Marian Council makes worldwide impact

Bloomington, MN – The Marian Council 3827 of Bloomington, MN organized an event called “Networking for a Cause”, where a group of people got together to go and help feed the hungry at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) who are a non-profit Christian based organization headquartered in Coon Rapids, MN. FMSC are dedicated to feeding God’s children in 70 countries around the world. During the evening the 51 brother knights and their families, were able to pack 7,992 meals, into 37 boxes, and feed 22 kids in Kenya for an entire year. All this was done with the hands, feet, and love of the 51 people that showed up to hand pack and box meals specifically made for the under nourished children of Kenya. Marian Council 3827 program chair Jason Touw said “We based the idea of the event around the fact that one of our main pillars of the Knights of Columbus is charity, what better way to give than feed the hungry of our world, just like Jesus did with the loaves and fishes in the bible.” The event was done in two parts, part one 17 of the attendees joined each other at the Knights of Columbus hall in Bloomington for an all you can eat fish fry and fellowship. Part two everyone re-assembled at Feed My Starving Children to help feed the hungry children. “We plan to host this event on a regular basis perhaps once every other month to start, but eventually, I would like to see us hosting it on a more regular basis” Touw stated.

The Marian Council 3827 also has listed on their calendar their next visit to Feed My Starving Children on Friday September 20th, 2013. If you are interested in learning more about the Marian Council or the Knights of Columbus please visit

Below are a few photos taken during the event on Friday July 19th, 2013.

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New Officers Installed

June 25, 2013 – Bloomington, MN. The Marian Council 3827 hosted the installation of officers ceremony this evening for their council, the ladies auxiliary and a few local councils. During this special ceremony the council welcomed one of the youngest members ever to be elected as a Grand Knight.

Below are a few photos taken at the event by our Brother Knight Jason A. Touw. If you wish to download a picture simply click on the thumbnail and then right mouse click and save image as. 

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Corpus Christi 2013

June 2, 2013 – The Bloomington Knights of Columbus Marian Council 3827 participated in a Corpus Christi procession at St Bonaventure following the 10am mass. This procession went through the grounds of the parish and completed with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. In addition, to this procession there was also a Multilingual procession hosted by the Archdiocese of St Paul Minneapolis which took the faithful through the streets of St Paul.

The Corpus Christi procession in St Paul begun at the bottom of Cathedral Hill at the Little Sister of the Poor and continued for about 1 mile along West 7th Street to the Cathedral. The procession included +/- 500 faithful Catholics signing traditional hymns in English, Spanish and Latin. The faithful gathered for this procession also said a complete Divine Mercy Chaplet prior to arriving at the Cathedral. Once inside the Cathedral, Bishop Piché processed the Eucharistic Lord to the Altar. The faithful now gathered inside the Cathedral participated in adoration and listened to a reading from the day’s Gospel Luke 9:11b-17 which talked about the feeding of 5,000. During his homily Bishop Piché said we made a difference in the lives of many people today whether they were smiling at us as the Eucharist and procession walked passed them or where mad with us for delaying their daily lives with closing of West 7th street, 35E exit ramps, Kellog Blvd, Summit Ave. and John Ireland Blvd. Piché also thanked the many present, as well as those that come as a tradition to the procession and challenged all present to please encourage all their family, friends and neighbors to come out next year and join the Corpus Christi Procession which will take place at the Basilica of St Mary.

Photos taken during the two Processions today

Photo Credit: Jason A. Touw
Photo Credit: Jason A. Touw
Photo Credit: Jason A. Touw
Marian Council Knights helping lead Corpus Christi Procession at St Bonaventure
Photo Credit: Jason A. Touw
Our brothers in St Paul standing guard at a stop along route to the Cathedral.
Photo Credit: Nicole Casebolt
Photo Credit: Nicole Casebolt
Knights of Columbus lead St Paul Corpus Christi Procession
Photo Credit: Nicole Casebolt
Photo Credit: Nicole Casebolt
Photo Credit: Nicole Casebolt

Welcome to our New Priests

Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt ordained 10 new priests at the Cathedral of St Paul, MN on May 25th, 2013 in front of a fully packed standing room only congregation and over 100 priests from throughout the archdiocese. This was the largest class of priests to be ordained since 2005 when Archbishop Emeritus Most Reverend Harry J Flynn, D.D. ordained 15. In addition, the new priests are all from our Archdiocese.

To view a few of the official Ordinations photos you can visit The Catholic Spirit article. While there you will also find an article that announces the appointments of these new priests and those in our Archdiocese that will be moving.

Finally, below you will also find a few photos taken and shared by Brother Knight Jason A. Touw who was in the congregation at the 2013 ordinations. (Please note these are taken on a mobile device and therefore, maybe slightly grainy or blurry).

The Priests from all over the archdiocese await the beginning of the procession into the Mother church of the Archdiocese


The New Priests are taking their vows of priesthood and stating their obedience to Most Rev. John C. Nienstedt and his successors


The view of the Cathedral as seen from the steps of the capital

Live Update from 2013 KC State Convention

Below you will find LIVE Tweets, pictures, and updates from the 2013 Knights of Columbus State Convention. These photos are being provided by Officers\’ Blog Michael Gigot, District Deputy Orville Fillbrandt and posted by Brother Knight Jason A. Touw. Please note that some of these were taken on a mobile device and therefore quality is not perfect.

Additionally, you can read Officers\’ Blog Michael Gigot’s recap of convention article

Archive of Live Conversation from Convention

Photos from Convention

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