New Fraternal Year 2021-2022 Information


New Fraternal Year 2021-2022 Information


Worthy State Officers/Dignitaries, Clergy, and Staff of the BJPL Third Texas District,

Hoping that your Fourth of July was an enjoyable day of food, family, festivities…but mostly patriotically, as we give thanks to God for our freedoms he granted to us from birth and defended by all those who have served to preserve them.
As we have started a new fraternal year on July 1, I wanted to forward information on a quick look back at 2020-2021 Exemplifications, upcoming activities, and other items:
  • 2020 – 2021 Exemplifications:
    • We held three in-person exemplifications (September (Farmers Branch), October (Farmers Branch), and June (Longview)) but without a ladies program or banquet, adding a total of 124 new SK’s, including 2 clergy;
    • We held three virtual exemplifications:
      • Feb. 6 (hosted by District 4; viewed at Farmers Branch) our first Spanish Exemplification, we added 12 new SK’s, including 1 clergy;
      • Mar. 27 (hosted by Arkansas DM; viewed at Windthorst Council Hall), we added 8 new SK’s;
      • June 3 (hosted by District 7; viewed in Gainesville), we added 9 new SK’s;
    • For 2020 – 2021, we added a total of 153 new SK’s, including 3 clergy; 48% of membership goal. Tough conditions, but this needs to be addressed for this coming fraternal year…see comments later in email.
    • A new exemplar team was auditioned in January and performed very well at their first ceremony at the June Exemplification in Longview.
  • Upcoming Activities:
    • Christmas in July Staff Party:
      • Since we could not hold our Epiphany Staff Party in January of this year due to pandemic concerns, we will be holding it as a Christmas in July Party on Sunday, July 25, 2021 from 4:30pm – 8:00pm at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 3990 W. University Drive, Prosper, TX 75078. Access is available from Teel Parkway or Windsong Parkway. As a recipient of this email, you and your wife/significant other are cordially invited! Dinner will be catered-in (no cost to attendees), so I will need an accurate attendee count by noon, Monday, July 19, 2021. Looking forward to us gathering socially…in-person again!
    • Exemplifications:
      • Saturday, August 21, 2021: Spanish Virtual Exemplification hosted by District 4 (WDMaster Lupe Ortiz); waiting to hear if we will have access to Council 5052; start time is 10:00am. If you hear of an Assembly in need of Spanish Form 4’s, let me know as I have some quantity that I can send them.
      • Saturday, September 11, 2021 (20th anniversary of 9-11); to be held at St. Gabriel the Archangel Church, 110 Saint Gabriel Way, McKInney, TX 75071. We will be having a Ladies Program and banquet!
      • Saturday, October 9, 2021; to be held at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 3990 W. University Drive, Prosper, TX 75078, and a Ladies Program and banquet will occur!Tri-folds are currently in the works awaiting a few details to finalize. Hopefully out in the next week or so.
  • Other Items
    • Membership:
      • As stated above, the new SK’s added to our District this past fraternal year was 48% of our goal…not acceptable. With the new C/U/F exemplification ceremony, these new Knights are immediately available to become Sir Knights. A great example of how that can work was at the June 12 Exemplification in Longview. Host Assembly 1103 had ~ 7 of their 14 candidates come from a recent (within a week) C/U/F Exemplification.
      • With this new opportunity to meet potential SK candidates at a C/U/F Exemplification, Area Secretaries, Faithful Admirals, and/or Assembly Council Liaisons should be covering the ceremonies for the Councils that an Assembly serves. They should be attending with Form 4’s, Fourth Degree materials, etc. Obtain permission from the Host GK to speak with a brief prepared presentation after the ceremony.
      • These directives will be forwarded to all Assembly FN’s, FA’s, and FComp’s in the District. Those of you that are Area Secretaries will need to help facilitate their implementation of these directives.
      • We all need to be bringing in new Knights to the Order…if we grow the Order, we will grow our number of SK’s!
    • Exemplification practices:
      • Stay tuned for practice date(s) for our Fall exemplifications…likely mid-August.
Probably forgetting something else I should pass on, but if an email becomes too long, it will not be read to the end, so I will stop here! Please contact me with any questions.
May God bless our Order, our State, our Country, and each of you and your families!
“…One Nation under God…”
Vivat Jesus! Viva Cristo Rey

SK Ken Franch
District Master
BJPL Texas 3rd District
Our Lady of Guadalupe Province
829 Hayden Lane
Savannah, TX 76227
C 214.244.5274

“Be not afraid”