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SK Victor M. Abbatiello, XS, FM, PSD

  • By Ryan Brown
  • 05 Oct, 2017

Husband...Father...Knight...

On behalf of the State Deputy, Ted Rhoades III and the Abbatiello Family, we wish to announce the passing of our dear Brother, SK Victor M. Abbatiello. Brother Victor has served as a pillar of our Fraternity here in Hawaii. Serving our membership on the Council, State and Assembly levels in many capacities including Former Master and Past State Deputy. As the current Executive Secretary and Hawaii State Council Historian, Victor was a source of knowledge, guidance and principle to our members whether you were new to the Order or an Officer. Simply put he was an Exemplar Knight in Service to One...in Service to All...

Our State Council, its Officers and Members throughout Hawaii share in this loss and extend our most sincere condolences to the Abbatiello Family; especially his wife Georgia and daughter, Vicky. We stand united in support of the Abbatiello Family during this most difficult time.

Member Knights will be informed separately of the pending Memorial services. Rest in Love and Peace Dear Brother... Vivat Jesus!


SK. Victor M. Abbatiello

Dear friends, shortly after his own Passion, our Lord Jesus wept tears with Mary and Martha upon the death of
Lazarus. In the midst of this sorrow, he told Martha: "I am the Resurrection and the Life: whoever believes in Me, 
though he should die, will come to life"
 (JN 11:25-26)

Jesus raised Lazarus from the tomb to teach us that death is not the end for those who believe, but rather a glorious beginning.
Upon leaving this world, the faithfully departed begin their journey toward a heavenly dwelling place,
prepared for them by Christ who rose from the dead (CF., Jn 14:2-3)

The passing away of our earthly life, therefore, is a transition to a new life, in which " every tear is wiped from our faces "
(CF., IS: 25-28) and sickness, pain and suffering are no more.

Every Knight of Columbus is entrusted to the care of Mary, the Mother of God. We carry the Rosary as a sign of our dedication
to her and to her Son. Confident in her motherly love for us all, we entrust the soul of our Brother Knight Victor to her,
so that she may present him to her Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Amen


Hawaii State Council - Knights of Columbus

By Ryan Brown 05 Oct, 2017
On behalf of the State Deputy, Ted Rhoades III and the Abbatiello Family, we wish to announce the passing of our dear Brother, SK Victor M. Abbatiello. Brother Victor has served as a pillar of our Fraternity here in Hawaii. Serving our membership on the Council, State and Assembly levels in many capacities including Former Master and Past State Deputy. As the current Executive Secretary and Hawaii State Council Historian, Victor was a source of knowledge, guidance and principle to our members whether you were new to the Order or an Officer. Simply put he was an Exemplar Knight in Service to One...in Service to All...

Our State Council, its Officers and Members throughout Hawaii share in this loss and extend our most sincere condolences to the Abbatiello Family; especially his wife Georgia and daughter, Vicky. We stand united in support of the Abbatiello Family during this most difficult time.

Member Knights will be informed separately of the pending Memorial services. Rest in Love and Peace Dear Brother... Vivat Jesus!


By Ryan Brown 26 Sep, 2017

Brothers,

As we gather this year for the annual Columbus Day Banquet we have so much to be thankful for and we can look back on the past year with a great deal of pride in our accomplishments. We attained the Pinnacle Award for the second year in a row, but more importantly we had 30 councils achieve an award attaining goals in membership, insurance or charitable works. This is a true testament of all of your hard work, dedication and service to others and for this you can be justifiably proud of our accomplishments. Congratulations to all of our councils!

With our achievements serving as our foundation for moving forward, we cannot dismiss the fact that growth of our order is our life's blood ! For this reason, I continue my appeal to you to reach out to the men of our church community. Share with our fellow parishioners how being a Knight of Columbus has so positively impacted your life, the lives of your family and community. As Catholic's living our faith, it is imperative that we engage potential members as direct and as often as possible; while always serving as an example of Charity, Unity and Fraternity.

As we begin this month of October and celebrate the namesake of our order, Christopher Columbus. We must revisit whether we are doing what it takes to properly expose our greater community to the ideals of our founder, the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney. October marks one of the most significant membership efforts of our fraternity

- Has your Council/Membership Director made the appropriate arrangements for your membership drive? Has your District Deputy joined you in the proper execution of this effort? Have you invited a State Officer to be present? And, have they accepted? Has your Field Agent been contacted and have you asked for his assistance? Allow this letter to serve as your call to action, especially if the answer to any of these questions is-No. You are not alone in your efforts, as Brothers we stand together-International -State-Local Councils. This is what unity is all about, working together to achieve our common goal-Growth in Our Order.

Again, congratulations for last year’s successes and may we continue to build upon those achievements in the current year.

May Our Lady of Guadalupe continue to intercede for us in our efforts.

Vivat Jesus,

Theodore Rhoades

State Deputy

Hawaii State Council

 

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:

Deacon Kin Borja
Columbus Day Banquet
P.O. Box 69
Aiea, HI  96701

Reserve YOUR Council's Table Today!
Questions? Call
  (808) 224-0696
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 www.christiansatrisk.org 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.
 
Fraternally,
 
Dennis Stoddard
Supreme Master
 


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

By Ryan Brown 07 Jul, 2017
On behalf of our State Deputy, Ted Rhoades and the Hawaii State Officers, I am pleased to announce our new  Blog Page!

This blog page will provide our State Officers, State Committee Chairs and Councils a ONE-STOP-PLACE to keep ourselves, our partners and our community informed of the great work our Fraternity does in the Aloha State.

Follow us and check back regularly as we will includes news, updates, announcements and more from councils and members throughout the State, from Kona to Kapa'a!

Exciting Developments for the Hawaii State Knights of Columbus!

Vivat Jesus!
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