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Deputy Grand Knight John Kertesz received the November Knight of the Month Award from GK Mark Rudolph.  John is a relatively new member to our Council, having transferred from St. Anne’s in Oswego where he had held various Officer positions including the GK.  John has been one of our most active members.  He is currently our Deputy Grand Knight, Chairman of the Vocation Raffle, organized the Chili’s Fundraiser, is in charge of our Saturday volunteering at the Marie Wilkinson Food pantry, and is Chairman of the Retention Committee. 

St. Anne’s loss has definitely been our gain here at St. Josephs Council.




            Brother Theodore Haggerty of Marmion Abbey is a seminarian entering his final two years of studies.  He is originally from Buffalo, New York and was given the name Patrick by his parents who were former missionaries with Campus Crusade for Christ.  Patrick entered the Catholic Church after college while living in Michigan.

            His first stirrings of a religious vocation were due in part to the witness of his roommates, many of whom are priests or religious today, who prayed the Liturgy of the Hours together and lived in Christian fraternity together.  After a year and a half of discernment, Patrick entered Marmion Abbey and after a year of novitiate he took the name Theodore (“gift of God”) to honor God and his parents who had prayed for more children before he was conceived.

            Theodore took solemn (permanent) vows in 2016 and will (God willing) be ordained to the priesthood in 2020.  Theodore is excited to return to Marmion soon.  His best memories of being at Marmion is praying with his brother monks, having ample time for reading Scripture daily, working on the Christmas tree farm,  and hanging out with his brother monks.  When he does return home, he plans to teach at Marmion Academy.

            Theodore is very grateful for your spiritual and material support for his vocation.  He finds Saint Joseph’s Parish to be a really wonderful place where people love the parish, pray for each other, and know what is going on in the community while being eager to help those in need.  He hopes to be in touch with St. Joe’s far into the future.


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