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Ted Rhoades, Hawaii State Deputy
Brother Knights,

As we begin the new Fraternal Year I would like to thank those that made the 2016-2017 year so successful. In the new year our focus will remain on growing our order and developing programs across the state to help those on the margins of society and supporting our parishes through the Building the Domestic Church initiative. Our goal is to build the Church by being witnesses to the Gospel by showing our parishes and communities what it means to be Catholic men and providing an example of what we all can do when we live our faith. 

With the strong leadership of our new and returning District Deputies, Directors, Chairman, and Council leadership we will work together to do the Lords work as we continue to build His body which is the Church. 

Vivat Jesus,

Ted Rhoades
State Deputy
Hawaii State Council

For this new fraternal year, let's take our inspiration from Pope Francis and Supreme Knight Carl Anderson as they remind us that the witness of martyrs is "a great source of spiritual strength", these martyrs help us to re-focus our appreciation for faith in Jesus Christ. Bishop Larry Silva continues to challenge us as a local Church to be "Stewards of the Gospel", in which we are called to go forth in witness to what we believe...

 "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit". Matthew 28.19  

Go, therefore and be disciples of Jesus Christ and witness your living faith by Word and deed.  

In The Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary,

Fr. Lane Akiona
State Chaplain

In Service to One...In Service to All!

Hawaii State Council - Knights of Columbus

By Ryan Brown 31 Aug, 2017
On behalf of  Brother Ted Rhoades, our State Deputy, please circulate the attached flyers to your council members and your community at large.  Since your councils will be making the distribution and receipts of payments, please provide us with a listing of your paid members and your council check, payable to the Hawaii State Council and mail to us at the following:

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Aiea, HI  96701

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By Ryan Brown 26 Aug, 2017

In a move that will give many Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq hope for the future, the Knights of Columbus will raise and donate $2 million to save Karamdes, a predominantly Christian town on the Nineveh Plain which was liberated from ISIS late last year.

The Knights’ action will move hundreds of families from minority religious communities in Iraq – especially Christians – back to the homes from which they were evicted by ISIS in summer, 2014.

The Knights’ action matches a similar donation by the government of Hungary, which recently donated $2 million to save another predominantly Christian town, Teleskov. About 1,000 families have now moved back to that town, providing proof that such actions can actually work in  returning Christian populations to pre-ISIS levels in the region.

Like the government of Hungary, the Knights will partner in this resettlement and rebuilding effort with the Archdiocese of Erbil, which is currently housing the largest population of Christian refugees in Iraq, including many of the residents of Karamdes.

“The terrorists desecrated churches and graves and looted and destroyed homes,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson during his annual report  at the Knights of Columbus 135th Supreme Convention. “Now we will ensure that hundreds of Christian families driven from their homes can return to these two locations and help to ensure a pluralistic future for Iraq.”

The Knights are urging K of C councils, parishes or other Church groups, and individuals to help by donating $2,000 – the approximate cost of resettling one family. Just a thousand such donations would be sufficient to reach the $2 million goal. The rebuilding work will begin this week and money will begin flowing to the project immediately.

Urging the Knights to get behind this historic new initiative, Anderson paraphrased the words invoked by Winston Churchill in 1940: “Put your confidence in us … We shall not fail or falter, we shall not weaken or tire. We will give you the tools and together we will finish the job.”

In the same report, Supreme Knight Anderson also announced that the K of C would partner with the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops on a “Week of Awareness” for persecuted Christians beginning Nov. 26.

Since 2014, the Knights’ Christian Refugee Relief Fund has donated more than $13 million for humanitarian assistance primarily in Iraq, Syria and the surrounding region. The Knights’ documentation of ISIS’ atrocities and advocacy on behalf of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East were decisive in the 2016 decision of former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to declare as genocide the treatment of Christians and other religious minorities in the region. This designation was reaffirmed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last week.

One hundred percent of the money raised will be used for this project. Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc. is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations can be made at or by calling 1-800-694-5713. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

The Hawaii State Deputy, Theodore Rhoades III, encourages all our Brother Knights of the Hawaii State Council to pray for the people of Karamdes and the effort of our Fraternity to help in its rebuilding. Each Hawaii Knight is encouraged to pray and discern how you can help in this effort. Every dollar counts in the emotional, spiritual and physical reestablishment of this city and its Christian community. Click here and donate! Vivat Jesus!

By Ryan Brown 14 Aug, 2017
Dear Brother Knights:
We have received a number of inquiries concerning the new Fourth Degree Uniform since its announcement at the Supreme Convention. This FAQ  is designed to answer these questions. If you have any questions not covered by this FAQ, please contact your vice supreme master.
Dennis Stoddard
Supreme Master

Knights of Columbus
1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510

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