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State Advocate 2020 - 2021

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Tom Williams

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.

It is times like this that we must remember the lessons of Fr. McGiveney, taking care of the poor and the marginalized. You should be aware of the “Leave No Neighbor Behind” program that Supreme has started to focus on those most vulnerable to the pandemic. Please follow the link to the program on the Supreme site:

I am very proud of the efforts Councils have made to achieve Safe Environment Program certification, if you look at the graphic later in the bulletin there is a lot of green! This is not an easy program, and there are many opportunities for Supreme to handle this better, but it is the most important program you and your Council can do. It is fundamental to how we do business as Knights and it is not optional. Thank you to all the Councils who achieve their certifications this year, and remember, the clock turns over as of the new fraternal year.

As we wrap up the last month of the fraternal year, it seems like this has been one of the strangest years we have had in our generation. The pandemic has forced us to look at different way of doing business, of helping people out while still maintaining social distancing and staying healthy. These are not easy times, but as always the Knights have risen to the occasion and made a difference in their communities. I am profoundly moved and proud of my brothers and all the work done in God’s name by the Knights, and I consider it the honor of my life to serve you as a state officer. Always remember what we stand for, and what we do in our communities!


Vivat Jesus!



Thomas C. Williams

State Advocate

Washington State Council