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Michigan Columbian 32 page magazine




    Volume 63 No. 4

    April 2013


    Pope Francis Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 17, 1936, Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis on March 13, 2013, when he was named the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Bergoglio, the first pope from the Americas, reportedly took his papal title after St. Francis of As-sisi of Italy. Prior to his election as pope, Bergoglio served as archbishop of Buenos Aires from 1998 to 2013 (succeeding Antonio Quarracino), as cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church of Argentina from 2001 to 2013, and as president of the Bishops' Conference of Argentina from 2005 to 2011. Early Life and Education Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Decem-ber 17, 1936, to Italian immigrants. As a teenager, Bergoglio underwent surgery to remove a lung due to serious infection. Following his high school graduation, he enrolled at the University of Buenos Aires, where he received a master's degree in chemistry before beginning training at the

    Jesuit seminary of Villa Devoto. In March 1958, he entered the Society of Jesus. Bergoglio went on to attend the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel, where he earned a degree in philoso-phy, and later received a doctorate in theology in Freiburg, Germany. Entering Priesthood Ordained as a priest in December 1969, Bergoglio began serving as Jesuit provincial of Argentina in 1973. He later returned to his alma mater, the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel, where he served as rector (1980-86) as well as a professor of theology. In June 1992, Bergoglio was named titular bishop of Auca and auxiliary of Buenos Aires, and in February 1998, he became archbishop of Buenos Aires, succeeding Antonio Quarracino. Three years later, in February 2001, he was elevated to cardinal by Pope John Paul II, named the cardinal-priest of Saint Robert Bellarmine. In 2005, he was named president of the Bishops' Conference of Argentina, serving in that position until 2011. After Pope John Paul II's death in April 2005, Bergoglio reportedly received the second-most votes in the 2005 papal elec-tion; Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) won election as Pope John Paul's successor. Early into his priesthood, Bergoglio earned a reputation as a doctrinal conservative. He strongly opposed the legalization of same-sex marriage in Argentina, calling it "a destructive attack on God's plan" (a same-sex marriage bill was approved by Ar-gentinian lawmakers in July 2010, making Argentina the first country in Latin America to legalize such legislation). He also publicly disputed efforts to promote free contraception and artificial insemination led by Argentinian President Cristina Fernan-dez. Becoming Pope On March 13, 2013, at the age of 76, Jorge Bergoglio was named the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Churchbecoming the first citizen from the Americas, the first non-European and first Jesuit priest to be named pope and adopting the name Pope Francis (he reportedly took the title after St. Francis of Assisi of Italy, a Catholic preacher during the 12th and 13th centuries). Prior to the 2013 papal election, Pope Francis had served as both archbishop and cardinal for more than 12 years.

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    Volume 63 No. 3

    April 2013

    From The State Deputy Michael J. Malinowski


    In Service to One. In

    Service to All.

    I am late in writing this article as we wait for the words Habemus Papam. What a great surprise the Conclave gave to us as they selected Cardinal Bergoglio to become our next Pope. We as Knights of Columbus have to be tremendously excited as we learn about the life style of Pope Francis. His commitment to service, his commitment to those in poverty, and his commitment to those in need. It is what the Knights of Columbus are all about. His deep compassion and care for the poor has to en-ergize us as we go about our lives. They say Pope Francis is A Pope of Firsts. The first Jesuit to become Pope. The first Pope of the New World. The first Pope from Latin America. And the first Pope to be named Francis. The first principle of our order is charity. When we collect cans of food for our food banks, we feed the hun-gry. When we distribute coats for kids we clothe the naked. When we collect money for the Mentally Impaired we help those who need help. When we give monies to Holy Cross Children Services (Boysville) we help those in need. I could go on and on about the many things the Knights do for charity. The more we learn about Francis our Pope, the more we should try to follow his example.

    Now following his lead we should ask those Catholic men who are not members to join us and help take of those in need. At the beginning of January our State Warden Mr. Richard McCloy, Jr. was notified by his employer that his job description had changed. Because of this change by his employer his ability to perform the job of State Warden came into jeopardy. I re-grettably accepted his resignation as State Warden. I have appointed Mr. Dean Combs to fulfill the unexpired term of State Warden. Rick and his wife Beth were a great addition to the State Board and will be missed by myself and the rest of the State Officers. I wish to thank Dean and his wife Linda for accepting this office.

    American Catholics Praise and Respect Pope Benedict XVI

    A new Knights of Columbus-Marist Poll finds that vast majorities say he changed the Church, the world and their lives for the better. Just a week after his retirement took effect, a new Knights of Columbus-Marist poll finds that American Catholics give high marks to Pope Benedict XVI. More than three quarters of Catholics (77 percent) and more than 8 in 10 practicing Catholics (82 percent) have a "very posi-tive" or "positive" impression of Pope Benedict XVIs years as pope. American Catholics have very positive views on Pope Benedicts impact on their lives, the direction of the Church, and the moral direction of the world. Nearly 7 in 10 Catholics (68 percent) and more than three quarters of practicing Catholics (77 percent) say Pope Benedict had a very positive or positive impact on their life. Only 13% of Catholics and 12% of practicing Catholics saw a negative im-pact. Additionally, 70 percent of Catholics and 75 percent of practicing Catholics believe he had a very positive or positive impact on the direction of the Catholic Church. Only about two in 10 said his impact was negative or very negative (21 and 19 percent respectively). About two thirds of Catholics (65 percent) and about 7 in 10 practicing Catholics (69 percent) said he had a very positive or positive impact on the moral direction of the world. Fewer than a quarter (23 and 22 percent respectively) disagreed and saw his impact as "negative" or "very negative".

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  • Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus


    State Officers

    Michael J. Malinowski State Deputy

    Rev. Scott A. Thibodeau State Chaplain

    Robert W. Fox State Secretary

    Kenneth B. Unterbrink State Treasurer

    Antonio G. Vittorini State Advocate

    State Warden

    Thomas A. Marcetti, Sr. Immediate Past State Deputy

    Thomas M. Wegener, PSD Supreme Director

    Michigan State Council Office 2184 Beech Daly

    Dearborn Hgts., MI 48127 Office Phone 313-274-3223

    Fax 313-274-0704 Email: mikofc@sbcglobal.net

    Lawrence T. Grabowski Executive Secretary

    Editorial Gary M. Kolbicz, Editor


    Michigan Columbian Publication Schedule

    Copy Deadline Month March 1stApril 2013 June 1stJuly 2013 September 1st.October 2013 December 1st..January 2013

    Please Send All Copy Material To:

    Gary M. Kolbicz 39373 Durand Drive

    Sterling Heights, MI. 48310 Phone: 586-939-3886

    Home Fax: 586-939-3886 Email g.kolbicz@mikofc.org


    Notify your local council. Send your new address and mailing la-bet to:

    Knights of Columbus Membership Records

    PO Box 1670 New Haven, CT 06507-0901



    From The State Chaplain Rev. Scott A. Thibodeau

    My Dear Brother Knights and Ladies:

    Vivat Jesus! As I sit to write, the Church is currently experi-encing sede vacante or the chair is vacant referring to the Chair of St. Peter. Hopefully, by the time you read these words, the Chair will be filled and we will have a new Holy Father leading us closer to God. Either way, whether we have a new Pope or are still waiting, pray for the Church and the new Holy Father whoever he may be. Our prayers for the leader of the Universal Church are most important to show our love and support for the Body of Christ in the world. This

    election of our new Holy Father is an important decision for the Church and for us personally as Knights. I thank everyone for your kindness at my membership tribute dinner. It was a glori-ous evening and great fun. Being honored in this way was very humbling. Not long after the tribute dinner, I was the class honoree for the Fourth degree exemplification for district 1. Being honored so much in such a short period of time was interesting, humbling and tremendous all at the same time. So, thank you for kind support and know of my prayers for everyone in our order. We have just come through the great season lent and now enter the season of our redemption, Easter! What a blessed gift we have received in that the Son of God has conquered sin and death