Welcome (Church Activities)

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Welcome

"Do More - Strengthen the Church"

Welcome, Grand Knights, Ladies Auxiliary Presidents and District Deputies to the Church Activities State Programs! It is our hope that our programs they will assist you in Strengthening the Church. Also, be sure to look at the Supreme Programs and those in your Surge with Service. As Knights and Ladies, you are missionaries for our Catholic faith. I welcome your comments and suggestions on any of our programs this year. Have a great fraternal year!


Heavenly Father, bless your Church with an abundance of holy and zealous priests, deacons, brothers and sisters. Give those you have called to the married state and those you have chosen to live as single persons in the world, the special graces that their lives require. Form us all in the likeness of your Son so that in him, with him and through him we may love you more deeply and serve you more faithfully, always and everywhere. With Mary we ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Michael Tesmer - Church Activities Director     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Vocations

Religious Vocations

The Knights of Columbus cherishes and celebrates all forms of vocations as gifts of God. But because of the Church’s urgent need for priests and consecrated religious women and men, the Order’s vocations program gives special priority to promoting these vocations.  

As the largest Catholic lay organization in the world, the Order seeks to assist the Church with financial and moral assistance for this purpose. So, what can your Council do to promote vocations?

  • Assign a vocations chairman for your council
  • Encourage families to talk with their children about vocations
  • Work with your Chaplain or Parish Priest and research Diocesan programs promoting vocations
  • Pray for vocations - Sponsor adoration time promoting vocations
  • Partner with other organizations that support vocations like Serra Club
  • Support the Missouri State Vocations Programs

Other ways to help:

  • Adopt-a Seminarian
  • Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP)
  • Missouri Religious Vocation Fund

God Invites Vocations.  You Can Help Close the Deal.   Cross

In Your Diocese

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in In Your Diocese

Diocesan Chairmen

 The Diocesan Chairman are the liaison between the Knights of Columbus and the Diocese. They will be involved in many activities as they work to achieve a growing partnership with all the offices that the Diocese has and are involved with. Specifically, the Diocesan Chairman will be responsible for the Vocations Programs in the Diocese as well as being a Diocesan representative to the Missouri State Meet Life Campaign Board. The Diocesan Chairman will be communicating with the Grand Knights and District Deputies on a regular basis with activities and opportunities going on in the Diocese. The Diocesan Chairman will be knowledgeable of all the state programs as they work with the Diocese so they can be a local area resource for your Council. Your Diocesan Chairman also needs to be made aware of all of your church activities so he can communicate with the specific Diocesan offices.

Many times, a Council’s outstanding accomplishments are left unknown to the Diocese. The offices of the Diocese are very willing and receptive to working with us. Be sure to contact your specific Diocesan Chairman for any questions regarding a Diocesan activity.

Chairman / Diocese E-Mail Address
James Eberhard - Springfield / Cape Girardeau This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mike Koehler - Archdiocese of St. Louis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
David Kiesling - Jefferson City This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ed Columbus - Kansas City / St. Joseph This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RSVP Program

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in RSVP

 Under the Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP), Knights of Columbus councils or assemblies make an annual contribution of $500 or more to an individual seminarian or novice to help with their personal expenses and then receives a refund of $100 back from the Supreme Council, once the paperwork is submitted.

Councils and assemblies can sponsor more than one seminarian or novice if their resources permit. In each case, the minimum annual contribution is $500. The RSVP is unique in that funds go directly to the recipient. The donation is not intended to cover the cost of education; rather these funds are for the recipient to use for his or her personal needs. Be sure to see the Supreme guidelines for eligibility or check with your Diocesan Chairman for guidance. 

The RSVP does include men and women who are novices or postulants in religious orders or communities. Your Diocesan Chairman will be the focal for this program and will be able to assign you a recipient.

A Council can start “tithing” $42 a month, at the beginning of the fraternal year, to have the $500 available by the end of the fraternal year. This would be a great way to have your Council focus on vocations. Besides just financial support, the RSVP does require you to provide moral support. See Supreme form #2863 for more information and be sure to send a copy to your Diocesan Chairman.

If you are currently supporting a seminarian, be sure to let your Diocesan Chairman know so he can assign this seminarian to you in the Adopt-a-Seminarian program. The Diocesan Chairman will then notify the Diocese Vocations office as they need to know what seminarians are supported. Suggestions for the $100 you receive back from Supreme would be:

  • Good - Use the money to start the fund for your next RSVP recipient
  • Better - Send the money to the recipient
  • * Best - Donate the money to the Missouri Religious Vocations Fund!


Vocations Fund

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Vocational Fund

This fund was established to provide financial assistance to all four Diocese’s in the state of Missouri. Our ask is that each Council, Assembly or Ladies Auxiliary prayerfully consider $.50 per member, or more, to this fund.

Our Dioceses are gaining seminarians, which is a great thing, but finances to support these men are scarce. It would be fantastic if the Missouri Knights took this issue on, as we have taken on the cause for the unborn and support this fund. The goal this year is $15,000, and I know you will come through.

If you do use the RSVP, please donate the $100 turnaround from the Supreme Council to this fund. This is the Best way you can turn this refund around. Checks can be made out to “Columbian Charities”, be sure to mention that the monies go to the MRVF. You can send the monies to the MRVF Chairman, Joe Stoverink.

Please note that the Missouri Religious Vocations Fund (MRVF) and the Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP) are two separate programs and we encourage your participation in both!

Joe Stoverink, Religious Vocations Fund   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 Adopt-a-Seminarian Program

Each Council will be given a seminarian to support which will be coordinated by your Diocesan Chairman and the Diocese Vocations Office. The support can be in the form of using the RSVP or simply letters of support and cards or maybe an occasional gift card. You can be creative with your support. Include his information and progress in your newsletters and include him in your Council events if he can attend. It is important that you let your Diocesan Chairman know if you are supporting a seminarian through the RSVP currently so he can assign him to you. Most likely a seminarian will be adopted by more than one Council. We may also be able to extend this support to the Deaconate program as these men need our prayers as well, and also to the religious women in the convent. Look for this to start soon after the fraternal year begins.


 State License Plate Program


    Would you like to have a personalized Missouri Knights of Columbus license plate for your vehicle? A $25 donation (for 1 year) or $50 donation (for 2 years) is all it takes. This money goes into the MRVF, so not only will you be showing your pride in the Knights, but you will be helping out vocations as well!

To receive an “Emblem Use Authorization Statement” to take with you when your register your vehicle, please fill out and mail this application form along with your donation.

Religious Appreciation

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Religious Appreciation

HeartRosaryLet us show our support and appreciation for our clergy and let them know that we are thankful to them for devoting their lives to serving the Lord and us.

Make sure you let Priests, Retired Priests, Deacons, Sisters and Brothers know that we truly appreciate everything they do for us. One way is to plan an event such as a dinner, picnic, or some form of formal recognition. Maybe you could take your clergy and religious out to dinner once a month. You may even want to consider having this as a District-wide event.

To report an event or for assistance in planning or conducting an event, please contact:

Rev. Mr. Rick Boyle, Religious Appreciation Chairman  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Marian Hour Devotion

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Marian


Marian Hour Devotion - The Supreme Council would like every council to hold a Marian Hour of Prayer Service this year.  Here are the suggested steps involved in setting one up:

      1. Contact your council chaplain or pastor to schedule the prayer service.
      2. Pick a place to hold it (a church is preferred but you may use your council hall or meeting area).
      3. Select a date and time that is convenient for the chaplain and for most members.
      4. Plan a companion event (a breakfast, picnic, banquet, etc.) to be held in conjunction with the service.
      5. Promote your event through your council newsletter, parish bulletin, diocesan newspaper, etc.
      6. After holding your prayer service, please make a report on the event and send or email it to the Chairman Deacon Rick Boyle.


The Supreme office does provide a couple of icon displays per state that will help assist you. For 2016, the icon is of the Holy Family, and the prayer service is held in their honor.

Below is the schedule of where the icon will be in the state by District, as well as a copy of the prayer book.  If you are unable to attend any of the ceremonies, consider praying on your own while the icon is in your area.  If you have any questions, please contact Deacon Boyle or your Diocesan Chairman for details.

Holy Family Prayer Program
Schedule of Icon Availability


Rev. Mr. Rick Boyle, Marian Hour Devotion Chairman    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Faith Enrichment

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Enrichment - Outreach


As Knights, we tend to be so busy with our charitable events and community efforts that we often do not think about ourselves. If this is true of you and your Council, make sure you take some time to get refreshed and renewed in your faith. Along with ourselves, we need to make sure we are not leaving our wives and families behind while we are out doing charitable works. It is great to be involved in activities but it is better if we include our wives and families in them when we can. You, the Church, and your Council will be stronger for it and you will draw more membership!

To aid you in your Council Faith Enrichment, we have a Faith Enrichment Chairman Priest in each of the four Diocese.  They will also be available to assist the State Chaplain in passing on important information to the Council Chaplains.  Be sure to take advantage of these focal Priests in your area and we are looking forward to their spiritual guidance.

Here are the Faith Enrichment Chairmen:


Chairman / Diocese eMail Address
Msgr. John Borcic - Archdiocese of St. Louis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fr. Rick Jones - Springfield / Cape Girardeau This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Msgr. Robert Kurwicki - Jefferson City This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fr. Richard Rocha - Kansas City / St. Jospeh This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Each one of our Diocese’s offers many opportunities for Faith Enrichment. A couple of them are listed below.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter - Usually presented as a weekend experience but can be offered at different times of the week or over several weeks. This experience is for married couples and priests that teaches a new way to communicate to enhance your marriage or priesthood. This Catholic enrichment is presented by 3 couples and a priest. They go over common aspects of daily married life like Communication, Listening, God’s plan for marriage to name a few. This is a private weekend with no group sharing. More information can be found at wwme.org.

That Man is You - One of the premier Catholic men’s leadership and formation programs that has proven to stir men’s hearts. Three programs available including one on the man, the man’s relationship with his spouse and man’s relationship with his children. The program has been recognized as part of the New Evangelization, helping to usher in the New Springtime for Christianity in the third millennium that Pope John Paul II spoke about.  The 8 minute video at thatmanisyou.org will give you more information or call your Diocesan office or myself.



Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Pilgrimage


What is a Pilgrimage?

A pilgrimage is a journey to a sacred place undertaken as an act of religious devotion. Its purpose may be simply to venerate a certain saint or ask some spiritual favor; beg for physical cure or perform an act of penance; express thanks or fulfill a promise.

The Modern Catholic Dictionary



This year 3 pilgrimages in each region of the state. This is a great way to work in partnership with our Dioceses. The pilgrimage will not only be for the Knights but for all of our Parishes to participate in.  

The 3 Pilgrimages scheduled are as follows: 

Kansas City / St. Joseph DioceseSeptember 27, 2015
Conception Abbey & Clyde Monastery
Conception, MO & Clyde, MO
More Information

Jefferson City DioceseOctober 4, 2015 
Mary Mother of the Church National Shrine
Laurie, MO
More Information

Archdiocese of St. LouisOctober 4, 2015 
Old St. Ferdinand Shrine & Historical Site
Florissant, MO
More Information


 Harry Lee Beste, Religious Pilgrimage Chairman  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Msgr. Mancuso Catholic Education Grants

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Msgr. Mancuso Catholic Education Grants

Providing strong Catholic Education programs for our youth has always been a priority of the Knights. In 1984, Monsignor Joseph Mancuso spearheaded a drive to raise money to establish a $1,000,000 trust fund for Catholic Education programs. Beginning in 1990, interest earned from this fund has been used to provide grants totaling $574,800 to over 265 different Catholic Schools and Parish-based youth Religious Education programs.

Catholic Schools (Pre-Schools, Parochial Schools, and High Schools) and Religious Education programs (K-12) may apply for either a $500 or $1,000 grant.   Application forms are available on the Forms page of this website.  

Completed applications may be emailed using the online form, sent via postal mail, or faxed and are due by March 1, 2016 (Electronic submissions are preferred and recommended!).  

Grant recipients will be announced at the 2016 State Convention.  Funds will be distributed around the end of the 2015-2016 school year.

In the 2014-2015 fraternal year, 20 $1,000 grants and 60 $500 grants were awarded.  Please encourage your Catholic School and/or Religious Education program to submit an application this year.

Here are the 2014-2015 Grant award winners.

Note: The 2016 Grant award Instructions and Application Forms are on the Forms page, under Catholic Education Grant Information

Grant Criteria

  1. Deals with a specifically Catholic dimension of education which is in conformity with the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
  2. Would affect a high percentage of the potential number of students enrolled or other persons involved.
  3. Shows promise of continuing after the initial funding is expended.
  4. Does not merely replace what is an expected service but offers an improved dimension (supplements basic programs, does not supplant, or initiate a needed program).
  5. Could be replicated in other Catholic educational settings.
  6. Show clearly the basis of need for this project.
  7. Show clearly the inability of the local setting to meet this need.
  8. Would be implemented by personnel with appropriate background and expertise.
  9. Is accompanied by a budget which meets requirements and includes no request for overhead expenses unless it is a new project.
  10. Offers matching effort (not necessarily financial) on the local level to the extent possible.

To support the administrative costs of this program, you have the opportunity to donate monies in Memorial of a Deceased Knight or Lady. Their name will be posted on the State Memorial Board that is displayed at the State Convention and District Deputy meetings. Send your memorial donations to Clarence "Book" Lawrence.

Rev. Joseph A. Weber, Jr.   Catholic Education Grant Chairman   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Clarence "Book" Lawrence   Catholic Education Fund Chairman    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.