Chairman: Ed Tydings
Founded by a parish priest, the Knights of Columbus has always worked hard to encourage young men and women to consider God’s call to service in the priesthood or religious life. Under the motto “Keep the Faith Alive”, the Order’s vocations initiative has a number of programs based in charity and grounded in prayer. They are designed to reach the hearts and minds of young people and to provide financial support during their years of seminary training or religious formation. We must show through our continued contact with these young men and women that they are constantly in our hearts and prayers.
The goal for the 2012 - 2013 fraternal year is for each Seminarian within Texas to receive support from a Council and/or Assembly. To accomplish this goal consider the Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP). For every $500 sent directly to an individual seminarian,
Supreme will refund the Council or Assembly $100. The check must be made payable to the individual seminarian in order to qualify. Remember to submit Form 2863 (RSVP Form) along with a copy of the check by June 30. Additionally, keep your Diocesan Deputy, or the Diocesan Vocations Chairman informed of all contributions to seminarians.
The Knights of Columbus also offers two scholarships to seminarians. The Father Michael J. McGivney Vocations Scholarship is awarded based on financial need. The Bishop Thomas V. Daily Vocations Scholarship is awarded based on merit and academic excellence.
Applications are mailed to the rectors of major seminaries and to the diocesan vocations directors in February; the completed applications are due June 1.
As Knights of Columbus, we must remember that seminarians are our future priests and pastors. They are called to their holy ministry just as we are called to our ministry in the Knights of Columbus. Send them cards and letters periodically throughout the year to offer them support during their discernment and training. Invite your seminarians to Council or Assembly functions, meetings, and socials. If they are not already members, invite them to join our Order and escort them to a 1st degree. Contact the State Vocations Chairman, Diocesan Deputy, or Diocesan Vocation Chairman for a list of Seminarians in your Diocese.
“Keep the Faith Alive”
In This Section
2012 Star Guide
- Message From The Membership Director
- Membership 365
- All Councils Active
- College Councils
- Membership Retention
- "Father Wants You" Letter
- Supreme Council Recruitment Materials Available
- Membership Awards 2012-2013
- Membership Team
- Fourth Degree - Patriotism
- Ceremonial Program Personnel
- Council Growth