State Deputy Report December 2017


Pope Francis, the Holy Father, focused his attention on this first Sunday of Advent saying, it is the time “that is given to us to welcome the Lord who comes to meet us, to verify our desire for God, and to look ahead and prepare for the return of Christ.”  Referring to the Gospel readings of the day, the Pope explained, “Jesus exhorts us to pay attention and to watch, to be ready to welcome him at the moment of his return.”  The person who pays attention, he continued, is the one who, “in the noise of the world, does not let him or herself be overwhelmed by distraction or superficiality, but lives in a full and conscious way, with a concern directed above all to others.”


Hearing God’s Voice in a Noisy World is the theme for the Catholic Men’s Conference to be held at Christ the King Catholic Church in Little Rock on Saturday, February 3rd 2018. I want to encourage every Catholic man to attend. Bishop Brendan J. Cahill, State Chaplain for the Texas Knights of Columbus, will be one of the featured speakers there! I am confident that every member of the Knights of Columbus in Arkansas will be there!


Because it is vitally important and there is simply no reason why every council cannot recruit at least one new member…we have several incentives to help us recruit more new members into the Knights of Columbus. 


What is the goal? Get every active council to recruit at least one new member between December 1, 2017 and February 28, 2018.  District deputies whose districts contain 75% active councils or greater, recruiting at least one new member by February 28, 2018, will receive a portrait of the Holy Family. The grand knight of every council who recruits one or more new members between now and February 28, 2018 will receive a portrait of the Holy Family. If the council did not recruit any new members during the 2016-2017 fraternal year, and/or the council has not recruited any new members as of December 1, 2017, the grand knight, deputy grand knight, financial secretary, chancellor, treasurer and warden will each receive the Holy Family portrait.


New Membership Recruitment Lottery Incentive Opportunity World Meeting of Families, Dublin, Ireland: August 21-26, 2018


Here’s how it works: beginning December 1st, 2017, every time that you recruit a member into the Order through June 30th, 2018, your name will go into a drawing and on July 1st , 2018, ten names will be drawn at random. If you are a winner, we will notify you and your wife immediately so you can plan this once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with families from all over the world. When you return, you can become a beacon of light for other families in your council, community, and state. The more men that you recruit, the greater the probability you will have to win this trip!


How is your work coming along with raising $100,000 to purchase a Save the Storks Bus?  If you have already had your fund raising event for Save the Storks Bus, please send in your check to the Arkansas State Council. If you are still working on it, let us know how you are doing and if there is anything we can do to help. This is a fantastic opportunity to show that we are Pro-Life and we want to ask everyone who is Pro-Life to stand up and help us save more lives!   


For all councils:  If you make your star council membership goal by December 31, 2017, your council will receive a steak dinner prepared by the State officers.


Cindy and I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


God bless you,


Philip A. Savage

State Deputy