Charity That Evangelizes

Written by Bradley P. Grill. Posted in State Deputy Blog

                                                                                                April, 2014

 

State Deputy, Brad Grill, Says . . . .

“Charity That Evangelizes”

 

My Brother Knights, as we gather for our 113th Annual State Convention, it is a good time to consider our efforts to embrace the missionary spirit of charity which Pope Francis has asked all of us to foster within the Church. When I think of being a missionary, my first thought is being sent far away from home to a foreign land to preach the Gospel. I have never considered myself to be a missionary, but just a person trying to complete each day the daily tasks ahead of me. As the conclusion of my second term as State Deputy approaches, I have come to realize through all of the associations I have with my Brother Knights and observations of the true meaning of Knighthood that in fact, we are all missionaries as we do God’s work. As Blessed John Paul II wrote about what is at the heart of the missionary spirit we are called to, he said that a true “missionary is a person of charity…. He is a sign of God’s love in the world”. What we do as Knights with the Developmental Disability Drive, support of Missouri Special Olympics, Meet Life Campaign, Food for Families Program, Habitat for Humanity, the American Wheelchair Mission and the other ongoing and extended programs of charity across our State, are truly a representation of a missionary spirit in support of our Church and our communities.

I would like to thank all of my Brother Knights who have been working long and hard hours on membership growth in the State of Missouri. The “In Service with Pope Francis and Father McGivney Membership Drive” has been embraced by the overwhelming majority of our Councils. Please continue to make every effort to invite good Catholic men from our parishes and our communities to join our Order. Good Catholic men that might become better men and hopefully, great men in service with our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and Father McGivney, as we help our Order and the Church grow.

Recently, Carl Landwehr, the founder of the Vitae Foundation and its president for over 22 years, announced that he would be retiring. The new president of the Vitae Foundation will be Dr. Pat Castle. It is my understanding Carl, as he steps down as president, will continue to work with the Knights on a regular basis and in support of the Meet Life Campaign. At this time I would like to personally thank Carl on behalf of the 43,000 members of the Missouri Knights of Columbus for all he has done in support of the pro-life movement. If you have the opportunity, please contact Carl at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for your thoughts in appreciation of his past and continuing work in the pro-life movement.

For those members who will not be able to attend the upcoming Annual State Convention, my report to the delegates will after the convention be noted on the Missouri Knights website. Thank you again and all of your families for all of your hard work and support of the Knights of Columbus as it truly embraces a missionary spirit of charity.

The Witness That Comes From Charity

Written by Bradley P. Grill. Posted in State Deputy Blog

State Deputy, Brad Grill, Says . . . .

                                                                                                                         December, 2013

“The Witness That Comes From Charity”

 

            My Brother Knights, first, I would like to wish you and your family a blessed Christmas Season.

            Recently, I read a quote from Pope Francis, “The witness that comes from charity, which is to worship God and serve others is what makes the Church grow.” When people observe the witness of what the Pope calls “humble charity,” they are drawn to come with you. This is the essence of Pope Francis’ message to us as Knights as we strive to fulfill the first principle of our order, CHARITY, and bring about the GROWTH of the Church and our Order.

            During the last six months of my service as State Deputy, I will be making every effort to support our Order’s membership growth in the State of Missouri. Due to the aging population of the Order, bringing about significant reduction of membership due to deaths of our Brother Knights, transfers and ongoing suspensions in process, we must in the next six months, work hand-in-hand to bring in new Brother Knights to our Order. During the period of January, 1, 2014 through April 30, 2014 a new and critical membership drive will be undertaken, i.e., “In service with Pope Francis and Father McGivney Membership Drive”. I am requesting that each of my Brother Knights make an effort to contact five prospective Knights, inviting them to become members of our great Order. Each Brother Knight, as a proposer, will receive upon their prospective member taking his First Degree, the publication “Pope Francis: The Pope From the End of the Earth”. This book explores the life of Pope Francis, his background and present legacy with dramatic color photography, and I am sure each Brother Knight will be very pleased to have this publication. Our goal would be to have in excess of 1,000 new members brought into the Order during this membership drive, and there would be one book per proposer. The cost of this publication is substantial and this gift is only made possible due to the generosity of a deceased Brother Knight in northwestern Missouri who made a bequest to the State Council to assist our Order in its mission of charity. More details will be forthcoming in the near future regarding this new membership drive from the State Membership Team.

            A final note regarding the upcoming membership drive is that this year’s quota by Supreme for the State of Missouri and new membership is 1,650 new Brother Knights. This number is based upon an analytical report of how many new knights are required to cover the attrition of the Order by death, suspension, transfer, etc. It is imperative that we attain our membership quota in order that we will be able to proceed to do all we must in charity and in support of our Church. Please help support our Order through “humble charity” and invite good Catholic men from our parishes and our communities to join our Order. Good Catholic men that might become better men and hopefully, great men in service with our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and help our Order and the Church grow.

            Thank you again for your past and continuing efforts as a member of the Missouri Jurisdiction of the Knights of Columbus. I and Clarissa wish you and your family a happy and joyous Christmas Season.

God Blesses Us Not Just For Ourselves, But To Be A Blessing To Others

Written by Bradley P. Grill. Posted in State Deputy Blog

                                                                                                            September, 2013

 

State Deputy, Brad Grill, Says . . . .

“God Blesses Us Not Just For Ourselves, But To Be A Blessing To Others”

 

My Brother Knights,

            It is hard to believe that over a year has passed since I had the great honor and privilege to commence service as State Deputy of the Missouri jurisdiction of the Knights of Columbus. Over the last fourteen months, each day I have come to realize the tremendous potential of our Order here in the great State of Missouri to accomplish so much in service to God, Church and Country. The Missouri Knights of Columbus continues to expand our partnerships with organizations throughout the state. As this year’s slogan proclaims “Knights in Partnership Making a Difference”, we are truly making a difference, from the efforts of the Meet Life Campaign to our expanding relationship with Missouri Special Olympics.

            I pledge to you that I will continue to do my very best in service as State Deputy. I ask for your help and efforts to make this year your best year as a member of the Knights of Columbus. As noted above, “God Blesses Us Not Just For Ourselves, But To Be A Blessing To Others”, I believe that when we act in service to others, we see how good the world can be and how good God expects the world to be.

            Over the last number of months, I have had an opportunity to travel across the state to various Councils and events, and I can report our Order is alive and well and truly making a difference as the greatest lay service organization here in the State of Missouri. Please make every effort to recruit a new member this fraternal year in order that our Order can better serve and strengthen our efforts to increase our charitable works. Just think what one new young Brother Knight in the next 40-50 years might accomplish because you asked him to be a Knight.

            In early August the Supreme Convention took place in San Antonio, Texas, and Council 1576 in Union, Missouri was declared the Council Activities Program International Award Winner for the Tractor Crawl they sponsored. What an accomplishment! When you think of all of the Councils in our Order throughout the world and here in Missouri, Council 1576 received the International Council Award. Congratulations goes out to all Brother Knights participating in the Tractor Crawl Program which has successfully assisted in providing food to worthy families in the region of Union, Missouri. As Supreme Knight, Carl A. Anderson, noted in his article “Loving Jesus in the Poor” published in the August, 2013 Columbia Magazine, our Order needs to do all it can to provide and assist through our charitable endeavors, the poor and suffering. This fraternal year, we have established a new Community Activities Chairmanship headed by Kenneth Schmalbeck to assist in “Food for Families” programs. Please contact Brother Schmalbeck at (573) 635-4931 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or to advise Brother Schmalbeck as to what your Council has and would propose to do to assist in food raising drives.

            Please make every effort to support this year’s Developmental Disabilities Drive. So many individuals rely upon the proceeds of our efforts and are very grateful for all the Knights have done and continue to do for those persons with developmental disabilities.

            God bless all our Knights and families.

State Deputy Report April, 2013

Written by Bradley P. Grill. Posted in State Deputy Blog

STATE DEPUTY REPORT 2013

112th Annual State Convention

 

It is a great honor and a privilege to have held the office of State Deputy of the Missouri Knights of Columbus this fraternal year, and it is truly overwhelming to have represented the greatest lay Catholic organization in the State of Missouri.

 

I would like to express my appreciation to all the State Officers, Directors, Chairmen, District Deputies, Grand Knights and Councils throughout the state for their hard work and dedication.

 

Over the last number of years, wherein I have been blessed to be a member of the State Council in various capacities I have come to realize the magnitude of service of the Missouri Knights to our church and to the people of our State. As we work in partnership with old and new friends, I believe we will continue our great traditions and that our numerous accomplishments of the past will continue to grow into the future as we truly make a difference in our ever-changing world.

 

As has been the practice of prior State Deputies at this time, I would like to share with you some of the accomplishments of our Order this fraternal year. If I fail to mention an accomplishment or an area of interest to you please understand it is not due to its importance, but due to the brief period of time for my report.

 

To begin, I would like to thank my Brother Knight, the Worthy Immediate Past State Deputy, John Appelbaum, for his help and assistance to me as I have attempted to take on the responsibilities of State Deputy over the last number of months. I do truly appreciate his friendship and support.

 

I would also like to express my appreciation to our Worthy State Chaplain, Father Christian Malewski, for his spiritual guidance and prayers in support of our Order. It is my understanding so far this fraternal year, he has the best Mariner articles.

 

Over the past number of years, while I have been on the State Council, I have had the good fortune to come in contact with many Worthy Brother Knights in various offices. I am truly blessed and I believe we as an Order are truly blessed with the current State Officers, State Directors, Chairman and District Deputies currently in office, and I would like to express my appreciation to all of these Worthy Brother Knights for all other help and assistance to all of us this fraternal year.

 

I would like to express my appreciation to Chris and Jerry Herbert, the Ladies Auxiliaries Chair Persons, for all of their hard work with the Ladies Auxiliaries. It is my understanding the Ladies Auxiliaries this year have had a banner year.   Our Order here in the State of Missouri truly appreciates all the efforts and support of the Ladies Auxiliaries and their hard work and dedication to the programs of our Order.

 

As with any organization, the State Officers are vital to its success. Our Worthy State Secretary, Keith Milson, has worked long and hard hours, making sure all of the bills are paid, records are kept, and generally to do all of the numerous tasks of a Secretary, without which we could not, as an Order, succeed. Working hand-in-hand with our Worthy State Secretary is our Worthy Supreme Director, Mick Gilliam, who also has the task of State Bookkeeper.   I can assure you that Keith and Mick are constantly striving to improve our record keeping and generally to do all things necessary for the annual audit of our State funds. I believe with their assistance, we have maintained a high quality of record keeping necessary for an Organization such as ours to be transparent and in good order.

 

Brother Knight James Baldwin, our Worthy Supreme Advocate has dealt with a number of issues as State Advocate, and handled each of the matters presented to him very professionally and I thank him for his service this fraternal year.

 

Our Worthy State Treasurer, Clarence “Book” Lawrence, has worked many hours to handle the chores of a treasurer. I would like to say I have not dealt with a better and more dedicated group of individuals attending to financial matters, than our Worthy State Treasurer, alongside the Treasurer of Columbian Charities of Missouri, Inc., Ralph Cupelli, and our Worthy Secretary-Treasurer of the Religious Information Bureau, Bill Lucas. Each day, I receive numerous mailings, and emails pertaining to monetary issues, deposits, checks being prepared, and accounting which is all part of a healthy and vibrant organization in fulfilling its obligations. I can truly say these Brother Knights have performed a great service to our Order this year.

 

Our Worthy Warden, Pete Lorenz, and I have known each other for many years and in fact, Pete is the Brother Knight that asked me to join the Knights of Columbus and be a Knight. He has been a close friend, and our Order has benefited from his loyal service. When a job needs to get done you ask Pete Lorenz for help.

 

Last fraternal year I had the honor of being the Missouri State General Program Director. In this capacity I learned the importance of this position and the issues and difficulties regarding the job. You are the right-hand-man for the State Deputy and are vitally important to the administrative success of the programs being offered by our Order. Joe Rosenthal has had many years of service to our Order and Joe brought to the job of State General Program Director a wealth of knowledge and experience. Joe has made the position of State Deputy much easier to perform by his strong and continuing support and efforts to assist his Brother Knights and State Directors in good and difficult times. Joe is the kind of individual who keeps walking and working and attempting to get things accomplished and I thank him for all of his help and service.

 

The major programs of the Knights of Columbus here in our great State of Missouri, include the Religious Information Bureau, the Knights of Columbus Developmental Center at Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis, in conjunction with the Developmental Disability Drive, the Msgr. Joseph Mancuso Catholic Education Fund, and the evolving Meet Life Campaign. These major programs involve the substantial funds being raised and expended by our Order. As to financial matters I can report the Religious Information Bureau this year is having a banner year. Contributions for the 9 months thru March 31, 2013 total $211,258 which exceeds last year’s donations thru March 31, 2013. The Developmental Disability Drive this year through March 20, 2013 totals gross proceeds collected at $596,270.41, and the Meet Life Campaign has surpassed the gross proceeds of $800,000 representing the required financial support to raise $2 million dollars over 5 years. It is the hope of the Meet Life Campaign Team that by the end of the fraternal year we will have reached $1 million dollars in proceeds. As concerns the Msgr. Joseph Mancuso Education Fund which totals over $1 million dollar producing an annual income to be disbursed, this year provided funds for 31 $1,000 grants and 22 $500 grants for the total sum of $42,000 in educational grants.

 

Our Religious Information Bureau which began in 1948 has grown and prospered over the years because of the generous support of our Councils and individual Knights through their R.I.B. donations. This program offers free programs on the Catholic faith, giving Catholics and non-Catholics alike the opportunity to learn more about our faith. I am sure we can all agree the heart and soul of the R.I.B. Program is Father Oscar Lukefahr, the Director of the Catholic Home Study Services. It is Father Lukefahr’s passion and energy that has inspired us and we thank you, Father Lukefahr for your service to the Order. A special thanks goes to Bob Hawkins, Director of R.I.B., for all of his hard work and efforts and excellent appeal letters this fraternal year. Bob assures me that he is going to beat the record of $277,081.80 in donations reached when I was the R.I.B. Director, and I am sure he will accomplish this task.

 

Over recent years the programs under Community Activities have expanded and this year’s State Director, Mike Grudzinski, and his team have done a great job. One of the best parts of being State Deputy is signing hundreds of checks to all types of needy organizations receiving funds from the annual drive for persons with developmental disabilities. I would like to thank all of our Worthy Brother Knights who have with their families and Ladies Auxiliaries, worked tireless hours on the annual Tootsie Roll Drive which supports numerous not-for-profit organizations, including the major donations each year going to the Knights of Columbus Developmental Center. We are truly making a difference in the lives of enumerable individuals.

 

During this fraternal year, efforts have been under way to expand our partnership with Special Olympics of Missouri. This afternoon, Mark Musso, the CEO of Special Olympics of Missouri and his staff will be putting on a workshop entitled “Strengthening Your Council By Partnering With Special Olympics”. I believe our increasing partnership with the programs of Special Olympics of Missouri will benefit more and more individuals and also re-energize our Councils in this worthy cause. Please visit with the Special Olympians who will be here this afternoon.

 

The Missouri Council on American Wheelchair Mission, to date this fraternal year, has received significantly increased financial support from our Councils. It is my understanding the total contributions of Councils as of April 12, 2013, is $10,600.00, and I would like to thank all of the Councils who have participated in this program, for your support and ask those who have not yet, to please become involved in this worthy cause.

 

In recent months, our Worthy State Church Activities Director, John Mautino, has been in close contact with the Serra Clubs throughout the State of Missouri who work endless hours to support the nurturing of vocations to the religious life. As we grow in this partnership, I believe, Brother Knights, we will be able to increase vocations throughout our Diocese here in the State of Missouri. We are now entering the second year of the “Adopt A Seminarian Program”, and efforts are ongoing to attempt to improve and enhance this program which has been enthusiastically supported by seminarians. The Supreme Council’s “Refund Support Vocations Program” final report as of January, 2013, notes that in the State of Missouri 85 Councils participated with donations of $87,475.00 and refunds of $17,120.00, which provided for 142 male and 2 female Awardees. I would like to thank those Councils participating in this worthwhile program in support of vocations.

 

This next fraternal year we will be establishing Diocesan Chairmen under the Church Activities Director. The Diocesan Chairmen, of which there will be four, one for each Diocese, will be an assignment lasting more than 2 years in order that relationships might be developed and greater harmony can be reached in developing programs throughout our state, which will enhance our ability to support vocations and numerous other Diocesan related activities. Numerous ideas have been forthcoming about this new position and how we might improve such things like attendance at pilgrimages. For example, there could be a pilgrimage in each Diocese which may be done in harmony with other Diocesan organizations. It is my belief that as we expand our partnerships with other organizations in each of the Diocese, we will be more productive in service to our Church.

 

In July of 2011, then State Deputy, John Appelbaum, challenged the Missouri Knights to reduce the number of abortions in Missouri by over 50% in 5 years and the Meet Life Campaign was born. By the end of this fraternal year, over 30 ultrasound machines will be placed in pregnancy resource centers throughout our State. When the Meet Life Campaign commenced, I know some of us thought how are we going to reduce abortions by over 50% here in the State of Missouri after 40 years since Roe vs. Wade. My Brother Knights, I believe this will happen. I believe we will reduce abortion by over 50% by 2016, and the reason I believe, is because it is happening. In conjunction with the Vitae Foundation working in partnership, we are going to reach our goal. As noted earlier, it is the hope of the Meet Life Committee that by the end of this fraternal year we will have raised approximately $1 million dollars through our Baby Bottle Campaigns, fundraisers and private donations, in support of our Campaign. What an accomplishment. Missouri is leading the way in the ultrasound initiative sponsored by Supreme. As concerns the dedication of our Respect Life Director, Doug Kissinger, and his Chairmen, and Immediate Past State Deputy, John Appelbaum, I can only say they are so dedicated to the pro-life cause that at each Meet Life Committee Meeting I am at, I continue to be overwhelmed by their efforts and hard work in this initiative. At this time, I would like to give special thanks to Joe and Jane Dalton of “In His Image” for their support and assistance to the Meet Life Campaign. The process is long and arduous to qualify for an ultrasound machine on behalf of a pregnancy resource center and “In His Image” works hand-in-hand with the Meet Life Campaign to make sure things are done properly. This afternoon the Vitae Foundation, working in partnership with the Meet Life Campaign, will have a workshop on media and how to get a woman to the Pro-Life Store. Of special interest, is a significant result noted by the Vitae Foundation, is the use of Google places. Many pregnancy resource centers are seeing an almost 200% increase in traffic to their websites due to Google places. I want to thank all of you on behalf of the Meet Life Campaign who have participated, and ask that you keep up the good work and those who have not had an opportunity to have a Baby Bottle Campaign, please make plans to do so in the near future. As to other pro-life programs, please support “Roses for Life Weekend” and “Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose Run” which were very successful this last year.

 

This year has been a banner year for Youth Activities under the guidance of Mike Auchly, Youth Activities Director. We have new circles being started across the state like Father Tolton High School in Columbia. The Youth Activities programs are many and the Youth Activities Chairmen have worked long and hard hours to produce quality programs with the support of our Councils. One amazing development took place recently in that 3 of the 10 Soccer Kick Challenge international winners are here from the State of Missouri. At lunch, each of the winners, Joseph Hipskind, boys age 10 from Chesterfield; Noah Aubuchon, boys age 11 from Normandy, and Rachel Sporleder, girls age 14 from Marshall will receive a beautiful trophy. What an accomplishment when you think we are in competition with youth from many other countries of the world where soccer is their major sport. From the scholarship program, to the essay contest, to the poster contest and Child Protection Program along with the supporting activities sponsored by Youth Activities, I believe, Brother Knights, we are doing a great job in support of our youth who will be the future Knights of our Order.

 

This fraternal year, our Council Activities Director, Mike Grayson, and his Chairmen have worked long and hard hours. From expanding our internet/email resources with Constant Contact, to our Ladies Auxiliaries Chairpersons, to recognizing our deceased members, the Father McGivney Guild, athletics, State Clown Club, publicity, State Council Historian to the best Knights Newspaper in the Order, the Mariner, how can you express the importance of the State Director and Chairmen under Council Activities. I would like express my personal appreciation to Ken Wehmeyer, who has assisted me on a weekly basis with the State Council’s printing needs. There are certain Knights who have been over many years involved with the daily activities of our Order who bring continuity to our purpose and Ken Wehmeyer is such an individual. I would also like to note at this time the services of Deacon Ralph Wehner, who for 25 years, has worked tirelessly to assist in preparation and in coordination of our liturgical services at many of our events. Without Brother Knights like Ken and Deacon Ralph, we would not be able to have a convention like we are having here this weekend.

 

Our family life activities overseen by Director, Randy Maune, has sought to promote family involvement in our Order this fraternal year. A special thanks to Randy and his Chairmen for all of their efforts and hard work, from the Children’s Christmas Program, which again, in December was a great success, to the many activities enjoyed by our Brother Knights and families. I am sure you will all be impressed with this year’s family of the year who will be presented to you at our banquet this evening.

 

There is one major directorship I have not yet discussed in my report, namely membership. As I have reported on all of the numerous activities which I believe show the strength and vitality of our Order here in the State of Missouri and the many positive things occurring, I thought it best to wait to the end of my report to talk about membership. Without new members, we are not able to sustain these wonderful achievements of the past and work into the future to do all we need to do. On Sunday morning at the Memorial Mass Services you will hear a listing of over 300 Brother Knights who have passed since our last Convention. With suspensions and transfers, it is imperative in order to sustain our Order that we continually bring in new members. First, I would like to thank our Worthy State Membership Director, Craig Mattox, and his Membership team who have worked numerous hours in service to our Order in an effort to sustain and increase membership. I sincerely appreciate all they have done and continue to do to maintain the lifeblood of our Order, new members and current members. Our Spring Membership Campaign, commonly known as our Bishop Blast, has brought in good results. Each month I receive from Supreme, a listing of the new Brother Knights here in the State of Missouri, and I have written a letter to each new Brother Knight encouraging them to become involved in our Order and benefit from all it has to offer. Here in the month of April I forwarded over 190 letters to new Worthy Brother Knights. I can report that this year there will be more Second and Third Degrees than in the last fraternal year, which is also quite encouraging. As concerns Third Degrees, they have been well attended and there will be a special workshop this afternoon put on regarding the Degrees. I truly believe that if we can just get the word out to the over 400,000 eligible Catholic men here in the State of Missouri about what the Knights are about and about what they have to offer to the individual and his family, our membership will rapidly grow. What we are attempting to do in part with partnerships being created with other organizations is to try to expand also the interest of individuals in our Order to further membership. We will be establishing a new Chairman to deal with telecommunication and Constant Contact, email addresses, and other communication resources to more efficiently communicate, especially with younger, eligible Catholic men to become members of our Order. I believe there has been a renewed excitement in our Councils regarding membership and with new ideas and renewed commitment, I believe we can reach our membership goals to sustain our Order and bring about its growth in the future. In addition to the number of incentives currently being offered to Councils for membership growth through the State Council, there are a number of additional incentives which are in the planning stage which hopefully, will also bring about increased enthusiasm for membership advancement. It is my understanding over the years that Missouri has been a leader in membership growth. Currently, we are in the top half of jurisdictions in membership advancement, but we need to do more at this time to increase membership and sustain our growth and programs in the future. So, my final point regarding membership is that things are not bad, in fact they are quite good in many areas, as far as membership, but they need to be better if we are going to advance and grow the way we need to in the future, and I am asking each of you to make an extra effort in the months ahead to work to bring in new members into your Council. Please contact your membership Chairman and State Director regarding any ideas you may have as far as membership. It is only when we work together as a family, a fraternity, that we can accomplish our goals.

 

As a final thought, please consider all that we have accomplished, and I believe you will be very proud of your membership in the greatest Catholic lay service organization in the State of Missouri. Without the Knights this would be a different world for all of those individuals and families who have received the benefits of our Order either as Brother Knights or members of our communities, not to mention all of the future unborn children who will not be aborted.

 

Vivat Jesus!

Do Small Things With Great Love

Written by Bradley P. Grill. Posted in State Deputy Blog

                                                                                                            March, 2013

State Deputy, Brad Grill, Says . . . .

“Do Small Things With Great Love”

 Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, one of the great lights of the 20th century, was beatified in 2003. As a model of holiness, she sets an example of true charity for the whole world. As we prepare for our Annual State Convention, it is a good time to reflect on what our membership in the Knights of Columbus means to each of us in our daily lives. As the Blessed Mother Teresa stated, “Do small things with great love” I submit that being a Knight is not valued upon great and glorious acts, but is really all of the little things, the small things, that each Brother Knight does on a regular and daily basis with great love to provide a helping hand and charitable acts to those who we come in contact with. Together, all our small charitable acts done with great love brings about a unity of purpose and a strengthening of our Order as we take on the challenges of the future. From the ever expanding “Meet Life” Campaign, to the ongoing and prospering Religious Information Bureau, to the expansion of the Knights of Columbus Developmental Center at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, the list goes on and on. Each day the baby bottle filled with change gathered by one Knight in unity with many Brother Knights adds up to thousands of babies being saved from the fate of abortion. R.I.B. contributions of many Brother Knights together proclaims that as an Order we wish to evangelize the faith through the numerous publications supported by our general membership. The helping hand to a senior citizen, the support of the developmentally disabled, laboring with Habitat for Humanity, the Wheelchair Mission, the Prison Mission, etc., all together are making a big difference throughout the State of Missouri and all of our communities. We have much to be proud of, but there is a great deal yet to be accomplished.

As we join together at our Annual State Convention, let us rededicate ourselves to the principals of our Order and consider what our membership means to us individually and how we can improve ourselves as Catholic men, husbands and fathers as we do small things with great love.

One of the most important efforts we can make in strengthening our Order is to foster new membership. With this in mind, I ask each Knight of Columbus across our great state to commit to asking at least one man to join us. As our Order grows, our efforts will expand in service to our Church, Order and Community. God bless all our Brother Knights and Families.

True Christmas Joy

Written by Bradley P. Grill. Posted in State Deputy Blog

                                                                                    December, 2012

State DEPUTY Brad Grill Says….

“TRUE CHRISTMAS JOY”

            My Brother Knights,

            First, I would like to wish you and your family a blessed Christmas season.

Recently, I heard the definition of what true “JOY” meant and I have come to realize that being a Knight exemplifies the meaning of a joyful life. Very simply, “J” stands for “Jesus”, “O” stands for “Others,” and “Y” stands for “Yourself” in order of priority. A life spent in service of others before yourself truly is a joyful and happy life. This thought exemplifies what it means to be a Knight of Columbus and I ask you to reflect on this as you rededicate yourself to our great Order.

            As we approach the halfway point in this Fraternal Year please look back over the last number of months and evaluate what has been accomplished by you and in your Council and what can be done to reach our goals together as Knights and Catholic men. This evaluation is also taking place on a State Council level and extensive discussions are ongoing as to how the State Council can be more productive in service to our Church, families and general communities. Please discuss any ideas you may have for improvement with your Council leadership, District Deputy, or you can email me at . In the months ahead, I will be reporting to you on expanding partnerships with Missouri Special Olympics, Catholic Charities, and other organizations in partnership with the Missouri Knights. From coordinating first response teams in times of catastrophe with Catholic Charities to facilitating individual Knight activities with Special Olympics programs, there are many possibilities which are being explored.

            We are blessed in Missouri to have the generous support of all of the Bishops in each of our four Diocese. Again this year we will be conducting our “Bishop Blast”. Please make every effort to support this membership drive which is vital to maintain our Order so that we can accomplish all we must in service to our Church and communities. I also ask that you make every effort to invite at least one Catholic man to join the Knights of Columbus. As a special note, I have written a letter welcoming and encouraging each new Brother Knight joining our Order this Fraternal Year. Please welcome our new Brother Knights and make them feel part of your Council.

            Thank you again for your past and continuing efforts as a member of the Missouri Jurisdiction of the Knights of Columbus. I wish you and your family true JOY this Christmas season.