Message from the Jul. - Aug. Newsletter:

We would like to thank all the Sir Knights who participated in the Mass for the Ordination to the transitional diaconate of Rev. Mr. Christopher Micale, held at St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral on Saturday June 1. Your devotion to the Knights of Columbus and your support of our seminarians is certainly to be praised. Rev. Mr. Christopher Micale has been assigned to the Nativity of The Blessed Virgin Mary – St. Louis Parish in Swanton for the summer. 

DeGoesbriand Council 279 has just completed its 32nd year of providing support to our seminarians and religious postulants. This past fraternal year we were able to present 12 scholarships to ten Seminarians and two Religious postulants from the Sisters of The Immaculate Heart of Mary in Westfield,Vt. We were able to accomplish this through the generous support of our membership their families and friends.

Please support our seminarians through our RSVP program which is both moral and financial support. Under this program, councils and assemblies make an annual minimum donation of $500 or more to an individual seminarian or postulant to help with expenses. The sum must go to 
a single qualified person; it may not be divided or apportioned to more than one recipient. Councils and assemblies can sponsor more then one seminarian or postulant if their resources permit. For every $500 donated, the council or assembly is eligible for a refund of $100
  • The following persons are eligible to receive RSVP funds:
  • Seminarians attending college seminaries. 
  • Seminarians who have been accepted by a diocese and are in a major seminary (usually, four years). 
  • Seminarians in their “pastoral” year (most often when they are deacons). 
  • Seminarians who belong to a religious institute and are currently in formation for the priesthood. 
  • Men and women who are novices or postulants in religious orders or religious communities.
Those eligible for assistance do include foreign seminarians studying in the United States. U.S. Seminarians studying overseas. Anyone who would like to donate to our Vocations Scholarship program may send a check made out to DeGoesbriand Council 279 Vocations Fund, P.O. Box 5534, Burlington, VT 05402.

Our Vocations banquet honoring our priest and seminarians will not be held this summer due to the summer schedule of the seminarians they will not be available  The banquet will be held during the seminarians Christmas break.

We would like to give a very sincere thank you to all our Brother Knights and their families for all of the financial and prayerful support for the seminarians that the Vocations Committee has received. 

Priests, Brothers, Nuns…They need us, we need them…Vocations are everybody’s business. 
Pray for Vocations.


Jerry Bean, PSD, FDM
State Vocations Chairman 

Larry Fortier
Council Vocations Chairman