HISTORY OF BISHOP DENIS J. O’CONNELL COUNCIL 12366
Bishop Denis J. O’Connell Council 12366 was officially chartered on January 26, 1999 at Saint Philip Neri Catholic Church located in Fort Mill, SC. uniting the area’s Catholic men to promote charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. Father John Giuliani, along with several Knights from Oratory Council 6756 located in Rock Hill, SC, just ten miles south of Fort Mill, was instrumental in forming Council 12366.
At the suggestion of Father John, Denis J. O’Connell, a priest who was born and raised in Fort Mill, name was submitted to the Knights of Columbus Supreme offices located in New Haven, CT for approval. Bishop O’Connell’s distinction is that he was the 7th Bishop of Richmond, VA.
Since its inception, the Knights of Council 12366 have been very active in supporting St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, aiding seminarians, donating to community charities and supporting veteran’s groups and assisting the needy in the area. The council has grown from its initial 30 members to more than 130 members.
All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:
Charity – Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.
Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.
Fraternity – The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.
Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.
For Texas Hurricane Harvey Relief Funds - Per KofC Texas State Council Request
Help Folks In Texas .....Donate thru our Council 12366.
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Sister Maria Francesca Wiley
Our council assisted her when she was studying to become a nun. She is now an educator at a Catholic School. Sister Maria Francesca is a daughter of the late Knights of Columbus Brother John Wiley and Karen Wiley. Karen is active at St. Philip Neri.