Prayer Pilgrimage 2022

Prayer Pilgrimages presents Seven Detroit Area Historic Churches & Shrines Specially Decorated During the Christmas Season. I’ve wanted to go on one of these for a long time. This time, it actually worked out. We ended up with 2 full bus loads of people. It wasn’t exactly a “mass mob” but it was absolutely a good time. If you’d like to be put on the distribution list, contact Michael Semaan, Pilgrimage Coordinator (248) 250-6005, email, website. We’ll be promoting the next one at St Clement. Maybe we can get a full St Clement bus together.

Our first stop was Sweetest Heart of Mary Church, 4440 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207 website, Facebook. This might be the most beautiful testament to God I’ve ever seen. I’m sure this would give the cathedrals of Europe a run for there money. The place was absolutely breathtaking.

Stop # 2, St Joseph Shrine, 1828 Jay St, Detroit, MI 48207 website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. I fell in love with this place a couple years ago. I was on my way downtown for a meeting. I was running slightly ahead of schedule and I thought, “I’m going to just stop and see if I can see inside.” I parked and walked up to the door – fully expecting it to be locked up tight. In my utter amazement, the door opened and I walked into heaven. Up on the altar some people we singing, unamplified, but still easily heard. I sat in one of the last rows for a long time hoping I wouldn’t be noticed. The Canons were singing prayers in a totally empty church, save for me.

Thus began my fascination with St Jospeh. If you’ve never attended the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass there, you should. The place is supernatural. When you go, spend a minute with the St Joseph statue (the first picture.) The first time I really looked at it, I swore St Joseph was looking right at me. Try it, see for yourself.

Stop # 3, St. Hedwig Catholic Church 3245 Junction Ave, Detroit, MI 48210, website, Facebook. One of my favorite shots of the day was the stained glass window depicting our Blessed Mother.

Stop # 4, Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit 1000 St Anne St, Detroit, MI 48216, website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube. Another of the grand cathedrals of Detroit. This place is spectacular. I tried to go in and see it a few weeks ago and was denied. I even went to the parish office and was told it’s not possible. I could come back 7 hours later for Mass if I was so inclined.

They could learn a lesson on welcoming pilgrims from St Jospeh Shrine. Anyway, it was worth the wait. Check out the vending machine in the narthex. It’s not for beverages, it’s for votive candles. What a great idea.

Stop # 5, St Florian Catholic Church, 2626 Poland St, Hamtramck, MI 48212, website, Facebook.

Stop # 6, National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica 2100 Twelve Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48073, website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

The final stop, #7, Our Lady Of Czestochowa Church, 3100 18 Mile Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48314, website, Facebook

DAVL – Detroit Archdiocese Vocations League


To organize common fundraising activities for the Knights of Columbus Councils and Assemblies in the Detroit Archdiocese in support of Vocations.

Who we are

The Detroit Archdiocesan Vocations League or DAVL began in 1982. Membership is voluntary, there are no dues. Our common interest in supporting Vocations binds us together. Through our combined fundraiser events the DAVL has given back to the participating K of C Councils an average of $15,000 a year.

What we do

There are four major events held every year.

  • DAVL Dinner, held in the Spring
  • Raffle, held in late spring to early summer
  • Golf Outing, held in September
  • Memorial Mass and Breakfast, held in November

Councils who participate earn points for levels of participation and the money raised is given back to the Knights of Columbus Councils proportionately with the expectation to be used to support a seminarian or postulant through the RSVP program.

We need YOU!

The cost of an education can be quite high and our seminarians and postulants need our help. The RSVP program helps the seminarians and postulants directly with no restrictions on spending the money donated. Past seminarians have told us the money came in handy for: dental work, car repairs, clothing, daily expenses among other things.

By joining and becoming active in the DAVL you can help us grow both in membership and our fundraising efforts and as a result more seminarians and postulants can be helped.

Detroit Archdiocesan Vocations League
P O Box 380763 Clinton Twp, MI 48038

Meetings fourth Thursday of the month 7:30 at John F.Kennedy Council 5460 33320 Kelly Rd. Clinton Twp, MI 48035

Contact: Chairman: Jeff Gapczynski

Vice Chairman: Robert Garstka Treasurer: Larry Pitruzello

We are a 501 C 3 non profit

New Exemplification

By now, you may have heard about the Knights changing their admission ceremony. We are pulling down a veil of secrecy surrounding our ceremonies. This is an effort to showcase our core principles and encourage Catholic men to become spiritual leaders in this family, parish and community.

“There is nothing we do that is secret or needs to be secret. We decided this is a way to let other parishioners know, family members know, what the Knights of Columbus is all about. And we think that’s a good thing.”

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson

Why have these changes been made?

The future of our Order depends upon growth. True growth can only be accomplished by providing an inviting entry path that is accessible to prospective members and their families. Efforts to create a combined ceremony focused on 1.) removing the barriers of secrecy and 2.) the commitment of time inhibiting many from joining. It also focuses on presenting the lessons of Charity, Unity and Fraternity in a clear and convincing manner. This new Exemplification is designed to be held in a parish with family and friends seated in the pews. All can now witness – firsthand – the organization their husbands, fathers and brothers are joining; its principles, values, and why they matter. The new Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity stays true to our traditions while addressing the needs of our times.

What Should People Wear?

This is not a casual event.

CANDIDATES: Please wear a suit and tie, but a collared dress shirt with dress pants is also appropriate.

PRESENTERS: The preferred attire is suit and tie with ceremonial baldric. At the very minimum shirt, blazer, and slacks with ceremonial baldric.

COUNCIL OFFICERS: The preferred attire is suit and tie with Medal of Office. Matching, branded Knights of Columbus Council shirts would also be appropriate.

More Info on K of C’s New Ceremonial

It’s the beginning of a new era for the Knights of Columbus: A modern single, public exemplification ceremony can now be used to welcome men to our ranks as full members of the Order. The new ceremony combines the three ceremonies used in the past.

This issue takes an in-depth look at the new exemplification ceremony: what it is, why it’s changed and how you can run one. 

New Ceremony: Rooted in past and tailored for present (Read more here)

 Eight steps for a successful new exemplification (Read more here)

The four items every council needs (Read more here)

 FAQs about the new K of C exemplification (Read more here)

Five questions with new director of ceremonials (Read more here)

Who’s who at the new K of C exemplification (Read more here)

A momentous day for the Knights of Columbus (Read more here)

2019 State Chaplain’s Membership Tribute Banquet

A good time was had by all. This event is always well attended and the food was really very good.

Saturday, February 23, 2019
DeCarlo’s Banquet & Convention Center
6015 East 10 Mile Rd. Warren, Michigan 48091

Who in the world thought giving me the ladle was a good idea?

Because we were just not ready to call it a night, we had to stop by the Sandbagger and have just one more. Just one.

Detroit Archdiocese, Knights of Columbus, Michigan State Council, State Chaplain, DeCarlo’s Banquet,

Austin Catholic Academy 2002

Not only do we support this institution financially, we showed up to paint and help.  The scholarships mentioned in the article below continue.

Pictured are Lester Ottenwalder, Jim Smiszek, Steve Betka, Bob Burcar (deceased), Mike Tremblay, Mike Lynch, John Cassidy, Jr., Jim Szewczyk (deceased), Joe Suminski and Tony Nardozzi (deceased).


Austin Catholic Academy, Archdiocese of Detroit, St Clement of Rome, Romeo, MI


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