Fr John Arens Council
Sun Lakes, Arizona

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.8 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.




Members Handbook:


The new Members Handbook has been uploaded to the website. Visit: New.Member.Handbook to view and/or download your copy. The information contained in this handbook was assembled from multiple Knights of Columbus sources. We envision this to be a dynamic document, changing as our Council continues to evolve. Please contact Thom Phar ( for content suggestions or corrections.

Updated: Feb 12, 2013



The nomination of Officers for our Fraternal Year 2014/2015

Brother Knights All;

We are fast approaching that time where we offer all eligible Brothers the opportunity to be an “Officer” in our Council.  These offices may be held by any Brother Knight who has the desire and ability to execute the duties of the office and has reach 3rd Degree by the election.  The process of our election this year is outlined in the Council By Laws that were voted on and adopted November 13, 2013.  Articles II & III outline the procedures for our elections and the timeframe to accomplish them.  The main items I wish to touch on are;

  • Nominations need to be to the Nomination Committee by the General Meeting in March.
  • A slate of candidates will be read and posted by our General Meeting in March –(30 days prior the voting.)
  • Voting of Officers will take place at the General Meeting in April
  • Installation of Officers will take place during the Month of May. (Prior to the Brothers leaving for the summer.)
  • Officers will assume their post for the Fraternal Year 2014 – 2015 on July 1st
  • The election of officers shall be by ballot and a majority of all votes cast shall be necessary to elect.
  • Officers who already hold an office are invited to submit their names if they wish to stay in that office or if there is another position which they are interested.

Note:    other nominations can be made from the floor during the voting session.
Note2:   nominating committee consists of Ed Berger – DGK,  Joseph Galassi – Director of Membership,                  Marcel Baadte – 1 yr Trustee.   

I am asking everyone to review the attachment “Council 9678 List of Officer Positions for Fraternal Year 2014-2015and respond to it with your desire to participate in the Council activities for next year.
Remember, The Knights of Columbus is a Brotherhood of like Catholic Gentlemen who have a responsibility to be active and help move Council 9678 forward toward our goal.

Fraternally your

Thom Phar
Grand Knight – Council 9678


Updated: Feb 16, 2014

Event Calendar

In Memory of:


Brother Knights of Council 9678 who have passed away recently.

  • Roman F. Borkovec -
    November 23, 2013
  • Ed Freemole -
    January 18, 2014

updated: Jan 24, 2014

4th Degree Update:


Dear Brother Knights

If you are a 4th Degree and either are or would like to participate with our Honor/Color Guard then the below links will give you access to the Color Guard Manual



The Unborn Looking Up....


The Knights of Columbus were founded in 1882 by Fr. Michael J. McGiveney to support widows and orphans of Irish immigrants. The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 13,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan and with over 14,000 in the state of Arizona. What do the Knights do? The Knights were formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works. The Knights work is based on the values of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.
Our charitable accomplishments in 2010 - 2013 include financial support of St Stevens' and local charities such as:

  • Neighbors Who Care
  • Maggies Place
  • Life Choices
  • Mothers in Need
  • St Peter Mission School - Bapchule, AZ
  • ARC

In the past year, over $10,000 was donated to those organizations. Where does the money come from? From your support of Knights activities such as the Sunday breakfast, Annual Charity Raffle and casino excursions for which we are most grateful.

By working together as a council, and with the support of our Ladies Auxiliary, we leverage the concept of Unity by conducting the following activities:

  • Semi-yearly Blood Drive
  • Seminarian support
  • Youth soccer and basketball contests.
  • Sick and ill home visitation

The Knights also have an excellent insurance program providing income protection for younger families and investment opportunities for mature families.

As the parishes only men's organization, the Knights promote Fraternity through fellowship at monthly meetings in conjunction with our Ladies Auxiliary. We also host social events such as the October Landing Party, Christmas Party and Spring clergy appreciation dinner. Our fourth degree assembly supports parish and dioceses ceremonies in our Knights regalia.

Accomplishing these tasks requires time and talent - the harvest is plenty but the workers are few. We need a few more good men and ladies to help continue our work. I would like to reach out to our members who haven't been active participants to recommit by attending our next meeting.

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