News & Announcements

Kelly Scholarship for 2022

Kelly Scholarship Application

The Knights of Columbus Council 5754 will be offering scholarships again this year to 2022 PORTA graduates. Scholarships are funded through a generous bequest from Bill Kelly.  Multiple scholarships are available including three 4-year renewable scholarships ($3,500/year), four 1-year scholarships ($2,000) and three $2,500 trade / technical / vocational scholarships.  Scholarship applications can be found on the Knights of Columbus website ( under News and Announcements.  Completed applications must be submitted by June 1, 2022.  Scholarship winners will be notified by mail.


Please use the link below to download the scholarships.



Kelly Continuing Education Scholarships

Kelly Continuing Ed Scholarship

The Knights of Columbus Council 5754 will be offering the Bill Kelly Continuing Education Scholarships again this year. The scholarships are provided by funds given to the Knights of Columbus by Bill Kelly for sole the purpose of providing scholarship to Porta graduates. The scholarships are available to all Porta graduates planning on continuing their collage or trade education. There are five one-year $2,000 scholarships. The scholarships must be applied for using one of the applications located on the Knights of Columbus Council 5754 web site (, News and Announcements). The application must be post marked by July 15, 2022.  Scholarship winners will be notified by mail.

Exemplification of the 4th Degree

Exemplification of the 4th Degree. On Saturday 4 June 2022, the Bishop Griffin Assembly hosted the degree team to exemplify 4 new members, thee of our Council members (left to right): Brs. Aaron Kuehl, Bill Kelly (from Council 4179), Leo Stewart, and Father Maurice. Congratulations to our newest Sir Knights. In the second picture is the Ceremonial Team with the new members – including the Illinois State Deputy Steven Mann on the far right.

Knights of Columbus Hall of Fame

Springfield Diocesan Chapter Hall of Fame. On Sunday, 5 June 2022, members of the Hall of Fame met to select the Hall of Fame Class of 2022. With great pleasure Past Grand Knights Chuck Fagan and Lambert Fleck III were selected and will be honored in a Ceremony on 5 November at the Council Hall in New Berlin. Congratulations to Chuck and Lambert for this great honor – well deserved

Illinois State K of C Right to Life Filming

Filming of the Support to the Pregnancy Care Center (PCC) of Springfield. On Wednesday, 8 June 2022 the Supreme Council sent a filming crew to capture the delivery of baby supplies resulting from the generous donations made by Holy Family and St Peter. They also interviewed Father Maurice; some of the Council Members (incoming Deputy Grand Knight David Bova and Br. Lambert Fleck III) and parishioners and their families; the Parish Pro-life couples Leo and Shirley Stewart, Jim and Nancy Baker; staff and clients at the PCC – asking questions about the Baby Shower, support to the PCC, and the impact of Life to the community and their families. Also, a photographer captured pictures for the Columbian Magazine of the delivery of supplies at the PCC. In about a month we will get to see the footage. Here are a few behind the scenes pictures of the filming at St Peter. Thanks to all that participated and to those who donated to this great cause.

Local Soccer Challenge Champions

Local Soccer Challenge Champions

Three boys and two girls from Menard County, ages 9 to 14, were named local Champions of the 2022 Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge and have earned the right to compete at the district level.

Sangamon Valley Council 5754 in Petersburg sponsored the local competition at Athens HS Soccer Field in Athens on Thursday, July 21, 2022.  All youth ages 9 to 14 were eligible to participate with 10 participant’s total from Athens, Oakford, Petersburg, Springfield, and even Panama City Florida.

Kamryn Jacoby from Athens was the 9-year-old girls’ champion and Gideon Scott from Athens won the 9-year-old boys’ division. Paisley Snyder from Athens was the 10-year-old girls’ champion. The highest Champion scorer overall was Dexter Gust of Petersburg representing the 10-year-old boys’ division. The 11-year-old boys’ division was won by Luke Farris from Athens. Each of these winners are eligible to compete in the district competitions with an eye toward moving on to the state/jurisdictional and international levels. Champions were presented with a soccer ball and champion certificate and all contestants received certificates.

Council 5754 in Petersburg is one of 17,000 Knights of Columbus councils that make up the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded in 1882 to assist working-class and immigrant Catholics in the United States, today the approximately two million members of the Knights put their faith into action through a broad range of charitable causes locally, nationally and internationally with financial contributions and hands-on service.


Champions pictured (Left to Right), Gideon Scott, Kamryn JacobyPaisley Snyder, Dexter Gust and Luke Farris. Grand Knight Aaron Kuehl, Council 5754, is pictured in front.