The founding and a short history of our council
The Catholic population in northern Virginia was growing rapidly when in June 2001 Holy Trinity Parish was established in Gainesville. Just after the founding of the parish, the administrator of the parish, Father Francis J. Peffley, requested that a Knights of Columbus Council be formed to help him with all the work needed to start the new parish. As a Brother Knight and priest he had a strong appreciation for the energy and assistance that the Knights could provide. With the establishment of the parish boundaries and the first Mass celebrated in August 2001, a group of Knights now living within the Holy Trinity boundaries began the process of forming a new council.
It was an experienced group of Brother Knights; many had served in council positions previously in the area as Grand Knights, Navigators, and in state-level positions. They were led by Cy Alba, then the New Council Development chairmen for the State Council of Virginia and now a Past State Deputy and Marshal of the Virginia District of the Calvert Province. District Deputies Tom Walbroehl and Tony Pasieka assisted him. The first organizational meeting of the group occurred in the basement of the George Brent Council home in early September 2001. More than 30 Brother Knights came together, officers were elected, and the new council was formed.
Our Lady of the Rosary Council #12982 was instituted on October 7, 2001, during a ceremony in the Brentsville District High School auditorium, which the parish was using for Sunday masses. The name was chosen by the Council membership, given the dedication of Father Peffley to Our Lady and to the Rosary, along with October being a month for Marian observance and the Rosary. The charter Grand Knight was Rick Martin and the Deputy Grand Knight was Dr. (now Deacon) Scott Ross.
The Council initially met at the Nokesville Fire Hall. In 2004, the Council moved to a more central location at the Kingsbrooke clubhouse. With the completion and dedication of Holy Trinity Church in February 2008, the Council moved to its current home in the Parish Center. Work began in 2011 to establish a permanent meeting room in the church basement. The work on the council meeting room was completed in June 2014 and was named after our Order's founder. Father McGivney Hall was open for business for the start of the 2014-2015 fraternal year in July.
Men: Are You Ready to Accept the Challenge?
Our communities need strong Catholic men to answer the call to lead with faith, protection of families, service to others and to defend our values. If you’re interested in growing in your faith, helping those in need, serving your parish and having exclusive access to top-rated insurance protection for your family, then the Knights of Columbus is the organization for you.
For over one hundred years, Knights of Columbus have done exactly that, standing up for the Church, serving the least among us, and strengthening our parishes and families. Becoming a Knight of Columbus can transform your life. We are a band of brothers, a network of men in communities around the world dedicated to doing good in the service of God and our neighbor. At Holy Trinity Parish, Council 12982 promotes service through spiritual and social activities such as organizing blood, food and coat drives throughout the year, supporting crisis pregnancy centers in the area, adoration, praying the rosary as a group before our meetings, and supporting the Parish in many ways such as its Annual Picnic, its March For Life effort, and putting on the its Lenten Fish Fry dinners.
Eligible Catholic men can now join the Knights of Columbus online in a simple, streamlined process. As a member, you join a worldwide community of nearly two million men, including tens of thousands here in Virginia, who stand together. Men have a duty to lead, protect, serve and defend. The world needs more committed, unified Catholic men to answer the call. Will you answer?
Visit kofc.org/joinus to learn more about the many benefits of membership in the Knights of Columbus. To get more information about Our Lady of the Rosary Council, you can contact our Membership Chairman, Milt Johns, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.