District Deputy Report: State is looking to revive a council in Sedona, and is
encouraging all councils in the state to begin plans for membership drives throughout
the fraternal year. 2021
District Deputy Report: DD Martinez discussed the upcoming council Installation of
Of\icers (July 12,2021) at our next General CouncilMeeting. All are welcome to attend!
Arizona State Deputy Message for January 2021
Mary Ann and I hope that all of you had a Merry Christmas and made the best of the circumstances under which we are living.
I am most happy to announce the reactivation of San Martin De Porres Council #5313 in Clifton this past month. My thanks and appreciation to State Membership Director Bobby Nielsen, District Deputy Fred Madrid and State Reactivation Chairman and Past State Deputy Stan Schroeder for their work to make this reactivation a reality. Congratulations to Brother Timothy Gomez, the newly elected Grand Knight of the Council.
In recent months, the number of COVID-19 cases in our state have spiked and are at the same levels reached this past Spring and Summer. This increase in cases requires that we reinstitute precautions and prohibit physical gatherings of Knights until the pandemic abates and the vaccine is distributed across the state. Until then please continue to use technology to complete Council and Assembly business. Physical meetings and gatherings without my permission are not authorized. We must take the safety of our brothers and the community into consideration and do our part to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and help bring this pandemic to an end. Please offer these sacrifices up for the healing of all who have contracted this disease, repose of the souls who have died by the virus, and protection for healthcare workers and lay caregivers.
The 2020-2021 State Mid-Year Meeting will be conducted virtually this month. The meeting will span over three days beginning Thursday, January 7, 2021 through Saturday, January 9, 2021. The sessions on Thursday and Friday will run from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 pm while the session on Saturday will run from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm. This is a required meeting for all District Deputies who are expected to attend all sessions. District Wardens are also invited to the regular sessions and their attendance is strongly recommended, but not required.
We are in the process of completing yet another purchase of an Ultrasound machine approved by the Diocese of Tucson and the Supreme Council. This new life saving device will be donated to the Reachout Women’s Center in Tucson. Congratulations to the councils and members who worked tirelessly to raise half the purchase price of the machine and qualify for a 100 percent match by the Supreme Council. Keep up these great pro-life activities.
I invite you to participate in another great life-affirming activity and promote the Culture of Life by proudly displaying a Choose Life license plate on you family vehicles. In Arizona buy your Choose Life plates for $25 through the Motor Vehicle Department at https://www.servicearizona.com and help support Arizona Pro-life Pregnancy Centers at the same time. You can also join in a national petition drive to demand that government officials in U.S. states stop blocking the issuance of “Choose Life” license plates. You can participate in the petition drive through https://lifepetitions.com/petition/defend-our-right-to-choose-life.
In his Letter to the Hebrews, Saint Paul explains how, in the form of Man, God came to walk among His
Brothers so that He could taste death once for all and with His brothers destroy the Devil. It shows us the true depth of God’s love for mankind. In Hebrews 2:9-14, Paul wrote,
“…but we do see Jesus “crowned with glory and honor” because he suffered death, he who “for a little while” was made “lower than the angels,” that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting that he, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering.
He who consecrates and those who are being consecrated all have one origin. Therefore, he is not ashamed to call them “brothers,” saying: “I will proclaim your name to my brothers, in the midst of the assembly I will praise you”; and again: “I will put my trust in him”; and again: “Behold, I and the children God has given me.”
Now since the children share in blood and flesh, he likewise shared in them, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil.”
Let us not disappoint He who died for our sins and be the brothers He wants us to be. Let us join together as one brotherhood with Jesus at our side to defeat evil with love, kindness, charity, and mercy.
Mary Ann and I pray that the coming year brings healing, health, unity, and fraternity for you, our brothers, and your families.