Hudson Valley Knights of Columbus 

                              Service through Unity

Charity Drive

Hudson Valley Chapter- Charity Drive 2017

As previously announced, the selected Charity for the Hudson Valley Chapter 2017 Charity Drive is the 

 Restoration of the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs located in Auriesville, N.Y.


A brief history of the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs follows:

  1. Erected in 1884, the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs was a pilgrimage destination for Catholics for 130 years.
  2. During the 1640s three French Jesuit missionaries - Father Isaac Jogues and his two lay companions, René Goupil and John Ialande - were killed by the Mohawks while bringing Christianity to the new world and buried at the site.
  3. The first recorded recitation of the Rosary took place in what now is called New York State at the site in 1642.
  4. It is also believed to be the 1656 birthplace of the Mohawk maiden, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. Kateri was canonized in 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI.
  5. Fr. Issac Jogues and his lay companions were canonized in 1930 as the North American Martyrs.


The Jesuits no longer have priests available nor the resources required to continue the operation and maintenance of the Shrine.

Consequently, Supreme and the NYS Council have made generous grants, totaling $600.000., to the Shrine that facilitated the replacement of the Roof and Glass Windows of the Coliseum Church.

However, in spite of these generous grants, much work lays ahead requiring additional funds. The Shrine and grounds are in need of major repairs.

Towards that end, the Hudson Valley Chapter will donate the net proceeds its 2017 Charity Drive Raffle to the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs.

Please Support  this Worthy Charity!

I thank you in advance for your anticipated support.


Vivat Jesus


Dan McNamee PGK, PFN, FDD

Hudson Valley Chapter Chairman

15 Ethan Circle

Monroe, NY 10950-3201

845-782-6764, c: 917-859-5875

[email protected]

                                                                                                 Charity Drive Committee

Charity Drive Chairman

Jeffrey T Boldrin

68 South Mesier Ave

Wappinger Falls NY 12590-3722

845-298- 1635, c: 845-527-4417

[email protected]


                                       Charity Ball Reservations                                                                 Charity Ball Special Arrangements

                                       Daniel T Keenan Sr. PCC                                                                Walter Wych PCC 

                                      12 Cathy Drive                                                                                   193 Old Sylvan Lake Rd 

                                      Newburgh NY 12550-27O4                                                               Hopewell Junction NY 12533-5402

                                      845-562-9383, c: 845-401-6304                                                        845-227-6810, c: 845-380-6465 

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                                      Charity Drive Raffle Tickets                                                                Charity Drive Journal

                                      Peter Stafford, DD                                                                              Thomas W Tompkins PCC

                                     1 Scofield Hts.                                                                                     12 Monitor Road

                                     Poughkeepsie NY 12603-5821                                                            Poughkeepsie NY 12603-5662

                                    845-462-2110                                                                                        914-474-1583

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