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The Knights vs. the Klan At the peak of the Ku Klux Klan’s popularity, the Knights of Columbus stood as its most vigorous opponent. BY KEVIN COYNE

14 Iraqi Christians Return Home Order helps hundreds of families displaced by Islamic State militants to rebuild their shattered town. BY CAMPBELL MACDIARMID

18 A Natural Response The Knights of Columbus provides swift relief following recent natural disasters. BY COLUMBIA STAFF

22 Detroit’s Miracle Worker Capuchin Franciscan Father Solanus Casey was a humble friar whose witness of faith drew thousands to Christ. BY MIKE STECHSCHULTE

Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson and Supreme Master Dennis J. Stoddard assist members of Bishop Byrne Council 3077 in Houston to load a trailer full of drinking water Sept. 23. The council served as the Knights’ command center in Houston for relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey (see article on page 18).

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Building a better world Blessed Stanley Rother and Father James Coyle gave their lives in priestly service and sacrifice. BY SUPREME KNIGHT CARL A. ANDERSON

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Learning the faith, living the faith We can overcome disagreements through, and for the sake of, our shared charity, unity and fraternity. BY SUPREME CHAPLAIN ARCHBISHOP WILLIAM E. LORI

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Knights of Columbus News College Knights Called to Witness to Unity and Faith • Order Hosts Meeting of International Alliance of Catholic Knights • Sports Leaders Join Knights to Distribute Coats for Kids in Chicago

PLUS: Catholic Man of the Month Photo by Rocky Kneten

26 Knights in Action 27 Star Councils

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‘The Principle of Love’ AFTER FATHER Bernard Quinn was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Brooklyn in 1912, he approached his bishop with a special request. The young priest, born to Irish immigrant parents in New Jersey just 24 years earlier, sought to start an apostolate to the diocese’s growing African-American population, which consisted of those fleeing the Jim Crow laws of the South or immigrating from Caribbean countries. After several other assignments, Father Quinn volunteered as a chaplain for Allied troops during World War I, serving at racially integrated K of C huts in France. Finally, in 1921, he was named rector of St. Peter Claver Church, the Diocese of Brooklyn’s first parish serving a black community. Inspired by his devotion to St. Thérèse of Lisieux, who was canonized in 1925 and whose birthplace he visited while serving in France, Msgr. Quinn began a Little Flower Novena at St. Peter Claver. Before long, 10,000 people of all ethnicities filled the church each week for the popular novena, allowing the ministry to Brooklyn’s black Catholics to expand. This included the building of the Little Flower House of Providence in 1928, an orphanage for black children in Wading River, Long Island, which was then part of the Brooklyn Diocese. After an arson attack attributed to the Ku Klux Klan, Msgr. Quinn had the orphanage rebuilt. After being burned down a second time, it was rebuilt in brick, and a headline in the The Brooklyn Daily Eagle read, “New Fireproof Orphanage Will Defy Incendiary.” It is this

building, together with Msgr. Quinn and first Communicants from the orphanage, that is seen on the cover of this month’s issue of Columbia. Despite receiving numerous death threats, Msgr. Quinn remained undeterred in his ministry. He affirmed, “I would willingly shed to the last drop my life’s blood for the least among you.” Msgr. Quinn fell ill and died in 1940 at age 52, and the cause for his canonization was opened in 2008. His story calls to mind other heroic priests, such as Blessed Stanley Rother and Father James Coyle (see page 3), and it is just one chapter in the history of fearless opposition that Catholics, and the Knights of Columbus in particular, showed to the Ku Klux Klan during the Klan’s resurgence in the 1920s (see page 8). Msgr. Quinn’s story also foreshadows a historic 1957 essay by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., titled “Nonviolence and Racial Justice” (see page 13). Coincidentally, King was born on Msgr. Quinn’s birthday, Jan. 15, 1929, at the time the Little Flower orphanage was being rebuilt. Msgr. Quinn’s courageous and humble response to those who opposed his ministry is reflected in King’s words: “At the center of nonviolence stands the principle of love. … Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can be done only by projecting the ethics of love to the center of our lives.”♦ ALTON J. PELOWSKI EDITOR

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Copyright © 2017 All rights reserved ________ ON THE COVER Msgr. Bernard J. Quinn, a K of C chaplain, is shown at the orphanage he founded on Long Island, N.Y., in 1929. Burned down twice in arson attacks attributed to the Ku Klux Klan, it was rebuilt in brick.

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Priests for the People Blessed Stanley Rother and Father James Coyle gave their lives in priestly service and sacrifice by Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson

ON A TRIP TO ROME in the 1980s, St. Francis de Sales once said, “All I had a long conversation with an the science of the saints is included in African priest who was serving in the these two things: To do, and to suffer. Vatican. We had become friends, and he And whoever has done these two had just returned from a vacation in things best, has made himself most which we see reflected in a priest’s love Guatemala. When I asked him about his saintly.” Blessed Stanley Rother did for his parishioners. trip, he replied that it had gone very well both with great courage. In his book Gift and Mystery, John — he had been able to relax, catch up Returning from the beatification of Paul II asks, “What does it mean to be a on his reading and get much needed rest. Father Rother, I also thought of an- priest?” He then writes, “According to St. But he was also very troubled by other priest — a brother Knight of Paul, it means above all to be a steward what he had seen concerning the situa- Columbus, murdered in his own rec- of the mysteries of God…. The steward tion of the indigenous people there. tory 60 years earlier. is not the owner, but the one to whom “They treat these people like animals,” At a time when the Ku Klux Klan was the owner entrusts his goods…. The he said with emotion. priest receives from Christ the His words struck me, since treasures of salvation.” years earlier he had lived We see in the sacrifices of Both were prepared, at the cost through a violent transition Father Rother and Father of their very lives, to live in his own country, from Coyle that they understood, as centuries of colonial rule to stewards and shepherds, that in persona Christi — as priest independence. among the “treasures of salvaI remembered this conversation” entrusted to their care and victim for their people. tion in September while atwere the people of God in tending the beatification their parishes. Both were preceremony of Father Stanley Rother in asserting itself as a national power and pared, at the cost of their very lives, to Oklahoma City. mobilizing a nationwide anti-immigrant live in persona Christi — as priest and Blessed Stanley Rother was a priest campaign, Father James Coyle emerged victim for their people. from Oklahoma serving as a missionary as a spokesman defending the Catholic This same devotion is reflected in the among the Tz’utujil people in the moun- laborers in the coal mines and factories life of our founder, the Venerable Sertains of Guatemala. He was one of 10 of northern Alabama. As a result, he vant of God Father Michael McGivney, priests murdered in Guatemala in 1981, soon became a target of death threats. whose daily sacrifices for the families of and the seventh in less than three But like Father Rother, Father Coyle his mostly immigrant parish led to the months. Warned that his name was on refused to abandon his flock. On Aug. sickness that ended his life at age 38. a “death list,” he had returned to his par- 11, 1921, after celebrating the wedding We are grateful to Pope Francis for ents’ farm in Oklahoma, and he could of the daughter of a Protestant minister bringing to the attention of the world have remained there in safety. and a Puerto Rican migrant worker, the the courageous life of holiness that But Father Rother repeatedly said, woman’s father, who was also a member marked the life and death of Blessed “The shepherd cannot run at the first of the Klan, approached Father Coyle at Stanley Rother. May this saintly priest sign of danger.” He returned to his his rectory and shot him dead. pray for us and for all Catholics, that we, parish in Santiago Atitlán, well aware of St. John Paul II often spoke of what too, may be worthy stewards of those what he was facing. A short time later, he called the “nuptial mystery” at the goods the Lord has entrusted to our care. three men murdered him in his rectory. heart of Christ’s love for his Church, Vivat Jesus!

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The Good of the Order We can overcome disagreements through, and for the sake of, our shared charity, unity and fraternity by Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori

ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER, the wills. Rather, it is an organization authoritative playbook on how to run rooted in charity, which expresses ita meeting, stipulates that meetings self in genuine unity of mind and should include a segment called the heart and in a brotherhood of service. “Good of the Order.” This is time In fact, our ability to do great good for If and when we reach such a crossthat is reserved for participants to our members, our Church and our roads, I firmly believe that we need to offer comments or observations about world depends on our willingness to stop, look, and listen. We have to the organization and its work. It is preserve and strengthen this solidarity. stop being angry, look at what the also time set aside for disciplinary Time and again, I have experienced Order is really all about, and listen to matters involving fellow members. the great dedication of many brother the voice of the Lord. That’s what the phrase “the good of Knights. In their commitment to the the order” means to those who are Order, they are passionate about the SOLIDARITY IN CHRIST skilled parliamentarians. But when I principles upon which the Knights of The first step is quelling our anger. hear this phrase, I also think about Columbus was founded, about the There is such a thing as just anger the Knights of Columbus. I when we see injustice or corthink about the good of our ruption. However, that is not Order, founded in 1882 by the same as harboring enmity, We share profoundly in one Venerable Father Michael J. grudges, rivalries or even McGivney. Not even he could thoughts of vengeance against another’s faith and humanity, have imagined how his a person who gets under our and together we open ourselves beloved Order would grow skin. When we nurture our and the world of good it anger against leaders or other to God’s grace. would do for its members, members of the Order, we chip their families, the Church, and away at the unity and fratercommunities all over the world. brotherhood we share, and about the nity that makes the Knights of good works that we do. Such commit- Columbus distinctive and great. STRONG OPINIONS ment and passion sometimes lead to Second is the need to look carefully I think about who makes up the strong opinions, and experience at what is central in the life of the Knights of Columbus and all that it teaches that these opinions can differ. Order. The charity we share is not does in service of others, and I ask At times, we may disagree with a de- merely our good will but the charity myself, “How can I promote the good cision made by our local or state of Christ. The unity we share is not of the Order?” council, or with a decision that comes merely a human consensus but rather Left to my own resources, I can’t from Supreme. After we’ve expressed the unity of the Holy Trinity. And the adequately answer that question, for our opinion respectfully and cogently, brotherhood we share is that of the the good of the Order cannot be re- we may be upset that our view did not Son of God who became one of us duced merely to my opinions. The prevail. When that happens, it’s easy and united himself to us. If you think same is true of every Knight of to throw our unity and charity under this sounds a bit inflated, please reColumbus. The Order we joined is the proverbial bus. Sadly, some consider! Our Order was founded as not a debating society, nor is it an brother Knights may even decide to a Catholic organization by a parish arena where we play out a contest of walk away. priest to draw us closer to Christ and 4 ♦ COLUMBIA ♦

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to the Church. Our principles come from the Gospel and lead us deeper into the Gospel. Our solidarity in Christ, for example, is more than agreement based on common interests. It is a moral virtue and a God-given power to band together to do enormous good. Our fraternity is, to be sure, a path to great friendships that extend to our families and a source of real support in living our faith, especially in times of trouble. But in our solidarity, we are not confined to our individual interests and opinions. Rather, we participate

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in something much greater than ourselves and accomplish things we could never do alone. We share profoundly in one another’s faith and humanity, and together we open ourselves to God’s grace. So, while it is natural to get upset when we don’t get our way and our views are overridden, we must not stay angry and forget to look at the bigger picture. Finally, we need to listen — first to the voice of the Lord and of the Church, then to our loved ones, and then to our brother Knights. From

time to time, our strong opinions can make it difficult to pray so as to discern the will of God and to hear what the Church or others are telling us. Therefore, we need to keep things in perspective by developing our life of prayer — listening to the voice of the Lord and seeking his will in our lives. Then, when we speak, even if we disagree, our words will have the ring of wisdom and authenticity. With this in mind, let us all devote ourselves anew to the good of the Order!♦

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Venerable Jérôme Le Royer de la Dauversière (1597-1659) THE OLDEST of three children, Jérôme Le Royer was born in La Flèche, France, March 18, 1597. He was raised in a devout Catholic family of the minor nobility. Educated at the local Jesuit college, Jérôme’s classmates included future Jesuit missionaries as well as philosopher René Descartes. A faith-filled and energetic young man, Jérôme was a member of several religious organizations. After his father’s death in 1618, he succeeded him as tax collector. Three years later, he married Jeanne de Baugé, and together they raised five children (two sons would become priests and both daughters became religious sisters). Jérôme became known for putting his faith into action through various charitable apostolates. On Feb. 2, 1630, after consecrating his family to the Holy Family, he received an interior call to found a religious community of sisters to serve the poor and sick under the patronage of St. Joseph. Many deemed this a “pious fantasy,” because Jérôme was a layman. But after much prayer, he raised funds, transformed an old almshouse into a hospi-

tal and founded the Daughters Hospitallers of St. Joseph in 1636. He also established the Confraternity of the Holy Family for lay people. Beginning in 1631, Jérôme also discerned a call to found a colony for the evangelization of the Native Americans in Montreal, Québec. Supported by a host of benefactors and priests, including Father Jean-Jacques Olier, founder of the Sulpicians, the astonishing initiative came to fruition. A French settlement was established in Montreal in 1642, and three Daughters Hospitallers of St. Joseph set sail in July 1659 to run a hospital there. Jérôme Le Royer died in La Flèche four months later, on Nov. 6. He was declared Venerable in 2007.♦

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College Knights Called to Witness to Unity and Faith

Knights from 84 colleges and universities, together with two dozen concelebrating K of C chaplains, stand together following Mass at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., Oct. 1. MORE THAN 200 Knights from 84 colleges and universities across the Unites States and Canada convened in New Haven, Conn., for the 52nd College Councils Conference Sept. 29-Oct. 1. During the opening awards banquet, Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson thanked the young men for their commitment to the Order and challenged them to be an example of unity to a divided nation. “The Knights of Columbus, and especially you as leaders of the Knights of Columbus, need to be an example to a country that is divided by hatred,” the supreme knight said. “We have a civil responsibility to demonstrate the strength of character and principles that bind us together and that can bring the country together.” The supreme knight noted that in the face of the many challenges on college campuses today, “what will sustain you is your Catholic character and determination.” At the conclusion of the banquet, awards were presented to college councils for service in the categories of church, community, council, family, youth and culture of life, as well as for membership and insurance growth. In recognition of accomplishments and service, this year’s Outstanding College Council Award was presented to Council 16402 at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. The following day, Deputy Supreme Knight Patrick E. Kelly addressed participants on the topic of “Leaders for Life.” 6 ♦ COLUMBIA ♦

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“The decision you have made already to align yourself to the Knights of Columbus can set you on a trajectory of good choices,” Kelly said. “Our faith foundation and values are a recipe for a clear conscience and a good life.” The conference featured a series of talks and breakout sessions, fraternal activities and prayer. The Knights also visited Supreme Council headquarters, the Knights of Columbus Museum and St. Mary’s Church, the birthplace of the Order. At St. Mary’s, Dominican Father Jonathan Kalisch, director of chaplains and spiritual development, celebrated Mass for the college Knights, and Dominican Father John Paul Walker, pastor of St. Mary’s Parish, gave the homily. “I challenge you to see each of yourselves as messengers of mercy, being sent to that periphery of your campus,” Father Walker said. “None is beyond God’s mercy. What matters for each human being is not where we begin but where we end.” He added that growing in the knightly virtues of courage, honor and character, together with devotion to the Order’s founder, Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, will “help us as men of God and as Knights to transform our campuses and build together an authentically human society.” The Mass concluded with prayers at the tomb of Father McGivney, located at the back of the church.♦


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Order Hosts Meeting of International Alliance of Catholic Knights FROM SEPT. 9-15 in Washington, D.C., the Knights of Columbus hosted the 27th biennial meeting of the International Alliance of Catholic Knights (IACK). Supreme Treasurer Ronald F. Schwarz represented the Knights of Columbus at the meeting of fraternal leaders, which primarily took place at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine but also included visits to many other Catholic and civic sites in the area. The group’s international chaplain, Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of HoumaThibodaux, La., addressed the meeting Sept. 12. “How grateful the Church is for you and for the many volunteers whom you represent here today,” he said. “In the name of all my brother bishops whom you offer great assistance, I express thanks to you for all that you do for the Church!” Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, celebrated Mass for the participants the next day. In his homily, he noted, “Whatever the history of individual knighthoods and whatever the focus of its specific charter, all knights have in common the desire to … bear witness and testify in word and deed to the truth of our Catholic faith.”

Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, and Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of HoumaThibodaux, La., join Supreme Treasurer Ronald F. Schwarz (top right) and other leaders of the International Alliance of Catholic Knights following Mass at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Originally founded in Glasgow, Scotland, in October 1979 for the purpose of working together and extending Catholic Knighthood throughout the world, IACK began with six fraternal orders: the Knights of St. Columba, the Knights of Columbus, the Knights of St. Columbanus, the Knights of the Southern Cross of Australia, the Knights of Da Gama and the Knights of the Southern Cross of New Zealand.

Since that time, nine other orders have been admitted: the Knights of Marshall, the Knights of St. Mulumba, the Knights of St. Peter Claver, the Knights of St. Virgil, the Fraternal Order of Sts. Peter and Paul, the Knights of St. Gabriel, the Knights of St. Thomas the Apostle, Ordre des Chevaliers de Marie Reine de la Paix, and the Knights of St. Thomas More.♦

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Sports Leaders Join Knights to Distribute Coats for Kids in Chicago Mike Ditka, the NFL Hall of Fame player and former coach of the Chicago Bears, joins Supreme Secretary Michael J. O’Connor at a Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids event in Chicago Sept. 14. More than 300 children received winter coats at the event, which took place at St. Agnes of Bohemia Catholic School. Darrell Miller, a former MLB catcher/outfielder, and Father Burke Masters, vocations director for the Diocese of Joliet and chaplain of the Chicago Cubs, also participated. Since the Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids initiative began in 2009, the Order has distributed more than 400,000 winter coats to children in cold weather cities throughout North America.

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The Knights vs. the Klan At the peak of the Ku Klux Klan’s popularity, the Knights of Columbus stood as its most vigorous opponent by Kevin Coyne

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ne evening in the summer of 1923, Supreme Advocate Luke E. Hart looked out the window of the train he was riding through southern Indiana. “The lights of the automobiles lit up the roads for miles and made quite an impression on the travelers on our train,” he wrote in a letter the next day. He estimated that there were “not less than 1,000 automobiles filled with members of the Ku Klux Klan” returning from a KKK parade in the town of Orleans. A St. Louis lawyer, Hart had been named supreme advocate barely a year earlier, at a time when the Klan was on the rise and on the attack. The Klan and its allies’ campaign of racial and religious bigotry extended to Catholics in general and the Knights in particular — portraying Catholics as foreign invaders beholden only to Rome, and the Knights as the Church’s enforcers. 8 ♦ COLUMBIA ♦

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The introduction of a 1921 KKK pamphlet titled The Ku Klux Klan or the Knights of Columbus Klan referred to the Knights of Columbus as “the Pope’s Knights of Mob and Murder, his Militia of Christ, his pliant tools who have bound themselves together in a secret, unholy compact to destroy our free American Public School system, our Constitution and its guarantees.” It further stated, “Apparently the organization most interested in the destruction of the Ku Klux Klan is the Roman Catholic Order of the Knights of Columbus.” The Klan grasped one grain of truth: The Knights of Columbus did indeed work to counter the Klan’s malicious ideology. Moreover, the Order’s passionate, nonviolent response to the Klan’s anti-Catholicism, racism and historical revisionism remains a model for Knights today.


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Ku Klux Klan members march in Washington, D.C., Aug. 8, 1925.

NATIVIST SLANDER & VIOLENCE The size and reach of the Ku Klux Klan, and the racist, nativist beliefs it traffics in, have ebbed and flowed through the history of the United States. Born in the South after the Civil War, the group’s hatred was initially aimed at newly freed slaves and Yankee carpetbaggers. The Klan surged again in the years before Hart’s train ride, spreading to the rest of the nation and broadening its list of enemies at a time when racial and cultural prejudice was magnified by political and economic fears. Immigrants — “Italian anarchists, Irish-Catholic malcontents,” as a Klan pamphlet of the era described them, “the scum of the Mediterranean and the middle European countries … masses of ignorant, superstitious, religious devotees … festering sores on the American body politic” — were still

arriving at a pace that alarmed those who believed that the United States was, and should remain, a nation of white Anglo-Saxon Protestants. The Klan cast itself as the sentinel against the kind of rapid social change that many Americans found unsettling. Membership soared past 4 million by the early 1920s, large enough to gain wide political influence and sway elections. For example, the Klan was instrumental in electing governors or senators in Oregon, Oklahoma, Indiana, Colorado, Maine and Texas, as well as many local government officials. As the size of the Klan peaked, so did its battle with the Knights — fought with legal briefs and letters, pamphlets and magazines, speeches and meetings, and sometimes with violence. NOVEMBER 2017

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Knights and their allies from around the country reported on the Klan’s actions in missives addressed to Supreme Advocate Hart — typed neatly on the letterheads of parishes and local councils, scrawled hastily in pencil on pages torn from notebooks, dispatched urgently in telegrams. From Santa Maria, Calif.: The Klan was invited to march in the Armistice Day parade, but the Knights were not. From Scottdale, Pa.: “The Klan is just now running the town, or think they are.” From York, Pa.: The Klan was sponsoring appearances by Neva Miller Moss, a “self-styled ex-nun” peddling copies of her salacious book, Behind Convent Walls. Many of the complaints concerned the Klan’s circulation of the “Bogus Oath,” a compendium of lurid anti-Catholic fantasies that had been circulating in various forms for centuries, but that had been attached most persistently in recent years to the Knights. It was purported to be an oath taken by Fourth Degree members and included such intentions as to “hang, burn, waste, boil, flay, strangle and bury alive” 10 ♦ C O L U M B I A ♦

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Protestant “heretics” and to undermine civil government. In Terre Haute, Ind., Klansmen rode through the night tossing copies of the Bogus Oath onto lawns and porches. “Each pamphlet was wadded up and jammed into a wooden clothes-pin, thus making it easier to hurl,” one letter reported. In Kingsville, Texas, copies of the Bogus Oath in Spanish “caused quite a little excitement among our Mexican population,” another correspondent wrote. Protected by the dominance of the Klan in some regions, KKK members went beyond propaganda to commit acts of violence. On an August afternoon in 1921, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Birmingham, Ala., the pastor, Father James E. Coyle, presided at the wedding of Ruth Stephenson, a recent convert, and Pedro Gussman, who was Puerto Rican. Born and ordained in Ireland, Father Coyle had spent 25 years in Alabama ministering to immigrant Catholics, many of them drawn to work in the mills, mines and foundries. He was a

Knights of Columbus Multimedia Archives

Clockwise, from top left: A 1921 pamphlet titled The Ku Klux Klan or the Knights of Columbus Klan, published by the Klan-inspired Rail Splitter Press in Milan, Ill., features fraudulent and defamatory claims about the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Church. • A tract titled Knights of the Klan versus Knights of Columbus was published in 1924 by the KKK. • A Rail Splitter Press envelope from the 1920s, addressed to then-Supreme Advocate Luke E. Hart, features an image of a schoolhouse. The graphic valorizes the Klan’s campaign to force Catholic children out of parochial schools and into public ones.


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Above (left to right): Father John Conoley is pictured in Gainesville, Fla., where he served from 1919-1924. When three members of the Ku Klux Klan brutalized the outspoken priest in 1924, Knights of Columbus members guarded the church rectory from further attacks. • Supreme Advocate (later Supreme Knight) Luke E. Hart, an adamant foe of KKK bigotry and libel, is shown in a 1920s portrait. • Father James E. Coyle, a priest and K of C chaplain in Birmingham, Ala., is shown wearing his cassock and surplice in this undated photo. In 1921, a Klan member shot and killed Father Coyle on the rectory porch after the priest celebrated the wedding of the Klansman’s daughter, a Catholic convert, to a Puerto Rican man. charter member of Mobile Council 666 and chaplain of Birmingham Council 635. An hour after the wedding, Father Coyle was sitting on the porch of his rectory when Rev. Edwin R. Stephenson, a Methodist minister, approached with a gun. The minister, who was the bride’s father and a Klansman, shot the priest in the head, killing him. The Klan paid for his lawyers, three of whom were members. The fourth, Hugo Black, who later became a U.S. Senator and Supreme Court justice, also joined the Klan after the trial. The judge and the foreman of the jury were both Klansmen as well. After a weeklong trial, the jury returned quickly with its verdict: not guilty. Several years later, as the Knights of Columbus spoke out strongly against Mexico President Plutarco Elías Calles and the violent persecution of the Church in Mexico, the Klan offered its own members as soldiers for the Calles regime in the event that they were necessary. K OF C RESISTANCE The Knights’ first Spanish-speaking council in the United States, Del Norte Council 2592 in El Paso, Texas, repelled a Klan attempt to take over the school board and mayor’s office in 1922. K of C members followed Klansmen to their secret meetings and then wrote down their license plate numbers and made their names public. K of C councils in other cities, such as Anaheim, Calif.,

had similar success in countering the Klan’s infiltration of local government. Sometimes, the Knights answered the Klan with their own show of force. In 1924, after hooded Klansmen abducted, severely beat and mutilated Father John Conoley in Gainesville, Fla., Knights armed with shotguns stood in the windows of the rectory, protecting another priest and the church itself from the Klan’s threats to burn it. Most often, the Knights responded simply by using words, reason and the law. Anyone circulating the Bogus Oath got a stern cease-and-desist letter from Luke Hart. Those who failed to comply got a libel suit. The editor of the Rail Splitter Press, which published reams of anti-Catholics tracts, called Hart’s letter “the most damnable piece of papal insolence that has ever come into this office,” but he never reprinted the oath again. Rewards were offered to anyone who could prove the oath was genuine. “It was clamoring to be claimed, but no one came,” the bishop of Galveston wrote about the $5,000 deposits that waited in banks in each of the five Texas dioceses — $25,000 with no takers. The Knights also distributed literature of their own, including pamphlets reprinting speeches against the Klan by public figures. “I heard of the Knights of Columbus on the battlefields of France; I heard of them in the hospitals over there nursing NOVEMBER 2017

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the boys; but I did not hear anything of the Klan over there, and no masks were worn over there except gas masks,” declared Mississippi Sen. LeRoy Percy after a Klan representative had spoken at the county courthouse in Greenville, Miss. “If you love your people, if you love the welfare of your community, do not be led off after this firebrand creed that is built on dissension, hatred and factional strife.” In the tumultuous debate over who was, or ought to be, American, the Knights published more substantial volumes, too, defending not only their organization and their faith but their larger belief in an open and diverse nation. The Knights of Columbus Historical Commission was established in 1921, and three years later, it published the Racial Contributions Series: The Gift of Black Folk: The Negroes in the Making of America, by W.E.B. DuBois; The Jews in the Making of America by George Cohen; and The Germans in the Making of America by Frederick Schrader. Around the same time, a KKK pamphlet titled Knights of the Klan versus the Knights of Columbus portrayed Catholic and Jewish immigrants as a menace to U.S. society. Christopher Columbus, too, received the Klan’s hatred. Eager to defame this Catholic, non-Anglo explorer, celebrated by immigrants, the Klan targeted anything that honored him. In Oregon, for example, the Klan fought to get rid of Columbus Day. In places such as Richmond, Va., and Easton, Pa., the Klan nearly succeeded in blocking the erection of statues of Columbus. Elsewhere, Klansmen disrupted Columbus Day celebrations, such as with a cross burning in Nanty Glo, Pa. Whereas KKK publications called Columbus Day “a papal fraud,” the Knights insisted that U.S. citizens’ embrace of Columbus — and the immigrants he represented — enriched rather than threatened American identity.

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Alfred E. Smith (1873-1944), a longtime governor of New York and member of Dr. John G. Coyle Council 163 in New York City, gives a speech as the Democratic candidate in the 1928 U.S. presidential race. Smith was vehemently opposed by the Ku Klux Klan, which burned crosses during his campaign and claimed that “A Vote for Al Smith Is a Vote for the Pope.” in 1925, the Knights saw not just a legal victory but also a moral one. “We see about us the fruits of irreligion, and we see that they are bitter fruits. It is clear to us that if the seeds of irreligion are sown and resown, our nation will reap a dangerous harvest indeed,” Flaherty wrote. “Let us be proud of our part in the good fight, let us rejoice that when, in the dark hours of bigotry’s first threatening advance, the victims of a small and prejudiced group sought our aid, they didn’t seek in vain.” Although the Klan was shrinking in numbers and influence by the end of the 1920s, conflicts continued. After Msgr. Bernard J. Quinn, the founder of the first church for black Catholics in Brooklyn, established a Catholic orphanage for black children on Long Island, it was burned down twice in arson attacks attributed to the Klan. Msgr.

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DEFENDING RELIGIOUS LIBERTY The Knights’ most lasting victory over the Ku Klux Klan was in a legal battle that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. In the 1920s, several states tried to force Catholic school children out of parochial schools and into public ones, but none were as successful as Oregon, where the Klan was strong and Catholics were sparse. In the 1922 Oregon state election, the Klan supported Walter M. Pierce for governor, as well as the ballot initiative that Pierce endorsed. Later known as the Oregon School Law, it required all children to attend public school through eighth grade. Pierce and the ballot initiative both won. “There is only one way left for us to defeat this infamous law, and that is through the courts,” wrote the Knights’ state deputy of Oregon. Supreme Knight James A. Flaherty agreed. “I call upon members of this Order everywhere,” he wrote, “to rally in defense of the Catholic schools.” The plaintiff in the case was an order of teaching nuns, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, and the Knights helped finance their legal battle. When the Supreme Court eventually ruled unanimously against the Oregon law


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Quinn, who had previously served as a K of C chaplain in World War I, responded by simply rebuilding the orphanage, the second time in stone and brick. That same year, the Klan met Al Smith’s presidential campaign train to Oklahoma with fiery KKK crosses. “I here and now drag them into the open and I denounce them as a treasonable attack upon the very foundations of American liberty,” Smith said about the Klan to a packed crowd of 10,000 in the Oklahoma City Coliseum Sept. 29. “Nothing could be so contradictory to our whole history. Nothing could be so false to the teachings of our divine Lord himself. The world knows no greater mockery than the use of the blazing cross, the cross upon which Christ died, as a symbol to instill into the hearts of men a hatred of their brethren while Christ preached and died for the love and

brotherhood of man.” Though Smith, who was a member of Dr. John G. Coyle Council 163 in New York City, ultimately lost the election, the Klan’s influence continued to decline. But decades later, when another Knight, John F. Kennedy, a member of Bunker Hill Council 62 in Charlestown, Mass., ran for president in 1960, the Bogus Oath surfaced yet again. Led by Luke Hart, who had served as supreme knight since 1953, the Knights once again responded. Through publications, lawsuits and public witness, the Order was determined to stamp out the Klan’s bigotry and falsehoods for good.♦ KEVIN COYNE is an award-winning writer and professor at the Columbia School of Journalism. He lives with his family in Freehold, N.J.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, RELIGIOUS LEADERS PROMOTE MLK’S MESSAGE OF NONVIOLENCE JUST HOURS after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, a group of Christian leaders gathered at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., for a news conference organized by the Knights of Columbus Oct. 2. Leaders from the Knights, the Seymour Institute, the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) endorsed Dr. King’s message of nonviolence, famously outlined in his 1957 essay, “Nonviolence and Racial Justice.” They called on religious leaders of all denominations to join USCCB president Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., of Youngstown, Ohio, chair of the USCCB’s new Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, in signing a letter committing to these principles. Citing the Las Vegas tragedy and other contemporary challenges, “including a renewed racism by groups like the Ku Klux Klan,” Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson warned against discouragement or despair. While things looked bleak in the early stages of the civil rights movement, Dr. King held fast to the American principle that all are created equal and that there “can be no place for political violence,” said Anderson. “Dr. King held that high ground and people rallied to him.”

From left: Rev. William Bass; Rev. Eugene Rivers, founder and director of the W. J. Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies in Boston; Bishop Edwin Bass, president of the Church of God in Christ Urban Initiatives; Jesuit Bishop George Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism; and Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson. Pentecostal minister Rev. Eugene Rivers, founder of the Seymour Institute, and COGIC Bishop Edwin Bass also called for 2018 to be declared the Year of Martin Luther King Jr., as next year marks the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination. Bishop Murry said, “Nonviolence is

the prerequisite to hearing each other’s stories and entering into an honest dialogue.” Such dialogue, he added, can “open roads to justice and reconciliation that will lead to the true communion of civic friendship.” Visit kofc.org/nonviolence for more information.♦ NOVEMBER 2017

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IRAQI CHRISTIANS RETURN HOME Order helps hundreds of families displaced by Islamic State militants to rebuild their shattered town by Campbell MacDiarmid | photos by Martyn Aim

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he photograph on the floor of Sabhia Franso’s destroyed house in Karamles recalled more peaceful times in Iraq. The black and white picture showed a crowd watching a float passing in a parade. Atop the float is a cross standing beside a mosque. “Peace comes to a peaceful community” is written below. On the back of the photo in blue ink: “Mosul Spring Festival 1970.” Franso said those memories have now been replaced by the horror of more recent events. The 66-year-old woman and her 85-year-old husband were among the last of the nearly 10,000 inhabitants of Karamles to leave after Islamic State fighters overran their village on the Nineveh Plain in August 2014. Robbed at gunpoint and then forced to flee on foot, they have spent the last three years living nearly 50 miles to the east in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Now, with ISIS driven from northern Iraq, they are among the first families to have returned to their ancestral homeland, thanks in large part to an initiative launched by the Knights of Columbus at the 135th Supreme Convention in St. Louis Aug 1. “The Knights of Columbus is taking a concrete step to save Christianity in Iraq,” 14 ♦ C O L U M B I A ♦

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announced Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson during his annual report. “This weekend, your board of directors has authorized a new effort to raise $2 million to save a Christian town on the Nineveh Plain. ... Now we will ensure that hundreds of Christian families driven from their homes will return.” In September, Franso wept as she entered her demolished home. Before, it was filled with happy memories of neighbors gathering in the living room before walking to church. Now, it was filled with dust and rubble from an airstrike. Still, it’s good to be back, even if she and her husband are living temporarily in a nearby house that has already been restored. “Better to be back here, because it’s our village,” she affirmed. BUILDING FROM RUINS Since 2014, the Order’s Christian Refugee Relief Fund has donated more than $13 million in humanitarian assistance, primarily in Iraq, Syria and the surrounding region. “Without the help of the Knights of Columbus, the Christians of Iraq would have disappeared,” said Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil, under whose auspices much of the refugee relief has been provided.


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Above: A newly erected cross stands in a Karamles plaza that was devastated by Islamic State militants who had overrun the town until it was liberated in October 2016. • Opposite page: Shafiq Shabi; his wife, Shatha Shamoon Tajo; their daughter, Andriana; and their son, Arenz, are pictured in the home of a neighbor in Karamles Sept. 16 after spending three years in displacement. Their own house is being repaired with the help of the Knights of Columbus. The K of C initiative to resettle and rebuild Karamles is part of the Nineveh Reconstruction Project, administered in partnership with the international papal charity Aid to the Church in Need as well as local Christian communities. In October last year, at the start of the military operation to liberate Nineveh province, Iraqi security forces drove the Islamic State from Karamles. Nearly nine months later, in early July, the remaining fighters were dislodged from Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, located just 20 miles west of Karamles. Today, only isolated pockets of Islamic State resistance remain elsewhere in Iraq. In September, the government restored electricity to Karamles, though as with other towns across Iraq service has been patchy. “Water is on for six to eight hours a day,” said Father Thabet Habib Yousif, who is overseeing the restoration of the town from a busy church hall filled with paint, plaster and plumbing fittings. The 41-year-old Chaldean Catholic priest was among the first residents to return in October 2016, just two days after the town was liberated. “I expended a lot of effort to get here, and it was very dangerous,” he recalled as he walked through the town’s quiet streets. When he first arrived, Father Thabet found the churches burned, the cemetery vandalized. Every house was damaged — whether by arson, looting or neglect. His own childhood home

had been destroyed in an airstrike. His response was stoic: “We expected the destruction. We have to start rebuilding.” The task was a massive one, yet speed was imperative. Since being displaced, more than 200 Karamles families had left Iraq permanently. Some 500 more were living in exile in cramped displacement centers, rented homes or with relatives, in or around Erbil. Within a week of the town’s liberation, Father Thabet was directing a team of local builders and laborers. In September, Father Thabet stopped at St. Addai Catholic Church to inspect the work of plasterers covering up smoke damage from an arson attack that destroyed parts of the building. A portrait of the church’s patron saint still hung in tatters, and bullet holes defaced the marble altar. Masses were being held at the nearby St. Mary Chapel, the town’s most ancient house of worship. More than 150 people attended Mass for the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Sept. 14. “All will be repaired by Christmas,” Father Thabet said, though he planned to leave the marble doorway soot-blackened as a reminder. Already, more than 120 families are back home, living in houses that have been restored through the K of C-supported Nineveh Restoration Project. “This project has had an immediate impact on the displaced people from Karamles,” Archbishop Warda said. “Before, most of these people were completely filled with NOVEMBER 2017

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A tradesman repairs damage to St. Addai Catholic Church in Karamles, Iraq. uncertainty. They wanted to move back to their homes, but most of them had no money to repair them. This project has allowed them to begin moving back as a group, which has made all the difference.” Calling the project a “tremendous success,” Archbishop Warda added that more help was critical. “We still have several more towns that need a project like this in order for them to be stabilized enough so that the long term rebuilding of viable communities can take place.” FERTILE GROUND FOR HOPE In the heart of Karamles, a small grocery store has already opened. Maher Lahib, the 24-year-old storekeeper, said that when his family returned July 24, they were the first to stay and live full time in Karamles since the liberation. “We came back to repair our home, open our shop and plant our fields,” Lahib said. “In Erbil we were paying for rent, and we just didn’t have the ability to keep paying.” After local militias known as the Nineveh Protection Units, consisting largely of Assyrian Christians, took charge of security for the village and nearby towns, his family was not afraid to return. “We have faith in God,” he said, “and also the guards who protect the village.” Lahib offered to leave his store to show off his family’s replanted fields, a short walk outside the town. After lying fallow for three years, the fields have sprung back to life after planting, though the olive trees have died without water. Lush 16 ♦ C O L U M B I A ♦

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rows of eggplants, beans, cucumbers, peppers and arugula are already producing healthy crops. “We’ve been farmers for a long time; we’re experienced,” said Lahib. “Things grow fast.” Maher Lahib’s 20-year-old brother, Miron, was tending the fields with his friend, Sam Haitham, 17. After watering the plants, they checked the springloaded traps they had laid out around a pool of water. The traps are intended to catch cropeating sparrows, which make good eating themselves when caught, according to Miron. Boiled or fried, they are especially good with beer, he said. Back at Maher’s store, 42-year-old Shafiq Shabi dropped in to buy a bag of locally grown green peppers, two pounds for 750 dinars (about 60 cents). Shabi had recently returned home and was happy to be back, a broad smile spreading across his face. “It’s my village and I’m comfortable here,” he said with joy. Shabi strode off, stopping to kiss a neighbor’s baby, but then returned to invite us for coffee with his family. Because their home was still damaged, they were living in the house of a neighbor who had emigrated to the United States. Such arrangements are common in Karamles, allowing families to return quickly while their homes are being repaired. As his wife, Shatha Shamoon Tajo, poured coffee, she also could not help smiling. “We’re living in heaven,” she said. “I’m smiling at everything at the moment. When we were displaced in 2014, we didn’t have hope that we would ever be able to return.”


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Twenty-year-old Miron Lahib (left) and his friend Sam Haitham, 17, take a break from working on the Lahib family farm in Karamles.• Right: A man holding his daughter sells snacks and locally grown vegetables outside his family’s recently reopened store in Karamles. Living in displacement was a source of endless depression, she recalled. The stress and sorrow manifested itself in vague ailments. “We were going to the doctors a lot,” she said. “But we didn’t want to leave Iraq. We have deep roots in this village, our forefathers are from here. How could we leave the land that belonged to our grandfathers? Since we’ve been back, everyone is happy and we have energy again. No more doctors.” Still, a major challenge remains, said Shabi. Like many men in this largely agricultural community renowned for its produce, Shabi is a farmer. But his fields have yet to be cleared of mines. Last month, sheep grazing on a nearby hill detonated two hidden explosive devices. The unexploded rockets and mortars lying in nearby fields make it clear that many more explosive devices need to be removed. With military and demining agencies busy clearing homes in urban areas, the fields have yet to be prioritized. “If the lands are cleared, then we will replant,” said Shabi. This hasn’t dampened his mood though, he said, his green eyes twinkling. He’s just happy to be home again. “We’re sleeping easy with the security, and there’s electricity and water,” he said. “This is a happy ending to a sad story.” ♦ CAMPBELL MACDIARMID is a New Zealand freelance journalist currently based in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS TO CO-SPONSOR WEEK OF AWARENESS FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS NOV. 26-DEC. 2 ON NOV. 26, the Solemnity of Christ the King, the Knights of Columbus will join the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in sponsoring a day of prayer for persecuted Christians. This day will kick off a week of awareness and education on the issue of Christian persecution, concluding Dec. 2. During the week of awareness, Knights are encouraged to work with their parishes to distribute materials on this issue and raise money in support of the Order’s initiative to provide $2 million to resettle and rebuild Karamles, an ancient Christian town in Iraq that had been occupied by Islamic State militants. Christian families have already begun returning to Karamles at a cost of about $2,000 per family. “The survival of Christianity in the Middle East hangs in the balance,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson during his annual report in St. Louis Aug. 1. “I ask every council to make sure that this effort receives the highest priority within your council and your parish.” Donations can be made at christiansatrisk.org or by calling 1-800-694-5713. For more information, visit kofc.org/weekofawareness.♦ NOVEMBER 2017

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A NATURAL RESPONSE The Knights of Columbus provides swift relief following recent natural disasters

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o provide relief to those affected by catastrophic natural disasters that struck the southern United States, Mexico and the Caribbean beginning in late August, the Knights of Columbus launched a nationwide appeal for donations and mobilized at the local, state and national levels to deliver food, water and other necessities to those in need. The K of C appeal began after Hurricane Harvey made landfall Aug. 25, inundating a wide swath of the Texas Gulf Coast with record-breaking flooding. It continued through Hurricane Irma’s torrential onslaught of Florida Sept. 10, Hurricane Maria’s pounding of Puerto Rico Sept. 20 and the 7.1magnitude earthquake that rocked central Mexico Sept. 19. In the weeks that followed, more than $2.8 million was collected via Knights of Columbus Charities, with 100 percent of donations going directly to relief efforts. Meanwhile, Knights on the ground also distributed more than $720,000 in food, water and other critical supplies. “Charity has always been the defining characteristic of the Knights of Columbus, and people — both those in distress 18 ♦ C O L U M B I A ♦

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and those who want to help — have placed a great deal of trust in us,” said Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson, who visited the devastated Galveston-Houston area with other K of C leaders Sept. 23-24. “The outpouring of generosity to our appeal by our members and others has been greatly appreciated. Many of these volunteer Knights own homes and property that have been destroyed and yet are putting the needs of others in front of their own.” During the two-day visit, Anderson was joined by Supreme Treasurer Ronald Schwarz, Supreme Master Dennis Stoddard and Texas State Deputy Douglas Oldmixon. They met with local K of C leaders and volunteers, archdiocesan officials and individual Knights and families affected by Harvey. THE STORMS CLEAR The areas hit hardest by Harvey were Houston and Beaumont, where 64 inches of rainfall in nearby towns shattered the U.S. storm record. The hurricane forced some 35,000 people to evacuate their homes, damaged or destroyed

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Residents wade through floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey Aug. 28 in Beaumont Place, Texas. 135,000 houses and left 82 people dead. As part of the immediate response, the Texas State Council identified families and communities most in need and mobilized its Disaster Response Program (see sidebar on page 21). “It starts with preparation,” explained Bob Sumicek, the program’s regional coordinator for southeast Texas. “I’m always gratified to know we’ve been able to help so many.” Scores of K of C councils across the affected region opened their facilities to serve as shelters, distribution centers and meal sites. Members of Ingleside Council 11570, for example, opened their hall to emergency personnel who used the location as a staging area, and also fed some 1,000 people. In Dickinson, where the Shrine of the True Cross was badly damaged by floodwaters, members of Father Roach Council 3217 used boats to evacuate a priest from the shrine and local residents from their homes. The council then turned its hall into a makeshift church. General Agent Joseph Hernandez of the Knights of Columbus South Texas Agency helped organize an immense number of local K of C relief and recovery efforts across more than a dozen dioceses, including 50 percent of the councils in the Corpus Christi Diocese. As a result, some 8,000 affected people were fed while Knights provided over 5,000 hours in relief work. “When Knights are united for a common cause, what obstacle can we not overcome?” Hernandez said. “Many of us joined the Order to give back in a unique way and to be part of something bigger than ourselves. This was a perfect example of what it means to be a Knight.” Deliveries of much-needed supplies and donations also arrived

FATHER AND SON RECEIVE CARITAS AWARD IN THE DELUGE after Hurricane Harvey’s landfall, U.S. Army 1st Lt. Jacob Cortez and his father, Paul, both members of Santa Francesca Cabrini Council 15321 in Houston, pushed through chest-deep water with a kayak in tow to rescue 27 neighbors trapped in their homes. For their bravery, Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson presented the Caritas Award to Paul and Jacob Cortez in Houston Sept. 23. “I’m extremely humbled to be recognized for something that I thought was just us doing our part,” 1st Lt. Cortez said. Established by the Knights of Columbus Board of Directors in 2013, the Caritas Award recognizes “exemplary works of charity” and includes a medal featuring an image of the Good Samaritan.♦

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from Knights in Louisiana, Indiana, Washington, Michigan and Florida, among other jurisdictions. In early September, Hurricane Irma churned a destructive course across the Caribbean, prompting the largest evacuation in Florida’s history. Making landfall in the Florida Keys Sept. 10, Irma inflicted widespread destruction, including at least 80 deaths throughout the state. As with Harvey, K of C councils acted quickly to assist those in need. “As soon as the storm cleared, the Knights of Columbus were underway trying to find ways to help people who were suffering,” said Father Robert Kantor, pastor of St. Agnes Church in Naples and chaplain of St. Agnes Council 14202. Because his parish survived with all buildings structurally sound and power restored after three days, “we were able to turn the parish center into a disaster response location for the Knights of Columbus,” Father Kantor said. “At a time like this, the council showed us what they are made of in terms of faith and service.” Jose Padilla, grand knight of San Carlos Council 2596 in downtown Fort Myers, led a Knights cookout and distribution at Jesus the Worker Church Sept. 16. “Folks from the neighborhood came in under the tent and we provided them with food and water,” Padilla said. Father Patrick O’Connor, OFSF, pastor of Jesus the Worker Parish and chaplain of Jesus Obrero Council 10886, said, “We were really kind of a ground zero for the hurricane and were hit pretty hard. It is very beautiful that many English- and Spanish-speaking Knights are helping immigrants who are going through a tough time.” 20 ♦ C O L U M B I A ♦

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‘A GREAT FORCE FOR GOOD’ Knights also put their faith in action after back-to-back earthquakes battered Mexico Sept. 8 and 19, with a death toll of more than 300, and Hurricane Maria made a decimating direct hit on Puerto Rico Sept. 20, cutting off power on the entire island and leaving scores of people dead or unaccounted for. The Supreme Council sent a donation of $100,000 to the Archdiocese of San Juan Sept. 22 to assist with immediate relief efforts. A second donation of $100,000 was distributed among the dioceses of Mexico City, Puebla and Cuernavaca to assist earthquake victims. A number of councils in Mexico South and Mexico Central set up centers to collect food, water, medicine, clothing and other supplies. In collaboration with Caritas and Bishop Faustino Armendáriz of Querétaro, the state chaplain, Knights in Mexico Central delivered a trailer of the collected supplies to the Diocese of Cuernavaca, one of the most damaged areas. “It gives us great satisfaction being able to bring help directly to the affected communities and assist those who are most in need,” said Francisco Sáenz Muñoz, state deputy of Mexico Central. “Together, we are a great force for good.” Earlier in the month, members of Eugenio Balmori Martínez Council 13199 in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico South, drove supplies to the town of Unión Hidalgo in Oaxaca, which was affected by the first earthquake. In Puerto Rico, 90 percent of the population still had no power three weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. “The electrical grid and communication system was wiped out, with roads washed away and many towns inaccessible

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Gene Kranz (center), a retired fighter pilot and NASA flight director whose home was severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey, walks with (from left) Supreme Treasurer Ron Schwarz, Supreme Master Dennis Stoddard, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and Texas State Deputy Douglas Oldmixon through the streets of Dickinson, Texas, Sept. 24. Kranz, a Fourth Degree Knight, was portrayed by the actor Ed Harris in the film Apollo 13.


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Above, from left: During the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Mauro Schiavo of St. Henry’s Council 14698 in Pompano Beach, Fla., joins other volunteers in going door to door with food and drinks for senior citizens at Century Village in Pembroke Pines, Fla., Sept. 14. • Knights deliver food and supplies to the Diocese of Cuernavaca, Mexico, for victims of the devastating Sept. 19 earthquake. • General Agent José Lebron-Sanabria, a member of San Francisco de Asis Council 15849 in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, fills a water jug to bring to people devastated by Hurricane Maria.

even to military vehicles,” explained Armando Vivoni, grand knight of Mons. José Torres Diaz Council 3836 in Río Piedras, near San Juan. “In the metropolitan San Juan area, only two councils survived without significant damage.” Still, Knights have been aiding their communities and parishes as much as possible, added Vivoni, who assisted with a mid-October distribution of supplies from the Supreme Council. The shipment included 800 cases of food and water, as well hundreds of flashlights and battery backs. General Agent José Lebron-Sanabria, a member of San Francisco de Asis Council 15849 in Las Piedras, coordinated a convoy of 10 pickup trucks to carry the supplies to the center of the island. In the days after Maria made landfall, Lebron-Sanabria and his family also made deliveries of clean water to those in need, including retired priests. The Supreme Council assisted other affected areas as well. For example, the Order worked with Archbishop Patrick Pinder of Nassau to provide portable stoves and fuel for storm victims in the Bahamas, where Irma and Maria caused serious damage. James Ramos, a staff writer for the Texas Catholic Herald, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, and Tom Tracy, a photojournalist from West Palm Beach, Fla., contributed to this story.♦ Contributions can be made online at kofc.org/disaster. Donations by check or money order can be sent to: Knights of Columbus Charities, P.O. Box 1966, New Haven, CT 06509-1966 with “United Disaster Relief ” in the memo portion of the check.

IN EMERGENCY RESPONSE, TEXAS KNIGHTS LEAD THE WAY

DURING THE IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, Bob Sumicek, a member of Memorial Council 6527 in Houston, recognized an urgent need for organized relief efforts following hurricanes and other natural disasters. “Nobody plans for these things, but we know that they happen,” he said. By the time Hurricane Rita arrived a month after Katrina, the Texas State Council had enough resources in place to distribute tens of thousands of dollars in immediate emergency aid. Since that time, the Texas State Council’s Emergency Response Program has developed to include five regional emergency response coordinators, 17 diocesan coordinators and hundreds of coordinators at the council level. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Texas Knights were quickly able to identify those most in need, organize numerous service activities and provide financial assistance through an application and grant process. Sumicek urges other jurisdictions to create similar programs of their own. “Every state needs to start planning now,” he said, so that they can better respond when natural disasters and other emergencies occur.♦ NOVEMBER 2017

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Detroit’s Miracle Worker Capuchin Franciscan Father Solanus Casey was a humble friar whose witness of faith drew thousands to Christ by Mike Stechschulte

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ike a leper coming to Jesus for healing, a woman with an Casey’s faith caught fire and flourished. incurable skin disease knelt in prayer before the tomb at “Surely, we were fortunate children that the Good God gave Detroit’s St. Bonaventure Monastery in 2012. us such sturdy, honest, virtuous parents. How can we ever be “She never knew anything about Father Solanus until she grateful enough? Thanks be to God!” Father Solanus wrote in was here in Detroit,” said Msgr. Ronald Browne, archdiocesan a 1930 letter to his sister Margaret. delegate for the canonization cause of Franciscan Father That phrase, “Thanks be to God,” was not just a saying for Solanus Casey (1870-1957), a Capuchin friar who spent a Father Solanus. He learned from an early age to accept with large part of his ministry as the doorkeeper of St. Bonaventure. humble confidence whatever the Lord had in store, even when “A Capuchin friend was showing her the tomb and explain- two of his sisters died of diphtheria, a disease that also afing that he was a very holy man,” Msgr. Browne explained. flicted him as a child. “She was at the tomb praying for her family, and when she “One of his famous sayings is ‘Blessed be God in all His definished, she heard a voice say to her: ‘Well, what about your- signs,’” said Capuchin Father Larry Webber, the other vice self? What do you need?’” postulator in his cause. “He discerned that whatever happened The next thing she knew, “she was feeling warmth on her was according to God’s will.” leg where her skin disease was very prominent. She rolled An adventurous, outgoing young man, the future Father up her slacks and looked down, and the skin disease was Solanus spent his younger years as a lumberjack, prison guard crumbling off.” and railcar operator before enrolling at St. Francis High School The woman’s instant, visible healing — later confirmed by Seminary near Milwaukee in 1891. When academic limitamedical doctors in her home country, in Detroit and in Rome tions prevented his aspirations for the diocesan priesthood, he as without scientific explanation — became the miracle was advised to consider joining a religious order instead. needed for Pope Francis to officially declare the friar “blessed.” After praying a novena to the Blessed Mother and feeling her To Detroiters, such a healing is just urging him to “go to Detroit,” he set another entry in the long-running list out to join the Capuchin order in 1897. of extraordinary favors attributed to Though he continued to struggle acthe holy Capuchin’s intercession durademically, “Brother Solanus” — as he ing and after his lifetime. Devotion to was called after St. Francis Solanus, a E SIMPLY EMBRACED Father Solanus is particularly strong Spanish Franciscan missionary to the among Knights of Columbus councils New World — was ordained in 1904 IT AS THE WILL OF GOD, and assemblies that bear his name, as as a “simplex priest.” He could celewell as many other Knights who will brate Mass but not preach doctrinal AND THROUGH THAT HE join the tens of thousands who are exsermons or hear confessions. BECAME HOLY.” pected to pack Ford Field for the beat“Other people might consider it huification Mass in Detroit Nov. 18. miliating or demeaning,” Father Webber said. “But he simply embraced it as A DOMESTIC CHURCH the will of God, and through that he Born Bernard Francis Casey in Oak became holy.” Grove, Wis., Nov. 25, 1870, the sixth of 16 children to Irish Humble acceptance of God’s will eventually led Father immigrant farmers Bernard James Casey and Ellen Elizabeth Solanus to his ministry as monastery porter, or doorkeeper. Murphy will become the second U.S.-born male to be beatified by the Catholic Church. The first, Blessed Stanley ‘FATHER, YOU HEALED ME’ Rother, was just beatified Sept. 23 in Oklahoma City. Serving for two decades in friaries and churches in New York The Casey family’s log cabin on the banks of the Missis- City and Yonkers, it didn’t take long for “the holy friar” to besippi River’s headwaters — a “one-story mansion about 12 come a familiar face to New York’s Catholics. by 30 feet,” as Father Solanus would later put it — was barely “Being a simplex priest, he couldn’t hear confessions, so it large enough for all to fit, but there was always room for the left him with things to do around the parish,” Brother MerHoly Spirit. ling said. “He would respond to people who were sick and “With 16 children, they lived six or seven miles away from were asking for the sacrament of anointing, and he would pray church. Only half of the family could travel in a wagon, so with them.” they would take turns going to Sunday Mass,” said Capuchin When visitors asked for prayers for a loved one who was Brother Richard Merling, one the two vice postulators for Fa- sick or in a desperate situation, Father Solanus would enroll ther Solanus’ cause. “Part of the family stayed home, and they them in the Seraphic Mass Association; their intentions would would read together the prayers of the Mass.” thus be included daily in the Masses of Capuchins around the It was within this “domestic church” — with regular world. He also took each person’s intention before the eurosaries, devotions and prayers led first by the parents and charistic Lord in prayer and made sacrifices on their behalf. later by some of the older children — that young Barney Many found their prayers were powerfully answered —

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sometimes even before nightfall. A deathly ill child would recover. Desperately needed rent money would arrive. A longestranged relative would return to the faith. Father Solanus was transferred in 1924 to St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit, the province’s headquarters. “Because so many favors were being attributed to him, his superiors wanted him closer by to keep an eye on what was happening,” Father Webber said. The Capuchins’ records show that requests for Mass intentions increased from 30 to 200 a day in the weeks after Father Solanus arrived. “Word of mouth spread rather quickly,” Father Webber surmised. Charged with greeting those who came to the monastery’s doors, Father Solanus became flooded with visitors who sought his gentle, wise and compassionate counsel at all hours of the day — and the favors didn’t stop. Brother Merling maintains the thousands of records of favors that today are packed into eight full drawers at the Solanus Casey Center. As a young boy, he, too, experienced the graces God poured out through Father Solanus’ prayers after his brother was in a serious auto accident and needed an emergency amputation of his leg. “My mother said, ‘Let’s go down and see Father Solanus,’” Brother Merling recalled with emotion. “So we came down on a Sunday afternoon and he simply said, ‘Oh, don’t worry, everything’s going to be all right.’ He went on to talk about other things. I remember thinking, ‘It’s fine for you to say that, but we’re all worried about it.’ But sure enough, the leg healed.” Amid these grace-filled events, Father Solanus rejected

recognition, insisting constantly that God was to be thanked for answering prayers. “People would come back and say, ‘Father, you healed me.’ And he would say, ‘No, it wasn’t me; it was God,’” Brother Merling said. “He was insistent: ‘Don’t you dare say it was me who did this.’” CHARITY AND DEPENDENCE ON GOD Even when he was on his deathbed in 1957, Father Solanus’ reputation for holiness and compassion drew Detroiters seeking his prayers. Gerry Wilczynski, grand knight of Father Solanus Casey Council 3797 at St. Margaret of Scotland Parish in St. Clair Shores, Mich., recalled the story of the late Gerald Downing, a charter member of the council who met Father Solanus in the friar’s last hours. Downing, a young construction worker at the time, had fallen off a 35-foot wall and was rushed to Detroit’s St. John Hospital. “He was so battered that they predicted he wasn’t going to live long,” Wilczynski explained. “Gerald’s wife knew Father Solanus was in the hospital at the time, so she asked him to pray with Gerry. They prayed together that night, and Father Solanus died the next day — but Gerry got better and ended up living another 57 years.” When it was renamed in 1966, Council 3797 became the first to adopt the priest as its patron, and his works of charity continue to inspire council members to this day.

Opposite page: Father Solanus Casey (standing left) serves men together with other friars at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit in 1940. Father Solanus helped to establish the soup kitchen 11 years earlier, at the beginning of the Great Depression.

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Left: The Casey family is pictured at their home in Superior, Wis., Aug. 14, 1892. Back row (from left): Edward, Leo, Bernard Jr. (the future Father Solanus), James, Ellen, Patrick, Owen and Augustine. Front row (from left): John, Margaret, Mrs. Ellen Casey, Genevieve, Bernard Casey Sr., Grace, Thomas and Maurice. Father Solanus’ father and all nine of his brothers were members of the Knights of Columbus.


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Past Grand Knight Russell Kreinbring volunteers twice a week at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, which Father Solanus helped establish in 1929 to feed the hungry during the Great Depression. “It’s a thankful place to work. You’re giving back to the community, as Father Solanus did,” said Kreinbring, whose wife, Paula, volunteers at Capuchins’ food distribution warehouse. The Casey family itself has a deep connection to the Knights: Father Solanus’ father and all nine of his brothers were members of the Order. Father Solanus was strongly committed to the principles of charity, unity and fraternity, but as a Franciscan, he was not permitted to join lay societies. Two of his brothers, Patrick and Thomas, were charter members of Council 676 in Seattle, where much of the Casey family relocated during the war years. Two of his brothers also became priests, including Msgr. Edward Casey, who served as a missionary in the Philippines.

Writing in 1947 to his brother Patrick, who was recovering from an illness at the time, Father Solanus said, “Do not worry, Pat. Rather foster confidence in God’s mercy by thanking Him for everything — even ahead of time.” For Father Solanus, “thanking God ahead of time” — another saying for which he became well-known — was part of what it meant to be a humble instrument of the Lord. That message continues to resonate in Detroit as the city prepares for the beatification of its beloved friar. “We are so grateful that because of this beatification, the Gospel of Jesus Christ — and the freedom he alone offers — will be proclaimed all the louder through Father Solanus,” stated Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit, a member of Father Solanus Casey Assembly 521 in Roseville, Mich. “Let us, like Father Solanus, thank God ahead of time for all of these graces!”♦ MIKE STECHSCHULTE is managing editor of The Michigan Catholic, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Detroit. NOVEMBER 2017

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KNI GHTS IN ACTION

REPORTS FROM COUNCILS, ASSEMBLIES AND COLUMBIAN SQUIRES CIRCLES

support after learning of a family who lost their home and belongings to a fire on Christmas Day. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses and the assistance of a neighboring Methodist parish, the council was able to hold a fundraiser breakfast that welcomed more than 240 people and raised $5,581 to help the family rebuild their lives. WELL-SUPPLIED

Father Joy Chalissery (left), pastor of Most Merciful Jesus Catholic Churchin Madison, Ala., observes as members of St. John the Baptist Council 10232 convert a garage into the newly established parish’s chapel and meeting space. At Father Chalissery’s request, the council took on the 700-man-hour project, with Knights working nearly every weekday for six weeks to upgrade the electrical system; install insulation, sheetrock and windows; build and carpet an altar platform; and install lights and a curtain system to create storage and a vesting room.

JUST ‘DESERT’

Monroe (Mich.) Council 1266 coordinated and publicized a “Desert Meal” to support a formational pilgrimage for seminarians of Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. The event featured a prize raffle, 50/50 drawing and cash bar. The event was a great success, and the council will take on the project again next year. FAMILY PRAYER

Sts. Peter & Paul Council 11475 in Palmyra, Va., together with St. Joseph’s Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel in Columbia and its K of C round table, hosted a parish family prayer retreat. The event expanded the K of C Holy Family Prayer Program 26 ♦ C O L U M B I A ♦

to include talks by Knights; opportunities for private prayer; and a facilitator-led recitation of the rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Seven Sorrows.

HELPING HANDS

Mason-Dixon Council 10100 in Pylesville, Md., reached out to the community in

San Gabriel Council 6453 in Georgetown, Texas, conducted a three-week diaper drive for the Annunciation Maternity Home in Georgetown. The pro-life organization assists mothers and babies who are in need. The collection yielded more than 10,700 diapers and thousands of baby wipes. WITH A TWIST

St. Vincent Pallotti Assembly in Hammonton, N.J., donated $1,000 to Disabled American Veterans Chapter 66, using proceeds from a “Beef and Beer” event which was enlivened by an Elvis impersonator.

SACRED SPACE

Prince of Peace Council 9144 in Toronto converted Divine Infant Catholic School’s atrium into a prayer space, complete with an altar, a double kneeler, Stations of the Cross, and custom shelving for a crucifix and the holy Scriptures. Donations from council members and Prince of Peace Parish helped make the renovation possible, and after the project was completed, the new space was blessed.

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Children display raincoats provided by Bagong Buhay Council 11953 in Las Pinas, Luzon South, in a regional adaptation of the Coats for Kids program. The distribution provided 50 raincoats and 50 pairs of slippers to poor children entering their first year of school.


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Star Councils Awarded

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early 2,200 councils earned the Star Council Award, the highest distinction available to a local K of C council, for the 2016-17 fraternal year. These councils, led by the grand knights listed here, conducted the required charitable and fraternal programs in the “Surge … with Service” areas and also achieved their membership and insurance quotas. Each council will receive an engraved plaque from the Supreme Council in recognition of its accomplishment. Of these councils, 320 earned the Double Star Council Award for meeting 100 percent of their insurance quota, and 200 percent of their membership quota and 239 earned the Triple Star Council Award or higher. • Numbers in red indicate councils that achieved the Double Star Council Award. • Numbers in blue indicate councils that achieved the Triple Star Council Award or higher. Finally, 5,630 councils earned the Columbian Award for excellence in programming; 3,245 attained the Father McGivney Award for meeting their membership quota; and 2,713 earned the Founders’ Award for meeting their insurance quota.

ALABAMA 4888 Nicholas A. Young 5597 Alan R. Whaley 7584 Anthony F. Dalesandro 9550 Mark S. Kielbasa 12150 Robert A. Vinti 12914 Billy A. Ferguson Jr. 13085 John P. Wilson 13174 Ronald M. Miller 13446 James A. Downey 14507 Richard K. Klusman 16400 Coleton A. Baker 12431 Mark A. Terhune ALASKA

1184 1938 4503 5138 6563 6986 7070 7599 7938 8470 8636 8969

David T. McMullin J. Ronald Duguay Bernard F. Burke Peter A. Weidman Edward R. Dittrich Kenneth C. Standish Greg P. Villeneuve Leonardo M. Sosa Jr. Jaime J. Jimenez Froilan B. Serrano Stanley A. Gonsalves Jacob A. Van Der Zwan George W. Matheri Kevin Francis Power Rolando T. Marcos Edward G. Hill Jeffrey G. Desrochers Derek Brent

ALBERTA

9658 10065 12904 13312 14492 15290 16320

1229 Jose A. Gallegos 1858 Jose Manuel Perez-Cantu 3136 David Uribe 5133 Joe A. Pacheco 6627 Thomas G. Donnelly 7465 Kevin R. Barnes 8305 Douglas H. Sinrud Jr. 9378 William R. Packham 9446 Richard Areyzaga 9482 John B. Simpson Sr. 10070 Thomas E. Murphy 10540 James P. Walsh

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ARIZONA

10799 11116 11675 11738 12078 12164 12338 12449 12708 13024 13272 13278 13719 13836 13841 14121 14185 15704

Mark D. Lobner Randolph S. Moore Paul F. Crawley Thomas A. Bieger Doug Sturm Jerry T. Wood Paul Rayis William K. Pedene Martin B. Pueyo Jason P. Champagne Joseph P. Dylla David R. Foster Patrick H. Schwindt Mark D. Recker Jesse J. Gonzales John A. Sharpton Jerry Bielawski Raymond J. Obral

7787 10208 11097 11294

Matthew D. Snider Thomas P. Donnelly Benjamin C. Brewer Jeffrey L. Hoffpauir

ARKANSAS

1283 Isidro Cresencio T. Saguindan 1560 Kevin W. Kardos 2552 Antonio S. Mate 3127 John P. Dorosz 3239 Ignatius Danny Kusnardi 3478 Kenneth D. Claridge 3821 Douglas R. McFeely 5282 Fiorenzo P. Visentin 5423 Mike Malsegna 6232 Josef M. Hanrath 7015 Brian W. Hoven 7276 Matthew Klaponski 7973 James W. Schwab 8535 David J. Robinson 8629 Calvin Mitchell 8853 Nelson D. Balitaan 9534 Michael Kumar 9846 Dennis Kwan 10277 Eduardo C. Valdez 10500 Camil Chan 10889 Michael M. Guterres 11244 Richard W. Finnegan 11587 David L. Sawatzky 11748 Ryan C. DeHaan 13072 Andrew C. Costales BRITISH COLUMBIA

15445 Oscar G. Perez De Tagle 15564 Kevin J. Sullivan 16257 David L. Diogo 16364 Gerard P. Gouwenberg 615 874 920 977 1271

Merlin C. Cayabyab Menandro B. Miraflor Sergio E. Diaz Sr. Dan D. Hargis Frederick C. Haberkern Donald A. Bouchard John A. Piekarczyk Efren C. Ramos David S. Victorino Jason Robert Baranek Paul A. Gutierrez Timothy E. Simmons Gilberto. Reyna Eric Vasquez Jorge L. Ortiz Valentin Rodriguez Jr. Marc D. Lucio Horacio L. Tadique Jr. Louis R. Estrella Lewis F. Williams Xavier Vargas Peter J. Walker Erwin R. Blancaflor [No officer listed] James R. Mullins Kien T. Le Alex Perez Juan Cueva Tom J. Pearson Rodolfo L. Bautista Renato M. Paco Juan Carlos Quezada Gilbert Luna Matthew J. Grisafe Jose Estevez Michael A. Armstrong Martin Gallegos Anthony De Marco Atilano O. Corona William S. Daugherty Frank S. Carrillo Eugene E. Davidson Silvio J. Estrada David P. Rymer Frank M. Silva Michael B. Druke Reno M. Abdon Louis R. Gervais Rene O. Bautista Joseph P. Lasala Charles R. Harley Christopher G. Curry Virgil E. Smith Robert G. Spieldenner Guillermo H. Uribe Gabriel P. Arias Anthony Chigbolu Paul R. McQuigg Harold Gansert Andre Alves Gregory V. Villard Patrick A. French Kenneth M. Barnes Robert R. Hannan Arthur A. Cabello Sr. Barry W. Martin James M. Figueredo Dann W. Nielsen Michael L. Lo Collo William C. Schemensky Robert Hernandez Charles A. Stanley Terrence E. Vernor John C. Ferber John A. Ramos William E. Young Jonathan A. Fincher James B. McBride Rudy J. Mariscal Manuel O. Villalobos David K. Simpson Timothy J. Murphy Benigno C. Basco

CALIFORNIA

1349 1615 1658 1869 2329

2431 2475 2938 2996 3016 3159 3265 3449 3472 3487 3517 3571 3585 3643 3667 3926 4017 4038 4112 4229 4258 4581

4922 4953 5007 5277 5696 5803 5815 5978 6288 6322 7164 7390 7467 7534 7759 7773 7809 7987 8072 8238 8599 8728

8747 9065 9076 9111 9133 9213 9332 9363 9445 9594 9648 9665 9679 9897 9969 10094

10248 10494 10667 10802 11335 11612 11653 12213 12489 12542 12587 13124 13237

13403 13899 13925 14007 14541 14699 14772 14783 14836 15016 15034 15083 15099 15191 15317 15339

15489 15625 15719 15883 15965 16034 16073 16112 16154 16185 16237 16256 16293 16419 16452 16488 16568

1072 1183 4732 9597 9993 11514 11575 12392 13099 13221 13253 13729 13981

Nicholas A. Ewell Michael J. Stoiber Alfred Villegas Ed A. Slingluff Paciencio I. Juan Jr. Hans J. Anter Salvador S. Jarencio Francisco A. Flores Felipe O. Torres [No officer listed] Charles Y. Osmond Jeffrey J. Graass Ronald L. Saunders William Guinto Christopher H. Tse Armando A. Hernandez Anthony P. Colombo Bruce J. Waelbrock Kerry R. Dayhoff Wallace M. Moore Bartholomew N. Kinard Joseph J. Schindler Francisco X. Cabrera Rodney D. Myers [No officer listed] Keith E. Jura Jeffrey L. Scoby Amado C. Mancilla Paul L. Peirce John Felix Jr. David M. Deed Blake E. Mahler Dennis J. Kreta Jason A. Cirone Robert D. Gills Bryan K. Heier Kenneth W. Klispie Dr. Richard R. Losey Richard A. Peters Michael Myshatyn Matthew P. Rock Telesforo H. Barrera Thomas R. Goodman Donald J. Laughlin Richard P. Hergott Charles Michael Rolla Richard W. Schubert Doyle H. Kisner Daniel J. Rolenc Bradford J. Jolly Richard F. Kursevich James L. Bentley

COLORADO

14338 14479 14785 14898 15956 16052

4 Robert J. Falkevitz 6 Thomas M. Butler 7 Antonio C. Hernandez 15 Richard J. Pillar 31 Christopher C. Gonzalez 36 Michael A. Gimmelli 42 Charles E. Shaker 55 Andre J. Cote 1090 Vincent A. Gualtieri 5066 David A. Rohlfing 10537 William K. Bowers 11077 Jeffrey T. Thompson 11913 Vincent Lupo, Jr. 12698 Michael J. Purdy 12968 Victor P. Flagello 14664 William J. Murray 16347 Ralph M. Burke Jr. CONNECTICUT

3182 3792 6768 11285 13348 14317

Raymond W. Cobb Andrew P. Fulton Terrence R. Hills Donald W. Clark James H. Schatz Chris N. Pierce

224 433 11302 13242 15723

James P. Strahota Jonathan T. Sitko Jerome E. Driscoll Philip E. Paulson Kenneth A. Brown

DELAWARE

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

12333 [No officer listed] DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

648 778 2105 3080 3274 3580 4357 4772

John D. Bowsman Andrew R. Chambers Garth A. Albury Austin E. Scott Manuel Gonzalez Manuel Diaz Christian M. Davis Stephen Paul Buzzella Sr. George T. Seney Donald W. Macejko Emilio Morales Eladio Jose Armesto James M. Hyland Jr. Gerard T. Brady II Kenneth H. Conrad James P. Vanderhorst Clifford G. Kennedy George R. Annan Goffredo J. Martelli Douglas E. Blais Patrick C. Coggins Thomas Arduengo William D. Van Keuren Gregory A. Gast Frank A. Viola Frank X. McEwen Glen A. Borges Robert S. Burgess Armando Guerra Eulogio Torres Joseph M. Gerek Mark J. Williams Charles R. Kahler Daniel J. Bulinski Lawrence J. Fusco III Robert St. Amand Edwin F. Pflieger James P. Mazzacco Bernard J. Jacobs David Gonzalez Thomas J. Reno Gerald J. Sirgey Dennis M. Robinson Thomas J. Brown James H. Read James B. Golden Jr. Albert P. Capone Nestor A. Bautista Jr. Robert B. Bloom Richard H. Hosein John Hughes Martin P. Barrett Allen G. Heyman Matthew Brice La Londe Willie E. Massaline David A. Higley Dwight D. Glinton Salvatore Rotella Sr. Agustin E. Garcia Luis D. Rico Fred H. Bradley III Dennis M. Antoniotti Jacob H. Donnay Felix A. Hodges Roger Difato Carlos Rivera George R. Olson Alfred Cote James H. Williams Norman J. Fortson Michael A. Lafayette Melvin J. Ande Rafael A. Reyes William CrespoNavedo Sr. Michael J. McReynolds Gerard J. Koziel Robert. Jost Larry E. Davis Scott A. Rannals Joseph M. Grindel Sean M. Cooper Justin T. Kling Samuel R. Bastianelli Douglas H. Doughty Jr. Thomas L. Tarantelli Gustavo T. Navarro Joseph A. Cosentino

FLORIDA

4934 4955 4998 5110 5131 5150 5357 5604 5643 5958 5960 6265 6274 6391 6569 6988 7052 7109 7380 7408 7420 7567 7621 7667 7672 7826 8012 8086 8155 8382 8589 8995 9924 10157 10318 10462 10484 10498 10626 11069 11125 11211 11226 11295 11483 11651

11668 11673 11755 11877 11878 11967 12159 12178 12235 12240 12322 12376 12402 12456 12619 12746 12896 13037 13097 13116 13139 13153 13209 13243 13277 13300 13307 13337 13341 13389

13483 13654 13676

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S TA R C O U N C I L W I N N E R S 13900 14202 14295 14456 14485 14697 14839 14866 14975 15225 15231 15332 15366 15425 15429 15619 15624

15781 15821 15847 15858

16080 16236 16413 16492 16495

1019 4410 6514 6517 6920 8495 9458 9792 9923 9975 10632 10633 10866 11402 12000 12126 12287 12826 12862 12942 13161 13229 13808 14122 14425 14496

Jason E. Hickman Alan C. Striebel John C. Haag Robert C. Marriner Leslie B. McGlothlin Edward J. Sweeney Juan Palma Richard W. Lizotte Oscar E. Chavez Robert M. Huard Mark S. Gallagher John A. Crescitelli Neil R. Richards Salvatore A. Titto Robert J. Norton James E. Tuscano Vernon V. Schwieterman David H. Clough II Dr. David W. Tschanz Alfonso Hurtado Patrick J. Prendergast Larry H. Orvis Luis G. Rosas John F. McKernan Steven J. Wilson Kevin Pham

16356

Jaime E. Herras Ronald W. Bennetti Sr. William J. Bast Vernal G. Vincent John M. Capies McKinley Curtis III James J. McClure Harry R. Freeman Thomas J. Schuler Richard M. Staley Victor M. Ojeda Thomas J. McGrath Brian A. Casteel Nicholas P. Fahey Aneneba I. Akufor Joseph A. Monticello Steven F. Pfaff Timothy P. Esola Sr. John E. Michalewicz Richard J. Flaig Robert D. Andrews Donald E. Hasel Kenneth P. Weber Ronald E. Woods Jerry W. Hobbs Joseph G. Reifenberger Adam L. Tate Brian T. Musha Krzysztof Sokolowski Matthew H. Jarrard Grosvenor W. Fish III Michael S. Emanuelo Jr. David E. Campbell

6307 6734 6906 8578 10475 11485 11743 14620 14663 15952 16002

Mario D. Tadeo Philip G. Perez Romeo F. Gumboc Michael P. Victorino Alex G. Ty Gary K. Jose Robert S. Allen Michael B. Hedge Clyde S. Higa Dennis W. McCartin Cicero T. Seisdedos

1416 1663 2014 2685 3703 3762 4058 12172 12516

David C. Ellingsen Armando Ramos Romel G. Reyna [No officer listed] Allen W. Darrow Richard S. Freedle Robert E. Ackerman Marshall R. Forshey Brian D. Harris

GEORGIA

14625 14773 15161 15716 15848 15996

HAWAII

IDAHO

324 Richard C. Whitlock 967 James P. McGuire

ILLINOIS

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997 1444 1599 2874 2964 3024 3674 3789 4330

4456 4739 4836 4977 6483 6521 7072 7527 7682 7694 8002 8022 8365 8473 8596 8699 10151 10884 11110 11666 11981 12286 12407 12863 14435 14562 15052 15530 15732 16011 16126 16350 16369 16446 16660

Keith L. Betton John J. Curtin Timothy E. Mathias Gary A. Vahling Ryan J. Schmidt Gerald E. Hughes James L. Leffelman Timothy M. Buehler Santiago J. Montelongo Michael S. Paul Jason P. Ketter Jaime Gonzalez James M. Arns Michael J. Hattie Michael S. Enos Brian J. Corbett James A. Schilling David A. Balmaceda Crispin Jones Felipe Tony A. Reyes Jose Herrera Joseph E. Silva Stephan A. Zalas Jr. Philip E. Weiss Robert Perri George J. Griffin Brendan P. Daly Clinton M. Schrage Nicholas C. Nakis Thomas C. Purvin John V. Holevoet Michael D. Appell Daniel S. Lupton Paul K. Deitche Thomas F. Murphy Sean P. Murray Matthew J. Webb Anthony J. Carlino Jr. Michael A. Maziarek Robert A. Bentel Henry B. Fischer Thomas L. Jensen Carl W. Smith Terry L. McCully

451 Stephen M. Lutz 1542 Raymond M. Borkowski II 5521 Michael J. Huszar 8052 David G. Baker 8056 Kent Greenwell 9114 William J. Pritchard 9706 Dale E. Fleischman 12510 Stephen J. Hanson 15712 Frederick E. Fentz 16008 Robert M. Hornback 16305 Christopher S. Earnhart 16454 John R. Sandwell INDIANA

959 David E. Schumacher Phillip K. Hascall Johnathan R. McGee Anthony W. Althaus John Paul Heller Richard L. Dotzler Jr. James A. Bates James M. Feldhacker Patrick J. Monahan Thomas E. Clancy Dennis H. Ihrig William J. Griffin Ray J. White William J. Dolan Kyle J. Sheetz Joseph B. Lickteig Jeffrey D. Meyer Samuel R. Palmer Michael P. Kockler Christopher A. Hoffmann 14042 Fidencio V. Valdez 14131 Gerardo A. Huizar Jr. 14695 Eugene E. Hill 14987 Kellen D. Kessler 15049 Howard D. Goldman 15060 Patrick J. Hashman 15336 Paul J. Dupey 15430 Kevin T. Lonergan 15603 Paul H. Moritz 15725 Thomas D. Heinold

IOWA

1164 1243 1354 3810 3900 4009 4132 4403 7504 8269 10069 10722 11162 12216 12334 12432 13000 13109 13160

NOVEMBER 2017

15813 Alan M. Schroeder 643 818 976 1029 1052 1181 1661 1913 2114 2133 2296 2538 2794 3185 4708 5631 6665 6673 7485 10204 10483 11692 11853 12093 12546 12577 12858 12932 13354 14799 15100 16027 16159 16168

Richard A. Goodyear Clint Corpstein Michael E. Ruggiero Michael W. Rhodes Kenton W. Ludolph Daniel C. Anderes Jeffery B. Chaput Stanley J. Werner Jeffery M. Kindel Max E. Klitzke Jerry A. Urton Larry Glenn David M. Weigel John C. Koelzer Zachary S. Myslinski [No officer listed] Adam E. Jones Stephen R. Jackson Aaron J. Moeder Michael J. Mills Mark R. Stolz Cesar R. Nolla David G. Kronoshek Ryan A. Werth Troy D. Schumaker Michael D. Pollock Carl Witte Thomas C. Weathers Benjamin C. Croom Brian D. Schreiber

390 5071 6743 11470

Paul V. Tadatada Michael C. Froelich Jason R. Higdon Christopher J. Muzinic Douglas P. Willems Scott W. Dant Jeremy J. McQueary Joseph A. Buckman Gregory N. Eiden, Sr. Mark J. Sippel William J. Harp Sr. Michael D. Lohuis Anthony Carmona Michael H. Saylor Michael J. Mudd Troy L. Anderson

KANSAS

Jason G. Powell Walter D. Rooney Vincent A. Vander Putten

KENTUCKY

12923 13304 14128 14130 14234 15211 15525 15841 15914 15979 16125 16232

1134 Alfred L. Mathews Jr. 1207 Stephen P. Broussard 1286 John M. Fruge 1337 Jeffrey W. Harkey 2398 Carrol J. Comb 2878 Perry C. Achee 3088 Bradley C. Bordelon 3202 Christopher M. Smith 3411 Patrick J. Guise 3534 David F. Karam 3729 Robert E. Crais Jr. 3743 Brennan P. Kluka 4010 Thaddeus J. Rabalais 5301 Kelan T. Madore 5499 Eulice Marceaux Jr. 7350 Raymond M. Griffin Jr. 8770 Werlyn W. Simon 8878 Mark A. Hurst 8978 Charlie M. Moore 9247 James D. La Bauve 9260 Michael J. Torma 9623 Michael A. Abbate Sr. 10564 Todd A. Voiselle 10728 Paul D. Malloy 11270 Bruce A. Gaudin 12906 Carlos M. Morales 12989 Michael K. Davis 13425 Steven E. Geiling 13819 David J. Neal 14542 Cory M. Stewart 14657 Robert D. McGlothlan 15676 Edward J. Benefiel LOUISIANA

3817 4073 4105 4207 4275 4278 4318 4610 4710 4758 4860 5018 5119 5120 5234

Virgilio F. Ongleo Bonifacio C. Enriquez Reynaldo V. Valero Jonathan D. Dulnuan Jeffrey G. Alberto Vernon P. Ocampo Arnel P. Aquino Santiago B. Urmatan Narciso M. Pote Chito V. Lamigo Carlos V. Francia Robin A. Barillos Alfredo F. Olivar Edwin T. Trampe Rogelio Cristobal Pablo Saulo D. Aggabao Carlos T. Maniago Joseph T. Rol [No officer listed] Teodoro B. Austria Alfronso V. Paningbatan Jr. Florentino S. Garbe Rolando C. Verde Fidel S. Tolentino Marcial D. Frias Dino Rossano C. Aguilar Gavino E. Colorado Jose Y. Carlos Jose Delos Santos Junio Aurelio A. Juguilon Carlo T. Sajul Samuel S. Javier Wilfredo M. Viernes Ruben M. Dizon Augustito C. Mendoza Rodolfo A. Felipe Regino T. Rocha Ronald L. Perez Nestor M. Sapon Fredrick L. Ocampo Ricardo T. Redaus Victor-Paulo L. Sarmiento Joven G. Maxion Marcelino Esmund Odon Crispin I. Legaspi Perfecto J. Mansilla Juanito C. Atienza Joel P. Malunao Octavio P. Garces Joey M. Gonzaga Rodolfo P. Barbero Ernesto P. Galiza Sr. [No officer listed] Gilbert G. Crisostomo Richard N. Ramos Rudy S. Vallejo Arnie O. Pinero Bayani T. Romana Leonides G. Valencia Dennis O. Abaloyan Dante D. Argulla Roly B. Balutan Francisco K. Palomo Federico P. Doron Ponciano M. Pablo Troy Alexander G. Miano Julius Cesar D. Nanadiego Francisco E. Ramos Gil V. Regio Leopoldo A. Diaz Ernesto A. Castillo Rogelio J. Garma Alejandro A. Alcaide Felix N. Basilan Jr. Sonny T. Apigo Reynaldo F. Galapon Jr. Antonio J. Nepomuceno Artemio C. Dela Cruz Edwin M. Galbis Ernesto B. Sanchez Pedro E. Salvador Simon M. Guinid [No officer listed] Job D. Doroja Eutiquio M. Dela Cruz

LUZON NORTH

5269 5379 5435 5443 5691 5708 5739 5775 5994 6029 6073 6080 6085 6154 6171 6183 6185 6613 6704 6775 6818 6822 6956 7126 7178 7377 7749 7758 7818

7843 7862 7876 8174 8205 8226 8444 8537 8567 8677 8693 8711 8751 8753 8763 8825 8833 8834 9008 9057 9087 9155 9173 9353 9366 9370 9390 9459 9489 9491 9630 9763 9866

9878 10039 10187 10227 10353 10368 10399 10550

10639 Froilan Cruz Bautista 10695 Rhoel A. Delos Santos 10737 Dominador C. Primero 10738 Patrocinio L. Apilado 11183 Gerundio C. Cayapan Jr. 11289 Cesar Larroza 11297 Raul F. Cruz 11367 Leoncio A. Baguling 11593 Guillermo P. Ignacio 11712 Francisco K. Panay 11754 Florencio R. Landayan 11765 Vicente B. Manliclic 11885 Inocencio B. Lopez 11979 Jerry G. Valentino 12058 Ariel A. Manauis 12095 Romeo A. Lamaton 12125 Pacifico P. Villalino 12259 Emmanuel Dela Cruz 12262 Vicente C. Tayab 12308 Danilo F. Del Rosario 12316 Johnson D. Castillo 12352 Sandy L. Valeriano 12369 Leo Bernardine T. Serquina 12498 Romeo C. Pajimolin 12528 Artemio P. Apilado 12568 Tomas A. Polking 12755 Cesar V. Capinding 12760 Benjamin M. Bersalona 12794 Joel I. Matuanan 12879 Delfin S. Espara 12890 Ernesto U. Sanguir 13059 Lorenzo T. Guzman 13218 Maximo O. Santos 13332 Nino Dagatan Diaz 13644 Bernard Z. Abaya 13725 Valentino T. Otadoy 13751 Mixinio C. Palma 13774 Claudio Y. Meracap 13852 Lorenzo A. Bogayan 13919 Leonardo A. Rojo 13921 Marcelino V. Marigmen 14147 Wenifredo G. Galong 14177 Richard A. Mislang 14194 Erliwin G. Gloria 14226 Salvador Socito 14227 Florante S. Espila 14301 [No officer listed] 14305 [No officer listed] 14334 Efren G. Loogan 14353 Maverick G. Marasigan 14424 Renato S. Santos 14441 Danilo C. Reyes 14692 Albert B. Tawagen 14742 Noel Ordillo Dela Iglesia 14743 Hilbert B. Willie 14846 Felix N. Reyes 14876 Roberto P. Paulino 14901 Ding C. Canda 14908 Nelson C. Lopez 15106 Helbert A. Binwag 15166 Armin L. Alimboyogen 15167 Leopoldo De Marquez 15221 Arthur A. Bomogao 15236 Prudencio L. Lacasandile 15311 Zacarias F. Cruz 15323 Jaime P. Pengla 15342 Algerico C. Terrado 15428 Ramil B. Rimorin 15432 Gaudencio A. Mendoza Jr. 15459 Roy D. Carino 15481 Necitas P. Panes 15503 Pedro P. Molitas 15552 Emiliano B. Dontogan 15559 Arce M. Yango 15560 Mariano P. Pitel 15580 Johnny I. Adjaro 15591 [No officer listed] 15599 Jimmy S. Seraspe 15604 Felizardo A. Gamis 15627 Richard H. Buhong 15628 Fernando D. F. Ileto 15697 Zaldy M. Soriano 15702 [No officer listed]


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S TA R C O U N C I L W I N N E R S 15709 15928 15933 15948 15998 16110 16131 16136 16143 16149

16163 16242 16272 16286 16302 16314

16323 16395 16416 16431 16445

16476

16477 16485 16564

1000 3468 3469 3748 3937 4103 4267 4290 4407 4640

Rufino R. Balmaceda Peter B. Dulnuan Edgardo L. Tolentino Jimmy B. Galawen Danterius M. Rivera Oswaldo B. Panggayan Cesar C. Tadi Alfredo G. Parungao Jr. [No officer listed] Mario Cruz Cervantes Darwin D. Ambohnon Leo C. Ayasao Pedro C. Robles Noel N. Wanya Roy N. Oroyo Dioscoro M. Relente Jr. Asisclo B. Avestruz Rodolfo T. Daileg, Jr. Charlito C. Cruz Christian Ephraim A. Aquino Leandro D. Villanueva Jr. Rev. Conrado R. Vargas Alberto G. Canlas Giovanni F. Burgarin Gemiliano E. Delica

Antonio B. Tena Floro B. Perez Isidro L. Coloma Braulio A. Panotes Albert S. Habaluyas Gerardo B. Pecana Gonzalo F. Tianzon Edmon L. Onal Marceliano L. Abante Lyndon Glenn F. Imson 4668 Franco G. De Castro 5124 Joseph Anthony M. Paduata 5183 Virgilio N. Hermoso Sr. 5377 Jose M. Ibabao 5507 Reynaldo E. Tortona 5575 Romulo M. Corporal Jr. 5579 Maxnolie C. Legarse 5617 Ricardo De Leon 5622 Felix G. Balinado Jr. 5774 Jose Mari A. Delada 5857 Cesar V. Mateo 5922 Jose Antonio M. Roces 5937 Ronilo I. Samontanez 6060 Rogelio S. Cervantes 6102 Renato C. Cajigas 6115 Joselito T. Taylo 6122 Isidoro G. Castor 6178 Noel C. Angeles 6238 Apolonio G. Reyes 6291 Jackson G. Caballero 6300 John Erickson E. Torres 6387 Rey Reyes Roces 6830 Sanny B. Gan 6843 Maximo R. Bales Jr. 6932 Ryan Joseph R. Pino 7037 Armando A. Adonay 7147 Rodulfo D. Diaz 7189 Demil C. Manzo 7344 [No officer listed] 7618 Ruby B. Lumampao 7631 Angelo B. Agaid 7806 Esmeraldo P. Natividad 7844 Romeo C. Carlos 7995 Randolfo A. Velasco 8176 Joseph S. Geron 8210 Edwin Dy Uy 8262 Juan Dominador Francis M. Barros 8421 Rizalito G. Bien 8447 Mario B. Lamberte 8451 Wally Saulog Barzaga 8492 Albert D. Pervera 8565 Edgardo G. Lerios 8688 Teoderick Bonifacio Salamat

LUZON SOUTH

8987 9026 9027 9160 9189 9233

9348 9468 9516 9877 9926 10166 10383 10438 10476 10548 10971 11030 11290 11444

11594 11624 11701 11705 11711 11791 11852 11953 11971 11993 11996 12162 12205 12342 12351 12370 12405 12442 12508 12625 12626 12715 13009 13020 13031 13137 13150 13213 13298 13536 13538 13548 13553 13668

13777 13882

13995 14019 14323 14381

14405 14467 14618 14670 14708 14779 14800

14904 14905

14907 14958 15055 15080 15139 15169 15215 15298 15318

15370 15386 15506 15508

Rommel C. Magsino Vincent A. Paranal Rodolfo B. Rivera Junnardo D. Sayat Ronald T. Austria Wilfredo A. Datinguinoo Teodorico C. Andres Vicente I. Zantua Fernando B. Carullo Arnulfo F. Pesigan Jaime Q. Lamzon Roger R. Manlangit Hilario O. Lipit Edizon A. Consul Moises A. Abilay Efren C. Nuestro Reginaldo P. Ignacio Dominic C. Benavente Allan D. Panopio Edilberto D. De Jesus Exequiel L. Bonuan Justiniano De Castro [No officer listed] Jose F. Gaan Emmanuel M. Carta Firmo M. Torres Melecio P. Allam Rodel Bay Rodrigo L. Lagasca Cesar O. Ambrocio Renardo G. Goio Generoso E. Cahapisan [No officer listed] Eduardo A. Melgo Nilo D. Macapanpan Honorio Z. Rivera Francisco De Luna Lobegas Jr. Roberto P. Pelingo Deonilo S. Molina Roger J. Blas [No officer listed] Richard J. Joyosa Mark Allan S. Real Manuel B. Cruz Leonardo B. Patilleros Jr. Jose R. Cuba Alfredo G. Illustrisimo Manuel L. Cortez Arnold L. Alvarez Francis D. Mayor Dominador T. Reyes Alfredo H. Sambile Agapito M. Kabigting Clodualdo L. Jadaone Armando S. Tejada Geronimo Bembo Manzano Jr. Amado A. Perez Wilmar M. Dalisay Sr. Ramuel A. Gullon Severino A. Maghirang Charlie D. Lazaro Darius T. Valdez Martolome G. Caparas Randy F. De Lemon Merlito G. Juanico Augusto R. Rotone Alejandro Calanasan Santos Hilarion D. Ambayec Ian Christopher G. Romero Gilberto C. Ilao Melanio B. Riva Felipe O. Roxas Gilberto O. Dueno Avelino F. Miguel Celso C. Dimaculangan Alexander O. Ballo Emmanuel B. Bayot Alfredo A. Mendiogarin Raul T. Magabo Dindo T. Saballo Leonardo C. Mendoza Ladrillo D. Ordonez

15541 15549 15572 15663 15758 15875 15957 16025 16118

16138 16141 16188 16282 16426 16434 16439 16443 16450 16479 16575 16637 16659

Deflin B. Gutierrez Nestor S. Morillo Joel N. Aliquio Juanito M. Cayapan Rodrigo B. Cullo Sr. Benito P. Rivadenera Felipe T. Taneza Damiano T. Pojas Antonio Z. Paranas Jr. Alberto M. Lavisores Serafin D. Laurito Danilo B. Bienvenida [No officer listed] Oscar L. Lovedioro Wilfredo A. Tating Guedo E. Dela Vega Roderick R. Ramos Alberto D. Rivera Michael C. Novela Juan A. Artillero Norberto D. Garcia Robert B. Aviles

101 Paul Albert Leblond 11257 James R. Pizzo 11376 Thomas G. Nigro

MAINE

7253 Jason A. Baize 8221 Gilbert H. Dupuis 11005 Jose Maria F. Jovellano 15596 Renerio G. Carino MANITOBA

5058 5381 5564 6021 7870

William J. Keenan Dominic E. Forka Daryl J. Hendricks Daniel M. Alt Donald A. Schuessler Jr. Frank V. Klein Modesto M. Carbon, Jr. Ikechukwu C. Onochie Jay Scott Friedman Michael A. Holton Daniel P. Thorpe Randall W. Shannon John E. Gallup Jr. Mark B. Bevington Antonio M. Zarrelli Harry H. Wacke Romero P. Cobo Andrew T. Macyko William J. Szyperski Eric T. Byrd Antonio M. Calaro Jose R. Rector William E. Bernard

MARYLAND

8251 9462

10046

10100 10957 11105 11106 11615 11703 13295 14099 14455 14572 14612 14775 15084 15985 16104 347

Paul J. Ohrenberger Jr. Christopher J. Goldner Jean H. Duquette Allen K. Herrick Ernest L. Downing Norman R. Fleury Joseph Santangelo Jacob F. Bennett Michael A. Gaffey Allan R. Turmelle Michael J. Walsh Hector Maldonado Alan P. Collins William J. Dunbar Thomas L. McGuirk Edward A. Hebert Michael G. Faris Joseph R. Simoneau

MASSACHUSETTS

420

1116 1190 2536 4044 5188 5406 10049 11379 14725 15125 15280 15962 15972 16156 16204 16480

3337 Luis Alfonso Sotomayor Ibarra 3566 Alfonso Cervantes Rodriguez

MEXICO CENTRAL

4674 Ascencion Huerta Quintero 12062 Felix Gerardo Gamez Barajas 14720 Jose Jesus M Medina Brena 15570 Juan Jose Cruz Perez 16379 Magdaleno Valerio Fuentes 2081 Jaime De Leon Ledezma 2312 Diego Alberto Trevino Rodriguez 2359 Jose Luis Rodriguez Sanchez 4559 Francisco Resendiz Morales 4573 Carlos Daniel Rivera Neaves 13570 Juan Vidal Zermeno Gonzalez 14793 Efrain Solis Rodriguez 14854 Victor M. Zamora Macias 15103 Jose Manuel Beltran Garcia 15218 Jose L. Castro Soto 15565 Fidel Rodriguez Regino 15695 Emilio Sanchez Pecina 15890 Antonio Trejo Maldonado 16139 Emmanuel Sanchez Villela 16378 Marco Antonio Flores Trejo 16537 Julio Cesar Gonzalez Hernandez 16538 Manuel R. Valdez Saldivar MEXICO NORTHEAST

2367 Jesus Guillermo Vazquez Araujo 2419 Alvaro Vega Cordova 3079 [No officer listed] 3898 Isidro Oronoz Ordaz 14038 Mario Alberto Rodriguez Carrasco 15492 Felipe Tulio Soto Frayre 15555 Jorge Noe Luna Loera 15581 Jorge Alejandro Sanchez Brambila 15668 Victor Hugo Canales Quezada 16200 Luis E. Saldana Sanchez 16283 Jose Francisco Galaz Romero 16340 Jesus R. Cruz Lopez MEXICO NORTHWEST

13963 Carlos E. Cervera Ortiz MEXICO SOUTH

3338 Jose Salvador Solano Navarro 3552 Ricardo Lozas Munoz 4062 Ricardo Del Toro Farias 4637 Miguel Arcangel Cetina Gongora 4703 Juan Gabriel Hernandez Gonzalez 4770 Rafael Sanchez Duarte 5593 Abelino Bautista Farias 14888 Ernesto Temores Plascencia 15284 Jose Luis Guevara Uribe 15388 Ricardo Espinosa Martinez 15449 Victor Manuel Cruz Hernandez 15476 Ricardo Negrete Garcia MEXICO WEST

16231 Sergio F. Valencia Sandoval 16613 Rafael Cueva Lopez 575 649 2198 2508 2660 2724 2975

14366 14427 15186 15337 15439 15548 16169 16223 16628

Robert R. Sheets Jr. Joel J. Krupa Jerry A. Waldron Scott R. Hopkins Dominic J. Raona Dallas P. Compeau James William Walkenhorst Kenneth E. Klovski Jerome M. Kunert Ray J. Bilyk Chad S. Thelen Vern E. Miller Glain C. Guilmette Barry L. Fitzpatrick Larry M. Denhof Patrick J. Smiggen Bernard K. Young Matthew D. Shalosky Rick W. Collins Thomas W. Bigelow Lawrence A. Fuerst Robert L. Ludwick Jr. Douglas T. Scavio Frank M. Laurich Michael Kaljaj Arthur J. Krygowski Deacon Donald E. Sandstrom Darrell J. Guitar Brian F. Barkkari Adrian N. Van Bourgondien Johnfrancis R. Twomey Michael D. Terry II David A. Rupp Timothy T. Yoder Arthur J. Spencer John F. McGrath Darren E. Petras Alexander L. Dominique Gary L. Van Raalte Lawrence R. Masserant Jeffrey T. Roberts Richard P. Bennett Richard J. Kane Willie P. Rahrig Peter J. Yanik Michael G. MaGuire Brian J. Zahn Paul J. Fricke Dennis F. Schneider

12488 13945 14223 15700 15969 16306

Theodore E. Whitmer Elijah R. Lopez John E. Donnelly Richard R. Pierce Andre P. Greene Michael S. Beighley

3373 3504 4552 5097 5098 5339 5351

Rudy M. Dulera Bert D. Lorenzo Ricky Duran Morales Francisco P. Leonido Jesus G. Cornito Dennis H. Palabrica Salvador G. Himulatan Danilo A. Villanueva Arnel P. Ladra Edgardo B. Caday Ruben G. Fernandez Mario Francisc Gerong Viony B. Tiu Ike Y. Yuson Fernando B. Santander Alexander B. Bulahan Ben C. Guzman Marlon Fidel D. Bongay Jr. Roger Bulaybulay

MICHIGAN

3092 3848 3956 4141 6742 7239 7688 7761 8117 8186 8391 8605 8669 8687 8820 8902 9711 10343 11689 11957

13115 13340 13362

13419

13450 13452 13453 13645 13793 13799 13950 13958 13980

MILITARY OVERSEAS

MINDANAO

5831 5907 6510 6591 6610 6714 6738 6960 7004

7112 7443 7690

NOVEMBER 2017

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S TA R C O U N C I L W I N N E R S 7705 7711 7824 7852

7905 7994 8068 8134 8202 8209

8212 8330

8352 8408 8426 8516 8531 8543 8764 8766 8777 8864 9047 9099

9427 9474

9517 9566 9573

9688 9816 9867 10078 10124 10218 10219 10255 10262 10425 10440 10481 10549

10597 10741 10849 11031 11048 11199 11504 11549 11842 11863 12284 12356 12506 12536 12565 12566

12645 12723 12736 12790 12920 13208 13246 13258 13372 13409 13414 13589 13591 13648 13706 13718 13768 13770 13817

13886 13898 14065 14126 14127 14179

[No officer listed] Carlos P. Flores III Calixto B. Salada Jose Nelson G. Namocatcat Raymundo D. Apatan Nestor C. Alegado Roberto P. Legarde Jimmy B. Ong Romeo B. Acenas Valentine Marlon Guevara Cabato Inocencio D. Ragunton Onesimo A. Santos Jr. Julius Ceasar A. Talle Manuel M. Cabada Fernando G. Elarcosa Benjie A. Ponce Jose D. Inot Jose A. Ma Hernando Q. Las Armando M. Asotigue Ronie S. Galendez Andres D. Mataganas Gil L. Alpas Fernan Aljon M. Canete Diosdapo D. Sumaylo Alfonso Sepe Ganto Jr. Manuel G. Octobre Aristotle A. Santos Francisco C. Sigaya Jr. [No officer listed] Artemio G. Parreno Ignacio R. Pascua Dennis F. Cabasis Kim Bune P. Cong Pamelo P. Catli Andrew P. Jalagat Helson A. Rosete Enrico D. Espinola Angel A. Lim Jr. Ruben R. Saavedra Diego D. Laurio Pedro Elorde B. Binoya Moises S. Rasgo Eduardo P. Rabil George P. Ladres Efren N. Reyes Wilfredo H. Secretaria Roberto H. Domingo Romeo C. Vargas [No officer listed] Archie A. Busico Ferdinand G. Evangelista Rolando F. Burlaos [No officer listed] Ernesto A. Leoberas Averino L. Yamomo Jerry C. Labrador Silvestre G. Saladores Nilo C. Suarez Florencio V. Embudo Agustin Z. Geroy Donato B. Pidlaon Ruben I. Sayat Noel N. Sedentario Richard H. Villaea Ronald C. Tojong Felix O. Ranara Nelson G. Oficiar Arsenio A. Lomod Pulbio Beringuel Cabiladas Edgardo C. Sanchez Ely O. Geneston Mauro T. Pontillas Jose Ma A. Sta Teresa Felix R. Encarnado Jasper V. Lumacad Teofilo J. Encarnacion Roger B. Decir Cecilio E. Lozada [No officer listed] Juanito A. Rojas Eliazar R. Gualdajara Sr. Emmanuel C. Abarrientos

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14207 Edgardo C. Lofranco 14221 Gerald Agustin Campos 14288 Randy C. Engalgado 14564 Nelson V. Tallorin 14641 Juan B. Marte 14718 Paul O. Tayong 14812 Bernardino B. Vergara 14837 Regino C. Abrio 14843 Inocencio T. Amora 14889 Carlos C. Albatera 14971 Jonathan B. Balambao 15108 Ernesto D. Pedrito 15202 Dominador B. Pancho Jr. 15335 Jesus P. Cabayacruz 15378 Virgilio Pano Caingin Jr. 15409 Toribio S. Quizmundo 15502 [No officer listed] 15534 Narciso B. Abuan 15539 Roger M. Nopueto 15546 Lloyd Y. Rizada 15601 Simplicio C. Segundino 15602 Virgilio B. Medida Jr. 15664 Gregorio V. Sergas 15816 Aries Vincent B. Jurolan 15823 [No officer listed] 15839 Gilbert A. Mangaser 15879 Cresenciano S. Sastre 16007 Arman M. Lugo 16036 Dixter A. Plaza 16040 Oscar M. Orlandez 16085 Rogelio D. Votojan Sr. 16116 [No officer listed] 16219 Wilfredo N. Soria 16284 Alex M. Gracia 16288 [No officer listed] 16307 Zaldy C. Celebrar 16325 Nelson C. Pabalinas 16332 Amado C. Pericon Jr. 16335 Eduardo C. Cabalo 16336 Juanito B. Saracho 16337 Anacleto P. Baldo Jr. 16339 Ener L. Velasco 16429 Joel S. Baino 16470 Leoncio B. Lumacad 16473 Elmerado L. Viernes Sr. 16489 Jaime E. Quiambao 16509 [No officer listed] 16528 Deserto L. Mission 16547 Jose P. Rosales 16578 Andrito Oclarit Roboca 16610 Jonathan S. Balambao Jr. 1491 1836 4184 4374 4967 5101 5647 6374 9307 9905 11941 11949 12140 12293 13359 14420 14832 16106 16455

Keith C. Gadacz Daniel R. Moore Joseph R. Gutzman Robert C. Altman Walter M. Polchowne Lee A. Auers Daniel R. Dines Rexford L. Smith Michael E. Peters Donald A. Hohn Charles A. Dehn David J. Kirsch Donald C. Whitaker Daren L. Grothaus John H. Yaeger Michael A. Vlaminck Randall B. Temple Barry J. Fritzke Keith G. Overman

MINNESOTA

1522 Deacon Edward A. Renz Jr. 2969 Eugene W. Hymel Jr. 4472 Jose A. Diaz Del Valle 6765 Richard F. Coughlin 6872 Theodore H. Barze Jr. 7087 John Gary Cuevas 7120 Matthew L. Hatch

MISSISSIPPI

NOVEMBER 2017

7854 7910 7974 8038 8848 10901 11541 11995 12331 13502 15155 15382

Steve M. Miller John M. Barnes Michael T. Cancellare Robert A. Ganz Keith B. Merritt Andrew P. Reynolds Robert W. Pyle Richard M. Hazen Stephen A. Perkins Dr. William C. Haire Michael L. Rosas Frank L. Holifield II

756 1037 1054 1084 1110 1893 2241 2244 2265 3267 4613 6525

Jamon D. Andreasen Donald J. Stuppy Brent T. Cain Joseph G. Timmons Joseph P. O’Connor Randal W. Miller Timothy Y. McClintock Martin A. Bell Matthew J. Hubbert Andrew R. Adrian John Polito Timothy B. Muldoon Sr. James E. Mahoney Donald B. Gripka Michael A. Huffington John R. Krier Timothy D. Colf Frederick G. Prewitt Dennis R. Fadler Dennis L. Folwarczny Joseph A. Young Joseph S. Miller Adam Michael Eisterhold John Leonard Tieskotter Steven S. Mackanos Douglas C. Harr Bruce R. Gardiner Jr. Daniel P. Schoenekase Peter K. Baxendale Frederick George Krabbe Charles E. Gripka Richard P. Hutchison Robert E. Ahrens Robert M. Holland John R. Milosevich Chester G. Hishaw Steve E. Berry Daniel J. Vega Matthew C. Nowak

MISSOURI

6794 7130 7516 8620 8865 8915 9272 10144 10154 10490 10690 10844

12022 12655 12676 12986

13604 13671

13748 13988 14330 14414 14745 14750 14972 15881 16213

9395 Sylvester M. Barros 13050 Edward L. Helgeson MONTANA

975 John P. Courtney 1904 Roger D. Retzlaff 2272 Justin C. Steffensmeier 2411 Gerald L. Heithoff 2681 Stephen F. Viessman 3736 James A. Neneman 3844 Jon D. Conway 4434 Dan L. Arner 5143 Marvin C. Nordhues 5439 Bernard J. Hegemann 7614 William A. Formanack 7684 Reginald M. Sissel 7704 Robert A. Siedhoff 7740 Win N. Lander 7887 [No officer listed] 7954 James E. Knopik 8469 Mark J. Peery 8579 David K. Podany 8986 Paul A. Kellen 9771 Jeremy L. List 9918 Richard M. Koch II 10160 James T. Spurgin 10305 James J. Hubschman 10412 Mark A. Havlovec 10592 Loren J. Bratetic 10795 Mickey V. Morrell 10895 Daniel J. Walsh 10909 Todd R. Trautman 10965 Joseph B. From 11001 Mitchell W. Lowery

NEBRASKA

11054 11737 11823 11879 12086 12200 12530

13015 13496 13576 13584 14320 14423 14470 14685 15068 15101 15407 15869

Robert L. Hoffmann William M. Chapman Dan T. Orr John C. Steinauer Keith G. Albracht Vincent B. Moreno Gregory L. Vandenberg Terrence L. Taubenheim Jeremy M. Sousek Charles D. Pearson David E. Wilson Gerald P. Smith Ronald R. Boden Jr. Thomas J. Bougger John J. Bosco Keith C. Goeden Richard A. Elske Tracy W. Potter Paul B. Bauer Mark Billesbach

1340 4828 9102 10442 13392 13754 13897 13924 13944 14144 14544 14784

Frederick E. Sanders Jim E. Shurtliff Tom Villardi William P. Koss Romeo T. Panon Robert J. Leroux Daniel E. Mayne Sr. Rolland E. Ray Robert J. Dahl Kenneth L. Chipman Frank H. Holich Franklin T. Edwards

12687

NEVADA

9270 Raymond James March

NEW BRUNSWICK

122 819 3023 7572 16174

David P. Croteau Andrew J. Cardine Joseph J. Falbo George R. Fredette James R. Stevenson

NEW HAMPSHIRE

335 Anthony A. Fabiano Sr. Joseph A. Bendas Charles A. Pane Charles M. Middleton Daniel E. Gilliam Khaldoun Androwis John S. Higgins John Soovajian Jr. Henry B. Glover Jr. James J. Ford Mark J. Pawlowski George E. Finan Daniel G. Worstall Carmine J. Amico James P. Lawson Vito J. Palo Raymond R. Wuertz John J. Toman Richard M. Cerwonka Thomas M. Kozlowski 8603 Francis J. Smith 9193 Thomas A. Skelly 9199 William J. Herring 10627 Kevin J. Loughney 10994 Gregory W. Kruse 11017 Gregory P. Varga 11527 Joseph P. Battista NEW JERSEY

636 2248 3451 3546 3644 5563 6139 6173 6202 6247 6520 6551 6621 7020 7032 7046 7333 7755 7926

2719 4205 4445 8304 9105 9504 9527 10560 12282 12812 13596 13969

Christopher M. West Ricky A. Sisneros Justiniano A. Valdez Max J. Pino Anthony P. Abeyta Clinton J. Deeley Richard J. Hoyle Ezequiel L. Ortiz Richard M. Garcia Richard A. Sandoval Miguel S. Troncoso Jaime M. Flores

NEW MEXICO

14254 Patrick B. Griego 14920 Nathan Andrew Morley 15062 Stephen B. Sutton 15199 Roland M. Gatti 15578 James D. Beasley 15618 Kevin P. Serrano 15651 Remijio V. Martinez Jr. 15854 Anthony D. Martinez 15977 Damian S. Hall 16196 Louis C. Trujillo 16201 Jay T. Tourtel 16465 Steven J. Garcia 536 545 1816 1974 3102 3476 3676 3892 4065

16261 16334 16411

Paul Grandetti Ryan T. McGrath Brian K. Evans Ronald A. Flood Frank E. Gallagher Guy Van Noy Philip R. Barcomb Richard S. Paoletti Edmund T. McKenna Jr. Thomas J. Desimone Thomas J. Martin Anthony Belviso Vismal Cordero Joseph A. Lemark James A. Robinson Thomas C. DiSalvo Charles E. Harkins Carmey R. Carmestro Anthony J. Mele Robert J. Rugar Kevin M. Fitzpatrick Fernando MartinezUrrutia Peter J. Petrino Thomas E. Murray Jr. Tyler James Clark Gagliardi Michael R. Shoule Matthew E. Girard Washington Quiroz Stephen J. Palermo Jr. John M. Delany Richard H. Hilliard Dr. Daniel G. Klein Philip B. Maddalena Jr. William D. Bonneville Jesus M. Gomez John J. Veloski

3390 3498 3574 6451 8363 9249 9549 10783 11076 11911 11966 12266 13488 13511 16247 16442

Donald K. Hester Peter J. Leavitt James W. Simpson George H. Brown James F. Pilat James F. Hoyng Robert C. Shaw Jose Luis J. Mendoza Vincent A. Lindgren James M. Venglarik Matthew W. Bagley Joseph Rybak Dennis P. Hill Joseph P. Olivieri Felix Castrejon-Vera Robert Martin

NEW YORK

5252 5314 5872 5890 6652 7085 7460 7551 9461 10904 11160 12533 14279

14520 14560 14622 14666 14687 15025 15638

15809 15833 15917 16134

NORTH CAROLINA

1260 Thomas S. Helbling 2205 Wayne M. Steiner 5057 George A. Podhradsky 5451 Ben D. Kaspari 6438 Dr. Fredrick Mitzel 6446 Robert P. Nelson 6752 William C. Hanson 7083 Tony A. Ladwig 7176 Marcus B. Tanabe 9126 Tyler A. Losinski 10829 Luke J. Eicher 10837 Keith L. Holly 11714 Simon D. Stang 13533 Mark A. Thielges 16402 Joseph P. McDonald NORTH DAKOTA


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S TA R C O U N C I L W I N N E R S 3133 Joe Beaton 7302 Gregory P. Gallant 13987 Gary L. Moore NOVA SCOTIA

310 Shaun O. White 478 Kenneth L. Offenberger 721 Bert T. Scott 847 Jeffrey W. Briggs 1162 Richard A. Chunnic 1195 Thomas J. Hahn 1597 Bradford C. Lautar 1727 Matthew D. Foster 1782 Sean W. Coakley 1786 Benjamin D. Yoder 1800 David A. Brackman 1801 Thomas M. Burr 2158 Roger L. Rutschilling 2280 David J. Gutschalk 2565 James H. Schoeppner 2643 Patrick J. Tabeling 3369 Robert O. Stroebel 3930 Chad M. Rachic 4378 Steven E. Warniment 4424 Edmond D. Sharp 4603 William H. Merriman 4733 Frank D. Kohring 5009 Anthony C. Schumacher 5128 Thomas M. Moorman 5286 Mark E. Kahanca 5429 Michael W. Hicks 5534 John R. Schwendenman 5628 Mark D. Boyer 10003 Robert S. Brookens Sr. 10043 Edward G. Mendez 10765 Michael A. Durst 10941 Christopher M. Sarka 11216 Dr. Garry H. Rupp 11224 Tony Sommer III 11550 Joachim J. Fischesser 11828 Roger R. Gibson 12359 Michael J. Merz 12772 Carl J. Haaser 13429 Christopher P. Chalifoux 13813 Philip J. Wentzel 13984 Thomas B. Vitou 14111 Ralph E. Conrad 14282 Edward J. Price 14416 Steven M. Hupp 14457 Keith A. Rubadue 14502 Arron R. Mier 14504 Steven F. Berns 14551 David W. Grajzl 14834 Matthew F. Gockerman 14995 John A. Brown 15023 John F. Mohorcic 15086 George R. Summers Sr. 15401 Daniel A. Hitchcock 15569 William J. Rudinsky 15905 Patrick R. Irmen 15942 Thomas E. Lippert 16164 Andrew J. Wellmann 16279 William J. Eichenmiller 16376 Joseph A. DiDonato 16425 Justin C. Orr 16461 John E. Slewitzke 16561 Ernest J. Winnestaffer 16571 Don M. Maines OHIO

916 962 965 1104

Charles A. Bohan Patrick M. Walker Kevan Riley Conrad C. Bergschneider Alan J. Glanzer Joe F. Deere Daniel E. Zimmerman William H. Parish III Thomas R. Greenlee Greg D. Greenlee Doyle G. Heathcott Timothy J. Bunkers Miguel A. Rodriguez Martinez

OKLAHOMA

1287 4721 5160 10388 10822 11237 11959 13313 14220

15834 William L. Mclain III 16214 Steven Ackerman 16367 Jayce A. Palmer 1388 1429 1926 2671 3305 3909 4917 5153 5558 6161 6217 6777 6861 6894 7251 7743 8008 8050 9005 9144 9235 9295 9447 9557 9619 10091 10102 10665 10873 11086 11164 11500 11525 11528 11531 11708 11886 12047 12582 12782 12820 13094 13244 13417 13443 14201 14337 14969 15045 15162 15329 15333 15920 15945 16624

John W. Connolly Norman Monteiro Ken R. Cavanagh George Cervoni William F. Harrison Melvin S. Chomiak Tony F. Materno Dwayne K. King Richard Gagne Anthony C. Carvalho John M. Brennan Stan R. Smith Rene P. Cormier [No officer listed] Rodney E.J. Papak Joël F. Bouchard David S. Hnatiw Paul D. Hansen Michael Goulet Gregory O. Saldanha Carlo DiCarlo Wesley Ramage Richard D. Brown Paul T. Kozak Richard H. Blais John G. Warden Gregory J. Stewart Joseph J. Young Francis A. Johnston Greg H. Walsh Charles W. Bathurst Marcel N. Lachance Michael McManus Larry Gerard Hallihan Peter D. Desrosiers Sr. Armando Gamboa George S. Smith Pierre M. Beaumier Jerom T. Peralta Amadeo Cuschieri Robert C. Gauthier Mel Asuncion Albert C. Nascimento Jaime A. Libaque Joe Chiappetta David A. Bell Wayne N. Chernow Timothy J. McKinley Ibrahim Akleh Donald McDonald Keith G. Hendricks Jim F. Keracher Ken B. Fleming Randy W. Neff Aloysius Mekkunnel

1577 1748 1767 1872 3484 3509 3591 13700 15263 15526 15595 15640 16145

Jonathan P. Keefer Jr. John A. Schaefer Richard A. Bielenberg Mark T. Reinig Duane J. Kloser Roy P. Salvetti Jr. Brian K. Fihn Lorenzo Nicholson Huong Nguyen Linh N. Vu Anthony S. Shumway Gregory A. Dahinden Michael Q. Lam

604 1083 1530 1941 3868 4052 4160 4282 4397 8530 9164 9832 10175 10194 10474 10502 10685

Dennis C. Garrett Dr. Rick L. Logue Edward L. Lane Wallace J. Zielinski Bernard A. Komoroski Michael H. Arment Michael M. Dougherty Dennis M. Sullivan Kenneth S. Lupole Thomas M. Southard Robert L. Boule Brendan F. O’Sullivan Bruce W. Lazar Joseph A. C. Plum Robert D. Farabaugh Jack R. Yanni Mark C. Burkhardt

ONTARIO

OREGON

PENNSYLVANIA

10772 11013 11434 11454 12532 12572 12573 12703 12788 13752 14329 14807 15351 15456

Joseph M. O’Brien II Bruce J. Wright David L. Horvath Douglas J. Fleming Charles A. Mayo Brian C. Hallock George J. Hallesky Archie A. Trader Francis V. Crupi Jay O. Crandall Jr. Robert H. Reissner Jr. Josh D. Miller Joseph J. Rock John R. Nimmerichter Jr. 15590 William J. De Stefano 16090 Joseph R. Carfley 14000 14002 14004 14023 14271

Sławomir Wójtowicz Tomasz Salich Andrzej Trzosek Zenon Łodej Ireneusz Wojciechowski Andrzej Bera Paweł Czachor Wojciech Pacula Jerzy Warasiecki Stefan Weigel-Milleret Piotr Taras Witold Zmysłowski Dariusz Kołodziejczyk Piotr Traczyk Radosław Stolski Tomasz Skulski Piotr Kiełtyka Paweł Wais Piotr Mec Jan Marciniak Tadeusz Tyc Kazimierz Giżewski Robert Kupc Bogusław Kucab Andrzej Raczkowski Jacek Bartosiewicz Tadeusz Kwiatkowski Wiesław Grala Stanislaw Chmura Robert Szymański Andrzej Piechowski Jacek Perłak Bohdan Chołod Robert Zasieczny Eugeniusz Rakoca Kacper Paczesny Franciszek Florek Piotr Malinowski Antoni Kamiński Tadeusz Rzońca Jerzy Mazurkiewicz Robert Wolski Ryszard Kosturek Jakub Cybulski Henryk Borowski

POLAND

14955 15078 15111 15117 15128 15142 15160 15195 15216 15219 15239 15249 15268 15279 15415 15500 15520 15527 15588 15622 15631 15649 15652 15726 15766 15767 15820 15856 15947 16014 16015 16100 16105 16128 16181 16262 16266 16380 16405 16412

6917 James J. Sampson

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

1543 Carlos M. HomsSantiago 5950 Greighton F. TorresRodriguez 9572 Noel De LeonLozada

PUERTO RICO

446 3007 3072 3258 5118 5321 6329 7477 8260 9592 9954 10171 10634 10793 11362

Mario Jacques Pascal Frappier Jean-Pierre Caron Claude Huot Clément Richard Claude Lachance Stéphane Poulin Jean-Denis Royal Pierre Côté Jean-Guy Lajeunesse Patrice Lemyre Yvon Couturier [No officer listed] Robert Kennedy France Tremblay

QUÉBEC

11614 11627 12007 12339 12556

Bruno Gagnon Benoit Robidoux Alain Bédard André Giasson Jacques Ethier

57 Kevin W. Audette 379 Warren R. Rensehausen 2295 Richard D. Swanson Jr. 2385 [No officer listed] 3563 Michael F. Del Signore Jr. 5295 Joseph Robenhymer 5702 Eugene G. Baillargeon 5787 Alexander J. Napoli 7238 Michael G. Colvin 10557 John J. McGinn 12613 Alberto M. Nunes 14417 Robert R. Catineault RHODE ISLAND

3575 4704 5858 11429

Greg R. Mamer Raul T. Roduta Martin J. Nienaber [No officer listed]

2207 7129 12268 12366 12995 13713 14475 14765

Christopher R. Hilditch Lee P. Van Voris Thomas J. Swartz Ronald C. Cray George R. Taylor Edward L. Hogue Jr. Richard A. Engel Roch J. Girard

1079 1532 2703 2864 4806 5738 6137 6251 6341 6605 6912 7079

Vincent H. Boddicker Blaine M. McCance James R. Logan Mark J. Nesladek Jerome J. Schaefers Jerrod J. Gutzmer Danny L. Defries Raymond J. Rice Eric J. Fowler Vernon A. Myers [No officer listed] Johnathan C. Gehlsen Royce L. Grimsrud William D. Schneider David J. Dimaria Micky J. Rasmussen Peter J. Franck Brian J. Voss Alex M. Nagel Joseph J. Cudzilo Donald J. Wenande Michael D. Bruske Tim J. Vavra Anthony Rieckman

SASKATCHEWAN

SOUTH CAROLINA

SOUTH DAKOTA

7681 8025 8844 10328 10546 11739 15457 15748 15817 16017 16230 16457

16000 Young Kyu Lim SOUTH KOREA

544 4563 5207 6099 6321 6784 7170 7764

David A. Johnson Keith D. Shellhart II Shawn P. Comerford Craig C. Bodnar Ricky D. Ancar Donald R. Myers Jr. Ryan D. McElfresh Christopher J. Chamberlain Denny J. Roy Nicholas C. Bennett Thomas E. Ashton Craig A. Potts Roberto Martinez Martin Ryan Jr. James H. Kiser Christian Hofstetter Donald G. Hoyle Jose F. Baez-Garcia Blake R. Tamez Henri J. Usey

TENNESSEE

8152 8354 9132 9168 10327 11074 12012 12256 12633 14931 15020 15706

15936 Jesus J. Rodriguez Femat 15981 Trevor M. Moeller 16088 Vincent R. D’Alessandro Jr. 16523 James P. Dee 799 830 2771 3071 3098 3110

TEXAS

3266 3365 4298 4779 5192 5656 6234 6358 6812 6950 7175 7206 7265 7323 7445 7563 7600 7736 8135 8170

8298 8327 8417 8521 8771 8773 8954 8975 9215 9310 9463 9681 9708 9759 9817 9868 9884 9967 9982 10191 10207 10209 10380 10404 10413

10420 10677 10711 10720 10816 10872 10879 11026 11070 11107 11169 11438 11472 11567 11695 11862 11897 11933 11980 12021 12084 12153 12367 12642 12657 12711 12748 12809 12818 13044 13133 13357 13520 13824

NOVEMBER 2017

Thomas W. Kelton Gary L. Walton Sanford C. Valentine Cory R. Rylander Joel Rico Juan Miguel Hernandez Michael A. Galindo Ramsey Martinez Brian K. Otto Jose V. Baldovinos Ernesto Aguilar Sr. Michael D. Burns Philip M. Augustine Henry Alves Mark L. Jasek Sean A. Linkenheimer Kenneth D. Oefinger Peter W. Hayes Humberto C. Reyes Butch J. Rodriguez David J. Hobson Fernando T. Silva John W. Hicks Mark A. Von Plinsky Gerard A. Marroquin Richard L. Marcantonio Ruben De Leon Rojelio V. Frausto Robert L. Green Jr. Rudy A. Gonzales Roger V. Johnson Peter Carrillo III Steve B. Snyder Rickey E. Flanary Richard J. Montez Joseph M. Songy Gilbert A. Casillas Timotheo T. Zepeda Michael A. Hahn Clarence J. Hattier Robert D. Fief Gary N. Acrey Daniel H. Jacobs John H. Ly Jose F. Perez Jr. Gregory M. Clary Albert A. Arevalo Christopher M. Jistel Isabel Jaramillo Jr. Abel Palma Jorge-Armando Quintanillo Armando Acosta Ray E. Salinas Jr. Carlos Hernandez Thomas J. Gooney Ryan T. Halfmann Jay C. Richardson Phillip A. Timmons James N. Edelen Ismael E. Herrera Rudy Ortiz Jr. Richard L. Dake Jr. Ralph Aguirre Mark A. Lewandowski Ryan S. Evans Richard F. Strahan Chris D. Fowler Arturo Garza Charles E. Goff Jorge Alanis Timothy M. Lyons Jesus J. Gutierrez David B. Harmon Armando Jose Gauna Mark G. Meuth Warren S. Ivey Guy L. Guerin John M. Solis Michael A. Candiloro Manuel Cervantes Scott A. Brkovich Jack L. Haynes Carl J. Guillory Michael B. Greene Jimmy P. Flores

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14261 14413 14617 14679 14700 15017 15033 15105 15240 15262 15448 15782 15852 16047 16103 16258 16275 16375 16391 16394 16464 16663

Felix Moreno Michael R. Bogdan Lawrence A. Prahin Joseph E. Glover Donald R. Huml Ruben Hernandez Hugh V. Fisher Anthony P. Ladin Jaime Piedra Edwin E. Forshage III Mario A. Reyes Roy A. Novak Brian L. O’Donnell Zeb H. Genn Bernard D. Bixenman [No officer listed] Victoriano Garcia David Solis Isaul S. Montez Jose L. Olivarez Avery P. Murdock Gerard Rodriguez

602 5214 6010 9731 11246 12181 13297 15418

Jaime Gomez Vincenzo J. Simonelli Joseph A. Neid Ryan S. Graveley Harry E. Polland Francisco E. Carmona William Michael Derrick Richard F. Hall

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367 418 459 595 670 2473 5476 5561 5998 6372 6546 6747 7369 7771 7812 7992 8116 8240 8600 9286 10804 11122 11172 11264 11475

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11639 11678 11781 11806 11947 12134 12982 13170 13784 13860 14059 15244 15794 16226 16535 3690 4276 4432 4491 5028 5123 5196 5215 5577 5601 5614 5639

Juanito Quero Sergio E. Borres Rufino G. Duran Edgar I. Aranas Norberto O. Rocio [No officer listed] [No officer listed] Roy A. Sudario Gilbert P. Moises Norberto Estolatan Vito K. Navarra Pablo Gamayao

VISAYAS

5665 5672 5762 5822 5889

5894 6036 6070 6109 6129

6179 6235 6400 6432 6639 6840 7154 7507 7730 7815 7936 8148 8584 8730 8796 8816 8856 9013 9051 9091 9179 9209 9214

9379 9466 9694 10095 10099 10110 10485 10767 10970 11131 11447 11517 11698 11920 12039 12324 12363 12667 12728 12860 13013 13054

13066 13075 13092

13254 13281 13385 13493 13528 13660 13868 13878 13937 14043 14118 14119

14195 14480

14514 14655 14759 14782 14985 15071 15072 15150 15316 15468 15488 15532 15566 15586 15635

Joel F. Jaranilla Romeo B. Jamero Florentine T. Ibabao Mario F. Pao Jesus Evans S. Demorito Randy T. Tanamal [No officer listed] Lope L. Cabalonga Nelson L. Leornas Nestor Palmitos Maglinte Pedro R. Moreno Meliton E. Buyco II Jose Rex S. Pilador Peter James M. Fille Renato J. Siervo Oscar M. Raquit Francisco S. Castete Federico P. Godoy Jr. Edwin M. Maguillo Romualdo D. Saises [No officer listed] Efren C. Flaminia Eddie P. Torreverde [No officer listed] [No officer listed] Marcelo B. Alinab Lauro I. Yatar Santos R. Pagdilao Luciano A. Sucgang Leo S. Navidad [No officer listed] Silverio C. Esid Christopher D. Endrina Adolfo B. Balona Edwin V. Antonio Jonathan C. Vipinosa Eric C. Jandoquile Manuel C. Dabalse [No officer listed] Simeon L. Orais Charlie T. Magtulis [No officer listed] Miguel P. Calama An Joaquin T. Peralta Jr. Alexander C. Sindico Ildefonso A. Dolorino Roland Baguion Jr. Exs D. Dorado Wilfredo G. Gallenero Gallardo N. Lazo Johnny C. Vicentino Restituto S. Pableo Jr. Wildy D. Devela Romeo C. Arancillo Roy Jacob A. Madresta Keith V. Adlao Jovencio M. Espino Teddy Policarpio Causing Rufino G. Alcala Rizalino O. Treyes Leo F. Rendaje Nilo A. Mora Jose I. Bretana [No officer listed] Samuel R. Rizon Jun Cesar E. Galila Romeo G. Acosta Michael M. Rosal Paulus Victorious C. Villegos Carlos Romeo G. Villanueva Lowel T. Arban Hannibal Nabor Cometa Marlon T. Ninouevo Carlito B. Santana Fritz B. Palma Ian S. Dalumbar Larry C. Gallenero Domingo R. Lojares Goodrich V. Gonzaga Edsel T. Tordecillas Paulino C. Jerusalem [No officer listed] Jelbert C. Damacino Jr. Wenceslao A. Sollano Jr. [No officer listed] Rolando E. Llamelo Arnel L. Del Cruz

15648 15718 15724 15770 15772 15784 15927 15989 16024 16029 16044 16054 16098 16114 16309 16312 16313 16341 16372 16432 16569

[No officer listed] Alberto P. Jaculba Judy D. Dorado Sebedio A. Seraspe Rodante F. Andres [No officer listed] [No officer listed] [No officer listed] Edwin Baldado Samuel G. Saul Cezar P. Bermejo Jr. Ronnie L. Pelongeo Arlen M. Gaitan Valerio M. Carias Victor D. Lacdao Cirino R. Anabieza Stephen I. Legarda [No officer listed] Larry B. Deysolong Jonathan A. Pongcol Eugene-Francis B. Belicano 16608 Ronilo A. Barnuevo 16616 Ersyl T. Biray 16657 Gilbert A. Benjamin 894 1488 3361 4322 7360 7642

Federico G. Lopez Travis J. Frei Francis Bagarella Edgardo M. Liloc Allen L. Farrand Carmon R. Comunale Michael S. Schultz Sean M. Cronkite Cliff D. Macaraeg Gary W. Cloninger Ronald G. Long Jose Oscar Rodriguez Alan K. Newhouse David J. Bryant Patrick D. Di Julio John F. Guerrero Augustine H. Lopez Charles S. Marks Renato E. Sacramento Arthur G. Rodriguez III Stephen G. Sommer Brian J. Comfort Andrew B. Bendokas Stephen G. Schweyen

WASHINGTON

8015 8136 8437 8476 9833 9910

10664 11252 11642 11789 12483 12583 13794

14046

14268 14689 15338 16690

1415 4694 10011 13887 15610

Christopher K. Todd Italo V. Dalessio Carl F. Corbett III William C. Gray Jr. Robert W. Grabenstein 16494 [No officer listed] 16530 Andrew P. Nowak

WEST VIRGINIA

531 2035 4586 4902 5127 6554 6568 6599 6759 6997 7030 8108 12588 13880 15659

James A. Schneider George R. Ploof Richard T. Raulin Joshua N. Sazama [No officer listed] Bel R. Swan Matthew A. Salm Jeffery J. Pitman Eric C. Schachtner Dennis R. Hladilek Peter D. Lefeber Melbourne K. Ort Jon A. Fehring Robert J. Elwood Jr. William J. Roszkowski Wayne J. Bush Gordon J. Gerstner Brian C. McMichen Andrew M. Krautkramer James E. Mitchell Douglas H. Reinhart

WISCONSIN

15665 16022 16079 16280

16298 16444

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SISTER MARIE JEANNETTE LEWIS, O.P. Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist Ann Arbor, Mich.

Photo by Melanie Reyes

When God called Abram to be the father of a multitude of nations, he said: “Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can” (Gen 15:5). A few verses later we learn that this conversation occurred in the middle of day! How does one count the stars then? After discerning my vocation to enter the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, at age 18, I wrestled with the unknowns about my future. I found myself gazing up at the sky, walking an unknown path. Where would I be sent after making vows? How often would I see my family? Though I didn’t have the answers, I trusted that God was calling me to love and serve him as his bride. Since professing vows as a consecrated religious, there are still plenty of unknowns in my life. But I learned to trust that as long as I am faithful to his call, God will always be there to guide me — regardless of how many stars I can see.

Columbia November 2017  

Columbia November 2017