Virginia's Newest Squires Circle instituted at St Lawrence Parish in Alexandria
On February 23, Virginia State Squires officers instituted the state's 17th Squires Circle, at St. Lawrence Parish in Alexandria. State Deputy Tony Fortunato and State Secretary Jim Burnley joined leaders of Fr. Ryder Council 9407 for the occasion. Full story and photos HERE.
Let's Beat the Goal!
Our membership growth goal for Virginia is 1400 new members during the 2013-2014 Fraternal Year. As of March 1, 2014 - eight months into the Fraternal Year - we've added 911 new members. Click HERE to learn more about achieving our goal.
State KC Leaders Prepare for "Home Stretch" at Virginia Beach Meeting
Grand Knights and District Deputies joined state officers and staff at the Quarterly Meeting of the Virginia jurisdiction in Virginia Beach on March 1. The Nominations Committee selected a slate of candidates for state office during the 2014-2015 Fraternal Year, and much more. Full story and photographs HERE.
Virginia Knights celebrate new medical clinic in Uganda
Thanks to the Knights of Saints Peter and Paul Council 11475 in Palmyra, Virginia, the people of Kitakyusa, Uganda now have a local medical clinic for the first time in their lives. The council raised money for two years to fund construction of the clinic, which was dedicated on February 9. Read more about this extraordinary KC council project HERE.
Fourth Degree Exemplification in Roanoke April 26
The Spring 2014 Exemplification of the Fourth Degree will be held in Roanoke on April 26, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood. Hotel reservations must be made by April 11 to get the special Knights of Columbus rate. Find a complete information package HERE. Detailed formal dress requirements for all participants HERE.
Fourth Degree in President's Day Parade in Alexandria
State Master Cy Alba led a large contingent of Fourth Degree Knights in regalia as they marched in Alexandria's annual President's Day Parade. Although the temperatures were cool - barely in the 30s - the event was blessed by brilliant sunshine and a large holiday crowd of spectators. More HERE.
New Ultrasound Machine Dedicated at Assist Pregnancy Center
State officers joined District 18 Knights who raised funds for multiple ultrasound machines in Northern Virginia for the dedication of the latest one, at the Assist Pregnancy Center in Annandale. Fr. Denis Donahue, pastor of St. Philip Catholic Church in Falls Church, blessed the new unit as FDD Dave Crew held the prayer book. More HERE.
Virginia Knights and the 2014 March for Life
It was brutally cold, with the air temperature of only 19 degrees and the wind chill far below that, but hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers from around the country braved the bitter winter weather to boldly proclaim the right to life in downtown Washington on January 22. Virginia Knights were, as always, at the center of the action. More HERE.
January 2014 Midyear Meeting
State officers,District Deputies and Grand Knights all gathered for a full day of work to kick off the second half of the Fraternal Year at St. Mary's Church in Richmond on Saturday, January 11, 2014. See Bishop Loverde's Video, lots of photographs, and presentations with information you'll want to have, right HERE.
Fourth Degree Knights bring "Sweats for Vets" to VA Medical Center
Knights from three Northern Virginia assemblies delivered more than 600 sweat suits that were donated to veterans being treated at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV. This is the eighth year that the event has been held, and it drew support from veterans organizations and the mayors of Leesburg and Purcellville as well. Story and Photos HERE.
Virginia Knights of Columbus Bowling Tournament April 5-6
Walter Pollard Council 5480 in Newport News will host this year's Virginia Knights of Columbus Bowling Tournament Apri 5-6, 2014. The entry fee is $23 per event, and the nearby Hampton Inn & Suites is offering special KofC rates. More information, and a link to the registration form can be found HERE.
Fourth Degree Knights present colors at Special Olympics "FanQuest"
A color corps from Seton Assembly 1781 presented the colors at the beginning of the Virginia Special Olympics "Fan Quest 2014" at Robinson Secondary School in Burke on Saturday evening, January 18. More information and photos HERE.
Religious Freedom Day Ceremonies
For more than 40 years, the Knights of Columbus have sponsored the annual Religious Freedom Day celebration in Fredericksburg, VA. This year's event took place on Sunday, January 12, and a large gathering of Fourth Degree Knights turned out to take part. Read the full story and see more photos HERE.
2014 State Convention Package Now Online
The 114th Annual Meeting of the Virginia State Council of the Knights of Columbus will take place at the Hyatt Dulles Hotel in Herndon, just a few miles from Dulles Airport, May 2-4, 2014. Download a complete package of conventio materials HERE.
Virginia State Squires Officers Installed
The Installation of Officers of the Virginia State Circle of the Columbian Squires took place on Sunday, November 17 at Saint Benedict Catholic Church in Richmond. Read more about the story HERE.
Virginia's Newest Council
St Martin of Tours Council 15794 in Fort Lee, Virginia is the newest council in the Old Dominion. On Thursday evening, December 5, State Deputy Anthony Fortunato presented Deputy Grand Knight Hugo Feliciano with the council's Supreme Council charter. District Deputy James F Glover, whose efforts and encouragement were key to formation of the new council, is shown at left.
Flag Retirement Ceremony
Monsignor Francis L. Bradican Assembly 2996 conducted a Flag Retirement Ceremony on November 7th, 2013 at Nativity Church in Burke, Virginia. Flags no longer suitable for service were retired by incineration in a manner fitting of the sacrifices of those who have served under the flag in the armed forces. The event is held each year on a date near Veterans Day. Full Story HERE.
A Major Milestone: One Hundred Blood Drives in Purcellville
Members of St. Francis Council 11136 sponsored their 100th blood drive since the inception of the St. Francis de Sales Blood Donor Program back in 1993. Over the past two decades, more than 6,000 participants have donated 685 gallons of blood for those in need. Read the full story HERE.
Columbus Day 2013
Because of the federal government shutdown, this year's Columbus Day ceremonies could not be held in front of the Columbus Memorial at Union Station. It was moved instead to Casa Italiana, next door to Holy Rosary Church on 3rd Street, NW. The smaller indoor venue limited this year's participation by Fourth Degree members from Virginia, Maryland and D.C. to the Honor America Corps and senior officers. More photos HERE.
K of C Family Week for USO Wounded Warriors at Fort Belvoir
Sir Knights from Msgr. Bradican Assembly in Burke, Virginia cooked up a picnic meal for Wounded Warriors and their families at the new USO facility at Fort Belvoir. Read the full story HERE.
Virginia Knights help a family in Appalachia rebuild
Members of Father Sikoria Council 7992 in Burke raised more than $48,000 to build a house for a family of five in Whtley City, Kentucky which had lost everything in a fire, and then 14 members traveled 570 miles to help build the house. Read the full story here.
March 3, 2014: this week for Virginia Knights
This week's checklist
March 3, 2014 - The March issue of the Star Council Newsletter is available HERE, and is filled with information about how you can make the month a productive one.
The 2014 Virginia annual convention is now just 60 days away. It will be held at the Dulles Hyatt Hotel in Herndon May 2-4, 2014. Find a complete set of convention materials HERE.
March 25 is the Knights of Columbus Day of the Unborn Child. Ask your Culture of Life Committee to promote it as a Day of Prayer for the Unborn Child. Prayer for Life cards (#4665) are available from the Supreme Council supply office in reasonable quantities.
Have you selected your council nominees for Young Man and Young Woman of the Year yet?
From the State Deputy
Anthony D. Fortunato
As we begin the month of February, I hope that the weather will not be as harsh as it was throughout January. We faced all of the elements snow, rain, ice, wind and a combination of all.
I want to thank everyone who for braving the extreme cold and wind and attended the annual March for Life on January 22nd. I was told that due to the weather and icy roads in some areas buses had to be canceled and others whose buses were able to make the trip could not because local roads were not plowed or iced over. I know that those who could not make the March were there in spirit and prayed with us from home. I also want to thank our brother Knights from councils throughout the jurisdiction for volunteering during the march and to those councils who hosted dinners for hundreds of marchers from out of state either on their way to the march or on their way home. Read more HERE
Membership: Beat the Goal!
As of the 1st of March, the total number of new members in Virginia for this fraternal year so far is 911. In order to meet our goal of 1400 new members for the year, we need to step up the pace of bringing in new Knights. Please make membership recruitment a major priority during 2014! Read more about our strategy for membership growth this year.
Virginia Knights - Activity of the Week
February 1, 2014 - Fifty-five brother Knights and their family members, from each of the six councils in District 11, listed to a presentation on "the Garment of Grace" - the Brown Scapular - at a gathering at St. Jude Catholic Church. Big (BIG!) photograph, and the full story HERE.
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