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From Your State Deputy
A Renewal at Supreme, A Renewal of Wyoming’s Councils
As a new state deputy, I joined other state deputies in New Haven, CT for several days in June. Be-sides meeting the top officers and department heads of the Order, we breathed deeply of its history, culture, and operations, culminating in our installation as state deputies—which occurred only a few minutes after Patrick Kelly was installed by Carl Anderson as our new Supreme Knight—in St. Mary’s Church.
Of all my impressions of the week, the strongest is my conviction that the Order has been undergoing a profound renewal of its founding principles. That renewal has been ongoing for several years and is deep-ly spiritual. Although complicated by COVID, it was enriched by the beatification of Father McGivney, the proclamation of the Year of St. Joseph and the installation of an inspiring new Supreme Knight.
Returning to Wyoming, my first concern was how to convey that spirit of renewal to an entire state—which I haven’t figured out. Cultural change travels slowly, even with good communications. (Filling out forms doesn’t count.)
This renewal makes it an exciting time to be a Knight. I’m delighted with what’s happening and confi-dent that the Knights of Columbus has a bright future in our parishes. Supreme is even working to simplify paperwork so that we can concentrate on the work of the Order. If we truly want them, our councils can be here when the Church in Wyoming needs us most.
I’m afraid that time is coming. As we all know, demographic changes are challenging our small towns. A recent chart I saw shows U.S. Census population changes between 2010 and 2020 in Wyoming towns with more than 2,000 population. Here is the portion of the chart showing towns that lost more than 1% in population. Note the towns with K of C councils.