Maine Knights of Columbus

Men of action for Jesus Christ

Providing opportunities to live and spread the Catholic faith
through the state of Maine.

  • Maine State DD Organizational Meeting 6/21-23
    State Deputy Michael Giroux My wife Barbara and I were married in 2007. We live in Augusta, have both been active in different ministries in our home parish of St. Michael’s, and are fully committed to serving the Maine State Council. At the 129th Maine State Convention in 2024, I was elected to the position of…
    Matthew Valles will be ordained to the priesthood on June 29th at St John’s Church in Bangor starting at 10:00 a.m. Views: 1
  • Exemplification Limerick Council 136 Rockland
    Three new members pictured in the center. Views: 2
  • Latest Regional Training
      DELTA CHURCH DRIVE TRAINING Tuesday February 8, 2022 8:00 PM EASTERN CANCELED Saturday February 26, 2022 10:00 AM EASTERN   COUNCIL GROWTH TRAINING Wednesday February 23, 2021 8:00 PM EASTERN Views: 0
  • Maine Regional Training
    Don’t miss this Live Opportunity for Regional Training Eastern Region Training Director, and Past State Deputy of the District of Columbia, Brandon Brown visits Maine this week. Those brother Knights currently holding positions as District Deputy or a Council Officer OR may wish to hold these positions sometime in the future should consider attending this…
  • Maine Knights mourn the passing of Reverend Renald D. Labarre
    Reverend Renald D. Labarre   Biddeford   His life’s work was to help people grow closer to God, and now his labors have ended and has found his reward with his Father in Heaven.   Reverend Renald D. Labarre was born on July 6, 1934, on Pierson’s Lane in Biddeford. His father, Edmond Labarre, was…

Knights of Columbus is proud to release a new short documentary (30 min) on the life of Joe Reali, a dynamic young man whose passion was evident both on the football field and in how he lived his Catholic faith. Following his sudden and tragic death in 2015, thousands turned out for his wake and funeral, where they shared stories about Joe’s sacrificial love for others and his care for the downtrodden. Today, the legacy of this devout and fun-loving young man lives on through the Joseph Mario Reali Knights of Columbus Council 16261 in Woodbury, Long Island.

The film will be released on July 4 and can be viewed here. Please help promote this inspiring film throughout your jurisdiction by sharing it with your council leaders, on your social media platforms, and with your friends and families.

Theaters are currently being added – Deep within each human soul, there exists an intense craving for connection, purpose, and love — a thirst that only God can satisfy. Yet, the question remains: How does one fulfill this yearning? The Catholic Church teaches that the Eucharist is the most profound means by which God shares Himself with humanity. However, a 2019 Pew Research Study unveiled a concerning reality: only one-third of practicing U.S. Catholics believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

In Jesus Thirsts: The Miracle of the Eucharist, we embark on a global journey to rediscover and revive the transformative power of the Eucharist. Engaging in dialogue with notable Catholic figures, the film explores the biblical origins of the Eucharist and shares personal stories of individuals whose lives have been transformed by the Blessed Sacrament. This exploration makes it unmistakably clear that the Eucharist is not merely a symbol, but is indeed Jesus Christ Himself — fervently desiring to quench our spiritual thirst with His boundless love.

Jesus Thirsts is a compelling cinematic teaching about the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. It offers catechetical teaching which then is reinforced by Eucharistic witness of people and events. After watching, a viewer cannot walk away without believing in the true presence.”

-Fr. Edward Looney, STL, pastor, author and podcaster

What is the Silver & Gold Mass?

Catholics marking milestone wedding anniversaries are invited to participate in the annual Silver & Gold Anniversary Mass celebrated by the bishop of the diocese. Bishop James Ruggieri will offer a special blessing to all married couples in the church. A light reception will follow the celebration.

Upcoming Events

“My flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.” (John 6:55-56)

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, also known as the Feast of Corpus Christi, is a celebration of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. On this day, we recall the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper.

Officers of the Maine State Council

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Gilman Berube

State Secretary, District Deputy #1

I was born in 1951 to a family of 13 children with a father and mother who had a very strong work ethic
and devout faith. After graduation I joined the Armed Forces and shortly afterwards due to a physical
condition I was honorably discharged. I then pursued a career in the pulp and paper industries, which
lasted for 44 years.

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Gary Boynton

State Advocate, District Warden #6, District Deputy #9

I have lived in Belfast for most of my life. I graduated from Belfast Area High School and
attended the University of ME for several years. I moved back to Belfast and worked at MBNA
(now Bank of America) for 15 years. In 2014 I moved to athenahealth where I have served
many roles.
I joined the Order in 2012.

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Mike Foster

State Warden

Mike Foster – State Warden
My journey with the Knights of Columbus began in 2008 with the Springvale Council. I transferred to
Council 10221 shortly after and served my first term as Grand Knight in 2011. I earned my fourth degree
the following year and soon after became Faithful Navigator of Assembly 356 in Westbrook Maine.

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Michael W Giroux

State Deputy

Michael and Barbara Giroux – State Deputy and First Lady of Maine

I was born in Winslow, ME, and spent nine years with the Ursuline’s at Mount Merici Catholic School.
After graduating from Winslow High School, I attended the University of Maine at Orono for two and a
half years, majoring in music education and mechanical engineering.

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John Harvey

Immediate Past State Deputy

I was born in Fort Kent and grew up in St. Francis, Maine. I graduated from Fort Kent Community High School in 1982 and from Eastern Maine Community College in May of 1984. I have been employed as a Radiographic Technologist for 32 years. I have held several positions and have worked in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab.

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Fr Nathan March

State Chaplain

Hello, my name is Fr. Nathan March.
I am your new pastor at St. Michael Parish. For those who don’t know me, I’ve been a priest of the Diocese of Portland for 15 years, having been ordained by Bishop Richard J. Malone in 2007, along with Fr. Greg Dube and Fr. Seamus Griesbach, at the Basilica of Sts.

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Gilman Ouellette

State Treasurer

I was raised in Madawaska Maine, having the best childhood anyone could hope for. I graduated from Madawaska High
School in 1976 and attended Niagara University where I met my wife, Bernadette. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science
degree in 1980, after which I attended IONA College part time, graduating with a master’s in business administration in

Jubilee 2025 – Pilgrims of Hope

Pope Francis stated in his February 2022 letter announcing the Jubilee 2025: “We must fan the flame of hope that has been given us, and help everyone to gain new strength and certainty by looking to the future with an open spirit, a trusting heart and far-sighted vision. cit

Holy Year 2025 website to go live..

The Vatican office in charge of coordinating plans for the Holy Year 2025 announced they are launching a new website and releasing an app to help people register and to guide them along their pilgrimage in Rome.

great ‘symphony’ of prayer

…the Pope wrote: “From now on I am happy to think that the year preceding the Jubilee event, 2024, will be dedicated to a great ‘symphony’ of prayer. First of all, to recover the desire to be in the presence of the Lord, to listen to him and adore him.” In preparation for the Jubilee, therefore, individual dioceses are invited to promote the centrality of individual and community prayer during this year.

An array of resources

Knights of Columbus allows men to lead their families in faith & service and make a meaningful difference for others through the Faith in Action programs.

Growing the Family and Faith

Our goal is to help men, their families and their parishes grow closer to Christ. Through our programs and resources, we provide opportunities to live and spread the Catholic faith through the state of Maine.

Guarding the Family and Legacy

The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal benefit society, which means we can provide financial security to members and their families, while turning premiums into charitable impact.

“Whatever cause you contribute to, providing a child the gift of warmth, advocating for a culture of life, giving persecuted religious minorities food and medical care, or helping rebuild after natural disasters, and more. Your donation goes directly to those we serve through our charitable programs.”

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