Council #3540
2015 Seminarians Flyer

These young men can use your prayers and support while they are at St. Joseph’s Seminary studying to become a priests.


Father Michael J. McGivney Guild

IL 60th State Certificate
 From Grand Knight
Dom Ramirez.....

Hello Brother Knights,

From Grand Knight Dom Ramirez..... Hello Brother Knights:

This is to inform you that this will be my last report as your Grand Knight for Lansing Council. Due to my new job’s work commitment and having to manage dad’s estate due to his unexpected passing, I’m not seeking a second term as Grand Knight. This is NOT to say that I will not be involved in our Council movement forward. In fact I plan on being active as much as possible and participating in the many worthy causes that we perform. Our Council will be in great leadership and continue to flourish under Matt Martinez. He has a proven track record of many accomplishments and will do an awesome job as your next Grand Knight.

As I write this letter, it is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of Cardinal Frances E. George. Cardinal George served more than 15 years as Archbishop of the Chicago Diocese until his retirement October 2014. I had the opportunity to meet his Eminence at the 100th Anniversary of St. Ann Parish in 2013. I was very impressed with his intelligence, kindness and peaceful yet strong voice. His homilies were brilliant and captivating. Cardinal George was a member of Knights of Columbus since 1991 and served as state chaplain for the state of Washington and later as host ordinary for the Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention in Chicago in 2005. The Cardinal also presided over the Knights’ Eucharistic Congress following this convention and was a keynote speaker at 2002 and 2009 Supreme Conventions. In Jan of this year Cardinal George became the 11th recipient of the Order’ highest honor, the Gaudium et Spes Award. This award is named after the Second Vatican Council’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. This award was established in 1992 by the Knights of Columbus.

Let’s Keep Cardinal George and his family in our Thoughts and Prayers.

Until Next time, Vivat Jesus!

Dom Ramirez, Grand Knight

We still need your help and/or co-chairpersons for the following programs;

  • Annual Council Clergy Night - May 29, 2015
  • Annual Golf Outing – June 28, 2015

Prayerfully consider attending our next meeting and stay afterwards to learn more about these great programs. We need your help to run and have another successful program.

Please see take a look at our Crawler in the upper right of this webpage. You can get more information about the following events planned:

Our next major degree exemplifications, for those wishing to join our council and the Knights will take place on:

  • (Take your 1st Degree) Thursday, May 14th at the Lansing Council #3540, 17800 Lorenz Ave - Lansing.
    Registration is at 6:30, Degree Starts at 7:00PM
  • (Take your 1st-3rd Degrees) To Be Scheduled.
  • (Take your 4th Degree) To Be Scheduled.

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If you are a member of the Knights of Columbus we welcome you to join us at our monthly meeting! The Lansing Council meets at our facility, located at: 17800 Lorenz Ave, Lansing, IL. See the "Directions" button on the left of this website page, for a map and driving details to find our council. Council meetings are held on the First Tuesday of each month starting at 8PM.

New Information!

From Insurance Agent
Tim Totos.....

Why We Offer Insurance?
And Why Do The Knights of Columbus Care About It?

November, 2014

Before you think about how you and your family would use life insurance, and what products and options you would need, there are a few more basic questions that need to be answered: What is life insurance? And why do the Knights of Columbus care about it?

It may seem counter-intuitive that a Catholic organization would be in the life-insurance business. It may seem odd that one of the world’s largest charitable organizations is also one of North America’s largest insurers. But it’s not odd at all. Providing financial protection for Catholic families has been at the core of our mission since the beginning.

Two Problems, One Solution

The drive to offer financial protection for Catholic families comes from our venerable founder Father Michael J. McGivney. On numerous occasions in his brief life, Father McGivney witnessed first-hand the devastation wrought by the untimely death of a breadwinner. Two instances are particularly instructive.

In the summer of 1873, when young Michael was a seminarian in Canada, he was forced to hit pause on his theological studies and return home to aid his family after the sudden death of his father Patrick. “He was reeling,” we learn in Parish Priest. “He packed his belongings, knowing that he would never return to Sainte-Marie, and went home…”

“Money for tuition was no longer available,” the authors go on to say. “Even if the McGivney family could survive without Michael’s financial support, it was not clear that he could survive without help from them – or someone.” Michael went on to continue his studies, after receiving a scholarship from the then-Diocese of Hartford.

Less than a decade later, McGivney, now an associate pastor at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., was faced with an all-too-similar situation.

Parishioner Edward Downes, Jr., a good friend of Father McGivney’s, was forced to quit the seminary and return home to New Haven to support his widowed mother and his twelve siblings when his father died unexpectedly.

In those days, the court had the right to assign children to public institutions if it had reason to believe that their families couldn’t properly care for and support them.

The Downses were able to account for most of their family members, but were facing the very real prospect of losing their three teenage boys unless each had a guardian to sponsor and stand for him in court, and provide $1,500 to back the claim to guardianship.

On February 6, 1882 – the very same day as the first organizational meeting for what would become the Knights of Columbus – Father McGivney appeared in court to stand as guardian for Edward’s brother Alfred. The court accepted, and McGivney was satisfied with the outcome, but not with the recurring nightmare of financial hardship.

“Even though he was only a young man,” Parish Priest says of McGivney, “he was filled with a lifetime of anger and frustration at the sense of doom that settled over nearly every family that lost its wage earner….On the afternoon of February 6, he was more determined than ever that what had happened to the Downes family need not happen to anyone else.”

The Mission Begins – And Continues

And in that spirit, Father McGivney set off with “entrepreneurial zeal” to found the Knights of Columbus. In his own words, Father McGivney wanted the organization to “to unite the men of our Faith throughout the Diocese of Hartford, that we may thereby gain strength to aid each other in time of sickness; to provide for decent burial, and to render pecuniary assistance to the families of the deceased members. “

He knew what life was like without that assistance. The initial system of “life insurance” designed by Father McGivney was a simple one, a pass-the-hat system that each member participated in to help support his brother Knights.

But as the organization grew council-by-council, state-by-state, and country-by-country, so too did the insurance program, and the pass-the-hat system was transformed into one of the largest and most highly-rated life insurance programs in North America.

The Knights of Columbus has passed many milestones and received many accolades along the way: $95 billion of life insurance in force, 39 consecutive A++, Superior ratings for financial strength from A.M. Best, 13 consecutive years of sales growth, designation as a 2014 “World’s Most Ethical Company,” but all that is secondary.

What matters most is that we continue to fulfill Father McGivney’s mission of offering and providing financial protection for Catholic families.

2014 is not 1882. Times are different. Laws are different. Economies are different. But even for those families who may have slightly more than next-to-nothing, insurance protection can be the difference between getting by and getting evicted. In its role as the premier Catholic life insurer, the Knights of Columbus continues to provide a valuable and noble service.

That’s why we offer life insurance.

It’s not for the $8 billion in annual sales volume, or the $95 billion in force, or the 1.8 million policies on the books. It’s not the amounts that count, but the impact of those dollars.

It’s the homes saved, the college tuition's provided, the Catholic funerals paid for, and the families shielded that create the legacy of protection that would make Father McGivney proud.

It’s those things that are the hallmark of the Knights of Columbus Insurance program. Take the time to reach out to your dedicated Knights of Columbus field agent – who is himself a brother Knight – and see what we might be able to offer to you and your family.