Monastery Volunteers

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer at the Monastery?

Send an email to and indicate that you are interested in volunteering.

If you have a current DPS fingerprint card or have undergone training through the Diocese of Tucson Safe Environment Program, please indicate that info in your email.

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“Uber” Knight Drivers Needed

The Ukrainian Church Diocese of Chicago is having a meeting of all clergy of their diocese, which reaches from Illinois to California,  June 17-21 at Picture Rocks here in AZ. There is a need for drivers to meet them at Tucson International Airport and drive them to Picture Rocks on June 17 and also to transport them from Picture Rocks to the airport on June 21.

If you can help with this, contact Drew Mansager at and provide the following

  1. Which days, Monday 6/17 or Friday 6/21 are you available?
  2. What times are you available and/or not available?
  3. What is your cell phone number?
  4. Approximately how many priests and their luggage will fit in your vehicle.

Contact Drew if you have any questions.

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Formation and Knighthood Degrees

The next exemplification of the Formation and Knighthood Degrees in our area will be on June 22, 2019 at St. Rita in the Desert Parish, 13260 E Colossal Cave Rd., Vail, AZ. Registration is from 9:00 AM to 9:45 and the degrees start at 10:00. A light lunch will be served after the Knighthood Degree.   Candidate fee is $10 payable at the door. Optional lunch is $7.00. The host council is St. Rita in the Desert Council 14230.

Please inform the host council of the number of candidates and members who will attend by June 19.  Contact District Deputy Emmanuel “Dutch” Steenbakker 520-760-0786, or GK Erik Sorensen, 520-400-0156,, or Ken Gallagher 520-661-1262,

Candidates must have a current First Degree card.

Dress code is AZ business casual. Please do not wear shorts, tee shirts, or sandals. A collared shirt, slacks and shoes are appropriate.

You can download the notification letter here.

June 22 2019 Vail # 14230

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Soaring Valor

Thanks to Gary Sinese and his foundation for honoring our veterans.  Watch this moving video  Soaring Valor, about taking veterans on a flight to New Orleans to visit the WW II Museum. 

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Ceremonialists Needed

The Frank J. Perri Memorial Degree Team needs additional team members. We perform the Formation (or Second) Degree and are in immediate need of Knights who are interested in helping their Brother Knights to advance in their knowledge of what we are and what we stand for.

The team performs an average of six times per year and some travel is needed.  Degree work is fun and very rewarding – ask anyone who is involved.

If you have ever had a desire to perform as a team member, now is the time. Contact Staff Coordinator Pete Karculias at and let him know.

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Stars and Stripes Project

Noelle Mary Alicia Salgado is an American Heritage Girls member. She is seeking to be the first in her troop to win this award.

American Heritage Girls is a Christ-centered character and leadership development program for girls 5 to 18 years of age.  AHG is dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family community and country.

The project she has selected is challenging: updating and improving the patio area at Holy Family Church. The grounds are deteriorated and in need of repair and improvement.

You can view her presentation to our Chapter meeting here:


The presentation includes a ‘needs’ list and of course the project needs significant financial support.  You can contact her at

Cell: 520-661-0295

Home: 520-305-3548


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