Council Development Program
At the August meeting (2017), Council 8386 launchied an initiative designed to re-energize the Spiritual Development, Formational Development, and Brotherhood of its members. The initiative was outlined in a booklet entitled "Re-investing in Fr. McGivney's Mission. A spiritual plan to re-energize our council." The program was launched by creating a partnership program, where Knights were paired in three person teams aimed to increase participation and provide support. Our spiritual development program was launched with a dynamic presentation on "Men of Prayer, Men of God" by the Adult Faith Coordinator, Robert Maekawa. Later in October the Knights gathered for a Brotherhood social at Encanto Grill. In October the Spiritual Developmet program continued with a fascinating presentation by Deacon Dennis Egan entitled "Here and There". These presentations were well recived by the Council.
Our Knights Partnership Program reached a milestone in October. After only two months, 50% of our availabke members are now engaged in partnershipss. The program has been lauded by members as contacts are being made and relationships strengthened. Grand Knight Lexy Larez and Deacon Wayland Moncrief stated that the Partnership program will be instrumental to our Council's future success and we will continue to encourage members to get involved.
Council Receives Two
Distinguished Service Awards
The Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus in New Haven, Connecticut announced recently that Mary, Queen of the Knights Council #8386 based at St. Germaine Parish in Prescott Valley, Arizona is being recognized with two distinguished service awards for the 2013-2014 Fraternal Year.
Our council is one of only 4,031 councils in the world (out of over 40,000 council) to receive the Columbian Award for services to their parish, community and youth. They have also been identified as one of only 3,040 councils in the entire Order to receive the Father McGivney Award for promoting the spirit of their Founder, Fr. Michael J. McGivney and promoting the growth of the Order.
Knights of Columbus
Mary, Queen of the Knights
Fr. Daniel Vollmer Receives
Spiritual Leadership Award
By Paul Barco - Knight's of Columbus
As His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI’s Liturgical “Year of Faith” came to a close at the end of November, many Knights of Columbus Councils throughout the country received recognition from The Supreme Council of The K of C for their response to Pope Benedict’s appeal for them to take an active role in their parish in promoting “Faith in Action”.
Mary, Queen of the Knights Council #8386 in Prescott Valley was the recipient of the “Year of Faith Award” given to all councils in the Order for their participation in supporting Pope Benedict’s “Year of Faith” effort.
Instead of hanging the award within their council for the membership to see, they voted unanimously to present the award to their chaplain and spiritual leader, Fr. Daniel Vollmer, the pastor of St. Germaine Parish in Prescott Valley. They surprised Fr. Dan with a presentation of their award after the 8:00am Mass on Sunday, January 19, 2014.
Grand Knight Paul Barko, accompanied by an Honor Guard of four Fourth Degree Members (SK Tom Warner, SK Doug Becker, SK John Negron, and SK Ben Taylor) solemnly marched into church after the final blessing and presented the Holy Family Icon to Fr. Dan publicly, in front of his parishioners, expressing the council’s deep felt respect and appreciation to Fr. Dan as their chaplain and pastor. GK Barko cited Fr. Dan’s humble spiritual guidance extended to the council over the years through his support and encouragement of the council’s service activities within the parish. He also cited Fr. Dan’s leadership in promoting the involvement of the parish’s four Deacons (Dcn. Wayland Moncrief, Dcn. Robert Palmer, Dcn. J ohn Mickel, and Dcn Robert Soikkeli) within the parish and within the council. Barko stated: “We are truly blessed to have our pastor and all four deacons in our parish as members of the Knights of Columbus -members not in name, but in action and in heart!”
It took little time for the entire congregation to rise and through their applause, also recognize Fr. Vollmer for his spiritual contributions to the parish and their own personal lives.
Grand Knight Barko declared: “In an age where the media appears to take delight in bashing Catholicism and in degrading our priests, it is important for us Catholics, us Knights to stand up and publicly display our respect and appreciation for the tremendous effort and work accomplished by priests like Fr. Dan and our Deacons. We need to declare to our youth that a vocation to the priesthood and religious life is something respected and appreciated. Otherwise, why would anyone choose to answer a call to become a priest or enter a religious order?”