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State Advocate 2019 - 2020

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Tom Williams

April 2020

My brothers,

What a strange time we find ourselves in these days. What a test of faith and character we face during this pandemic, but brothers, what an opportunity! The Knights of Columbus were made for times such as this, and it is not the first crisis the Order has faced. Our fathers and grandfathers were tested, and it is our turn now. They passed the test, and I am confident that we will, too!

First and foremost, you must take care of yourself and your families. The CDC, Supreme and many other sources have great information on how stay safe and self isolate. Below are some good links for you to review:

CDC Guidelines


Supreme Guidelines


Washington State Department of Health Guidelines


Secondly, this is the time when the world needs the Knights of Columbus most of all - who leads the way in caring for those in need of help? It is vital that we seek to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the world in these troubled times!

We need to be smart about how we do this, in a world of social distancing and bans on in-person meetings, though. Please see my membership story for some ideas about how to use technology to stay in communication with your Council, your family and your community. We live in a time of technological advancement and now is the time to start adopting some new ways to stay in touch.

But most of all, my brothers, take advantage of this time to pray, for quiet contemplation, to study our faith. Time can be a priceless gift, and for many of us not only do we have more time but our families are together more. Use this time to say a daily rosary, attend Mass online or pray together as a family.

We will get through this crisis, brothers, as our fathers and grandfathers weathered their storms. Be the men I know you are, be the man who leads his family and gives hope to his community.


Vivat Jesus!



Thomas C. Williams

State Advocate

Washington State Council