July 6, 2018


The Archbishop of Winnipeg, His Grace, Metropolitan Lawrence Huculak, is presently the Honorary State Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus throughout the Province of Manitoba. In this role, he celebrated the Divine Liturgy for the annual installation of new officers at Holy Eucharist parish church in Winnipeg's East Kildonan. He the scripture readings for the day were very appropriate. Former State Deputy Karl Brosch read the Epistle. His Grace preached a homily to the theme of the Gospel reading (Matthew 15:29-31) and dwelt upon the mandate of the Knights of Columbus and how people in society need their presence and outreach.

Concelebrating with Archbishop Huculak were: the State Chaplain Fr. Michael Kwiatkowski; a former State Chaplain and great Knights enthusiast, Monsignor Michael Buyachok and a former Council Chaplain, Fr. Djura Maljik. Leading the singing was Brother David Hrehirchuk, regular Cantor at Holy Eucharist Parish. At the end of the Eucharistic Liturgy, the ceremony of the installation of new officers and the confirmation of continuing officers was led by State Deputy Brother Dan Shepherd, assisted by State Secretary Brother Tom Kraemer.

Following the Liturgy and ceremonies in the church, everyone was invited to a wonderful supper prepared by Budget Catering and warmly hosted by Worthy State Deputy Dan Shepherd and Lady Lisa. The meal program included a well-prepared and inspiring message by the Supreme Director Larry Kustra and a heartfelt expression of gratitude by the State Deputy Brother Dan to all those that have been very supportive over the last year - in particular, of course, his wife, Lady Lisa. Certificates of appreciation were distributed to practically all present as they all will be the leaders of the Knights in the coming "Columbian Year". The Sanctity of Life Director, Brother Tim Scatliff presented a very brief, yet striking, video that helped put the question of the preciousness of every life and the tragedy of its loss over the last century. (Video given below...)

Yes, fellowship was an important component of the whole evening. There were a few fun exercises facilitated by Lady Lisa and a memento scented candle was given to everyone to take home. That was the first day of the gathering. The whole program now moves over to meeting rooms at the Canad Inns Polo Park hotel for a day of presentations and seminars and strategizing.

God bless the Knights of Columbus for all they do!

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