Arizona State Council Knights of Columbus - Fraternal Year 2020-2021
“Father McGivney’s vision remains as relevant as ever in the changed circumstances of today’s Church and Society”. So said St. Pope John Paul II about Fr. Michael J. McGivney. This local priest of Irish American roots was born in 1852 and raised in Connecticut at a time when Catholics were widely discriminated against in the U.S. It was especially evident in the northeast where many Catholic immigrants were denied jobs or socially shunned by many non-Catholic community members. The future Fr. McGivney attended local schools in Waterbury, CT, and at 13 left school to work in a factory to help support his family. At age 16, he started his journey toward priesthood by attending the College of St. Hyacinth in Quebec and Our Lady of Angels Seminary in Niagara Falls, NY. He next entered St. Mary’s College in Montreal but had to return home to help his family after the death of his father in 1873. The Bishop of Hartford, CT, sent young Michael to St. Mary’s seminary in Baltimore and in 1877, Archbishop James Gibbons ordained Fr. McGivney who then celebrated his first Mass in Waterbury on Christmas Day of that year.
Fr. McGivney was assigned to St. Mary’s Church in New Haven where he worked ceaselessly with his new parishioners, especially with the young members, to help them grow in their Catholic faith and build strong family bonds. His own upbringing made him sensitive to the needs of struggling families and that experience led him to found an organization of Catholic men who would live their faith openly, promote a loving and encouraging environment for their families, and provide for their protection in the event of the father’s untimely death. Fr. McGivney’s persistence and genuine compassion led to his forming the Knights of Columbus in 1882. He had learned from visiting other Catholic fraternal benefit societies and his idea has become the largest Catholic fraternal organization in the world. We are all proud sharers in his legacy.
Fr. McGivney passed to his heavenly reward on August 13, 1890 from complications from pneumonia. He is interred at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven. We are all anxiously awaiting his elevation to become Blessed Fr. McGivney in a ceremony to be held this later this month.
Fr. McGivney, pray for us.
The Online CUF Degrees by the Arizona Regional Teams will be presented by a Team appointed by the State Ceremonial Chairman. The schedule is posted on this website and is updated as required. Here are the major points for these degrees. An expanded version of these points is available as a “download” (see above).
A host Producer (webmeeting controller) will send out electronic invites to all who register (candidates, members, guests). Attendees can join by selecting the link provided in the invite (they may be asked to download a small application, e.g. WebEx). If the expected attendance exceeds 100, guest participation may be limited. After the degree the Producer will send the candidate attendance roll to each Council as evidence of their candidate’s completion of the degree.
The host Regional Team will present the degree which takes about 30-35 minutes. During that session the candidates will be asked to agree to membership rules.
The gaining Council is responsible for completing the follow-on documentation (Form 100 to Supreme for new members; Membership update online for e-members and advancing members). The gaining Council is responsible for providing its candidates with a KofC rosary, membership pin and copy of “These Men They Call Knights”. The gaining Council is also required to insure that the candidate has been vetted for admission to a Council.
Candidates need access to an electronic device with audio/video capability (computer, tablet, smartphone, etc). Candidates will be asked to agree to the rules of the Order and take pledges, all of which will be explained as part of the introduction to the degree. Candidates will be asked to sign in 15 minutes before the degree is scheduled to begin to complete these preliminary actions. Candidates may have family and guests in the room to observe the degree as he completes it.
Jan 9 & 23
Feb 13 & 27
Mar 13 & 27
April 10 & 24
May 8 & 22
Jun 12 & 26