The Archdiocese of Kingston Diocesan Association
The Archdiocese of Kingston Diocesan Association (The Association) is an organization of the Knights of Columbus of Ontario representing all the member knights, and councils and assemblies in the Archdiocese of Kingston. The Association’s broad goal is to serve, support, and provide good communications to our members and to co-ordinate select activities its members wish done as a larger, diocesan scale, rather than a smaller local scale.
The Association is in liaison with and support to the Archbishop of our Archdiocese of Kingston, the Roman Catholic Church, and its clergy and seminarians.
The Association helps in the dissemination of useful information, about our councils, our church, organization events, activates and key programs to all association members. This is done through meetings, e-mails, bulletins, our websites and various seminars.
The Association does co-ordinate some events and projects that a council or a district cannot do alone, or which make better sense to do on a larger diocesan basis. Such events are done on behalf of all member knights with all councils participating for a common goal. Examples include officer training seminars, seminarian dinners, and regional fundraising campaigns such as for a regional hospital and other events such as the Provincial Special Olympics. The Association’s role is a co-ordaining and organizational role, not a direct fundraising activity role. Funding activities and fundraising responsibilities are with each member council and their contributions are pooled for each Diocesan Association project; the Association does not compete with any council activity.
The Association has a unique opportunity to foster one of our Knights of Columbus guiding principles, fraternity. It presents opportunity for members from other councils and parishes, sometimes distant neighbours within the archdiocese, to meet, know and learn from each other and become friends; become brother knights. Shared information, shared experiences, shared activities and fun events make us grow in fraternity, be brothers and be better men.
Member councils elect the Association’s officers annually and the association holds at least two business meetings each year which are open to all member knights.