THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESES OF PHOENIX, ARIZONA;
TUCSON, ARIZONA; AND GALLUP, NEW MEXICO
AND THE
ARIZONA STATE COUNCIL KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
PROCLAMATION


March is Knights of Columbus Month


Whereas, in 1882, Father Michael J. McGivney, Servant of God, a parish priest of St. Mary's Parish in New Haven,
Connecticut, had a vision for the establishment of a fraternal benefits society that would provide aid to
widows and their families after the death of their husband and primary source of income; and
Whereas, the Connecticut Legislature issued a charter to Father McGivney on March 29, 1882 for the establishment
of the Knights of Columbus as such a benefits society; and
Whereas, the Knights of Columbus, was founded upon the firm principals of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and
Patriotism to support the precepts of the Catholic faith through their works in the Church, Family, Council,
Youth, and Community; and
Whereas, Pope John Paul II, declared that the Knights of Columbus were the "strong right arm of the Catholic
Church."
Therefore, be it proclaimed by the undersigned Bishops of the Dioceses ofTucson,Arizona; Phoenix,Arizona; and
Gallup, New Mexico; that the month of March 2007 is declared Knights of Columbus Month throughout the
aforementioned dioceses in honor of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Order of the Knights of
Columbus.
It is further proclaimed that Sunday, March 25, 2007 is hereby set aside as Knight's of Columbus Sunday for all
Knights to gather in Communion at Mass and celebrate the founding of the Order.
Further, we invite all Catholic men to join the Knights of Columbus and the legacy of Fr. Michael J. McGivney,
Servant of God, in service to Our Church, Our Communities, and our families.
Heretofore enacted this 1 day of March , in theYear 2007 , st
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Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas, D.D. Most Rev.Thomas J. Olmsted
Bishop of the Diocese ofTucson Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix
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Most Rev. Donald E. Pelotte, SSS, PhD
Bishop of the Diocese of Gallup

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