From the State Deputy

August 10, 2014


My Brother Knights and Families,


Lucretia and I have just returned from the 2014 Supreme Convention and are very excited to provide you with this brief report of the week’s events.


From the opening Mass on Tuesday through the closing remarks of our Supreme Knight Thursday afternoon, every session provided extraordinary examples of the accomplishments of our Knights of Columbus world-wide, reminders of the challenges our families continue to face in our local communities and the shared respect and support we have with our Priests, Bishops and most importantly His Holiness, Pope Francis.


The Wednesday Business Session started things for Virginia in particular as Past State Deputy Tommy C. Harger was one of eight newly elected Supreme Directors.  During the Awards session that followed, Immediate Past State Deputy Tony Fortunato received several awards for Virginia’s outstanding performance last year including the Pinnacle Award and recognition of our continued success of being in the coveted “Circle of Honor”.  Later in the afternoon Roanoke Council #562’s Grand Knight Bob Ellis accepted the “International Award for Youth” for their Council’s program titled Hunger is Not a Game.  International awards are the highest level program awards in the order.


These are three outstanding achievements and each of these Brother Knights must be congratulated for the accomplishments noted.


Virginia had nearly 50 knights and family members at the Convention.  There were membership seminars and opportunities to visit and meet with Knights from other jurisdictions to share topics of mutual interest.  Many, many people sharing the same catholic values – an extraordinary week.


The final session on Thursday included Delegate voting on resolutions.  There were 341 resolutions considered with three being forwarded by Supreme Directors and 338 coming from the jurisdictions.  For clarity and completeness, the Resolution Committee provided several substitute Resolutions.  Without exception all 341 resolutions were accepted as recommended by the Resolution Committee.  Two of the resolutions dealt with Home Corporations that we will be sending out more information about in the near future.


Pictures from the convention are already posted on this web site.   Documentation, including the three Supreme Resolutions and Substitute Resolutions are being posted on the secure side of the site.  The Supreme Knight’s Annual Report highlighting the accomplishments of our order last year is available on the Supreme Web Site


An outstanding time was had by all and sadly we all needed to return to work so shortly after noon on Thursday we had to close down.


In his closing remarks, the Supreme Knight made reference to the letter provided by Pope Frances on the occasion of our Supreme Convention and noted that this document could stand as the Mission Statement of the Knights for this Columbian Year!  We have also made this document available on this web site as well for your review.   You are encouraged to print it, and read it to our Brother Knights at your next meeting under the good of the order.


Thank you for all you do for your Brother Knights and their families.


Be Faith in Action


Steve Burnley

State Deputy


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