Father Michael Shirt - Amazing Story
The 12th Shirt, as Experienced by the Knights of Columbus
This is a true story as confirmed by witnesses as it happened here at St Andrews.
In February 2014, the KofC St. Jude Council based at St Andrews added 11 new members. and an order was placed for each member a personalized maroon golf shirt which carries the Knights of Columbus logo on the left side, and the new member’s 1st name on the right.
Once the order of new shirts were received, however, a total of 12 shirts were enclosed – all of them personalized. Thinking one of the shirts had to be a duplicate, the Grand Knight double-checked the order, and found the name on the 12th shirt didn’t match any of the names of the new members, or anyone else’s name in the chapter. In addition, the 1st name on the shirt was in two parts, and would not easily be matched up to a future new member.
The vendor for the shirt was then contacted to return the extra shirt so it could make its way to its rightful owner. But the vendor checked his records and said that despite the extra shirt, the order was correct, and the Knights were billed for 11 shirts. So, the Grand Knight placed the shirt in a closet, where it was eventually forgotten.
In January 2015, a new group joined the Knights. As before, the Grand Knight prepared a list of names for the next order of shirts. This time, however, the order would include a shirt that had two parts to the name. Knowing the name seemed very familiar to the name on the “extra” shirt that had arrived a year before, the Grand Knight immediately checked the closet, and found the shirt inside was an exact match.
In February 2015, at the first Knights meeting for new members, the Grand Knight told the story about the 12th shirt. He explained that he had contacted the vendor to return the shirt, but was refused. He related that the name on the shirt was unique, and would be hard to match with any new members. He said that as a result, the shirt sat in a closet for nearly a year.
At the end of the story, the Grand Knight brought the shirt over to each of the members so they could read the name. He then walked over to Father Michael who joined the Knights when he came to St Andrews November 2014, and presented the shirt to him. The shirt was personalized “Fr. Michael.” The Grand Knight explained, “Since April of 2014, this shirt has been sitting in a closet without an owner. I had no idea how we would be able to find a match, given the unique name on it. In the end, though, we were able to match the shirt with its rightful owner. It seems that Fr. Michael is meant to be here at St. Andrews.”