Welcome (Respect Life)

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Respect Life Welcome


This important suite of services and programs show the strength and solidarity of all Missouri Knights of Columbus and our role as Pro-Life leaders.  Each one is important for the forwarding of the cause.  Check out each of the programs below.


Michael Auchly, Respect Life Director  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lou Holtmann, Meet Life Chairman   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Edward Spence, Baby Bottle Campaign Chairman  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thomas Mattingly, Crusade for Life Chairman  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meet Life Campaign

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Meet Life Campaign




Would you give $50 to save the life of a baby? Of course each of us would, and now you have that chance. At the Annual Organizational meeting of the Missouri State Council Knights of Columbus in July of 2011, the Missouri State Council announced a bold initiative with a goal of reducing the number of abortions by Missouri residents by 50% by the end of 2016.

The Meet Life Campaign expands the Ultrasound Initiative begun by the Supreme Council in 2009, and places ultrasound machines in pregnancy resource centers in Missouri offering women a free ultrasound image of their unborn child and giving them the opportunity to choose life for their child. To date, Missouri Knights have placed 34 machines across the State. In the 2013 calendar year more than 1,600 babies were saved from abortion as a direct result of the Meet Life Campaign.

This exciting campaign uses the expertise of In His Image Ultrasound to target appropriate centers for placement of these machines, and also includes the expertise of Vitae Foundation to develop a multimedia campaign to get the message to women who are at risk of choosing an abortion.

The State Council has asked each Council to pledge $50 per member over five years to accomplish this goal. Councils can ask their members to contribute or host fundraisers to meet this pledge. Councils are also encouraged to conduct Baby Bottle Campaigns in their Parishes to raise funds for this important effort.

This is an exciting and wonderful opportunity to bring about a culture of life and the Knights of Columbus are leading the way. Please support this most important campaign.

To find out more detailed information regarding the program, please visit the following website:


Click on the links below to see how your Council or Assembly is doing toward it's goal (as of March 2015):



For more information:

Lou Holtmann, Meet Life Coordinator   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Baby Bottle Campaign

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Baby Bottle Campaign

 Missouri Knights of Columbus

 “MEET LIFE” Baby Bottle Campaign

The Missouri Knights of Columbus have always been leaders in respecting and protecting the lives of the unborn. conducting a Baby Bottle Campaign is an easy and effective way to raise funds for the Meet Life program, which is helping to reduce the number of abortions by placing ultrasound machines in pregnancy resource centers throughout the state. If every Council and Auxiliary joins us and conducts a “Meet Life” Baby Bottle Campaign, we can meet our goal of reducing abortion in Missouri by 50% by 2016.

Guidelines for a successful fund raiser: 

  • First, meet with your pastor to gain his approval and to set a tentative date for the campaign and share with him everything the Knights have done in the campaign and how successful we have been.
  • Request bottles from a Baby Bottle Board diocese coordinator. There are four (4) separate Boards formed within the state each being responsible for the Councils in their respective diocese. These boards are known as:
    • Baby Bottle Board of Metro St. Louis
      • Members: Bob Thalhammer–2951, Matt Nowak–1121, Brian Rash–11139, Dale Werner–14402
    • Baby Bottle Board of Kansas City
      • Members: Larry Pearce-4613, Mike Jarrett-4962, David Chapman-14972
    • Baby Bottle Board of Jefferson City
      • Members: Richard Wieberg-1171, Mitch Passini-2627, Brett Witte-1752
    • Baby Bottle Board of Springfield/Cape Girardeau
      • Members: David Buckley–10200, John Nabity–12650, Dr Milton Eichmann–1706, Brian Ziegler–6420
    • These boards are to be used to encourage and assist Knights of Columbus Councils conducting a successful Baby Bottle Campaign in their Parishes.
  • Select a Knight who is comfortable with public speaking to make a pulpit presentation
  • Place a full page ad in the church bulletin the week before the presentation
  • Make sure you have several Knights to hand out bottles after Mass
  • Distribute bottles to your church organizations (the Parish school, PSR, Scouts, etc., and don't forget the Ladies Auxiliary)
  • Use your bulletin for reminders to bring their bottles back on a designated date bottles (around four weeks) and have Knights in the back of church to receive the bottles
  • When the Campaign is over please return the bottles to your diocesan coordinator
    • Keep in mind bottles will continue to trickle in so make a plan to get remaining funds turned in
  • Make your check payable to Columbian Charities of Missouri Inc. and mail to Meet Life Coordinator Lou Holtmann

For more information:
Ed Spence, Baby Bottle Campaign Chairman   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Roses for Life

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Roses for Life

Roses for Life Weekend
January 3-4, 2015

Looking for another way to help the Abortion Issue? Join the Knights in the Roses for Life Program. Order your Roses and have the Parishioner sign the label and have them keep the Rose.

Here are the specifics to follow:

  • Orders for Roses need to be submitted to your DD by September 19, 2014
  • All orders must be in multiples of 100
  • Roses can be bought with or without the KC emblem
  • Roses must be paid at time of ordering
  • Roses will be distributed to DD's at the December State Meeting

pdficon  Roses for Life Order Form (Also on Forms page)

For more information:
Thomas Mattingly, Crusade for Life Chairman   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Silver Rose Run

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Silver Rose Run

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One Life, One Rose

Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose Run

Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose Run – One Life, One Rose


During the months of April and May, 2014 six Silver Roses began making their way across North America, from Canada and through the United States. Four of the roses will travel through Texas before going on to Mexico. One Silver Rose will begin in Ontario and complete its run in Washington, D.C. and another will begin in New Brunswick and finish in Connecticut. The four Roses going to Mexico will conclude their journey on Dec. 12, 2014, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Monterrey, Mexico. The other two roses will have similar ceremonies to conclude their journeys, also on Dec. 12, 2014.

It is the 55th year of the program which began in 1960 as a project of the Columbian Squires of North America to honor the Blessed Virgin under her title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas. The program has continued since then as a project of Squires Circles, councils and Fourth Degree assemblies in several jurisdictions.

In 2001 Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson expanded the program by beginning the “Running of the Rose” from the 119th Annual Meeting of the Supreme Council in Toronto. “The ‘Running of the Rose’ is a perfect program for the Knights of Columbus,” said Supreme Knight Anderson. “Through it we honor not only Our Lady of Guadalupe and express the unity of the Order, but we also reaffirm the Order’s dedication to the sanctity of human life. It is to the Blessed Mother that we turn in prayer as we work to end the Culture of Death that grips our society. As we think in terms of ‘One Life, One Rose,’ it is most appropriate that we turn to Our Lady of Guadalupe who made known her will through Juan Diego and the miracle of the roses.” 

In 2014, The Silver Rose will travel through Missouri starting on August 10th in Canton, MO. From Canton it will travel to Macon, Moberly, Centralia, Troy, O’Fallon, Dardenne, St. Peters, Overland, Creve Coeur, Chesterfield, Ballwin, Oakville, Fenton, Sullivan, Rolla, Bloomsdale, Oran, ending its Missouri run on August 31st in Charleston. The Rose will be transferred to Paducah, Kentucky for the next leg of its journey. You can view the entire Silver Rose Run itinerary include dates and locations on the mokofc.org website.

If you need more information:

Thomas Mattingly, Silver Rose Run Chairman   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 The Story Behind the Running of the Silver Rose

Our Lady of Guadalupe has done so much for her people and country that an assembly of young men called the Columbian Squires associated with the Knights of Columbus wanted to give something back to her.



Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in P.A.L.

P.A.L. (Protecting All Life)

The P.A.L. program is for all Knights and Ladies. We follow Pro‐Life from conception to natural death, we visit nursing homes and visit our friends that are sick and cannot get out. This program acknowledges our Knights and Ladies that put forth the time and effort to support our Pro‐Life work.

The eligibility guidelines/requirements and the application are found at these links:

PAL Award Pin Requirements

PAL Award Application  (Also on the Forms page)  

Please fill out the application, send it to me, and I will submit it to the State Council for awards and pins.

  • Please advise the Ladies Auxiliaries that this program is also for them.

If you need any further information or help, please contact:

Thomas Mattingly    P. A. L. Chairman     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.