My Brother Knights,We have just completed another great fraternal year where we are poised to earn Pinnacle Award for 2023-2024 for the third consecutive year. This is unprecedented for our great state as rules and goals change from Supreme from year to year and because of our success, Supreme looks at Texas to be one of the leaders in the Order. Our membership intake goal has been raised considerably for Circle of Honor. They have also increased the Pinnacle Goal for 2023-2024 from 110% to 120% of COH Goal. We will get the opportunity to earn reductions on our goals by winning certain initiatives.
We want to keep the momentum going with a strong start for the 2023-2024 campaign and we have the leaders to do it. Once again, our slogan will be “Christ Be Our Light”, The state will be a blue background this year instead of red. With the current state of the world, we need to look to Him to be our Guiding Light. Our Faith in Action Program is what fellow Catholics need while dealing with these trying times, and there will be new programs like “Knights of the Eucharist” and “Eucharistic Processions” that will help guide us.
This year rolled out the ”Evangelization & Faith Formation” Initiative that is a Pilot Program that started out in 21 jurisdictions and will spread to 20 more this upcoming year. Every council in Texas will have the option to learn about the COR Initiative and Evangelize with fellow Catholic Men as well as Brother Knights as we strengthen our faith as we do the many charitable actions we are known for.
The new Aid & Support After Pregnancy program, (A.S.A.P.) has been a major success in its first year of existence, along with the Ultrasound Initiative which Texas has purchased over 100 machines for Pregnancy Centers.
It is important to get ALL Council Officers to Diocesan Conferences as there are many changes coming from Supreme that they should personally hear and understand.
Some of the Goals for this fraternal year are:
• Recruit 5025 new members.
• Every Council Recruitment Active
• Start 8 New Councils
• Obtain 175 Star Councils
• State Charity Fundraising Goal $840,000
• 300 or more councils to be Safe Environment compliant.
• Attain Circle of Honor
I appreciate the effort of our 740+ Active Councils in Texas and what you do to support our Bishops, Priests and other Religious that have dedicated their lives in service of Catholics in this Great State.