Have you heard the GREAT news? We will be visited by His Eminence Theodore Edgar McCarrick Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington D.C.at our 108th annual State Meeting in Mandan N.D. His Eminence will be celebrating Mass at our Memorial Mass and at the Saturday Evening Mass at Christ the King Parish in Mandan N.D. He will also be conducting a Chaplain workshop Thursday afternoon for our council Chaplains. We can give credit for this once in a life time event to our Immediate Past State Deputy, Glenn Wagner and Past State Deputy, George Lacher who met Cardinal McCarrick in San Antonio, Texas a few years ago at a Supreme Convention. They were visiting with the Cardinal and found out he had visited every state in the Union but North Dakota. Glenn and George have been inviting him every year since, and this year he has graciously accepted. As your State Deputy, I am truly blessed to be the host of His Eminence Cardinal McCarrick at this momentous event for the North Dakota Knights of Columbus.
I have more good news. The Dickinson area Knights are in the process of raising funds to purchase an ultrasound machine for its local Crisis Pregnancy Center. In the last five years the Supreme Council has helped local councils purchase more than 500 ultra sound machines by paying half the cost of these machines. The machine the Dickinson Councils wants to purchase is approximately $25,000.00. The Dickinson Knights could use our help to raise the funds needed. I want to encourage the Councils from across the state of North Dakota to do what we can to help fund this life saving project.
Brothers, we are over half way through this fraternal year, but are not quite half way to reaching our membership goal. Our Membership Director, Kevin Boehm and I have been working hard to get North Dakota into positive membership growth. We are currently at negative 50 members but still have time to reach a positive number. We have several major degrees coming up and remember you can hold 1st degrees anytime you wish. Let's stay diligent at recruiting members during the 2nd half of this fraternal year and together we will achieve a positive membership number for the North Dakota Knights of Columbus.
"Please pray for me as I will continue to pray for you"
Brent J Mikkelsen
Faith + Family + Freedom