Mary and Her Knights

                                                                                                June, 2014


State Deputy, Brad Grill, Says . . . .

“Mary and Her Knights”


It has been a privilege and honor to have served as State Deputy of the Missouri jurisdiction of the Knights of Columbus for the past two years. I would like to express appreciation and thanks to all the Brother Knights on the State Council, and throughout our Order comprising approximately 43,000 members and all the Ladies Auxiliaries, on behalf of all those individuals and communities who have benefited from the services provided through our Order. This feeling of gratitude comes from the thousands of children who have been given life and not aborted to the Special Olympians, to all of the seminarians and developmentally disabled children, and the list goes on and on, for a job well done.

As the fraternal year comes to a close, our great Order in the State of Missouri has met many challenges with success. At the 113th Annual Missouri State Convention, I gave my State Deputy Report to the delegates. Due to the length of the report, it is set out in the State Deputy Blog on the website at Please take the opportunity to review this report if you did not have the opportunity to attend the Convention. Again, the new format was well received and the multiple workshops were attended to overflowing capacity, which was very gratifying to those who made presentations. I would like to personally thank all of the Brother Knights and Ladies who gave of their time and worked long hours to make the Convention the success it was.

The May, 2014 Columbia Magazine is dedicated to “Mary and Her Knights”. Please make every effort to review this publication which chronicles many of the most significant Marian initiatives and related events in the Order’s history which shows that the Knights’ identity stems directly from a special reverence for Our Lady. This reverence for the Blessed Mother was exemplified by our Youth of the Year, Clarissa Marie Emanuel, who at the Convention addressed the Banquet with a recital of her St. Mary’s High School 2014 award winning Marianist essay which answered the question, “Why Mary is important to me.” At the end of her presentation, Clarissa shared a special prayer she had composed to Mary which is available on the website for your review. The presentation was truly inspiring and all in attendance were in awe.

As we approach the end of this fraternal year, I would ask each of you to make an extra effort to bring a new member into our Order. Each new member adds to our fraternal family in order that we might meet the challenges in the present and in the future as we have in the past, and will in the future surpass.

Before concluding my final Mariner Article as State Deputy, I would like to express my great appreciation to my partner in life, my wife, Clarissa, for all of her understanding and assistance to me as State Deputy and in service to our Order.

I hope you and your families have a great summer.