We had a Fourth Degree Exemplification at Christ the King in Des Moines on October 5th.  There were 44 new Sir Knights who joined the highest and patriotic degree of our order.  Currently, there are scheduled exemplifications in Algona, March 1, 2014; Cedar Rapids, March 15; Rock Island, IL, March 29, and May 2 at the state convention in Des Moines.  Please contact me if your assembly would like to schedule an exemplification.  It is important that we have ample opportunities for Knights who would like to join the Fourth Degree to go through the exemplification process.  Our new Vice Supreme Master William Baalman gave the Fourth Degree Exemplification Team high marks for a job well done in demonstrating the principle of Patriotism.

The Knights of Columbus established a Military Chaplain’s Scholarship to help fund the education of seminarians preparing to Catholic chaplains in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Through the Knights program, the military archdiocese contracts with each participating diocese to fund 50 percent of the cost of seminarian’s five-year education – typically $20,000 per year.  In return, the candidate agrees that, following ordination and three years of service at the parish, he will commit to serve as a military chaplain under auspices of the military archdiocese for a minimum of three to five years. 

Our goal in Iowa is to raise $20,000 over a 5 year period to fund this program.  So far we have risen over $10,000 dollars.  We thank the councils, assemblies and individuals for making this contribution.  We would like to thank the following for their contributions:  Assembly 274 Emmetsburg, Assembly 3030 Des Moines, Assembly 3088 LeMars, Assembly 3265 Ankeny, Council 8702 Osceola, Council 13159 Des Moines, Cash Donation from Fr. Kenkel, Assembly 263 Dowling DSM, Assembly 277 Defiance, Council 3905 Houghton, Council 11222 Preston, Council 4236 LaMotte, Council 5389 Des Moines, Council 8269 Maquoketa, Council 7556 Norwalk, Assembly 2610 Algona, Assembly 3179 Cedar Rapids, Assembly 3291 Iowa City, Assembly 3378 Granger, Council 12130 Granger, Council 13109 Altoona, Assembly 274 Emmetsburg  and the State Master Account.  We will continue with the statewide campaign and offer each council and assembly the opportunity to become part of this by hosting and event or simply making a donation to the program.  Please make checks payable to the Knights of Columbus.  In the Memo area, write: Military Scholarship.  Please send all checks to me, Pat O’Keefe, District Master, 3923 77th St, Urbandale, IA, 50322.  I will then send the donations to Vice Supreme Master Ken Kingman for the Iowa Jurisdiction.

Congratulations to Robert Ukena for being nominated for the NAC Volunteer of the Year Award for the Rev. Juan Padilla Province.  Bob spends 7-hours/Wednesdays and is on-call as well to sit with terminally ill patients, comforting them, and their relatives; providing companionship when relatives are unavailable to ensure that no veteran dies alone; feeding them if needed; and assisting nursing staff by advising them of needs of patients, or settling down patients who become a problem with nurses.  He has volunteered approximately 250 hours during CY 2013.  Bob has participated as a volunteer in the palliative care ward since the volunteer program was instituted in 2011.  He has attended classes on palliative care and has served over 500 hours in in the palliative care program since inception.  His volunteer time includes on-call visitation to dying patients when relatives were unavailable.  Please thank Robert for all of efforts in supporting our veterans.

Congratulations for Assembly 2610, Msgr. P.P. Gearen, Algona  and Assembly 3180, Rev. John R. Gallagher, Cedar Rapids for achieving the Supreme the Civic Award for the Juan Padilla Province.  

For more Fourth Degree information please see the Fourth Degree tab in the Iowa KofC website.

Vivat Jesus & God Bless America!








Pat O'Keefe, District Master

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