of Columbus councils to help by providing warm winter coats to children in their communities through the Order's Coats for Kids program.

For the 2011/12 winter season to date, 698 Knights of Columbus councils purchased and distributed 26,028 coats. In addition the Supreme Council also purchased 5,500 coats that were sent to several state councils for distribution, for a total of 31,528 coats given out. This is a significant increase over the 2010/11 number of 17,626 coats distributed.

Since 2009, the Knights of Columbus has distributed more than 70,000 coats to kids throughout the United States and Canada.

All Knights of Columbus councils are invited to participate in Coats for Kids this Winter. Simply complete and submit the Coats for Kids order form, and you'll get your coats in about two to three weeks. The minimum order is one case of 12 coats, and the cost is $195 per case ($16.25 per coat). Shipping charges are added to each order, but the Supreme Council works with our supplier to ship via the most economical means possible, and the Supreme Council will pick up half of the shipping costs on every order placed by a Knights of Columbus council. Each case of high-quality coats will contain either boys coats or girls coats, both of which come in a variety of sizes (4-16 for girls, 4-18 for boys), styles and colors.

To order coats, click on the link and you will find a link to Coats for Kids order form at the bottom of the page.

Coats for Kids Order Form

Matthew 25.38-40 38 When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you into our homes, or naked and clothe you? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you? 40 The King will reply "I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!"

State Council Activities

Did you know that Council Activities are a great way to bring brother Knights together, not only in your council but with brothers from other councils, not only in your District but throughout the state of Florida? There are two State tournaments, the Golf Tournament and the Bowling Tournament. Both bring a opportunity to meet and play with brothers from around the state as well as raising funds for charity. Consider the possibilities for your own council; Golf Outings, Bowling Tournaments, Soccer, Softball or Baseball games within your council or between councils. If they are open to non-members who are practical Catholics, it is a great way to recruit new members to the Knights of Columbus. Organizing a trip to a baseball or football or basketball game within your council or jointly with other councils also brings brothers closer together and can also be a recruitment tool. When participating in such events we celebrate a multitude of blessing we have and displays the principles and virtues our founder, Fr. Michael J. McGivney laid down for us.

- One of our primary goals in our athletic events is to support others such as Florida Special Olympics, Vocations, Seminarians or any other or our many outreach initiatives. Our efforts helps others in need.
- Programs such as open house, Father/Daughter or Father/Son lunches, Birthday or Anniversary parties, holiday dinner/dances, and picnics bring people together rand maintains a strong, friendly and fraternal atmosphere in the council and between council and makes new members feel welcomed.
- Nothing displays unity like team sports. Whether working with or competing with other councils there is a sense of Brotherhood and Unity. When we participate in one of the State Tournaments we meet and socialize with members from around the state and gain in unity with one another both fraternally and spiritually.
My brothers, consider attending, participating, or volunteering or supporting one of our upcoming athletic events. Information on the events can be found on the State web site under the State Sporting Events button on the Home page or on this page under the Golf Tournament or Bowling Tournament buttons.
Dick Maier
Council Activities Director

State Family Activities

Family Activities

We are a ‘Family Fraternal Service Organization’ and families are the foundation of society and are at the core of the Knights of Columbus. The Florida Knights of Columbus State Council recognizes the importance of the family. Every council in Florida has family activities which have attracted men of the parish who want to be a Knight and be like us. Let us know about your family activity by reporting it using the State online form FSC04108 Family Activities Report. We will pick an activity and highlight here from time to time. Be sure to include a couple of pictures.

Family of the Month

Please read this because you may have never heard this before – The council ‘Family of the Month’ does not need to be the family of a member of the Knights of Columbus. Here’s the catch, since you won’t have a valid Member Number to include on the form when it is processed by Fraternal Services, 1) while the council gets credit for submission, 2) the family is not entered into the drawing where the Supreme Council selects 100 families from those nominated by local councils for further recognition. This expands the award a recruiting tool as well as a recognition award for a deserving local family.

For more information here are two useful links:

Knights of Columbus Day at the Ball Bark.

This is a KofC Charities, Inc. Benefit at Tropicana Field – St. Petersburg, Florida on Sunday October 4, 2015. The Rays take on the Blue Jays. Click here for the flyer.

State Columbian Squires Program

Columbian Squires

Preparing them today, so that they may live faithfully tomorrow.

Founded in 1925 by Brother Barnabas McDonald, the Columbian Squires was formed out of a necessity for the improvement and betterment of the Spiritual, Cultural, Civic, Social, and Physical knowledge and abilities of our Catholic Young Men. Brother Barnabas, working with the fathers and Brother Knights in his area, developed this organization to do just that!

The Program first came to Florida with the establishment of Father Maher Circle #8 in Jacksonville on May 1st, 1927. This was the First Circle Established south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and from there we have only grown and expanded upon that original mission. Now, nearly 90 years later we stand with 38 Circles and 400 Squires Statewide. From that however, we must grow in order to better accomplish that mission! Let us, especially in this day and age promote this program, and ensure the future of not only the Order, but the Church as a whole!

The First Step is to Click Here to download and print the Squires Inquiry Kit Order Form which will get you started with everything you need!!

Below you will find several other useful resources to use in the Development of a New Circle, as well as extra copies of needed Forms for starting and Operating the Circle and as always if you should need any help at all, do not hesitate to contact me at any time!!

Cell: (904) 599-1436
Email: mccaff93@gmail.com

We have an epidemic in our modern society directly affecting our Youth on a daily basis. I am referring to a loss of their Catholic faith; the faith that many of us cherish, does not have that same effect on our children when they hit their teenage and young adult years. The problem being for many is that outside of their attendance at Mass, in Catholic School, and in our home; the influence of faith is hardly ever seen or understood. This only gets worse once they get older, as they grow further from home, and become absorbed in the world around them. When that happens mass becomes a chore rather than a blessing, and prayer becomes a mere motion to go through rather than a connection with our Lord. Our youth are losing their faith, and as we watch helplessly you might ask, what can we do to stop this?!

We have a solution to this problem; the Columbian Squires is a Catholic Youth Organization, created to provide for the spiritual, cultural, civic, social and physical improvement of its members. The Squire's Programs strengthen the mind, body, and soul while developing within them basic leadership skills and abilities; all of this surrounded by an increased and inspired growth with an appreciation of our faith. So that once they graduate from the Squires, they are not only prepared to face the world as a Catholic, but have the leadership skills necessary to bring others to find the same Truth.

The Catholic Squires is an international fraternity, established in 1925 consisting of approximately 40,000 Catholic young men, ages 10 to 18, in over 2,500 circles worldwide. Circles exist, or have existed, throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Panama, Cuba, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and on U.S. military bases abroad. Local Knights of Columbus councils and assemblies sponsor Squire Circles, of which we are home to 35 Circles, and over 400 Squires. The Squires, alongside the Knights involve themselves in various programs to benefit the Church, the community, as well as themselves in recreational and social activities.

We need your help to continue this mission! We are looking for your sons to become a part of this great organization, and join the ranks of thousands with the same mindset and goals throughout the world. Locally, we are still building, and this is an opportunity for your child to become part of something great! Please consider and reflect upon this, my door is always open to answer any questions which may arise, and by taking the time to read this I hope you can find reassurance in knowing that TOGETHER we can build the Church, and Build the Body of Christ. Thank you, and may God Bless each and everyone one of you!!

Allen J.B .McCaffery lll
SK Allen J. McCaffery III, PCS, PSSO
Florida State Squires Director
907 Royal Road, St. Augustine, FL 32086
Cell: (904) 599-1436

State Youth Activities

The mission of the Florida State Youth Team is to provide encouragement for the Knights of Columbus Councils in Florida to participate in youth programs designed by the Supreme Council, the Florida State Council, and local Councils. This provides an outreach to youth in our area, keeps members active, and provides a path to recruit new men for our Order.

    Florida State Council Youth Program Goals

  • Increase the number of Councils who conduct youth programs
  • Provide a positive experience for the youth who participate
  • Increase the number of participants at youth programs
  • Support the growth and strength of Columbian Squires Circles
  • Increase membership in the Knights of Columbus
  • Follow all Supreme and Diocesan youth safe environment rules

The entire State team is here to assist you. We want you to be successful. Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Today's youth are the leaders of tomorrow. Effective youth activities teach young people valuable life lessons on leadership, responsibliity, morality and compassion. Numerous avenues are open to the Knights of Columbus which demonstrate our support of today's youth.

As the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus, the Columbian Squires is deserving of primary consideration in any council's youth program. To reach more youth, many councils extend support to other youth programs such as Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) or Catholic Youth Ministry (CYM), Big Brother/Big Sisters and scouting programs for both boys and girls.

Through the sponsorship of the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship Basketball and the Soccer Challenge as well as the Special Olympics, the KofC councils support Athletic programs that demonstrate sportsmanship at all levels of competition.

Educational Program such as the Knights of Columbus Poster and Essay Contests and the Spelling Bee encourage the exercise of the mind.

The featured program in the Youth area is Coats for Kids. Meeting the minimum requirements in this activity allows the Council to fulfill all of the Youth activity requirements for the SP-7 Form. For the most up-to-date requirements and information on how your council can participate in Coats for Kids, visit kofc.org/coats or the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Training Portal.

Florida State Youth Activities Guide is available on the Forms page under the Services/Forms/Youth and Sports Forms.

Florida State Council

Youth Programs Website Information

Free Throw Championship

Since 1972, Councils have sponsored the Knights of Columbus International Basketball Free Throw Championship for boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 14. The competition is set up to have the contestants compete within their own gender and age group. All competition starts at the local level. Winners move on to District, Regional and State or Province levels, and some make it to the International level.

The Free Throw Championship is one of the fun youth programs your Council can sponsor during its fraternal year. To sponsor a competition, all your Council needs is the Free Throw Championship Kit (#FT- KIT), a couple of basketballs, a hoop and a bunch of kids. It is a great way to get out into the public and introduce the Order to your community – while providing Youths with a rewarding activity that yields a chance for Local, State or Provincial and International recognition.

The Knights of Columbus sponsor an essay contest annually. Contestants write an essay on the theme "The Importance of Religious Freedom."

The essay contest is open to all Catholic youth in grades 8 through 12 who attend parochial, private, or public schools.

Competition starts at the Council level. Winners can progress to the District, State, and International level competitions.

Competition Timetable :

Council - Complete anytime from September to January. Submissions are judged by group, with the winner from each group moving on to the next level. There are five groups for essay; 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, and 12th Grade.

District - DD sets a date in late January/early February for councils to submit the council winners for the district competition. DD completes judging during February.

Regional - There is no regional competition for poster and essay. District winners are submitted by DD directly to State Youth Activities Director. The address is: Dan McIntyre, 313 Sweetbrier Branch Ln, St Johns, FL. 32259.

State - Due date for district winners to be received for the state competition is February 28th. State winners will be submitted to Supreme for the international competition. State winners will earn a trophy which will be presented to the DD at the state convention.

Substance Abuse Poster Contest

  • The Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Poster Contest is open to all youth from ages 8 through 14. Posters must display one of two themes:
    • Alcohol Awareness and Abuse
    • Drug Awareness and Abuse
  • Competition is divided into two age groups; 8 - 11, and 12-14.
  • A competitor may only enter one poster (after choosing theme).
  • A Council, District, and State may have up to 4 winners (one from each category and age group).
  • Judging
    • Judging should be done by teams composed of young people, Knights, teachers, administrators, students, substance abuse counselors, and law enforcement officials. In keeping with the theme of giving young people the opportunity to develop their own solutions to the challenges they face, it's particularly important to involve young people in all phases of the judging process.
    • A 100-point scoring system will be used to determine the winners. 30 Points: Slogan - How clearly is the theme presented? 30 Points: Visuals - How well do the visuals convey the message? 40 Points: Overall impact - How effective was the poster in capturing your attention and causing you to reflect on the topic?

Competition Timetable :

Council - Complete anytime from September to January. Submissions are judged by group, with the winner from each group moving on to the next level. There are four groups for the substance abuse posters; alcohol abuse age 8-10, alcohol abuse age 11-14, drug abuse age 8-10, and drug abuse age 11-14.

District - DD sets a date in late January/early February for councils to submit the council winners for the district competition. DD completes judging during February.

Regional - There is no regional competition for poster and essay. District winners are submitted by DD directly to State Youth Activities Director. The address is: Dan McIntyre, 313 Sweetbrier Branch Ln, St Johns, FL. 32259.

State - Due date for district winners to be received for the state competition is February 28th. State winners will be submitted to Supreme for the international competition. State winners will earn a trophy which will be presented to the DD at the state convention. summer trips!

Calendar State Events

Important Council Dates

  • Appoint Chairman for all youth events
  • Order Soccer Challenge Kit
    August-Early September
  • Hold Council Soccer Challenge
  • Get Spelling Bee Kit from FSC website
  • Order Free Throw Championship Kit
  • Hold Essay Contest
  • Hold Poster Contest
  • Hold Council Spelling Bee
  • Hold Council Free Throw Championship

Important District Dates

  • Hold District Soccer Challenge
  • Hold Regional Soccer Challenge

  • Hold District and Regional Spelling Bee
  • Hold District and Regional Free Throw Championship
  • Hold District Poster Contest
  • Hold District Essay Contest

Soccer Challenge

The Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge is a competition designed for players to demonstrate the most basic soccer skill - the penalty kick. Open to all boys and girls in your community, ages 9-14.
    Council will need:
  • Facility to hold the competition
  • Goal divided and marked per the guidelines in the kit
  • Soccer balls of the proper size
  • Knights to register participants, chase balls, judge, and score
  • Good advertising, including "word of mouth" of council members
  • Soccer Challenge forms from Supreme:
    Soccer Challenge Program Guide4576
    Champion Certificate4575
    Participation Certificate4573
    Soccer Challenge Poster4571
    Soccer Challenge Poster4572
  • Supreme provides Medallions for the District Soccer Challenge. The DD will need to call Claudia at 203-752-4016 and order a set if they are planning to hold a District event.

The Florida State Council Spelling Bee is for all youth in Grades 5 through 10. The competition is divided into three groups; Grade 5&6, Grade 7&8, and Grade 9&10. The State Spelling Bee rules and word lists are the Florida State Council Spelling Bee Program Guide.

The State Spelling Bee Program this year has been completely revamped and overhauled! As always it is divided into 3 levels, 5th and 6th Grade; 7th and 8th Grade; and 9th and 10th Grade. In the new "Spelling Bee Co-ordinators Guide", you will find everything you need to run your Spelling Bee Program! Inside are the Master Word Lists, Practice Lists, all forms and contacts that you will need. I look forward to working with all of you over the course of the next season, and I hope to hear feedback from everyone as to how the Guide worked for you!

Please keep in mind that this is in addition to the State Council Youth Guide, and if you have not already please take the time to look through it for general information about all of the Youth Programs!! For information about Council Spelling Bee awards, click on Services/Forms and go to the Youth and Sports Forms. EXP: BJ's Trophies Order Form. DD Ribbon Order Form. District Deputies may order a district ribbon set using the DD Ribbon Order Form on that forms tab.

If you have ANY questions at all, do not hesitate to email me. Also, I ask that you send me dates for your Spelling Bees, I hope to attend as many as possible!! And keep ever prevalent in your minds that the youth are OUR future, and ensuring that future starts by investing in them in any way you can, and myself and the other members of the Florida State Council Youth Team are here to help!

My Brothers All,
There may be occasions when the venue where you are planning to conduct your event(s) i.e. Council meetings, Disabilities "Tootsie Roll" Drive, Free Throw, Soccer Challenge, Spelling Bee, etc. that will require a Certificate of Insurance. The following procedure is set up to allow you to request your own Certificate of Insurance directly from the RC Knox Co.

Procedure to follow when requesting a Certificate of Insurance from the RC Knox Co.

To request a Certificate of Insurance from the RC Knox Co. you are to send your request (email or fax) to:
  Jason Czepiel jczepiel@rcknox.com
  People's United Insurance Agency
  RC Knox Division
  One Goodwin Square
  Hartford, CT 06103
  Fax: 860-722-7805

    The following information is to be provided within your request:
  • The Council's number requesting the Certificate must be provided:
  • Council contact information:
    Name of the individual requesting the certificate
    Telephone number
    Fax or Email address
  • Description of the type of event(s) to be held
  • Name and address where the event(s) will take place
  • Date(s) the event will take place
  • The fax number or email address where the RC Knox Company is to send the Certificate of Insurance