In February 2013 the Obama administration published a new “proposed rule” containing revisions to its earlier mandate requiring most health plans to cover contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs.  These revisions did very little to correct the underlying problem with the mandate.  A large number of religious organizations, including schools, colleges and universities, hospitals and charitable organizations will be forced to provide objectionable coverage.  Businesses and individuals of faith will lose the right to provide health care coverage that respects their deeply held religious and moral convictions.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has expressed serious concerns about the new proposed rule and its violation of religious freedom.

Public comments on the proposed rule are due on April 8.  

Please act today and take a stand for religious freedom.  To submit a comment to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), please click here:

The link provides draft language for your email. Please also feel free to add your own comments.

The struggle for religious freedom is at a decisive moment in our nation.  We must protect this right not only for own sake, but for the sake of our children, our grandchildren and all future generations.

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We are making progress, but we have a ways to go. Our membership growth is like sitting on second base, with the score tied, bottom of the 8th inning, a solid hit can make a big difference.

Has your council made a difference? Have you added one new member each month? I know some have, which means all councils have opportunities. See the attached for ideas, and steps you can take to make that difference.

We have excitement in that this is the first time in history that we have two living Popes at one time. Pope Francis I is an inspiration, and should give us hope that the focus of his message and our religion is to assist the needy (Charity!!!). Sound familiar??

This should be the main message as you talk to potential candidates. The Knights of Columbus are in concert with the Pope’s desires, and we need to capitalize on that Mojo.

Vivat Jesus!!

Ron Cacini

AZ State Membership Director

One Knight Per Council Per Month



The Chief Judge John M. Roll Chapter hosted its annual Priest Appreciation Dinner Thursday evening March 7, 2013. Tucson Council 1200 hosted the dinner on behalf of the Chapter.

Many Priests from around the Tucson Diocese attended as well as Brothers, Deacons, Seminarians and of course many Knights.

District Deputy Mario Vassallo, President of the Chapter and State Deputy Bryant Sayers each presented checks for $3,200.00 to Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas for the Tucson Diocese.

Mario noted the many positive activities of the Chief Judge John M. Roll Chapter this fraternal year, including round tables and support for the Benedictine Sister of Perpetual Adoration at the Benedictine Monastery and the Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary at their chapel and convent. The round table to the IHM convent began this year under the guidance of Ray Obral, Former District Deputy and Ricardo Preciado, Grand Knight of Co. 8077.

The chapter also obtained a grant for the restoration of the statues in the Garden of Gethsemane in Tucson from the Salvador Foundation of Colorado. The Chapter is overseeing the work of the artist in restoring the statues. Photos of the restoration project may be seen at the chapter’s photo site at


The chapter also recently sponsored a fundraiser piano concert February 23, 2013 on behalf of the Benedictine Monastery. Sir Knight William Gilman performed works of Franz List and Frederic Chopin at the St. Augustine Cathedral in Tucson. The preliminary estimate is that over $7,000 was raised for the Sisters.


The Chief Judge John M. Roll Chapter in Tucson sponsored a Piano Concert on February 23 that raised over $7,000 on behalf of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration at the Benedictine Monastery in Tucson.

Sir Knight William Gilman performed works by Franz Liszt and Frederic Chopin and gave a verbal narrative about the composers between selections.

Sir Knight Joe Aycock created a beautiful metal sculpture and donated it to be raffled off at the concert. The Sisters also donated a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe to be raffled off.


Sir Knight Gilman is a Tucson winter guest and member of the Knights of Columbus who has graciously donated his talent, time and effort to the planning of this effort over the last two years. As a student of the life and 19th century music of Franciscan monk Franz Liszt, Mr. Gilman told us of this famous catholic musician’s zest for life, his failings, and quest for God.


William Gilman studied music at the Cornish School of Allied Arts in Seattle, Washington and graduated with a degree in music at Centralia College.  He went on to The Evergreen State College to earn a degree in Computer Science and Labor Studies.  After retiring in 2001 from the State of Washington, he earned his Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies at Seattle University and became a Catholic Chaplain working in the Washington State prisons and a hospital Chaplain in Olympia. While in the US Army, he worked on several musicals with the USO in Germany.

You can see more photos of the concert and other Tucson Chapter activities at the Chapter’s web site and our photo site


The Msgr. James T. Weber raised $1,400.00 at their annual Veterans Benefit Dinner last November. Recently Faithful Navigator John Myers and Color Corps Commander Terry Lingrel presented the check to the Veterans Administration. The money will be used for the benefit of veterans hospitalized at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System.

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and the 1.8 million members of the Knights of Columbus extend cordial best wishes and prayers to our newly elected pope. The election of Pope Francis – the first pope from the American hemisphere – highlights the fact that America is the continent of baptized Christians, and a place of central importance to the faith today. Pope Francis is well known also for his emphasis on charity – the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. Both in our efforts for evangelization and in our charitable work, we will strive with him to bring the light of Christ to the people of our continent during his historic pontificate.


Quick reminder of Good Friday prayer vigil for life with Bishop Olmsted on March 29th, outside of Planned Parenthood in Glendale.

Here is a message to include in a bulletin or email chain:



Please join Bishop Olmsted in the 9th annual Good Friday

Rosary for Life. Friday, March 29, 2013 Bishop Olmsted will lead

the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries of the Rosary

From 11 am to 12pm at the Glendale Planned Parenthood,

5771 W. Eugie Ave. Glendale. Following the Rosary will be the

closing Program of _40 Days for Life; _to conclude at 1:15pm.


Thank you for all your support for Life. May God Bless Pope Francis!

Matt Anderson

Coordinator of Respect Life Parish Leadership Support