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Patrick Kelley, State Deputy 2019 - 2020
"Unapologetically Catholic”

My Dear Brother Knights,

We are now several months into the COVID-19 Health crisis and life has changed for nearly all of us in one way or another, we are continuing to move forward in spite of the difficulties of daily life right now. So many things are closed and especially close to us are our churches. Mass is on TV or the Internet. Even our Convention this year was held as a phone conference with software assistance.

While this conference method was required by the Supreme Council we all know things were certainly not like our in-person Conventions of the past. Only Delegates were invited to join the State Officers and a small number of non-voting screeners and Supreme Staff as support. We were privileged to have our Deputy Supreme Knight, Patrick Kelly, join us and bring us his message of encouragement. Read more...

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Fr. Kenneth St. Hilaire,
State Chaplain


June 2020

In the early Church - in the first few centuries A.D., Christians were almost constantly under persecution. They refused to offer incense to the pagan gods of Rome or to the emperor. They were looked at with suspicion because their way of life -- a life of self-sacrificial love -- was different from the rest of the population. And no one could quite figure out the Christians’ mysterious practice of communion, in which they claimed to share in the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Read more...

Kim Washburn,
State Secretary

June 2020

Brothers,

Since you might not be happy with me after reading on, I am including what I would have said at the end of this message about John Walker.

I received a call from the Tri-Cities tourism chamber, this week. She was calling to give her condolences to our Washington State Knights of Columbus members of John Walker’s passing. It was a happy, but sad conversation as we shared stories and experiences relating to John. Another life he had touch in a most positive way.  Read More...

Greg Mahoney,
State Treasurer

June 2020

Brother Knights,

The convention in May was the fastest one I have ever attended.  You likely feel the same way.  Thank you WSS Kim for all the prep work you did to get things in order before the virtual Annual meeting kicked off.  It was a learning curve for all of us and everyone’s patience was greatly appreciated.  We accomplished the necessary business and I look forward to another year as your State Treasurer.  Thank you for your continued support. Read more...

Tom Williams,
State Advocate

June 2020

My Brothers,


How are you holding up in these uncertain times? Remember that tough times allow us to show our character, and the Knights have character aplenty!

We had late-breaking wonderful news about Rome accepting a miracle for Fr. Michael J. McGiveney, allowing him to be beatified, the first step toward canonization. What a wonderful gift to the Knights during this pandemic - our Worthy State Treasurer Greg Mahoney pointed out that Fr. McGiveney died during a pandemic, and now in the midst of another pandemic we hear of his beatification. Read More...

Dr. Scott Hulse,
State Warden

June 2020 

Thank you to all Councils that submitted Faith in Action Program Service Award applications, Knight of the Year and Family of the Year nominations and Harry J. Tucker Fraternalism Award applications. It is gratifying to see the progress that our Councils have made and the quality of programs with which they are engaged. The activities and commitments made by our Washington State Knights and their families are also impressive. The way that Councils have come together exemplifying our commitment at Knights to working together as a fraternity of brothers is amazing. Read more...

Bob Baemmert,
Immediate Past State Deputy

June 2020

Hi Brothers,

One of the most pressing issues that a State Deputy has got to deal with is the State Convention. It takes a mountain of preparation- many times three months of invitations and lining up guest speakers, grading Award applications, preparing the banquet, getting flowers, inventing a strategy to handle the contentious Resolutions, dealing with registration and rooms, writing and practicing your script, making sure everyone has a good time...etc. The event itself goes on for the better part of three days. Read more...

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