Inspired by the Apostolic Exhortation for Catholic men written by Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix, the Knights of Columbus produced a video series which seeks to answer the question of what it means to be a man and how to live as a man in today's world.
The Knights of Columbus is pleased to announce the new Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity. To better understand the ceremony, please view the following link where the Supreme Knight presents the reasons for the change and the process that developed it. The link includes a video of the ceremony. https://videos.kofc.org/exemplification
More information will be coming to you via your District Deputy.
ALL INPERSON EXEMPLIFICATION CEREMONIES ARE POSTPONED UNTIL CLEAREDD TO DO SO BY THE SUPREME KNIGHT DUE TO CONCERN ABOUT THE TRANSMISSION OF THE CORONA VIRUS.
Latham Council 3394
328 Troy Schenectady Rd. (Rte. 2) Latham, NY 12110
New Degree of Charity, Unity & Fraternity
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
South Glens Falls Council 11160
St. Michael the Archangle
80 Saratoga Ave., South Glens Falls, NY 12803
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
From Supreme Knigth Carl Anderson
Dear Fraternal Leader,
The Knights of Columbus is carefully monitoring the coronavirus situation and its impact on the Order. Since the virus is spread by personal contact, containment efforts stress social distancing by restricting travel, meetings and other gatherings. Accordingly, the Supreme Council most strongly recommends the following actions to protect brother Knights and others:
• Cancel all personal contact meetings, including business meetings, until further notice.
• Cancel all planned events, where people would gather, until further notice.
• Cancel all travel for Knights of Columbus business until further notice.
There are many ways to continue council operations without face to face contact. Here are some suggestions:
o Conduct meetings by conference call, Skype, Google Groups or other methods.
o Use a webinar service for large meetings like monthly business meetings.
o Allow member votes by email or text to approve bills and candidate admissions.
o Use the email feature of Officers Online for member communications.
o Set up a call tree to contact members and ascertain their wellbeing.
o Conduct degree ceremonies in homes using the combined Exemplification of Charity,
Unity and Fraternity video or the First Degree video.
o Use applications like “Go fund me” to digitally raise funds for causes.
Additional information is available for members and their families on the websites of the CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL and WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION. Be aware that the elderly and sick are highly vulnerable to this disease.
This is a moment to deepen our commitment to the very principles which define us: charity,
unity and fraternity. There will likely be many opportunities in coming weeks to live out these principles in service to our brother Knights, our families and our communities. May this time of difficulty also be a moment when we as Knights step into the breach and show ourselves to be disciples of Jesus Christ and men at the service of others.
Carl A. Anderson
From the State Deputy Wally Wyck
My Brother Knights
After consultation with your State Officers and the Supreme Council, it is with mixed emotion that I inform you that the physical 125th Annual Meeting of the New York State Council is being cancelled.
Further information will be forthcoming as to how the business requirements of the meeting willl be completed. Those reservation checks which have not been cashed will be returned to you. If the check has been cashed, full refunds willl be provide beginning no later then May 1. Reservations for hospitality rooms will be handled similarly.
The Convention Journal will be published and distributed shortly.
During this time of uncertainty, this is truly the most appropriate decision. My thanks go to the management and sytaff at the Villa Roma Resort, who have allowed this change to have minimal impact on the State Council.
While the fraternal interaction of a convention is always rewarding, our first obligation is the wellbeing of our brtother Knights, their families, and friends. I ask that you keep in your prayers all who are impacted by this pandemic, either physically, financially, or emotionally.
Capital Conference Spring Semi-annual Meeting
CANCELLED BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS
Hudson Council Ultra Sound Initiative
Hudson Council 316 has initiated a program to purchase an Ultra Sound machine and are asking other councils in the Capital Conference to assist in the purchase by sending a donation to Council 316. Please make the check out to Hudson Council 316 Knights of Columbus and place the words Ultra Sound Machine in the notes line on the check. Mail to the following address.
Knights of Columbus Council 316
PO Box 145
Hudson, NY 12534