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

My Dear Brother Knights,

This month I would like to talk on a bit of a different subject than just membership. While membership is one of our most important subjects, as the Order depends on new members to continue, we also have something else that is just as important.

I am speaking about our individual and collective respect for and support of our Priests. I realize that none of us would intentionally insult or disrespect any of our Priests however, there have been a few incidents over the last few years that certainly border on a less than respectful attitude towards their mission and their responsibility. We are asked in our Knighthood Degree to revere our Priests whether in public or the privacy of our homes and to support them in their mission and vocation, yet once in a while people let their personal opinions get in the way of that. 

As a Holy Priest, and often a Pastor of a Parish as well, they are in a position to make decisions that not are all happy with and once in a while some even become openly vocal with their opinions of what they think Father should or should not do at a given Parish or Liturgy. Opposing opinions regarding liturgies usually stem from a lack of information or understanding on the part of the laity but in the end,  it is our Priests that we must respect and follow– willingly–in all matters of Faith and that includes liturgies. Read more...


Forth Degree Knight to Run for Governor

State Senator Phil Fortunato, a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, announced his candidacy for Governor of Washington State. Read More...


For the extended Seattle Area Councils and Assemblies - Invite Others Saturday, September 21st; Registration at 7:30 a.m. and class at 8:00 a.m. until noon, lunch served afterwards.  Read More...

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Messages From Your State Officers
Fr. Kenneth St. Hilaire,
State Chaplain

October 2019

At the Supreme Convention in Minneapolis in August, supreme knight Carl Andersen made an urgent plea that the Knights of Columbus lead the way in promoting civility in the sphere of politics and even within the Church, where--he noted--personal attacks and refusal to dialogue are becoming more and more common.

Archbishop William Lori, the supreme chaplain, reiterated this appeal. He said, “The anger and polarization that are sadly so much a part of our culture now also are finding their way into the life of the Church.” He asked all of us Knights to support a campaign for civility organized by our Order. You will probably see information about this campaign in upcoming issues of Columbia magazine. Read more...

Kim Washburn,
State Secretary

October 2019


We held Regionals around the State in September. I want to express my appreciation to the hosts’ for all the time and effort they contributed to these Regionals. I know it is a lot to ask and I greatly appreciate it.

About 62% of the councils have paid their liability insurance as of September 16th. If something happens during one of your council events, and your premiums are not paid, you’re on your own. This would not be a good position to be in for the council, or the church. Please avoid any financial heartache and pay your premiums. The premiums are cheap for what we get. Read More...

Greg Mahoney,
State Treasurer

October 2019

Brother Knights,

Review the Exemplification Fund status chart that follows.  September 25, 2019 is the cutoff date for the amounts posted in the October bulletin.  A $7 fee per each new member brought into our Order is due to WSC soon after the Admission Degree.  If you have a balance due, please mail your check payable to Washington State Council with Exemplification written on the memo line.  Ensure your council number is on the check. 

Send checks to:   

Kim Washburn 

WSC State Secretary

10555 Fox Rd.

Leavenworth, WA 98826-8723

Tom Williams,
State Advocate

October 2019

My brother Knights,

We are in the midst of the regional meetings so this will be a short note. Many thanks to all of you whom have come out to the regional meetings, I have appreciated your questions and the energy you bring. Even though the schedule is not easy, I would not change since I enjoy getting to see friends and make new ones around the state!

A quick follow up on Safe Environment training - if your Council changes one of the positions that requires Safe Environment training, be aware that if the new man does not have the required training it will change your Council from compliant to non-compliant. This question came up at a regional meeting, and it is good warning to be aware of how any change many affect your Council. Read More...

Dr. Scott Hules,
State Warden

October 2019

Brother Knights,

Please consider the following message sent by the Supreme Council to Washington State Deputy, Pat Kelley:

Worthy State Deputy KELLEY:

Last month at the Supreme Convention, Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson announced a new initiative designed to strengthen our support and solidarity with our Christian brethren in Iraq.

Through the Adopt-a-Parish initiative, councils commit to raising $2,500 a year for two years for a sister parish in Iraq. During that period, they will have the opportunity to communicate with the pastor of that parish, learn more about the Christian community in Iraq, Read more...

Bob Baemmert,
Immediate Past State Deputy

October 2019

Hi Brothers,

Last Saturday night, after our first Regional meeting in Olympia, the State Secretary, Kim Washburn, and I went to visit the Mothers at Holy Theophany Monastery. This Monastery was founded in the year 2000 and is the only Greek-Catholic Monastery for women in the Western United States. It is also the sole Monastery for women in all of North America that follows the authentic Byzantine Monastic Tradition common to Melkite and Romanian Greek-Catholic Churches. Mother Anastasia explained to us that the Catholic Church is actually comprised of twenty-two equal Churches, Read more...