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Abanaki Council places first Nativity in any US Capital

January 6, 2018 by Dan LaLonde

Editor’s note: Abanaki Councill 334 also scored space on SeacoastOnline. See their article here.

On December 18, Abnaki Council 334 conducted the first ever Nativity Celebration at the Maine State Capitol Hall of Flags in Augusta.  This celebration marked the first time in Maine’s history that a Nativity was placed on State of Maine property.  The Nativity set was donated by the American Nativity organization, which strives to place a nativity set in every state capitol and this was also the first time the Knights of Columbus have ever placed a Nativity in any US State Capitol.  Governor Paul LePage spoke about Christmas memories, Council 334 also announced the winners of the Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest and the Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest.  3 choirs performed – St. Michael School from Augusta, St. Dominic Academy Elementary Choir and the Mt. View Chamber Singers.  State Deputy Norm Gray closed the ceremony with remarks indicating the significance of this event to the State of Maine, the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Church and all Christians.

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Texas Disaster Relief

August 11, 2017 by Dan LaLonde

Worthy State Deputies and fellow Classmates –


Thank you so much for the many of you who have reached out to Texas with prayers and offers of support.  We greatly appreciate the spirit of fraternal charity which drives us all to respond to the needs of Knights, their families and communities.  Know that we are also working closely with Supreme which has been very proactive in working to anticipate the needs we know are coming.


Like several other states, Texas has an active and experienced Disaster Response team.  The most immediate need is for funds to assist with shelter operations, daily food and relief for rescue and recovery workers and volunteers, and then eventually for direct relief of the most pressing of uninsured losses.  Progress can be monitored at our website homepage at and also at the Order’s Supreme website at


Donations may be made to our Disaster Relief Fund at sing/project/disaster-relief- fund or may be mailed to our State Council office at   6633 Hwy 290 East, Suite 204  Austin, TX  78723.


Please continue to pray for all those affected by the storm, those with significant losses, and those who will volunteer to assist in recovery.  The flooding in the Houston area and others is some of the worst in our history.  God bless them all.

Vivat Jesus!  Viva Cristo Rey!


Douglas E. Oldmixon

Texas State Deputy

Knights of Columbus

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