News & Announcements

St. Mary's Donates $581 to Hurricane Relief

The Knights of Columbus would like to say Thank You to the members of St Mary Parish this week.  100% of donations from the September 10, 2017 Chat and Chew was donated to those in need after the two hurricanes hit the US during this last month, the one in Texas and the one in Florida.  The money is being funneled to those in need through The Knights of Columbus Charities.  100% of the money donated goes to help those in need.  Because of your generosity we received $281.00 in our basket that morning following both masses.  A parishioner matched what was put into the basket, donating $300.00 to add to what we took in, making a total of $581.00!  Again, I would like to say Thank you to the Parish for the donations.  You are all blessed. D2017-09-10-6969s.jpgD2017-09-10-6963s.jpg

If you have questions, interested in becoming a Knight, please see any of the Brother Knights, talk to us at a Chat and Chew, Pancake Breakfast or fill out an information card that are located at the base of our bulletin board.  You may also contact me by phone 704-909-8157 or via email,


Council #15611 Donates $500.00 to the “Worthy Boys and Girls Camp”

The Knights of Columbus Council #15611 Saint Martin de Porres affiliated with St. Mary Catholic Church in Rock Hill presented a donation to the Worthy Boys and Girls Summer Camp. Presenting the check are Rollin Hansen and Jim McNeal. Accepting is Chief Watts along with Lt. Ayers and Officer Wells.

Confirmation 2017 Celebration at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church

Congratulations to Seth Richardson, Jada Wilmore and Evan Darden of Saint Mary.

Council #15611 Saint Martin de Porres and Father Pearce invited the Assembly to participate in this celebration of the church.

Council #15611 St. Martin de Porres donates $1,000.00 To the Rock Hill Children’s Attention Home

Saint Martin de Porres Council #15611 Grand Knight Jim McNeill submitted an application to the State of South Carolina Knights of Columbus Grant for Charity.

Worthy District Deputy Ray Howard received notification that the Council’s application was approved for the Children’s Attention Home. Pictured above is the Worthy Grand Knight Jim McNeill and Deputy Grand Knight Rollin Hansen with the Chancellor Milt DeLair presenting the check to Debra Eident, Executive Director, and Katy Motsinger, Community Resources Director. The Knights were given a thorough tour of the facility. It was an impressive and a learning experience.


The Rock Hill Children’s Attention Home is providing a safe and nurturing home for abused and neglected children. The Home helps our children grow from their past into their future.

Knights of Columbus Council #15611 Sponsors Blood Drive at St. Mary’s Catholic Church

In May the Knights of Columbus sponsored a blood drive in cooperation with the Community Blood center of the Carolinas. Brother Knight Mike Smith lead the program. Below is a thank you message to the Council.


I wanted to thank you for hosting the Knights of Columbus St. Martin De Porres #15611 blood drive this past Saturday. Although we did not meet the hospital commitment goal of 10 pints, we were able to provide 8 pints to the local hospital patients.


I would like to ask if you would consider hosting another blood drive in the Fall. As you are aware, blood is needed on a constant basis because it is medicine for cancer, transplant, trauma and Sickle Cell disease patients. We depend on organizations like Knights of Columbus St. Martin De Porres #15611 to make the personal ask of members and the community to donate blood on behalf of the local hospitals and their patients.


Help us forecast our hospitals blood supply by scheduling the Knights of Columbus St. Martin De Porres #15611 for a fall blood drive. Can we depend on the Knights of Columbus St. Martin De Porres #15611 to host a blood drive in the Fall?


Patients depend on us. We depend on you.


Laura J. Starling


Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Council#15611 St. Martin de Porres announces the Acceptance of Mike Ludwa as a Brother Knight of our Council

Mike recently completed his First Degree Exemplification.  Born in Chicago, the same year that St Mary’s Parish was established, he served in the U.S. Army and is a Vietnam Veteran. He earned a B.A. Degree in business.  His career was focused in the transportation industry, working in various capacities. He eventually became an agent for Landstar Systems retiring in 2016.

Mike and his wife Sandi have been married for 43 years. Although from Chicago, Mike relocated to Buffalo, NY where he lived for thirty years. He and Sandi relocated to Rock Hill in 2013. They have 3, almost four grandchildren. Mike spends his spare time traveling, exercising, reading and just enjoying retirement.

Join us in welcoming Mike to our Council.

Council #15611 St. Martin de Porres welcomes a Brother Knight Eric Cerini

Eric was born and raised in southwestern PA and went on to earn a degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M-Commerce. He is a veteran of the US Air Force. Eric has been married to Renee for 36 years and has two grown children and a grandson. After spending most of his adult life as a business owner he divested himself from his business and relocated his family to Rock Hill in 2009.

Welcome to Council #15611!

2017 Knight of the Year Sir Charlie Lillis

Brother Knights please congratulate Charlie Lillis “Knight of the Year”. He is a Sir Knight 4 th Degree or the “Patriots Degree. He has been with our Council transferring from a Council in Miami, Florida. He and his wife Jennifer relocated from South Florida. He has held several offices in the Knights of Columbus. Charlie is currently the Inside Guard for Council #15611. His leadership and commitment to the Bank of America Council #15611 Concession stand has been exemplary. His dedication has held the TEAM together and generated revenue to support the Council, Parish and Community.

Congratulations Charlie to a Job Well Done!!

Council #15611 Donates February Chat and Chew Proceeds to St. Mary’s Rosary and Confraternity Ministry

The Council’s February Chat and Chew proceeds were donated to benefit the Rosary and Confraternity of St. Mary’s. The Council appreciates the efforts of the Ministry within the parish.

Council 15611 Welcomes Mike Ludwa and Eric Cerini

On Saturday March 25, 2017 a First and Second Degree Exemplification was conducted at the St. Ann – Oratory Council in the St. John’s Building on Charlotte Avenue Rock Hill. Mike Ludwa and Eric Cerini received their Charity and Unity Exemplification.

Both Mike and Eric are new members of our Council. In attendance were Rollin Hanson DGK, John Wallace and Chris Petrasek.


Congratulations and welcome to Council #15611!

St. Mary's Council 15611 Conducts Pancake Breakfast for Worthy Boys & Girls Camp

Sunday, June 11, 2017, after each Mass, the Knights of Columbus conducted a pancake breakfast.  The proceeds in the amount of $444 will be donated to the Worthy Boys and Girls Camp of Rock Hill. Mr. Chris Watts, Chief of Police, and several police officers joined parishioners in this worthy event. Father Joe Pearce and Deacon Terrence Chisolm also joined the event and enjoyed a hearty breakfast!

Council #15611 St. Marin de Porres Annual Picnic held at Manchester Meadows Park

The Knights of Columbus Council #15611 St. Martin de Porres of St. Mary’s Catholic Church held its annual picnic Saturday April 22 at Manchester Meadows Park Pavilion. Fellowship and fun was had by all in attendance.

Vivat Jesus!

Father Pearce, Council #15611 Chaplin and Deacon Chisolm, the Council Lecturer dedicate the Mary Mother of Life statue in the Memorial Garden

Knights of Columbus Council #15611 from the honor guard dressed in Regalia assist in the dedication ceremony in Saint Mary’s Catholic Church memorial garden.

Council #11561 Saint Martin de Porres Install “Mary Mother of Life “ statue in the Memorial Garden

Fellow Brother Bill Hutton and his wife donated the grotto and statue in honor of the Saint Mary’s Pro Life and the Council’s Right to Life Initiative. It is a very nice addition to the garden area. Father Pearce blessed at a  dedication  Sunday May 14th Mother’s Day.

St. Martin de Porres Receives Columbian Award

Congratulations to Jim McNeal, Grand Knight, on receiving the 2015-2016 Columbian Award.


Those councils deemed outstanding in their implementation of the Service Program for the 2015-2016 fraternal year are eligible to receive the Supreme Council’s COLUMBIAN AWARD. The award is a tangible testimonial of the efficiency, industry and excellent activity program of the council. Those councils winning the award should display it with justifiable pride.

Council #15611 Saint Martin de Porres donates Catholic Domestic Church Kiosk and Booklets

Faith is a primary reason to become a Knight and carry on the duties of Charity, Unity and Fraternity in the name of the Catholic Church. The literature provided is the partnership that the Knights of Columbus provide in collaboration with the Catholic Church and in particular the Parish Priest, who provide us guidance.

New Book: Ashes to Incense: Emancipation from Jim Crow: The Story of the Rock Hill, South Carolina Oratorians

Fresh off the press, this book was written by Sandi Ludwa for her thesis. Her husband Mike is a member of our Knights of Columbus Council #15611 at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Ashes to Incense: Emancipation from Jim Crow: The Story of the Rock Hill, South Carolina Oratorians

From the book description:

North against South, a civil war, prejudice, a Protestant South . . . Could Catholicism survive in this hostile environment?

When Fr. Paul Hatch led a dozen young men to Rock Hill, South Carolina, he promised them nothing. He told them more Catholics existed in China than in South Carolina. Little did they know the obstacles they would face as Catholic Oratorians in this small Southern community. Jim Crow thrived, and some locals believed Catholics had tails. Faced with their own “Pearl Harbor,” the men must decide whether to continue their mission and tenets of St. Philip Neri or leave.

Blood Drive Saturday April 29th from 9:30 - 11:30

Local hospital patients are depending on you to donate this Saturday, April 29th from 9:30 to 11:30 at St. Mary Catholic Church-902 Crawford Rd., Rock Hill, SC 29730. 

Blood has to be available on the shelves for your family, friends and neighbors when they need it. 

Your blood donation is very important to this community. Without you, we would not be able to supply the local hospitals treating cancer, trauma, transplant or sickle cell patients.

Local hospitals need about 400 blood products a day and we are having a difficult time keeping up with the demand. Our Sickle Cell patients require transfusions on a monthly basis and some using an average of four pints per month. 

If you know someone that has had cancer, a transplant, sickle cell disease or surgery then you know the importance of blood donation to our community. 

On behalf of the local hospital patients and their families, thank you for understanding the importance of blood donation. We look forward to seeing you at St Mary Catholic Church between 9:30 and 11:30 on Sat April 29th.

Hosted by Knights of Columbus St. Martin de Porres Council #15611 

Blood drive location: St. Mary Catholic Church-902 Crawford Rd., Rock Hill, SC 29730 Community Bloodmobile: April 29th | 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.