Monthly Archives: October 2014

Columbian Squires Report

    I am very grateful to have the opportunity to write an article about the Columbian Squires for the Diocesan Website. The Columbian Squires were founded in 1923 by the supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus. The original idea of the Squires were “ If the Knights of Columbus will take care of the growing boy, then the boy grown into manhood will take care of not only the Knights of Columbus , but of the Church and the nation as well’’. These words ring true even today. People wonder what our youth want in the modern world, what we can do to keep them in the Church and know what they want.

    I have found through the Squires that they want what they always wanted: structure, and the ability to control what they do with a guiding hand, friendship and understanding. The Columbian Squires allow them to accomplish all of this through its program. The Squires run their meetings; they decide what they do, how they do it and when. As a counselor our role is to help achieve this not by doing the work for them or to stop them from trying things. If they try and fail we use it as a learning experience, “how could we do it better” that way we all learn. They have fun learning about their faith with the help of our Father Prior. Each and every Councilor must have a back ground check through our state board. The Columbian Squires is a tried and true organization that works in any community no matter how big or small.

    I am the Area Chairman for South Eastern Ontario and my job consists of visiting Councils in my area to help them start Circles and help those circles who are running if they need any advice. There has been a study done that proves the direct link between the success of the Squires and that of Councils. Back in the 80’s when there were a large amount of Circles in Ontario we had the largest increase in membership. I am available any time to talk to a Council about how to start a Squire’s Circle, what is needed and how to go about it. I will work with any Council to who wishes to start a Circle.

For more information on Columbian Squires please use the following link;

My Contact information is: # 613-969-9506 or

Gus Morrissey
Area Chairman
Chief Councilor
#418 St. Michael’s


The Knights of Columbus Essay Contest

The 2015-16 Knights of Columbus Essay Contest

Diocesan Chairman Peter Scott

The Knights of Columbus Essay Contest is open to all Catholic students — in public, private or parochial schools, grades 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 during the current school year. The contest progresses through different levels of competition to the international level.

The 2015-16 theme for the essay this year remains unchanged, “The Importance of Religious Freedom.”

The Diocesan contest submissions deadline is midnight Friday March 4, 2016, meaning all mailed entries must be  postmarked prior to or by this deadline. District Deputies may contact me for specific shipping or delivery information and if they have a problem with mail delivery they may scan and e-mail a copy of the essay, provided the mailed copy meets the postmark deadline.

I will accept first and second place essays from each District for each grade, Essays may be in French or English for the Diocesan level competition as either language is eligible for Supreme level competition. Only Diocesan competition first place essays will be forwarded to Supreme.

Guidelines and Judging information is available at Supreme website:


Due to low participation, youth who actually participate have a great chance of advancing through the competition levels. Two students from Oakville were among the 15 winning essays at the International level.

District Deputies are asked to confirm these deadlines to their councils in order that Youth Directors can coordinate this contest into their youth activity program.

Should you have further questions, please contact me by email or by phone 613.545.4052.

Thank you for including the Essay Contest in your Youth Program.


Diocesan (Region #5) Chairman: William Coppens

         Many councils across Ontario and in our archdiocese have sponsored annually a Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest (Poster Contest) in local schools and have had fun doing it and experienced the appreciation from students, teachers and schools participating.  A result is many councils have expanded their Poster Contest program to more local schools and are finding the program an excellent way to support our youth and promote excellent relations with our local schools; relations that often lead to other activities which schools welcome council’s help.

The Poster Contest involves our knights providing teachers in a school the rules and art paper for students to do a piece of art with a logo on it that pertains to one of two categories of substance abuse, i.e. Alcohol Abuse Awareness or Drug Abuse Awareness.  The sponsor council collects the posters and judges them selecting four winners, two student winners, one from each of the two poster theme categories and two student winners from each of two ages groups ages 8 to 11 and 12 to 14, and presents the winners an award certificate.

The winning posters from each council contest next go to the next contest level, the district judging contest, which chooses district poster winners. The district winners advance to a diocesan or regional contest, whose winners advance to a state contest, whose winners advance to the final international contests.

Contact your District Deputy regarding the information on the District level contests.

For our Region or Diocesan level competition the District Deputies are to send their district winning posters and district contest report to .Coppens Academy, attention: William Coppens, 672 Golden Mile Rd., Kingston, ON., K7M 6K6, before February 13, 2015.

Contest history has shown several winners from our diocese have won at state and international levels and have annually shown remarkable artwork and logos from the students.  Also teachers and schools who have previously participated in the contest happily sign on the program the following year underscoring the value they see in this program for youth.

If you have not yet established a Poster Contest in a school near your council, do consider doing so this year. It is simple and easy. Here is how to get started.

  • A council decides to host a Poster Contest and orders a poster kit from Supreme which outlines the rules and instructions of the contest. Do this in August or September.
  • A council representative visits a local school explaining the contest gets a commitment they will participate in the poster contest in one or more classes. Do this early in September or October.
  • Provide the teacher with all instructions, registration sheets and rules and provide the
    11 X 14 inch art paper.
    Make things easy for the teacher supplying sufficient forms and paper.
  • Follow up the contest artwork progress with the school. Give a pick-up-date i.e. in mid-December
  • Collect and conduct the judging following the contest rules and guidelines. Do this in early January
  • Following the contest rules and guidelines, councils will collect, judge their posters by January 14, 2015 and submit the winning posters to the district level completion. They should award council winner certificates by month’s end.
  • District level completions are to be completed by January 31, 2015 and the winning posters submitted for the regional completion.
  • Regional level completions are to be completed by February 14, 2015 and wining posters submitted for the state level poster completion.

Brothers, this is a great program for councils to help youth and support our teachers and schools. Do get a Poster Contest going in your area, this year.  Contact me if you have questions or talk to a council who has participated.

This entry was updated on January 6, 2015.

Message from the Diocesan Director

Brother Knights,                                                                                                                          Nov. 2014

Today I am very pleased to be addressing you through our new Diocesan Association’s website. I believe the website will better serve our member knights from our twenty-six member councils and five assemblies across our Archdiocese of Kingston and will be a useful resource to all. The website will help you see what is happening not only in our association but also our districts, councils, parishes, assemblies and youth activities.  It can better unite and bring us together in support of our church, our archbishop, our organization and one another.

I invite you to check out the features of the new website frequently, keep abreast of upcoming events, activities, degrees and chair reports. Use it for easy access to many useful web links to our church, State, Supreme, and other councils and other organization websites.  The website is new and we expect to make improvements on it over time.

I wish to thank our dedicated webmaster, Ray Smith, who has put great time and effort to developing us a great website. Great job Ray! The website is still in development and open to improvements. If you have a comment or idea to improving it, please  contact Ray or myself.

This year, my first as your director, has been an active and rewarding time.

  • We have held two Diocesan Meetings in which His Grace Archbishop O’Brien addressed us, thanked us for our support and work and gave us good insight into what is happening throughout our archdiocese and gave us direction into ways we can support our parishes, our clergy and church.
  • In June we held our Annual Training Day in which forty-one members attended to received training in a variety of key officer roles.
  • In August Council 6882 in Morrisburg hosted a very successful Annual Diocesan Association Seminarian Dinner to honour and thank our current group of seminarians advancing to bring our future priests.
  • In September we attended a training meeting in Toronto to learn about a new State Training Program developed for all diocesan associations and zones to implement. The new program is excellent and will provide all officers of councils and assemblies a clear understanding of their role and provide skills to make great teams and strong councils. Associations are now actively hosting the new training seminars. Our association formed a committee led by our Training Director, Garry Davis and, Benefits Agent, Stephen Henderson to prepare and run our first new training seminar on June 20, 2015 in Kingston. I ask every Grand Knight to instruct all your officers both new officers and experienced officers to circle and save this date on their calendars and plan to attend the seminar.  I assure you, all who attend will like it. Officer training is vital to our organization and the health of all councils so that our officers know their roles, are comfortable in their roles and are given the tools and skills to grow strong councils.
  • During this year I talked to all District Deputies and many other knights about what they feel the diocesan association does, what we can do better for its members, and how do we increase member participation.  I took their comment seriously and found a common thread. I learned that many members do not fully understand the role and purpose of the Diocesan Association and how it is relevant to tem.  To improve this, we launched a new Diocesan Association website to better support and communicate with our members. Also I am attending as many district meetings as I can to meet more of you and underscore what our association does.

Brother Knights, I further look forward to seeing representatives from all councils and assemblies at our Annual DA Meeting planned for Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Regiopolis Notre Dame Secondary School, Kingston. Do plan to attend and bring at least two members from your council who can vote (2 votes /council) in the election of officers to our association executive for the year.  In closing please feel free to contact me if you have a question or something to discuss or contribute.


William Coppens
The Archdiocese of Kingston Diocesan Association