Christ, Prince of Peace Knights of Columbus Officer Descriptions
October 7, 2001 - Knights of Columbus Christ Prince of Peace Council Receives its Charter
Knights of Columbus Christ Prince of Peace Council 12986
In the summer of 2001, the Knights of Columbus Marian Council 9522 from St. Joseph in Manchester was holding its meetings at Christ Prince of Peace Parish. About 40 of the members of the Marian Council were from Christ Prince of Peace Parish. At the same time, Christ Prince of Peace also had a Men’s Club that was looking for Leadership and a reason to continue serving the Christ Prince of Peace Parish community. Since the Marian Council had already decided to move their meeting place back to St. Joseph’s, the decision was made to start a new Knights of Columbus council at Christ Prince of Peace to replace the existing Men’s Club.
On July 17th, 2001 the last meeting of the Marian Council 9522 to be held at Christ Prince of Peace, was conducted. The initial First Degree initiation included 15 new members from Christ Prince of Peace, bringing the total number of Charter Members of the new council to 55.
The Application for a new council was accepted by the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council and the official Charter Date of the Christ Prince of Peace Council 12986 was October 7, 2001. The 55 Charter Members are: Rev. Joseph E. Wormek (Chaplain), Deacon Joseph M Kennedy, Ronald Baum, Christopher C Bowe, Phillip J Bruno, Kenneth J Bushmann, David P Christoff, Ricky A. Courtney, Paul M. Doane, Patrick J Dolan, Steven M Fernandez, James R Fick, Roy A Foerster, Stephen P Gilgum (Seminarian), David M Hicks, Phillip O Hicks, Herert F Higgins, Ronald P. Hogue, Mark A Jansen, Thomas L Jones, Richard K Jose, James P Kahre, Roy T Kuehner, Michael V Leopold, Michael R Macauley, Kevin G Mallon, Gregory K Mathiesen, John R McCarver, Robert A McMillion, Warren Michner Sr, Gary P Minnick, Christopher J Neely, Sean T Noonan, Gregory J Novak, Michael J, Nowak, Christopher A Patterson, Horace A (Buz) Peek, Paul Phillip, Stephen J Poppe, Barry F Power, Merle Rockwell, Leonard G Ryterski, Gregory Savel, Walter R Schaefer, Gregory P Schaefer, Carl Schiley, Arnold C Schmidt, Frederick J Schmidt Jr, Peter C Sharamitaro, Lyle C Smith, Michael J Smith, John W Stewart, James J Thole, Hiram A Warner, Thomas R Willett.
The first official meeting of the Christ Prince of Peace Council 12986 was held in the Christ Prince of Peace School Cafeteria on Tuesday, November 20, 2001. At that meeting, elections for the Council Officers were held. The first officers of the new council were:
- Grand Knight – Jim Kahre
- Deputy Grand Knight – John McCarver
- Financial Secretary – David Hicks
- Treasurer – Leonard Ryterski
- Chancellor – Kevin Mallon
- Advocate – Walter Schaefer
- Recorder – Mike Leopold
- Warden – Roy Kuehner
- Inside Guard – Paul Phillip
- Outside Guard – Carl Schiley
- Trustees – Tom Jones, Buz Peek, and Mike Smith
February 2008 - Christ Prince of Peace Knights Dedicate a New Pro-Life Sign
Father Dale Wunderlich, Pastor of Christ Prince of Peace Parish in Manchester, MO blesses the new Pro-Life sign that has been erected at the entrance of the Parish. Attending the dedication ceremony are members of the Christ Prince of Peace Parish Family and members of The Christ Prince of Peace Council #12986 of the Knights of Columbus. The sign was donated to the Parish by the Knights of Columbus.
St. Margaret of Scotland Garage Sales 2003 to 2013
When the Christ Prince of Peace Knights of Columbus Council was created in 2001, there was a program in place at Christ Prince of Peace where our parish, through the St. Vincent DePaul Society, provided support to a Sister Parish, Immaculate Conception/St. Henry, in the inner-city. This support included food and household contributions through a monthly Sharing Sunday program, The Adopt-A-Family program at Christmastime, and the Garage Sale that was held at the local community outreach center three times a year. These programs consisted of coordinated collections of food, household items, clothing, and other items at Christ Prince of Peace that would be taken down to the Community Outreach Center, by Christ Prince of Peace parishioners, caravan style.
In June of 2003, The Knights of Columbus were asked by the director of the Sister Parish Programs to take over the collection and transportation of the Garage Sale items. One of our Knights, Paul Phillip, owned a small trucking company and he donated a trailer that could be used to collect and store the donated items. He also provided the tractor and driver to take the donated items to the Community Outreach Center. Over the next 10 years, the Christ Prince of Peace Knights of Columbus collected and transported Garage Sale items each February, June, and October. The Knights who were responsible for coordinating the collection, transportation, and unloading of the trailer were Greg Mathiesen from 2003 until 2008, Gregg Harris from 2008 until 2010 and Craig Berry from 2010 until 2013.
In addition to Paul Phillip who provided the trailer until 2004, A special note of thanks goes out to John Bach of Crossroads Trailer Service who provided the trailer and truck from 2004 to 2010 and Patrick Hazzard of Hazzard Moving and Storage who took over the trailer and truck duties from 2010 until 2013 when St. Margaret of Scotland Parish closed the Fr. Gavin Community Center.
Over the years that the Christ Prince of Peace Council has been in existence, we have always strived to increase our membership. From a start of 55 Charter Members in 2001 we have grown to over 160 members as of 2015. Each year, The Knights of Columbus Supreme Council recognizes this effort by awarding the growing councils with the Father McGivney Award which recognizes a Council for reaching the yearly goal for new members and the Star Council Award for reaching the yearly goal for new members and for new Life Insurance members.
The Chirst Prince of Peace Council has received the Star Council Award for the 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2006-2007, and 2014-2015 Fraternal Years. In the 2007-2008 Fraternal Year, we received the Double Star Council award for doubling our goal for new members.
The Christ Prince of Peace Council received the Father McGivney Award in the Fraternal Years of 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2005-2006, 2009-2010, 2012-2013-2013-2014.
For the Fraternal Year of 2004-2005 The Christ Prince of Peace Council received special recognition from the State Knights of Columbus Council for an increase of 320% over the Annual Membership goal.