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Building the Domestic Church, While Strengthening Our Parishes

“Today, the Knights of Columbus is providentially positioned to play a key role in the new alliance between the Church and the family called for by Pope Francis … What is necessary now is our greater involvement in the renewal of parish and family life.”
-Supreme Knight Carl Anderson

“It is in the parish that one becomes engaged with the Church community, learns how to become a disciple of Christ, is nurtured by Scripture, is nourished by the sacraments, and ultimately becomes an evangelizer. Successful evangelization and catechetical initiatives must be focused on the parish.”
– USCCB

 Through the Orderwide Building the Domestic Church initiative, Knights and their families have greater opportunities to participate in a variety of activities that promote the New Evangelization, strengthen our parishes and grow the Order.

Building the Domestic Church

Knights of Columbus has always been an organization dedicated to the well-being and support of Catholic family life. The family is the first and primary place where we experience and are formed in our Catholic faith. By building upon our current programs and activities, the Knights of Columbus continues to promote the family as a ”domestic church” where husbands and wives, parent and children, grow in their knowledge and practice of the Catholic Faith. In order to perform its important mission of evangelization, each family needs to find support in the sacramental life of the parish.

Strengthening our Parishes

Knights of Columbus councils have always responded to the most urgent needs of the Church, particularly through charitable and social outreach. In order to support the evangelization of family life today, our councils must be even more fully integrated into our parishes. As the world’s largest Catholic fraternal and family organization, we have a responsibility to dedicate our time, talent and resources to ensuring that our parishes our beacons of the new evangelization.

Domestic Church Activities

In order to highlight the importance of this new initiative and its impact on our mission, the Supreme Council has announced that this year, at least four major council programs must be designated as “Domestic Church” activities to earn the Columbian Award,

The following programs currently carry the “Domestic Church” activity designation:

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS – TODAY’S KNIGHTS: WHAT WE DO

From the moment of our founding in 1882, charity has been the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. We are men of faith and men of action.

In 2015, the Knights of Columbus set a new all-time record for the 17th consecutive year. Our charitable donations increased from 2014 by more than $1.5 million to a new total of $175,079,192. In addition, we achieved our highest level of charitable service in 2015, volunteering more than 73.5 million hours of service. The number of service hours contributed by Knights rose in 2015 by more than a million over the previous year’s total.

Our charitable activities encompass an almost infinite variety of local, national and international projects. From international charitable partnerships with Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission and Habitat for Humanity to our own Food for Families and Coats for Kids projects and other local charities, the opportunity to work together with fellow Knights and their families is virtually endless.

“We are answering Pope Francis’ call to go to the peripheries,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said. “We can reach half way around the globe to help those in need and we can reach to our neighbor next door. And we do that every day. That makes us witnesses to the faith.”

If you’d like to be a part of an international organization of nearly 2 million Catholic men whose principal work involves helping others in need, we’d like to meet you and invite you to join us.

Our Principles

All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:

Charity – Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.

Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.

Fraternity – Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do the good works of individual Knights, who gave more than 73.5 million service hours in 2015, illustrating how Catholics serve each other in fraternity and mercy.

Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.

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LEARN ABOUT US

Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.

The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world’s foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to 15,342 councils and 1.9 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam, Saipan, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South Korea.

State Officers

John Brault
John BraultState Deputy
Phone: 505.453.0158
Very Rev. Matthew A. Keller
Very Rev. Matthew A. KellerState Chaplain
Phone: 505.722.6644
Daniel Vigil
Daniel VigilState Secretary
Phone: 505.470.3525
Bernard Ela
Bernard ElaState Treasurer
Phone: 505.331.4504
Rudy S. Archibeque
Rudy S. ArchibequeState Advocate
Phone: 505.573.1201
Samuel Serna
Samuel SernaState Warden
Phone: 505.503.9013
Patrick T. Mason
Patrick T. MasonImmediate Past State Deputy
Phone: 505.722.4463
Jim McCabe
Jim McCabeGeneral Agent
Phone: 505.830.5770(W); 505.830.5769(F)
Richard Espinosa MFD
Richard Espinosa MFDDistrict Master
Phone: 505.796.2280
Terry Davenport
Terry DavenportState Financial Assistant
Phone: 505.470.1428
Gilbert Perez
Gilbert PerezState Executive Assistant
Phone: 575.524.3091(H); 575.642.4131(C)
Leonard Padilla
Leonard PadillaWebmaster/PR Chairman
Phone: 505.280-2895

Deceased Brother Knights
Fraternal Year 2016-2017

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Name – Council No.

John C. Gingras -4227
Patricio Cruz -4227
Timoteo Gonzalez – 4227
John R. Sisneros – 4227
Richard J. Tischauser – 4227
Joe R. Martinez – 4227
Theodore Kappes – 1226
Gilbert Montes – 1226
Guadalupe Holguin – 1226
SK Alex Gazalos – 5146
Edward M. Drazic – 10697
Walter Leyba – 13596
Fred Knapp – 6597
Catarino Rede – 9470
SK Richard Mound – 6597
Alfonso Vigil – 7313
Ruben Martinez – 16465
Jose “Archie” Santistevan – 4227
Arnold Velasquez – 15381
Hilario Maes – 3314
Frank S. Kovacich – 3355
George B. Stoesser – 3030
Rev Ramon Aragon – 13596
Fr. Mark Schultz – 15183
PSD SK George Martinez – 4227
Daniel Villescas – 14452
Christopher Luke Gonzales – 3314
Guadalupe P Sandoval – 12282
Louie Espinosa – 13699
SK Victor Ramirez – 3355
SK Don Wells – 15578
Richard Chodor – 12282
Paul Schultz – 4445
Rogelio Calderon – 10570
Paul Pickering – 8281
Joe Grijalva – 8281
Walter J Burr – 9527
Louis A Garcia – 9527
Arnold E Wade – 9527
Leonard Herig – 10835
William T Coughlin – 14410
Antonio Gutierrez – 4205
Charles Peugh – 4205
Manuel M Martinez – 3030
Richard Archuleta – 3030
Gliseo Rodriguez – 3030
Aurther Carroll – 3030
George Sarwinski – 3137
David Leyba – 14254
John Sais, Sr. – 14254
Jay J Sahd – 13479
Louie Castillo – 3683
Michael Casados – 3683
Wilbur Thigpen – 3683
Alex Gonzales – 3683
SK William B McCarty – 6696
Don Wiedner – 6696
Michael Philbin – 6696
Harold Cook – 6696
SK Gerald Smith – 3448
SK Louis Flores – 5146
Jose A Martinez – 5146
Alex Gazolas – 5146
Stephen Novel – 12981
SK Eugene Gajewski, SR – 12981
Jose Archie Santistevan – 4227
Arnold Velasquez – 15381
Hilario Maes – 3314
SK Donald Pressler – 15850

Past State Deputies &
Former District Masters

From Left to Right 1987-1989 – Joseph M. Behnke , 2007-2009 – Francisco R. Gomez, 1989-1991 – Willie Miera, 2012-2014 – Peter Quichocho, 2014-2016 – Richard Espinosa, 2009-2011 – Joseph W. Pozzi, RIP 1982-1984 – George A. Martinez, Sr., 2001-2003 – Levi C. Leyba

Past State Deputies

2014-2016 – Richard Espinosa – Council 12981 (Tijeras)
2012-2014 – Peter Quichocho – Council 6696 (Rio Rancho)
2011-2012 – Mel Apodaca – Council 13684 (Espanola)
2009-2011 – Joseph W. Pozzi – Council 10697 (Albquerque)
2007-2009 – Francisco R. Gomez – Council 3448 (Farmington)
2005-2007 – Robert E. Hoskinson, Sr. – Council 2719 (Carlsbad)
2003-2005 – Francisco R. Gomez – Council 3448 (Farmington)
2001-2003 – Levi C. Leyba – Council 3388 (Silver City)
1999-2001 – Frank S. Welp – Council 5729 (Albuquerque)
1997-1999 – Ramon J. Barcla – Council 2673 (Belen)
1995-1997 – Mel Jaramillo – Council 3314 (Espanola)
1993-1995 – Michael J. Hernandez – Council 641 (Albuquerque)
1991-1993 – David E. Rostro – Council 2673 (Bernalillo)
1989-1991 – Willie Miera – Council 4227 (Albuquerque)
1987-1989 – Joseph M. Behnke – Council 3030 (Roswell)
1985-1987 – Paul G. Maestas – Council 4227 (Albuquerque)
1982-1984 – George A. Martinez, Sr. – Council 4227 (Albuquerque)
1980-1982 – Herbert H. Langreck – Council and City Unknown
1978-1980 – Joseph A. Koegler, Sr. – Council 6597 (Ruidoso)
1976-1978 – Altio Chavez – Counil 2673 (Belen)
1974-1976 – Dionicio Ortiz, Jr. – Council 1707 (Santa Fe)
1972-1974 – Clarence G. Blair – Council 3030 (Roswell)
1971-1972 – Don Larson (died while in office) – Council 3137 (Los Alamos)
1969-1971 – Miguel (Mike) Grijalva – Council 1226 (Las Cruces)
1967-1969 – Thomas E. Jones – Council 4227 (Albuquerque)
1965-1967 – Phil R. Lucero – Council and City Unknown
1963-1965 – Robert E. Dawson – Council 4227 (Albuquerque)
1962-1963 – Tony Serna – Council 804 (Las Vegas)
1960-1962 – Warren L. Church – Council 641 (Albuquerque)
1958-1960 – James L. VanHecke – Council 3137 (Los Alamos)
1956-1958 – Frank A. Budai – Council 3448 (Farmington)
1955-1956 – Edward C. Galvin – Council 3137 (Los Alamos)
1954-1955 – Leo J. Valdez – Council 1226 (Las Cruces)
1953-1954 – Albino A. Romero – Council 2673 (Belen)
1952-1953 – Guido Zecca – Council 1783 (Gallup)
1951-1952 – John D. Murphy – Council 641 (Albuquerque)
1950-1951 – Maurice Sanchez – Council 641 (Albuquerque)
1949-1950 – Francis J. Peternel – Council 1783 (Gallup)
1948-1949 – Hubert Grandi – Council 2719 (Carlsbad)
1947-1948 – Joseph Ruvulo – Council 641 (Albuquerque)
1946-1947 – Dionicio Ortiz – Council 1707 (Santa Fe)
1945-1946 – William J. Bindel – Council 2719 (Carlsbad)
1944-1945 – Horace Barela – Council 641 (Albuquerque)
1943-1944 – Joe Galloway – Council 641 (Albuquerque)
1941-1943 – Frank J. Burke – Council 641 (Albuquerque)
1941-1941 – John Miller (Resigned)
1939-1941 – Frank E. McCulloch – Council 641 (Albuquerque)
1937-1939 – Dr. I. L. Peavy – Council 1332 (Raton)
1935-1937 – Charles Stabb – Council 804 (Las Vegas)
1934-1935 – Jose O. Gallegos – Council 2664 (Socorro)
1933-1934 – Meliton Otero – Council 641 (Albuquerque)
1931-1933 – Leo J. Valdez – Council 1226 (Las Cruces)
1929-1931 – Thomas J. McCaffrey – Council 641 (Albuquerque)
1928-1929 – Jose D. Sena – Council 1707 (Santa Fe)
1926-1928 – Joseph R. Kastler – Council 1332 (Raton)
1924-1926 – John M. Kelly – Council 3030 (Roswell)
1923-1924 – Vincent Jaeger – Council 1783 (Gallup)
1922-1923 – E. P. Davis – Council 1707 (Santa Fe)
1921-1922 – George Herman – Council 804 (Las Vegas)
1920-1921 – Thomas F. Murphy – Council (1332 Raton)
1917-1920 – E. P. Davis – Council 1707 (Santa Fe)
1916-1917 – Thomas F. Murphy – Council 1332 (Raton)
1914-1916 – Francis E. Wood – Council 641 (Albuquerque)
1913-1914 – F. A. McLernon – Council 1226 (Las Cruces)
1910-1913 – O.N. Marron – Council 641 (Albuquerque)

Former District Masters

2014-2016 – Francisco R. Gomez, PSD – Assembly 1801 (Farmington)
2012-2014 – Frank F. Velasquez, Sr. – Assembly 3186 (Albuquerque)
2008-2012 – George A. Martinez, Sr., PSD – Assembly 682 (Albuquerque)
2007-2008 – Leo Pilat – Assembly 682 (Albuquerque)
2006-2007 – Levi C. Leyba, PSD – Assembly 2141 (Silver City)
2002-2006 – Ramon J. Barela, PSD – Assembly 687 (Belen)
1998-2002 – Mel Jaramillo, PSD – Assembly 1982 (Espanola)
1994-1998 – Willie Miera, PSD – Assembly 682 (Albuquerque)
1990-1994 – Frank Manzanares – Assembly 1801 (Farmington)
1986-1990 – Jose M. Valdez, Jr. – Assembly 682 (Albuquerque)
1984-1986 – Roy Cordova – Assembly 1625 (Roswell)
1980-1984 – Paul G. Maestas – Assembly 682 (Albuquerque)
1978-1980 – Gorgonio McKinley – Assembly 684 (Las Cruces)
1974-1978 – Pete Trujillo – Assembly 682 (Albuquerque)
1972-1974 – James L. VanHecke, PSD – Assembly 688 (Los Alamos)
1968-1972 – Oscar Braune – Assembly 682 (Albuquerque)
1962-1968 – Angelo Fabrizio – Assembly 682 (Albuquerque)
1958-1962 – Leo J. Valdez, PSD – Assembly 684 (Las Cruces)
1956-1958 – Thomas J. McCaffrey – Assembly 682 (Albuquerque)
1950-1956 – Charles Eckeret – Assembly 685 (Santa Fe)
1946-1950 – Eldon G. Freeman – Assembly 682 (Albuquerque)
1941-1946 – Raymond P. Shaya – Assembly 685 (Santa Fe)
1939-1941 – Eldon G. Freeman – Assembly 682 (Albuquerque)
1930-1939 – Jose D. Sena, PSD – Assembly 685 (Santa Fe)
1924-1930 – Ralph L. Umback – Assembly 682 (Albuquerque)
1923-1924 – Jose D. Sena – Assembly 685 (Santa Fe)

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