News & Announcements

Announcing the Passing of Fr. David McGuinness

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of The Very Reverend David McGuinness, V.F., on Sunday, February 4th, 2024, in Limerick, Ireland.

Fr. David, as we all knew him, was the pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Athens, first at the Prince Avenue location, then at the new Epps Bridge home, from 2003-2017 when he retired and became a Senior Priest. Monsignor Hugh Marin often commented on Fr. David's "gift persuasion" and Fr. David was the driving force behind selling the Prince Avenue site, purchasing 46 acres off of Epps Bridge Road to accommodate the growing Catholic community. In 2014 he spearheaded and oversaw the construction of the new St. Joseph Catholic School on the Epps Bridge Campus.

Fr. McGuinness attended St. John Seminary in Waterford, Ireland and was ordained a priest on June 4, 1977. In November of 2001 he began serving in the Archdiocese of Atlanta and in 2003 he was named Pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Athens.

After 50 years as a priest, retiring at the age of seventy-five, he lived in Athens for a time before eventually returned to his native Ireland to live with his family as his health began to decline.

Nevertheless, he was visited several times by friends from Athens, including Lynn Renna, and Yasek and Dorota Rzucidlo, who delivered cards and letters to him, which he received with smiles, fondly recalling each sender from his time here in Athens. Those mementos decorated his room. A priest, whose big heart and infectious smile radiated the joy of his faith, and the love he had for ministering to his parishioners, he will be greatly missed.

We have printed his Death Notice below:

Fr. David (Davy) McGuinness

Hyde Road, Limerick City, Limerick

Fr. David (Davy) McGuinness, (Hyde Road, Limerick. Formerly of Waterford City, Kilmacthomas, Clogheen, Peachtree City and Athens Georgia, U.S.A, February 4th 2024 peacefully at Limerick University Hospital, following a long illness, bravely borne. Treasured and much-loved brother of Ita (Copley), Kathleen (Kay) (Dinneen), Martha (Sr. Marie), Olive (O’Connell), Denis and the late Detta (Smyth). Sadly missed by his loving brothers-in-law Len, Paddy and Joe, nephews, nieces, extended family and many friends in Ireland and the U.S.A..

May he rest in peace. 

Reposing at Thompson's Funeral Home, Thomas Street, on Friday (9th February) from 4.30pm to 6pm. Arriving at the Dominican’s Church, Glentworth Street, on Saturday (10th February) for Requiem Mass at 10am followed by burial in Mount St. Oliver Cemetery.

Fr. David’s Requiem Mass was live streamed and may be viewed by clicking here.

Family flowers only please, donations if desired to the charity of your choice.

Passing of Fr. David McGuinness

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of The Very Reverend David McGuinness, V.F., on Sunday, February 4th, 2024, in Limerick, Ireland.

Fr. David, as we all knew him, was the longtime pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Athens, first at the Prince Avenue location, then at the new Epps Bridge home. He was the driving force behind selling the Prince Avenue site, purchasing the larger property to accommodate the growing Catholic community, then in 2014 spearheading and overseeing the construction of the new St. Joseph Catholic School on the Epps Bridge Campus.

After 50 years as a priest, retiring at the age of seventy-five, he lived in Athens for a time, before eventually returned to his native Ireland to live with his family as his health began to decline.

Nevertheless, he was visited several times by friends from Athens, including Lynn Renna, and Yasek and Dorota Rzucidlo, who delivered cards and letters to him, which he received with smiles, fondly recalling each sender from his time here in Athens. Those mementos decorated his room. A priest, whose big heart and infectious smile radiated the joy of his faith, and the love he had for ministering to his parishioners, he will be greatly missed.

Here is a reprint of his death notice:

Fr. David (Davy) McGuinness

Hyde Road, Limerick City, Limerick

Fr. David (Davy) McGuinness, (Hyde Road, Limerick. Formerly of Waterford City, Kilmacthomas, Clogheen, Peachtree City and Athens Georgia, U.S.A, February 4th 2024 peacefully at Limerick University Hospital, following a long illness, bravely borne. Treasured and much-loved brother of Ita (Copley), Kathleen (Kay) (Dinneen), Martha (Sr. Marie), Olive (O’Connell), Denis and the late Detta (Smyth). Sadly missed by his loving brothers-in-law Len, Paddy and Joe, nephews, nieces, extended family and many friends in Ireland and the U.S.A..

May he rest in peace. 

Reposing at Thompson's Funeral Home, Thomas Street, on Friday (9th February) from 4.30pm to 6pm. Arriving at the Dominican’s Church, Glentworth Street, on Saturday (10th February) for Requiem Mass at 10am followed by burial in Mount St. Oliver Cemetery.

Fr. David’s Requiem Mass will be live streamed here 5 a.m. Eastern TIme, Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Family flowers only please, donations if desired to the charity of your choice.

K of C Recruitment Delta Church Drives Next 2 Sundays

Knights of Columbus Council 6514 Will Be Holding Recruitment Delta Church Drive- at All Masses July 29 & 30 and August 5 & 6.

Knights are needed to greet parishioners and pass out K of C recruitment cards, or sign-up interested men to the Knights of Columbus.

Please sign up from the Events Calendar. We especially need Spanish speaking Knights for the Spanish Masses each weekend.

Eucharistic Revival at St. Anne's Catholic Church- Columbus Georgia

Worthies and Brothers all,
 
 I hope all are well .You're invited for a Eucharistic Revival presented by St. Anne Catholic Church, and held at St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School in Columbus, Georgia.on November 11th, 2023 starting at 4pm and ending at 9pm .
 
Address:
2020 Kay Circle,
Columbus, GA  31907
 
Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy of this day . Bring your Council banner w/stand since the plans are to display them all.
 
I am part of the planning committee and so far we are obtaining local food trucks , also shaved ice and items for the kids .
 
We are going to set a safety area so kids can enjoy with adult supervision.
 
 
God Bless,
Vivat Jesus!

 

Luis E. Rivera
District 5 Deputy

Please Update Your Information!

Brother Knights,

We need your help!

There are a number of Members whose Contact Information is incorrect, or simply needs updating. It is important to at least make sure that your contact information is correct, and we would also like to have photos of all of our Knights attached to their information.

 

Updating is simple and here is a brief tutorial on how to update your information and photo(s):

  • To update your details first go to http://www.kofc6514.org, and from the left side navigation column, click on "MEMBERS ONLY". You will be presented with "COUNCIL #6514 MEMBERS ONLY LOG IN". Enter your Knights of Columbus Member Number where indicated, and then enter your Date of Birth in mmddyyyy format, i.e. 01011937 into "Pass Code:".

  • Once you are logged in, click on "ACCESS COUNCIL MEMBER LIST"

 

  • Scroll until you find your name, then click the "UPDATE" button and you will see  your information displayed like this:

  • Upload your photos. For "YOUR MORE FORMAL PHOTO" please upload your photo n your Dress Uniform (if 4th Degree), or a photo of you in dark sports jacket and a white shirt and a tie.
  • For "YOUR CASUAL PHOTO" upload any appropriate casual photo of yourself.
  • Next, look below the bar that says "AS IT APPEARS IN THE MASTER LIST" to verify the information that is currently loaded in the database.
  • If you need to add, change of update your information look beneath the bar labeled "PLEASE CORRECT THIS INFORMATION"
  • Beginning with "Your Name Title", PLEASE DO NOT "Mr" prefix! Since all Members are Mr, this is redundant.
  • You may, however, select any of the other prefix or suffix that you are entitled to, available from the drop-down "Your Name Title" choices.You may choose choose Dr., Rev., etc. The "Your Name Suffix" is a text box where you can  enter Esq., Jr., III, etc.
  • Make other changes as necessary but make sure you enter at least your mailing address, your valid email address and your cell phone number.
  • Under "ADDITIONAL INFORMATION", if you are married please be sure to enter your wife's first name, and if different, her last name.

If you have any questions, please contact me, S.K. Daniel Lackey. I will be happy to assist

Vivat Jesu'

New Feature Available in the Events Calendar!

Ever sign up to help at an event, then forget to either write it down, or enter it into your calendar program? If you answered yes, you're not alone!

Late last year, we made a suggestion to UKnight that it would be nice to have a "Add to Calendar" feature for events posted on Council websites. They agreed, and have added this ability on the Council websites.

Now, when you click on an event in the Events Calendar, if you scroll down to just below the map section, you will see a grey "Add to Calendar" button. Click this button, choose the calendar program you use, and you can add the event right from the Council website.

Since they are revamping the Assembly websites, the feature won't be available on those sites until they launch the new version.

We appreciate UKnight's willingness to listen to customers and value the close working relationship that we have fostered with them. Look for more enhancements and features to make their websites more user friendly and functional in the future.

S.K. Daniel Lackey, Recorder and Webmaster

Presentation of Star Council to Council 6514

Please join as once again Athens Council 6514 is presented with the Star Council Award for fraternal year 2021-2022!

The ceremony will take place during the announcement portion of the Mass, Sunday, November 20, 2022, 11 a.m. (1100 hrs.) at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Please check the Event Calendar to sign up online if you will be attending.

Let's have a big turnout to see the presentation of this prestigious Knights of Columbus Award, earned with your hard work and superior efforts!

Knights of Columbus Guides, Handbooks, and Manuals Now Available Here Online

Brother Knights,

We have begun uploading a number of Guides, Handbooks and Manuals in the Members Only/Council Documents Library. Please feel free to check out our offerings and if you have a suggestion for additions to this library, please click this   button and give us the title of the document, along with a link we can use to download the item.

 

In addition, if you have news story or an announcement that you would like to have added to the News & Announcements section, please click this  button to  and send us your item(s). Also, please provide photos, if appropriate.

 

This website is always a work in progress and your suggestions and comments will help us to improve the site.

 

S.K. Daniel Lackey, Webmaster

Thank you from Fr. Tipton for the assistance with Bishop Town Supper

Grace & Peace,
 

Thank you all, y'all came through when we were in a bind. Bishop did make a last-second request but it was a very big and successful moment for the Town of Bishop Council to meet with GDOT.

Much thanks!

Peace & Good,

Rev. Fr. Tipton
Priest and Parochial Administrator
Saint Aelred Catholic Church
Bishop, GA
Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter
p: 706.389.4009
w: www.staelred.org

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Has Died

Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, appears on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican after being elected by the conclave of cardinals, April 19, 2005.
April 16, 1927- December 31, 2022

 

The Vatican announced Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI passed away Saturday morning at 9:34 a.m. local time. He was 95 years old. 

 

Benedict was born Joseph Ratzinger on April 16, 1927, in Bavaria. He came of age in Germany after World War I at the same time the Nazi regime was growing in power.  

 

His Roman Catholic family — harassed and punished by the Nazi Party for their opposition to state policies — shaped his desire to commit to the church. 

 

Ratzinger was inspired to join the priesthood at an early age when he was tasked with presenting flowers to Archbishop Michael von Faulhaber of Munich. Seeing the clergyman’s crimson robes and refined demeanor, the five-year-old Ratzinger declared he would become a cardinal. 

 

"It was the way the cardinal looked, his bearing, and the knickerbockers he was wearing that made such an impression on him," Benedict once recalled in an interview with the New York Times. 

 

At the age of 14, Ratzinger was mandated by law to become a member of the Hitler Youth alongside all other German children of his age group. Ratzinger resented the organization and became horrified after his cousin, who suffered from Down’s syndrome, was abducted and killed by the government as part of their Aktion T4 campaign. 

 

Despite entering seminary, Ratzinger was drafted into the anti-aircraft corps in 1943 and later into the regular military during World War II. He deserted the German military in April 1945.  

 

Benedict said that he chose to abandon the military after witnessing the horrors of the war, including Jews in Hungary being sent to death camps, according to an interview with Time Magazine in 1993. 

 

He was captured and held as a prisoner of war by American forces for several months before returning to Germany and re-entering the seminary with his brother, Georg. Ratzinger and his brother were ordained on the same day in 1951, receiving Holy Orders from the same cardinal who had inspired Benedict’s decision to enter the priesthood as a child.


His extensive work in theology and Christology saw him promoted to Archbishop of Munich and Freising in May 1977. He was then swiftly promoted to cardinal by Pope Paul VI in June of the same year. 

 

Cardinal Ratzinger built a positive reputation in Catholic circles for his intense scholarship and prolific writing career. 

 

He is most immediately remembered outside the Catholic Church for his surprise resignation — the first papal abdication since 1415 — and subsequent life as the world’s first "pope emeritus" in centuries. 

 

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Amen.

Legendary UGA Football Coach Vince Dooley Passed Away

 
 

Vincent Joseph Dooley

September 4, 1932 – October 28, 2022

 Vince Dooley, legendary University of Georgia football coach, 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus, philanthropist, devout Catholic, and strong supporter of both The Catholic Center at UGA and St. Joseph Catholic Church, died Friday at his home peacefully, surrounded by his loving family.

 Coach Dooley, a quiet servant, involved with many local charitable works, including Extra Special People, The Dooley Golf Classic, Monsignor Donovan High School, Coats for Kids, and the Knights of Columbus, just to name a few. Happy to work behind the scenes, quietly, and faithfully, he and wife Barbara, as well as their children, Deanna, Daniel, Denise and Derek have done so much for his beloved University of Georgia and the Athens community.

 Stoic in his demeanor and elegant with words delivered in a Southern drawl, he was a renaissance man, a horticulturist, a Civil War historian and battlefield preservationist, who also wrote numerous books.

 Br. Dooley was a Catholic man of faith, a Knight, servant, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who loved his family, UGA, the Athens community, and his fellow man.

 Vince and Barbara would be embarrassed to see all of their works listed here, or the many ways that they have made a difference in this world, as theirs was a mission of quiet service with great humility. It would not, however, be surprising at all to find that God’s first words to Vince were “well done, good and faithful servant”.

Please offer prayers for Br. Vince and his family, that they will be comforted by the love being expressed by so many at his passing.

Handbooks and Manuals Now Available

Brother Knights,

We have begun uploading a number of Handbooks and Manuals in the Members Only/Council Documents Library. Please feel free to check out our offerings and if you have a suggestion for additions to the Library, please click this button to  and give us the title of the document you suggest that we add, along with a link we can use to download the item.

 

In addition, if you have a news story or announcement that you would like to have published in the News & Announcements section, please click this button to mailto:dan@lackey-family.org  and send us your item. If possible, please provide photos, if appropriate.

 

This website is always a work in progress and your suggestions and comments will help us to improve the site.

 

S.K. Daniel Lackey, Webmaster

The Holy Rosary Sponsored by Council 6514

 

For the second year in a row, the Knights of Columbus Council 6514 is sponsoring the recitation of the Holy Rosary with our Confirmation Class students in the Chapel of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

 

One half hour before every Confirmation Class begins, we gather in the Chapel to pray the Holy Rosary. Both students and adults, and anyone else are welcome to participate.

 

Last year, the program began to be more popular as the year went along. This year, however, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number or participants praying the Rosary together each week. In an effort to encourage and help our students want to continue with this devotion, and to honor the Knights of Columbus' commitment to supporting Catholic faith practices, Council 6514 will be gifting each second year student with their own, hopefully "teen proof" Rosary.

 

Members of Council 6514 and UGA Council17969 are invited and encouraged to set an example for our young men and women by attending whenever possible.

 

Confirmation classes alternate between a Sunday class and a Monday class, so we post a notice on the Chapel door reminding people which day we will be praying the Rosary each week. Members, please see the Assembly Event Calendar for dates and times. If you attend, please remember to click the Event Calendar link for that Rosary date and then click  so that we can record your "Faith" hours for Council 6514, which count toward achieving Star Council.

 

We hope to see you there!

The Catholic Center Dooley Classic Golf Tournament

Story submitted by District Deputy, S.K. Arnie Terrell:

 

The Catholic Center Dooley Classic is on Monday September 19th at the University of Georgia Golf Course. I believe the Tee Box Sponsorship and Team Registrations must be in by September 1st. Registration is easily done for both at the Catholic Center webpage, or contact Jenni at 706-543-2293. Please let me know how I can be of assistance.

I will not be available for either your August Business Meeting nor your September General Council meeting. I do have a request that is time sensitive for your consideration.
 
At the August business meeting, please consider providing our Council 6514 and Assembly 2148 Tee Box Signs and sponsor a hole for the Catholic Center Dooley Classic. The price for a Tee Box Sponsor is $125. Our Faithful Navigator S.K John Steffl has the tee box signs.
 
I do plan on playing in the tournament to represent District 10 and the State Officers. I will have Council 6514 Deputy Grand Knight Mr. John Methe and PGK/Trustee S.K. John Vautour on my team representing Deacon William P Lakin Council 6514. It would be great for the Council and Assembly to also post a complete team.
 
Thank you for this consideration to serve our Catholic Churches.  
 
Fraternally 
S.K Arnie Terrell
District Deputy 10
 

Columbiette Sister Marylou Griffin Passes Away After Courageous Cancer Battle

It is with sadness, tempered by the knowledge that God now holds a good woman in His loving arms, that it was announced that Marylou Christine Griffin has now ended her battle with cancer. Known by most Parishioners of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Marylou was tireless in sharing her gift of the giving of herself to many in the Athens community.

Below is her Obituary as printed in the Athens Banner Herald:

On September 5th, Marylou Griffin devoted Catholic, wife, mother, nana, sister, and friend passed away surrounded by family in her home. After a 2.5 year battle with cancer, she is now peacefully resting in Heaven. Marylou was a lifelong caregiver, peacemaker, and supporter of her loved ones and community. She was married to George Griffin for nearly 45 years. They met young, fell in love, and defied the odds with their long and loving time together. She was known to bring the family together through her selfless demeanor, acts of kindness, and, of course, her delicious cooking. Whether running the bull pen at a swim meet, teaching Sunday School, acting as PTA president, providing childcare to neighbors and friends, or working with the Columbiettes, Marylou led a service-driven life. She was a second mother and grandmother to many because she created a warm and welcoming home that extended a place to stay in times of need to both family and friends.

Marylou is survived by her beloved husband, George, her three daughters and son in laws, Sarah and Ryan Clark, Charlotte and Peter Holliday, and Allison and Kyle Bridges, and her grandchildren Zachary Donegan, Isabella Donegan, Behr Holliday, Brenner Holliday, John Isaac Holiday, Alex Clark, and Evan Clark. The funeral will be held on Saturday, September 10th at 11am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Athens, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Project Safe Inc., 995 Hawthorne Ave #7, Athens, GA 30606.

Unfortunately there was a delay in our receiving the news of Marylou's passing, so this article was posted after the funeral had already taken place.

 

The family would surely appreciate remembrances or cards of sympathy from our Members. Your may drop off such items at the St. Joseph Catholic Church office (use drop-in slot if office is closed), and they will be forwarded to the family.

Happy Birthday St. Aelred!

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAINT AELRED!

OCTOBER 4TH, 2022

 

The Most Rev. Lopes made us a Community this day in 2017. We became a Church in 2019 and a Quasi-Parish in 2022.

 

Fr. Gregory Tipton

Knights Participate in 2022 Pro-life Rally at UGA Arch

Grand Knight Esequiel "Zeke" Barrera, S.K. Chris Diaz, Knights John Hulett and Nathan Earnest, along with several pro-life Christian groups, spent time in front of the UGA Arch On Sunday, October 2, 2022, to show their support for the sanctity of life. 

Participating in 2022 Life Chain Pro-life in front of the Arch at the University of Georgia was important enough for them to give up part to their Sunday to pray, hold up Pro-life signs and be available to speak to those who passed. These young people truly are The Pro-life Generation and they are an encouraging sign that the acceptance and normality of the killing of the innocent unborn, may someday simply be a black stain on an era of the country we call home, the United States of America.

We applaud these Knights, and the others, for their support of this most worthy pursuit.

2nd Annual Knights of Columbus "Carry The Cross" Challenge

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WGK Charles McAdam, Council 15212,

Transfiguration Council 10362 (Marietta, GA) is once-again hosting the 2nd Annual Knights of Columbus "Carry The Cross" Challenge on Saturday, November 5, 2022.  This innovative program was successful last year in raising over $9,000 for 13 Seminarians in need of financial assistance.  We hope for a greater participation of Georgia Councils this year, with more CrossBearer Teams hiking Kennesaw Mountain with their 40-lb. Cross and raising even more funds for the Seminarians.  It is a unique opportunity for participating Councils throughout the state to bring awareness to these young men, support those that need some financial help, and engage every parishioner in our parishes in a unique way. 

The enclosed flyer has all the information you might need to bring to your Council.

  • Info about the “Carry the Cross” Challenge.
  • A website to click on to form your own Council CrossBearer Team, or
  • Ways to contribute to one of the already-registered Teams. 

 

The second sheet is the Trail map of Kennesaw Mountain, the site of the Challenge.  It was a tough, beautiful climb last year, but we Knights are the “Strong Right Arm of the Catholic Church” and stand ready once again to “Carry the Cross” in support of our Seminarians!

Create your team by clicking this link and following the directions - note: there is a $50 fee to establish your team.

 

I’m ready to build your team’s Cross when you register, and will deliver it to your parish: displaying the Cross before the Challenge is a great way to assist in fundraising!  If you need any additional info or need me to make a presentation to your Council in person, just let me know.  Many thanks for your consideration.

Mike Meehan, Recorder

Transfiguration Council 10362

Cadmast54@gmail.com

(404) 374-9074

Knights Who Have Received The Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor Knights

Eleven members of the Knights of Columbus have gone “above and beyond the call of duty” during their service in the U.S. military

By Andrew Fowler6/30/2022
Medal of Honor recipient Edward Byers Jr. prays at the grave of his Navy SEAL teammate Nicolas Checque in Arlington National Cemetery. Checque was killed during a rescue mission in Afghanistan.
Medal of Honor recipient Edward Byers Jr. prays at the grave of his Navy SEAL teammate Nicolas Checque in Arlington National Cemetery. Checque was killed during a rescue mission in Afghanistan. (Photo by Greg Gibson)

The Medal of Honor is the highest and most prestigious military decoration of the U.S. government, given to service members who have exhibited “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty.”

 

Among the pantheon of service members who have received the honor since the award was first presented in the American Civil War are 11 members of the Knights of Columbus:

 

Daniel Daly
Marine Sgt. Maj. Daniel Daly stood 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighed just 132 pounds, but was a dogged fighter. During the Battle of Peking in 1900, he held a position alone overnight, repelling hundreds of “Boxer” rebels with only a rifle, bayonet and his fists. In 1915, during the Battle of Fort Dipitie in Haiti, he led his men out of an insurgent ambush to safety while crossing a river. Daly received The Medal of Honor for both of these actions — one of only 19 people to receive the honor twice. A member of Loyola Council 477 in Middle Village, New York, Daly was described by Marine Maj. Gen. John A. Lejeune as “the most outstanding Marine of all time.”

 

Gerry Kisters
Army First Lt. Gerry Kisters was the first U.S. soldier of World War II to receive both the Distinguished Service Cross — the Army’s second-highest decoration for valor in combat — and The Medal of Honor. The first medal honored Kisters, then a staff sergeant, for bravery in North Africa in May 1943. A few months later, on July 31, 1943, Kisters was part of a small group of soldiers tasked with filling a large crater in the only available vehicle route though Gagliano, Sicily. The detachment came under attack from two enemy posts with machine guns. After Kisters and another soldier captured the first post, he advanced alone to neutralize the second. Despite being struck five times by enemy bullets, he survived and succeeded in taking the position, helping his comrades advance safely. For his actions that day, he received The Medal of Honor on Feb. 18, 1944. After the war, Kisters joined the Knights of Columbus, becoming a member of John P. O’Donnell Council 1096 in Bloomington, Indiana.

 

Willibald Bianchi
Army Capt. Willibald Bianchi, a member of St. Patrick’s Council 1076 in New Ulm, Minnesota, posthumously received The Medal of Honor for actions in Bataan, Philippines, in 1942. Bianchi voluntarily led a group of American and Filipino troops against two enemy machine-gun nests near Bagnac on Feb. 3, 1942. He personally captured one of the positions despite severe wounds to his hand and chest. Though he survived that fight, Bianchi was later captured after the fall of Bataan in April. He suffered through the Bataan Death March, but according to eyewitnesses, he was known for his compassion and focus on his comrades’ health. He died on a Japanese prison ship after it was mistakenly bombed by Allied planes Jan. 9, 1945.

 

James P. Connor
On Aug. 14, 1944, Army Sgt. James Connor was part of an amphibious assault against entrenched enemy positions on Cape Cavalaire in southern France. His 36-man platoon, attached to the 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, was greatly outnumbered, and its lieutenant was soon killed by a hanging mine. Though injured by the same mine, Connor led his comrades across the mine-saturated beach, eliminating two enemy snipers in the process. When the platoon sergeant was also killed, command fell on Connor — who had sustained more wounds to his shoulder and back. Wounded a third time, this time in the leg, he continued to direct the attack from a prone position, ordering the men to outflank and rush the enemy. The strategy was successful; the positions were captured and the enemy soldiers killed or captured. Connor, one of only nine platoon members to survive the assault, received The Medal of Honor for his courage and leadership. His medal citation concluded, “By his repeated examples of tenaciousness and indomitable spirit, Sgt. Connor transmitted his heroism to his men until they became a fighting team which could not be stopped.” He was a member of Bishop Curtis Council 2867 in Wilmington, Delaware.

 

Paul Wiedorfer
On Dec. 25, 1944, Army Pvt. Paul Wiedorfer was advancing with Company G, 318th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division through woods outside Chaumont, Belgium. The patrol reached an open space, but was pinned down by two German machine-gun positions in the woods beyond the field. Knowing his company could not advance further if the two positions weren’t cleared, Wiedorfer charged alone toward the German positions. Despite falling a few times under a hail of enemy fire, he reached, and subsequently subdued, the enemy. According to his Medal of Honor citation, Wiedorfer’s actions “enabled the platoon to advance from behind its protecting ridge and continue successfully to reach its objective.” Wiedorfer served in the military until 1948, reaching the rank of master sergeant. He was a member of Santa Maria Council 1733 in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

Roger Donlon
Army Capt. Roger Donlon of Bishop Gross Council 1019 in Columbus, Georgia, was the first person to receive The Medal of Honor for actions during the Vietnam War. Donlon was commanding officer of U.S. Army Special Forces Detachment A-726 when the Viet Cong launched a pre-dawn attack on Camp Nam Dong in early July 1964. Despite sustaining several injuries, Capt. Donlon continued directing the successful defense operations and rescue of wounded soldiers under heavy fire. Watch Capt. Donlon reflect on his military service here.

 

Walter Joseph “Joe” Marm, Jr.
On Nov. 14, 1965, Army 2nd Lt. Walter Joseph Marm, a platoon leader in the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), led his men in an attempt to rescue a surrounded unit during the Battle of Ia Drang in Vietnam. Halted by heavy fire from a concealed position, Marm exposed himself in order to locate the machine gun. After trying unsuccessfully to destroy it with a rocket launcher, Marm charged across open ground alone, hurling grenades. Although severely wounded, he continued his assault and eliminated the remainder of the enemy. Marm received The Medal of Honor Dec. 19, 1966, for his actions. He continued to serve in the Army until 1995, retiring as a colonel. Marm joined the Knights of Columbus in 1967 and is currently a member of Msgr. Arthur R. Freeman Council 5487 in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

 

Charles Watters
Rev. (Maj.) Charles J. Watters joined the Air National Guard in 1962, but after two years, joined the Army as a chaplain. In July 1966, Watters began his 12-month tour of Vietnam with Company A, 173rd Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during which he received the Air Medal and a Bronze Star. He then voluntarily extended his tour another six months. On Nov. 19, 1967, Watters’ unit — 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry — became engaged in a battle near Dak To. Under heavy fire, the chaplain tended to the wounded, administered last rites and retrieved men from the battlefield outside the American perimeter. According to his Medal of Honor citation, Watters was giving aid to wounded soldiers when he was killed. He posthumously received the medal Nov. 4, 1969. Watters belonged to Regina Council 1688 in Rutherford, New Jersey.

Patrick Henry Brady
Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Henry Brady’s illustrious 34-year military career included two tours of duty as a medical helicopter pilot in Vietnam, during which he flew 2,000 combat missions and evacuated approximately 5,000 wounded troops. He received The Medal of Honor for actions during his second tour, when he was second in command of the 54th Medical Detachment. On Jan. 1, 1968, then-Maj. Brady flew a series of missions, in fog and under fire, to rescue American soldiers trapped in enemy territory. According to his Medal of Honor citation, Brady “utilized three helicopters to evacuate 51 seriously wounded men, many of whom would have perished without prompt medical treatment.” Brady is a member of Holy Disciples Council 11948 in Puyallup, Washington.

 

Gary Rose
Gary Rose enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1967 and trained as a Green Beret medic. During Operation Tailwind, a secret mission in Laos Sept. 11-14, 1970, he repeatedly braved machine-gun fire to treat more than 60 wounded soldiers. The mission remained classified for decades, and few people knew of Rose’s actions. Though recommended for a Medal of Honor in 1970, he received a Distinguished Service Cross instead. Rose continued his career in the Army, receiving a commission and retiring as a captain in 1987. After Operation Tailwind was declassified in the late ’90s, Rose’s former company commander led the effort to upgrade his Distinguished Service Cross, and Rose finally received The Medal of Honor in October 2017. He is currently a member of the Knights of Columbus Good Shepherd Council 11672 in Huntsville, Alabama Watch Capt. Rose reflect on his military service and membership in the Knights of Columbus here.

Edward Byers Jr.
Dr. Dilip Joseph, an American aid doctor, was abducted by Taliban forces Dec. 5, 2012. Three days later, Chief Petty Officer Special Warfare Operator Edward C. Byers Jr. and a team of fellow Navy SEALs hiked four hours through the mountains to reach the compound where Joseph was being held in a remote area of Afghanistan. Once inside, Byers was exposed to enemy fire while trying to clear a path for the rescue team. He neutralized several enemy guards while using his body as a shield to protect the American hostage. According to his Medal of Honor citation, “His bold and decisive actions under fire saved the lives of the hostage and several of his teammates.” A member of the Knights of Columbus in Virginia, he retired after 21 years of service on Sept. 19, 2019, as a master chief petty officer. Soon after, he spoke with Columbia about his faith and military career. Read the interview here.

 

CREDITS: Originally published in a weekly edition of Knightline, a resource for K of C leaders and members. Access Knightline’s monthly archives.

Council 6514 Achieves Star Council

Council 6514 has again made Star Council for the 2021-2022 period!

To read the full story click here.

Councils 6514 and 17969 Team Up to Help Parishioner

In the early morning (0700) of Saturday, September 10th, members of Deacon William P. Lakin Council 6514 and Georgia Martyrs Council 17969 got together at the home of Richard and Sharon Shouse to do some long promised work on their garage. The Shouse's, longtime and very active St. Joseph Catholic Church members, needed some sagging drywall on their garage ceiling replaced, taped, mudded and painted. So, 11 Knights from the two Councils gave up their morning (on a UGA Game-day, no less!) to lend a hand to a great Catholic couple that so many know and love.

After a delicious breakfast selection provided by Sharon

the team got to work.

First we see the intrepid father and son team of our PGK and Current Outside Guard, John Vautour and Al Johnson apparently discussing the project. I believe, however, that they just saw me taking a photo and just posed.

Richard and Sharon very much appreciated the help of the Knights and we all had a great time working together and the opportunity to offer up our service to God.

 

UPDATE: A number of Knights returned to finish up the ceiling texturing and some other items we were not able to address on our first visit.

 

Polar Plunge 2023

 

Do you have what it takes to make the plunge and be “Freezin’ for a Reason”? On February 25, 2023, brave Plungers will have the opportunity to jump into icy waters in the middle of winter to show their support for Special Olympics Georgia athletes! Acworth Beach will once again be the backdrop for a day of chilly fun including live music, Tug-A-War, food, and prizes. 
 
 
"Top Fundraising K9"
will be offered at this year's plunge. For K9 to be considered for this award they must be a certified K9 with your law enforcement department or agency.
 
 
Custom Flyers
 
Make fundraising easy with a custom flyer for your team! Flyers will include team photos and a custom QR code easy for sharing around town or on social media.
Please email Catherine Justice at Catherine.Justice@specialolympicsga.org for more information.
 
The mission of Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA) is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
 
SOGA offers these programs at no cost to the athlete or their family and does not receive State, Federal, or United Way funding.

Annual Coats for Kids Collections of Coats and Donations

Our annual Coats for Kids drive will be November 19 & 20 at The Catholic Center at UGA and St. Joseph Catholic Church. We will be collecting gently used or new coats, or donations to be used to purchase new coats.

S.K. John Steffl is the Chair for our local event, and the State of Georgia Chair of Coats for kids. Let's make this drive even more successful than last year!

Volunteers are needed to help with these collections. Please see the Event Calendar for times and locations, as well as the opportunity to sign up online!

Announcing the Passing of Sir Knight Philip Bradley Jacckson

It is with great sadness, tempered by the joy of knowing his suffering has ended, that we announce the passing of Sir Knight Phil Bradley Jackson.


Please offer up your prayers, and if possible, a recitation of the Holy Rosary for his soul and in support of the grief being endured by his family, friends and fellow Knights.


The funeral Mass is set for Tuesday, November 22, Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 11AM. Please attend if you are able in order that we might show our support and offer our assistance if requested.

May God grant him eternal rest and peace.

Vivat Jesus!
S.K. Esequiel E. Barrera, Grand Knight
Council 6514
Athens, Georgia

John Vautour Ends Term as Grand Knight of Council 6514


SK John Vautour ends his very successful term as Grand Knight of Council 6514. We welcomed our new Grand Knight, SK Zeke Barrera on July 1, 2022. The formal installation of Council Officers will take place on July 7, 2020 at 6pm at the Catholic Center at UGA, following their evening mass

During GK Vautour's time at the helm, our council has been active in many endeavors, both for St. Joseph Parish and School and the Athens area community, including donations and support of the Athens Pregnancy Center, Coats for Kids, the annual Golf Tournament, Fish Fries and many other events and programs.

Under his leadership, our Council has been involved in assisting Brother Knights with home repairs, providing Color Guards for funerals and special events. In addition, our Council has been honored by Supreme with the Star Council Award, and we have bolstered our ranks with new members and with a number of members advancing to 4th Degree Knights.

Recently, our Council members have been instrumental in helping to create a University Council, Georgia Martyrs Council 17969 with SK Julian Saviano as their Grand Knight.

We were fortunate to have been lead by Grand Knight Vautour and wish him well on his new business venture. He leaves our Council in good hands with the election of our new Grand Knight, SK Zeke Barrera and we look forward to our continued success as we move forward in this "post-COVID" environment.

SK Barrera brings with him his experience as outgoing Faithful Navigator of 4th Degree Assembly 2148.

We also welcome SK John Steffl, Jr. as our new Assembly Faithful Navigator.

Knight Mr. Ernest J Battinelli Passes Away

 

Ernie Battinelli, who served the University of Georgia Athletic Association for two decades, passed away Wednesday, November 3rd, in Athens.

Battinelli has been a mainstay within the Athletic Association, catering events and game days, while serving student-athletes on a daily basis at the grab-and-go station. Battinelli had a distinguished career in the restaurant business and became a familiar face at Georgia athletic events.

In 2019, he was awarded the Bill Powell Service Award. The Athletic Association gives the honor annually to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary service in working with the Association.

"Ernie was the absolute best," J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Josh Brooks said. "If you went to an athletic event of any kind at the University of Georgia, most likely Ernie was going to be there with a delicious meal and a smile on his face. He was such a loyal member of our Bulldog family, and I know I speak for everyone in the Athletic Association when I say he will be greatly missed. Our hearts ache for his family and friends, and we will continue to keep them in our prayers during this difficult time."

Ernie was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 6514, in Athens.

Funeral arrangements will be announced.

Duck Adoptions for Special Olympics





From our Worthy District Deputy, SK Arnie Terrell:
 
Worthies,
Last year, Georgia Knights of Columbus was the largest participant in the state. We were bigger than any of the big corporations in our backyard. That is saying a lot about your commitment to this important program.
 
We are off to a good start this year. Please adopt your ducks and ask our Brother Knights to think about doing the same to support these Special Olympians. Go to our team website (https://www.duckrace.com/atlanta/teams/11404) to donate. Georgia only needs 150 more ducks to reach our goal but we can exceed that. Lets put the Georgia Knights of Columbus back on top. 
 
Tonight, your DD and several Council 6514 and Assembly 2148 Officers purchased their ducks.  Every little bit helps these truly Special Olympics programs.  Please consider this great charity and consider watching the competition. It is a truly special event that will touch your heart and soul.
 
Let’s blow away the corporate competition!
 
Please remember to share the news with your Program Director and Financial Secretary so that they have the information they need in order to complete Form 10784 and submit it to Supreme. This is VERY IMPORTANT because it counts toward our fulfilling various categories for Faith in Action within our Programs and assists in our efforts to once again be recognized as a Star Council.
 
Our Worthy Financial Secretary is SK Bill Bast whose email address is:
 
Our Worthy Program Director is Mark Mahaffey and his email address is:
 
You only need to write a single email. Simply add both of them in the To: field.
 
When you contact them, please give them your name and the number of ducks that you adopted.
Thank you!
 
Vivat Jesus

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St. Aelred Catholic Church Christmas Parade

Fellow Knights,

We have a honor guard event this Sunday December 4th at 3:00pm at the Watkinsville Christmas parade. We will be marching with the St. Aelred parish group.

Lineup is at 3pm. The parade begins at 4pm. Fr. Tipton said he hasn't been assigned the St. Aelred starting spot yet, but according to Watkinsville website, the parade begins near railroad crossing on Barnett Shoals Rd and ends at the Main St and Experiment Station Rd intersection. 

I cannot be there due to my music ministry at St. Joe’s.  If I can get an idea of how many can come in regalia and how many in suits.   It would be a good showing for the knights and help get a council possibly started at St Aelred’s.

Please see the Event Calendar where you can sign up online for the St. Aelred parade!

We are planning a social meeting Tuesday December 13th for the 4th degree.  The event is open to Sir Knights and their wives and families. We are meeting at O’Shucks in Winder at 6:30pm.  Dress is casual.  Please let me know how many plan to come so I can have Gabriel reserve a table for us.

Lastly, I have a person, DD Arnie Terrell, who is interested in taking over faithful navigator for our assembly starting early next year.  I am involved in many other activities with the knights and church and would welcome the relief at this time.  We made a nomination for Arnie at the last meeting to become FN.  It was seconded and approved.  If anyone else would like to be nominated please let me know.  It is typically a 2 year commitment.

See the Event Calendar to sign up online!

Regards and Vivat Jesu,
S.K. John M. Steffl

Knights Donate 100 Rosaries to St. Joseph Second Year Confirmandis!

The Knights of Columbus Council 6514 has begun distributing the 100 Rosaries that our Council donated to all of our our 2nd Year Confirmandis. We began distributing them during the October 4th Confirmation Class and will do our next distribution during Confirmation Class on October 17, 2022.

This donation is in support of the Confirmation Holy Rosary Program, also sponsored by our Council. Even before the donation of the Rosaries we have seen a marked increase in attendance each week by both our youth and fellow parishioners.

Thank you for your support of this Program!

S.K. Daniel Lackey, Recorder and Faith Director

National Pro-Life Bridges Day 2022





National Pro-Life Bridges Day 2022

 

This summer, the Pro-Life Action League is hosting the fifth annual National Pro-Life Bridges Day in cities from coast to coast. Teams of five pro-lifers will station themselves on highway overpasses holding banners with the message “Abortion Takes a Human Life.” In just a few hours we will reach over one million commuters and start countless conversations about abortion.

- View more at: https://prolifeaction.org/event/nplb2022/

The First Real Thanksgiving It took place not at Plymouth, but in Catholic Florida

The First Real Thanksgiving

It took place not at Plymouth, but in Catholic Florida

by Gerald Korson10/27/2019

Our annual celebration of Thanksgiving conjures up visions of the Plymouth Colony Pilgrims enjoying a harvest feast with Native Americans, a historic event that has been celebrated in song and art for centuries. But before carving up the turkey this Thursday, you should learn about a lesser-known thanksgiving meal, also with Europeans and Indians, that took place more than 50 years before the famous Pilgrim landing.

On September 8, 1565, Spanish explorer Don Pedro Menendez came ashore the Florida coast and named the area after St. Augustine because land was sighted on the saint’s feast, August 28. The native Timucua tribe peacefully greeted Menendez and 800 or so Catholic colonists.

A large cross statue next to a lake
(Photo from GettyIma

That very day, in thanksgiving for a safe journey, Father Francisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajales offered the first Mass ever celebrated on what is now U.S. soil. Afterward, according to the priest’s memoirs, colonist and natives shared a celebratory meal. In his 1965 book The Cross in the Sand, historian Michael Gannon called the day’s festivities “the first community act of religion and thanksgiving in the first permanent settlement in the land.” To this day, the city of St. Augustine is recognized as the first permanent U.S. settlement.

The Pilgrims’ thanksgiving at Plymouth – which may have included wild turkey and other fowl along with venison and an array of harvest vegetables including pumpkin – more closely resembled our traditional Thanksgiving meal than the Spaniard meal at St. Augustine. There the main fare probably consisted of cocido, a garlic-flavored stew of salted pork and garbanzo beans. The Timucua may have brought fish, fowl, grains and squash to share. Certainly there were many more mouths to feed in St. Augustine than there were at Plymouth, where only 53 of the original 102 colonists from the Mayflower survived the first harsh winter and attended the feast.

So the first U.S. thanksgiving belongs to the Spaniards, although any of several other Spanish explorers dating as far back as Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513 also offered prayers of thanksgiving and enjoyed some hospitality with the natives upon their own arrival to America’s shores. In addition, there was also French explorer Rene Goulaine de Laudonniere, who made landfall near Jacksonville, Florida, established Fort Caroline, sang songs of praise and thanksgiving, and dined with the Timucua Indians on June 30, 1564, more than 14 months ahead of Menendez. Regardless of who prayed or dined with the Indians first, the Pilgrims’ harvest meal at Plymouth remains the icon for our Thanksgiving celebration today.

As Catholics, however, let’s remember one thing: the word “Eucharist” comes from the Greek word for “thanksgiving.” Thus, in the most profound and sacred sense, the Mass celebrated by Father Lopez on the land named St. Augustine in 1565 constitutes the real first Thanksgiving in what would one day become the United States of America.

About the Author
Gerald Korson, a veteran Catholic journalist, is a member of the Knights of Columbus in Indiana.

Council 6514 Bids Farewell to Seminarian Colin Patrick

L-R: District Deputy Arnie Terrell, Colin Patrick, Past Grand Knight John Vautour

Today Council 6514 said goodbye to a wonderful seminarian. Colin Patrick heads back to seminary this week. He has served the Catholic Center for an entire year.
 
This fall he will continue to need our support as he studies abroad in Israel. At Mass today, he gave a beautiful Homily about God’s blessings to him and to each of us.
 
His farewell greeting line was long but very much deserved.   
 
Vivat Jesu! 
 
Fraternally 
Arnie Terrell-DD10 

Safe America Re-Launches Vet Tran!

On August 19, 2022 Knights of Columbus Council 6514's District 10 Deputy S.K. Arnie Terrell, Past Grand Knight S.K. John Vautour and Mr. Allan Johnson met with Safe America CEO Len Pagnano to view a new transport ambulance. Staffed by trained volunteers, this ambulance will provide Vet Tran with the means to transport veterans to medical treatments, appointments requiring medical equipment and/or medical care during a transport.

 

Pictured left to right: Safe America CEO Len Pagano, District Deputy S.K. Arnie Terrell, Mr. Allan Johnson (not pictured-Past Grand Knight S.K John Vautour)

 

See the related story about Athens Council 6514 Knight Mr. Joseph Barr at
https://vetv.us/athens-knights-doing-good-with-safe-america-for-veterans/

Mr. Pagnano gave his thanks to the Knights of Columbus and companies and organizations including AMR (American Medical Response), Primerica, MillerCoors, Jim Ellis Automotive Group, Enterprise, Lockheed Martin, Vetlanta, Checker Cab, Norfolk Southern, MillerCoors/United Distributors and the Veteran's Administration are among the companies and organizations assisting Safe America and the Welcome Home Heroes initiative to offer various transportation methods helping veterans to gain access to medical care.

To find out how to donate or volunteer, stay tuned to VETV.US and help us transport veterans!

Thanks to Kaiser Permanente’s Deputy Director of Military Services Terrill McFarland, we are re-launching Vet Tran by this summer. Our plan is to engage the Knights of Columbus and Metro Atlanta area public safety officers as ‘volunteers’ to operate and staff these ambulances.

For More information, contact Len Pagano at (770)-509-7958.

 

In addition, Safe America will also expand its ‘Welcome Home, Heroes veterans program to offer more medical care treating mental health issues like PTSD, and even pet dogs to help minimize depression. All of this will be announced after the 4th of July, with further salutes to Checker Cab President Rick Hewatt who is working together with Safe America CEO Len Pagano.

Pictured- Len Pagano (L) and Rick Hewatt (R)

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