The 99th Annual State Council Meeting of the Knights of Columbus of Saskatchewan was held by virtual video conference on April 16-17, 2021, due to the restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
There was a call for Knights to hold fast to the Catholic principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism around which the men’s order was founded 139 years ago.
Under the theme “In the Footsteps of the Father” State Deputy Joseph Riffel, along with the State executive, and the delegates from around the province celebrated the past year’s successes and deliberated on how to better serve the Church, its bishops and priests, and the wider community.
The Family of the Year 2020-2021 Award went to Lawrence and Marg Brossart and Family of Council #9761 St. Agatha, Shellbrook, SK.
Delegates to the convention reaffirmed several resolutions at the 99th Annual Convention including: “That the Knights of Columbus deplore the trafficking of women and children and speak out against printed material, movies, internet websites and television programs that depict gratuitous sex and violence and which also degrade men and women promote sexism and exploit children. Further that all Knights deplore sacrilegious attacks and disrespectful depictions of those things that are sacred to people of all religions.”
Also, the delegates adopted a resolution that the Saskatchewan State Council encourages all councils and its more than 10,300 Brother Knights within the State and their families, to join with Filipino priests and members as they celebrate 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines, and to recognize and celebrate their contributions to our Catholic faith in parishes throughout Saskatchewan.
The State Council re-elected the following executive effective July 1, 2021:
- State Deputy – Joseph Riffel of Saskatoon
- State Secretary – Larry Packet of Davidson
- State Treasurer – Marte Clemente Marquez Nogot of Saskatoon
- State Advocate – Greg Dozorec of Regina
- State Warden – Agnel George of Regina
Chris Bencharski of Meadow Lake will continue on the executive as Immediate Past State Deputy.
State Deputy Joseph Riffel also announced the following re-appointments; State Chaplain Father Ed Gibney and Associate State Chaplain Bishop Bryan Bayda.