Gonzaga University and the Knights of Columbus – UPDATE

A while back I posted about Gonzaga University’s rejection of the Knights of Columbus.  HERE

There has been some movement on that front.

Sponsorship Granted to Knights of Columbus

April 30, 2013

Statement from the Office of President, Gonzaga University

University President Thayne McCulloh has completed his review of a decision issued last month regarding the “club status” of a Knights of Columbus Council at Gonzaga.

Dr. McCulloh communicated to the student leader of the organization that the Knights of Columbus St. Aloysius Gonzaga Council #12583 is approved as a sponsored organization at Gonzaga. This sponsorship is granted under the University’s “Standards for On-Campus Religious Activities Policy.” The Council has been granted permission to: utilize the University’s name in its title; fundraise on campus for the purpose of advancing the Council’s mission and activities; meet in and utilize campus facilities, including for the purposes of hosting events; and to recruit members and participants in membership activities such as the semi-annual Club Fair. As with other student organizations, it is obligated to follow University policies and procedures.

Also as a result of his review, Dr. McCulloh has directed the Student Activities department to review and update the “Clubs and Organizations Recognition Policy,” with the goal of more clearly and explicitly identifying benefits of recognition and criteria for club eligibility. The revisions are expected to be in place in time for the coming academic year.

Dr. McCulloh once again affirmed the University’s value, respect and support for the purpose and good works of the Knights of Columbus, with which the University has enjoyed a long and mutually collaborative relationship at the local level.

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  1. Anchorite says:

    Kudos for Dr. McCulloh!

  2. Lucas Whittaker says:


  3. wanda says:

    Thanks be to God. A similar situation recently took place at Johns Hopkins U. in Baltimore. A young man had his plans rejected for the formation of a pro-life group on campus. The U. recently reversed it’s decision.

  4. acricketchirps says:

    As with other student organizations, it is obligated to follow University policies and procedures.

    Are these the policies and procedures under which they were refused recognition in the first place? Do they require the KoC on Campus not to discriminate against atheists and lesbians requesting membership?

  5. NBW says:

    Thanks be to God!

  6. ajf1984 says:

    If anyone was praying through the intercession of Ven. Fr. J. Michael McGivney, perhaps this outcome could be counted as one of the miracles needed to advance his cause?! (A suggestion made mostly in jest, but then again…)

  7. Dr. Edward Peters says:

    This would never have happened but for the internet.

  8. Kathleen10 says:

    True, Dr. Peters, but also would probably have not happened at all but for the Internet. IMHO I think the Internet has done much more harm than good, overall. Just sayin. But your probable point is that the people can now find out about problems like this and respond. I hope they do!
    The ONLY reason debacles like this get undone, or fall apart, is because we are slowly realizing that if we want a positive outcome, we all have to fight for it. There are loud, obnoxious voices that pounce on these issues, and we all have to speak up and balance it out. Someone must have done that for the Knights. Praise to Jesus Christ and Oorah!

  9. GoZagsGo says:

    I am relieved that President McCulloh has made a sensible decision here, although I will admit that is was probably more of a response to the general outcry than anything else. I was extremely saddened and upset when I heard this story about my Alma Mater, but I will admit that I wasn’t very surprised. I think a big thank you should go out to Dr. Eric Cunningham who was not afraid to call the University out, even though he is faculty — there are some great professors there, even if they are often overshadowed by the more liberal. Thanks Fr. Z and everyone else who passed this story around, it really seems to be the way to get things done nowadays!

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