There are many awards to be considering, but let me draw your attention to one award in particular - the Father McGivney Vocation Award. This is the award that recognizes the best vocation activity for the fraternal year. What was your council’s vocation activity? Let’s get your council’s nominations in early; remember deadline for this award is Feb. 28, 2018.
New Program – RACE FOR VOCATIONS
The Knights of Columbus Indiana State Council asks all Councils to participate and support the “RACE FOR VOCATIONS”. The Race For Vocation welcomes people of all ages to run/walk in the Mini Marathon or 5k to promote and pray for vocations. Race Date is May 5, 2018. More information available at http://raceforvocations.org/ Councils are encouraged to help by adding a Race For Vocations donation to your SOS contribution (use IN_SOS Form). Please submit this donation to the IN KofC State Treasurer by December 1, 2017. Please include check with the IN-SOS form marked “Race For Vocations”.
- Involve young men, women, and families(Fraternity); over 300 runners in 2017
- Raise money for S.O.S. (charity)
- Support seminarians (RSVP)
- Promote cooperation between Indiana Dioceses (Unity)
- Make the Knights of Columbus visible at a very large public event; over 30,000 runners in 2017
Below are the dates for the upcoming Race for Vocations training events at Bishop Brute. All events will use the following timeline: Mass at 7:30; Run/Walk at 8:00; and Spiritual Reflection at 9:00.
Monthly training events are scheduled for December 2, 2017; January 13, 2018; February 10, 2018; March 10, 2018; April 7, 2018.
Another Vocation Activity -- Brother David Gorrell of Terre Haute Council #541 is asking for Knight’s support to “Help Friar John Take It to the Road!”
This is your chance to join a vocation activity directed and staffed by the Franciscan Friars at Floyd Knobs Ind. Friar John Bamman OFM, Conv. is the Director of Vocations and wants to take the show on the road in a shrink wrapped car with vocation information displayed for all to see. He will visit parishes all over Indiana and the Midwest. Friar John needs $2500.00 to design and wrap the car and then could use some gas money. All Councils support and pray for vocations year after year. It is time to stand up for this ingenuous and innovative way to advertise the vocational message.
Send your Support to: Friar John Bamman at Mt. St. Francis Center for Spirituality, 101 St Anthony Dr., Mt St. Francis, IN 47147 or David Gorrell, 1009 E. Royse Dr., Terre Haute IN 47802 who will collect them and forward.
SOS -- Indiana Councils can be proud of your efforts in supporting the seminarians. The final count for 2016-17 was $47,622.68. This happened because of a great team effort! But let us not rest or quit. There is still a major shortage of Priests, and they can use our support. We must continue to help and encourage our seminarians. This fraternal year there are 92 seminarians, and each seminarian will be receiving a check in November from the Indiana state Council for $525. This is because of your council’s efforts and hard work supporting the SOS program.
Did you know that the average cost for one year of seminarian education is $35,000, or more? Remember: SUPPORT OUR SEMINARIANS!
All councils should have received their SOS inserts and SOS goals for this fraternal year from their District Deputies. If you have any questions, please contact me. I am here to help.
RSVP -- RSVP donations are starting to be handed out by Councils to the seminarians that they have adopted. Now is a great time for this to be happening, with the holidays approaching.
Saint Luke the Evangelist Council 14895 of Indianapolis has reached out to a seminarian for a total of $500. Well done; keep up the good work!
The John P O’Donnell Council 1096 of Bloomington has donated $500 each to 2 seminarians $500 to a postulant. This is great!
Remember seminarians continually need our help. There many ways to support them: spiritually, monetarily and with communication. Birthday cards, Christmas cards or just send notes of encouragement, these mean so much to the seminarians and postulants knowing that someone cares about them or is interested in them. If the occasion arises, invite them to the council for a social event. It gives the seminarians a chance to put faces with names.
Vocations Awareness Days
- Dec. 1, 2017 – Reminder for Financial Secretaries: include the S.O.S. inserts with your billing for 2018.
- Feb. 4, 2018 – World Day for Consecrated Life
- Feb. 28, 2018 – Deadline for Father McGivney State Vocation Award.
- April 22, 2018 – World Day of Prayer for Vocations
- May 5, 2018 – Race For Vocations.
- June 15, 2018 – Deadline to turn in all S.O.S. funds and forms to State Treasurer.
State Vocations Chairman
Indiana Knights of Columbus