Faith Director

June 2019

Dear Brother Knights,

The fraternal year will be coming to a close on June 30th, but this is also a chance for the Knights of Columbus to finish strong…beginning with prayer.  Consider a Rosary Program or a Council Holy Hour.  Check the Faith in Action Guidebook for ideas to implement both programs.  

Also, you still have time to complete the Columbian Award Application (SP-7).  Many councils are very active, which qualifies them for this award.  (The award includes four Faith activities and the RSVP counts as two activities.) And after completing the SP-7, many councils also have a chance to earn the Order’s highest award---the Star Council.  A strong finish in membership and insurance, with a SP-7 will help councils achieve the award.

The Race for Vocations was held May 4th.  The Indiana Knights of Columbus sponsored event began with Mass at St. John the Evangelist, Indianapolis on Friday, May 3rd.  The Mass was celebrated by three Knights: Father Mike Keucher, Father Eric Augenstein and Father Rick Nagel. Over 200 attended the Mass which was followed by a pasta dinner, prepared by the Knights of Columbus, for 150 attendees.  One of the dinner attendees was 90 year-old Patty who was walking the 5K.  She signed up because of her support for Vocations - an example for all us. The Knights also manned a pit station at the finish line and provided a tent with food, prepared by the Knights, for post-race participants.  Check out the pictures from the event including 90 year-old Patty and Knights Father Mike Keucher and Father Rick Nagel on our Race for Vocations webpage.  Please consider, you and your council, being a part of the 2020 Race for Vocations on May 2nd and 3rd.  Contact me with questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

The recommended Spiritual Reflection Program is suggested during Spring and what a better time than before the end our fraternal year..  (Please note a Spiritual Program can be held at other times during the fraternal year.)  The Spiritual Reflection program is required to earn the Columbian Award.  (At least 10% of membership or a minimum of 10 Knights should participate to count as a qualified program). But more important, what a way to grow the council spiritually as we all strive to be the Catholic Man/Holy Man that God wants us to be.  Several councils have submitted their program which include a Men’s Conference, or a council retreat.  

The following are some examples of programs that qualify:

  1. St. Mary of the Woods, Terre Haute, has an awesome customized program available to the Knights.  Click here for the flyer and an agenda example. Contact Zach Pies (812-535-3131) if you are interested.
  2. Ask your Chaplain, a Priest or Deacon, to lead a retreat for your council…a chance to take time with prayer and discernment to improve your council.  The program, could include Mass and/or Reconciliation.
  3. Council #3228 organized and held a Lenten Retreat, led by their Chaplain, and offered to other parishes.

Reminder: Many councils completed a qualified RSVP program but have yet to submit their forms.  The RSVP counts as two activities, plus your council receives a $100 refund for each Seminarian cash gift of $500 or more.  Please submit those before June 30th.

For questions about Supreme Faith programs, please check the Faith in Action Guidebook.  The Guidebook can be accessed HERE.

Supreme Recommended Faith Programs

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If you need help or have any questions about the Knights, especially the Faith initiatives of the Knights of Columbus, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Also, there are a couple of brother Knights who I work closely with: State Vocations Chairman Ed Waldschmidt (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), State Sacristan Charlie Dispenzieri  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and Marian Hour Chairman Jim Recasner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  The four of us are the Indiana Faith team.

  Vivat Jesus and God bless you!

Larry Kunkel

Faith Director

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