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Washington State Programs 2017 - 2018

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Thomas C. Williams
State General Program Dir.
Phone: (206) 617-0600

May 2018

Brother Knights,

There are some big changes coming to Programs in the new fraternal year, and I am excited by the new opportunities we have. The venerable Surge with Service program will be retired and replaced by Faith In Action, with more emphasis faith-based programs.

Below is an excerpt of the announcement of the changes from Supreme Knight Carl Anderson:

It has been nearly 50 years since Surge... with Service was introduced as our program

model. Although Surge has served us well through the years, in order to simplify our

program structure and better align programs under main priority areas, I am pleased to

announce a new program model titled Faith in Action that will take effect with the 2018-

19 fraternal year.


This model is an evolution of the Building the Domestic Church While Strengthening

Our Parishes initiative that was introduced in November 2015. It embodies a simplified

overall program structure featuring four instead of six categories so as to foster greater

understanding and implementation of programs at the council level.


Key points regarding the updated program model are:

Faith in Action will be the new umbrella for all Supreme Council recommended programs, replacing Surge... with Service.

The new program categories will be: Faith, Family, Community and Life.

Councils should appoint a Faith Director, Family Director, Community Director and Life Director. (Councils will no longer need to appoint a Youth Director and Council Director).

Building the Domestic Church programs will be integrated into the new Faith in Action framework.

The new model will reduce the number of programs required to earn the Columbian Award to four programs in four categories totaling 16 programs (instead of 24 programs across six categories).

All current Supreme Council priority programs will continue.

Nine new Supreme Council priority programs will be introduced:

In the coming weeks, the Fraternal Mission Department will send you and your leadership team further information explaining the Faith in Action program model. Please work with your Membership and Program Consultants to promote this new program model among your state, district and council leadership so as to maximize participation at every level of the Order.


As we learn more about Faith In Action and how we will implement it in Washington, I will provide updates here. Please plan on attending the Summer Leadership meeting this year as all the changes will be presented for the coming year.

Finally, there is still time to submit the Columbian Award Application (Form SP-7), which can be found at the following link: This form includes boxes that you must mark to indicate your programs that pertain to Building the Domestic Church.

Vivat Jesus!



Tom Williams
General Program Director
Washington State Council  



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