Arizona State Council Knights of Columbus - Fraternal Year 2020-2021
Below is the schedule for the next CUF Degrees
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.
For the Month of January 2021, we pay tribute to a true leader of the Knights of Columbus in Arizona, Past State Deputy Roger Schumacher who passed to his heavenly reward on December 2, 2020. It is significant that in this past year of the pandemic crisis that the COVID-19 virus played a major part in his death.
Roger was born on August 19,1942 in Marion, Indiana and soon afterward moved to Sigel, Illinois. In 1957 the family moved to Chandler Arizona where Roger attended Chandler High School and graduated in 1961. Shortly thereafter he joined the U.S. Army. Faithfully serving his country for 3 years he was involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis.
He returned home to Chandler in 1964 and became employed by General Motors Proving Grounds in Mesa until he retired from there in 1998. In November 1974, he joined the Knights of Columbus and immediately became a very active member. He dedicated much of his early Knight’s service to St. Joseph Youth Camp and served as president on the board of directors. It was a family dedication as his wife Pat was on the board also. He began a program which is still active today for the mentally challenged. While serving at the camp, doing maintenance and construction he once caused a huge spark reaction while repairing the electrical system and was thereafter kiddingly referred to as “220 Schumacher”.
A successor President of the Camp, Tyson Gentz, lauded Roger’s extensive service to the Camp and called him “A man of Faith”. Having served in progressively higher offices in the Arizona Jurisdiction, Roger ultimately served as the State Deputy for the fraternal year 1983-1984. Roger continued his service to the Knights and to his parish for the rest of his life. Fr. Dan McBride, his pastor said of him “If good men are hard to find, then Roger
was a rarity”. Fr. Dan added that Roger, in addition to all the maintenance service work
he donated to the Church, would love to make miniature wooden replicas of the altar,
the ambo and even candlesticks to show to the 4 and 5 year-olds in the parish.
Roger was a strong family man whose wife Pat was a true partner and helped him in his work for the Knights.
They were married for 55 years. His grand-daughter Brittnie said of him that if you were looking for the definition of patience, then her grand-dad was the prime example.
His legacy is that of a Man of God, a strong family man, a faithful and exemplary Catholic,
and a model Knight of Columbus.
It is with great pride that we present Past State Deputy Roger A. Schumacher as the Charity, Unity and Fraternity Degree Honoree for the month of January 2021.