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Washington State Programs 2018 - 2019

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Thomas C. Williams, FN
State Program Director
Phone: (206) 617-0600

April 2019

Brother Knights,

As we progress through Lent, I hope you are taking time for personal reflection and preparation for the Easter season. This is foundation of our Faith and the most important time the year, and it easy to get so busy we forget to take to slow down and reflect.

How are your Councils doing as we approach the end of the fraternal year? This has been a year of a lot of changes in Programs – we said good bye to Surge With Service and hello to Faith In Action. What successes have you had, what lessons have you learned? I am always happy to hear from you with your experiences and questions so please feel free to send me an email. I will do my best to get back to you quickly but please do remember that this is also the busy time of year for the state officers.

The state Convention in Bellevue is fast approaching – has your Council submitted award applications yet? The February bulletin had all the information you need, as well as the PDF document on the state website. Make sure your Council is represented in the awards process and we get a chance to see the fine work you have done. Remember, this is a way to share ideas with other Councils and help them to plan out their program activities!

Be sure to send your Council delegate forms to the State Secretary so you can be represented in the important business of the Convention. Your Grand Knight should have received his copy of the resolutions by now, take the time to review them prior to the Convention. This is our celebration of everything that is Knights of Columbus and all of our accomplishments doing God’s work here on earth, and it is a great time to renew friendships with our brothers from across the state. I look forward to seeing you in Bellevue at the Hilton this coming May.

A Pennies for Heaven Champion

I would like to introduce you to David MacGregor, a member of St. Luke Council 14689 in Shoreline. David serves as the Inside Guard at Council meetings and has been a member since 2012.

David is a humble man of simple means who lives in a group home – he either buses to Church and Council meetings or catches a ride with a brother Knight. What makes David noteworthy is his passion for raising money for Pennies For Heaven and his love of the Church. Every Council meeting he always brings in a bag of change and puts it in the PFH barrel. For Christmas and his birthday, he tells everyone that the only gift he wants is their loose change so he can donate it to support priests and vocations. Everywhere he walks, David looks for dropped coins so he can add to his monthly donation.

David is not a captain of industry, he doesn’t have millions of followers on social media but what he does have is a burning desire to support priests and vocations. If this good and humble man can show that kind of devotion, then what excuse do we have? My challenge to you is to recommit yourself to the Pennies For Heaven program, both with financial support and prayers for priests and seminarians.

State Secretary Pat Kelley has indicated that PFH will be a point of emphasis while he is State Deputy. I would encourage you to prayerfully channel your inner David MacGregor and devote yourself to this most important program.

The stated goal of PFH is a penny a day and a prayer a day for priests and vocations, but I think we can better than that. If each member were to be as dedicated as David, Pennies For Heaven could have an even greater impact for our priests and our Church. Please talk about this program in your Council meetings and make a commitment to make your donations a priority.


Vivat Jesus!


Tom Williams

General Program Director
Washington State Council  



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