Kirby Farek, Chairman
This established fund is named in honor of the late Bishop Thomas J. Flanagan who served the Archdiocese of San Antonio as Auxiliary Bishop from 1998-2005 and the Texas State Council as State Chaplain from 2000-2002.
Ensuring the care and welfare of those who so faithfully served us is vitally important. There is no better way to do so than by contributing to the newly established Bishop Thomas J. Flanagan Fund. This fund has been established to provide grants for our retired priests.
The first way to contribute to this fund is one all our members should be familiar with. It is by acquiring and displaying a Texas Knights of Columbus license plate on your vehicle. This proudly proclaims you are a Knight, a Catholic, and the fact America is “One Nation Under God”! What better statement could you make to those seeing your vehicle on the road? By purchasing or renewing a K of C license plate, you have an opportunity to take care of our Infirmed Priests. The price of this specialty license plate is an additional $30.00 annually added to your registration fee. When a member chooses to proudly display one of these on their vehicle, $22.00 of this fee is returned to the State Council Charities for the Bishop Thomas J. Flanagan Fund.
A set of the Texas Knights of Columbus license plates may be obtained for automobiles or trucks and are available with the handicap logo. Personalization of the specialty plate is available for an additional $40 annually.
If you currently have a set of Texas Knights of Columbus license plates on your vehicle (s), thank you for your support! If you do not, and you would like to get a set, it is as easy as logging onto the Texas DPS website.
The second way you can make a difference in the life of a retired priest is by making a direct contribution to this fund with the State Council Charities. Go to the Texas State Council website, Fundraising Page, https://www.tkofc.org/fundraising/. On the Fundraising Page click on the “Bishop Thomas J. Flanagan Fund” link and follow the on-screen instructions. Anyone making a direct contribution of at least $30.00 will be eligible to receive a custom, chromed license plate frame, to proudly display on their vehicle to show support for our retired Priests!
All funds contributed to this fund shall be distributed equally to the fifteen dioceses in Texas each fraternal year. Contact Kirby Farek with any questions at (361) 772-0054.