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Welcome to Knights of Columbus council #1200 website. 

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Welcome!


Welcome to Knights of Columbus council #1200 website. 

Knights of Columbus Council #1200

WELCOME!

Welcome to Tucson Council 1200, established in 1907 before Arizona was a state. Council 1200 is the oldest Council in Tucson. For many years it was also the largest. Today thankfully there are many Councils in Tucson with each supporting a Parish. We primarily support St Ambrose Parish but from time to time assist other Parishes as well. We are growing slowly but steadily and most new members are coming from St. Ambrose Parish. We also get transfers and other catholic men drawn to 1200 for a variety of reasons. Welcome Brothers!

 

WHO WE ARE....

All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:   

Charity – Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.   

Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.   

Fraternity – Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do the good works of individual Knights, who gave more than 75.6 million service hours in 2017, illustrating how Catholics serve each other in fraternity and mercy.

Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.

 

WHAT WE DO....

Council 1200 has many committees and we invite you to pick one or more to participate in and become active. The following are some examples but new committees form as the need arises.

BINGO – Brother Mike Sedor is the Chairman. This committee includes several volunteers that sell cards, call numbers, verify winners, accounting, bar sales, kitchen sales, etc…

VOCATIONS – Brother Pedro Najera is the Chairman. This committee focuses on supporting our seminarians in their quest for the Priesthood. This may also include women in their quest toward Postulancy or Novitiate and Vows. Vocations raise money to provide scholarships and stipends to the aforementioned. It is common for our seminarians to receive $500.00 dollar scholarships each year plus a little spending money during the Christmas and Easter Seasons. Some of their fund raising events in the past have included dinners, golf tournaments, dances, raffles, donation etc…

TOOTSIE ROLLS – Brother John Pacheco is the Chairman. This committee supports persons with intellectual disabilities by raising funds in the community. Each year in the fall there is a tootsie roll campaign whereby Knight Volunteers are invited to stand at a store front to give away this candy with the hope that people make donations. The commitment is for a two hour minimum. The campaign is generally over three days. Brother Knights that help on this committee are generally involved in at least one other committee as well.

PARISH YOUTH PROGRAMS – Brother Louie Cooper is the Chairman. This committee is responsible for the Basketball Free Throw Competition, the Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest and an Essay contest on what it means to be catholic (writing prompt changes yearly). The success of these programs is dependent on the assistance of Brother Knights.

PERPETUAL ADORATION – Brother Jim Heal is the Chairman. This is a new committee who’s goal it is to have perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacramant of the Altar over a 24 hour period once per week or month or quarter depending on Knight assistance. Knights volunteering may be asked to stand guard over the Blessed Sacrament/Parish in pairs of two over a two hour period. The total coverage would be for 24 hours. Let’s do it Brothers!

RAFFLE – Brother George A Sabin is the Chairman. Each year the Council sponsors a raffle that culminates on December 12th the Virgen de Guadalupe Day. We try to raffle off at least 10 prizes and tickets go for $5.00 each or five for $20.00. It is a fund raiser for the Council who then decide how that money is to be used. Committee members help with the solicitation of prizes from the community, help with what prizes will be raffled, help sell tickets, etc.

SCHOLARSHIPS – Brother George A Sabin is the chairman. This is a committee that is in its infancy. The purpose of this committee is to raise funds for scholarships or stipends that are meant for sons and daughters of Council 1200 Knights in good standing. These stipends can be as little as $200.00 or as much as $500.00 - $1000.00 depending on what’s in our coffers. This committee is in need of members.

SICK AND DISTRESSED – Brother Jim Szumsky is the Councils Chancellor and this committee would report to him. The Council foresees a more active role in how we address our sick and distressed brothers and their families. We need Brothers that are willing to communicate directly with Brothers we haven’t heard from or those we’ve indirectly heard may be ill. We want to be in the know about how our Council members are doing. We want to extend our prayers, spoken words and other acts of caring to our sick and distressed. We need members to be on this committee.

OTHER – To be determined. There are opportunities to form other committees. We used to have Tardeadas (afternoon dances on Sundays with live band). We used to have Halloween and New Year’s Eve dances. We’ve had comedy show fund raisers, chicken and steak dinners and family picnics. An idea that is supported by the Council can generate a committee to take an idea to completion. Good ideas have turned into annual events.

 

WHO ARE THESE MEN CALLED KNIGHTS?

(please follow the link and read a little bit about who we are)

WHO ARE THESE MEN CALLED KNIGHTS?

 

NOTABLE KNIGHTS

(courtesy of Wikipedia)

Many notable Catholic men from all over the world have been Knights of Columbus. In the United States, some of the most notable include John F. Kennedy; Ted Kennedy; Al Smith; Sargent Shriver; Samuel Alito; John Boehner; Ray Flynn; Jeb Bush; and Sergeant Major Daniel Daly, a two-time Medal of Honor recipient.

Many notable clerics are also Knights, including Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston; and Cardinal Jaime Sin, former Archbishop of Manila. In the world of sports, Vince Lombardi, the famed former coach of the Green Bay Packers; wrestler Lou Albano; James Connolly, the first Olympic gold-medal champion in modern times; Floyd Patterson, former heavyweight boxing champion; and baseball legend Babe Ruth were all knights.

On October 15, 2006, Bishop Rafael Guizar Valencia (1878–1938) was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome. In 2000, six other Knights, known as the Mexican martyrs who were killed during the repression following the 1920s revolution, were declared saints by Pope John Paul II.

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History


History


 

The Grand Knight

As grand knight you have been elected to provide leadership to your council. Through your example of faith,charity and good judgment, you provide the model for your council members to follow. Through your leadership, set a tone that is open and engaging, and that will ensure your council’s growth in charitable outreach and membership

 
 

2016-2018 James Heal

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2013-2014 / 2015-2016 George A Sabin

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2014-2015 Carlos Dicochea

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2007-2010 / 2011-2013 Don Boule

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2010-2011 Luis Acosta

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2006-2007 Glenn Army

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2005-2006 Ralph Montijo

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2004-2005 Livio Leonardi

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2000-2003 Gene Rossetti

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1998-2000 Ronald Lusteck

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1997-1998 Luis Kame

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1996-1997 Armando Membrilla

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1995-1996 UDR Moreno

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1994-1995 Andy Herreras

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1993-1994 Donald G Baker

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