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Council 6514 Joins Cor Initiative- Every Wednesday Morning 7am-8am in the Parish Hall



With formation, prayer, fraternity, Knights' Cor initiative aims to strengthen men's faith

Kimberley Heatherington Oct 27, 2023 National/World

Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly delivers his annual report at the opening business session of the Knights of Columbus 141st Supreme Convention in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 1, 2023. During the convention, the Knights launched a new initiative called Cor, which aims to strengthen Catholic men's faith through formation, prayer and fraternity. (OSV News photo/Tamino Petelinšek, Knights of Columbus)


(OSV News) -- When Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly, leader of more than 2 million Knights of Columbus members worldwide, met with Pope Francis at the Vatican in April, he shared an insight about the era in which the organization's founder, Blessed Father Michael J. McGivney, evangelized.

"The culture of Father McGivney's time was hostile to the truths of our Catholic faith," said Kelly, "and the culture today is perhaps even more hostile."

Such a reality could be profoundly discouraging, but it instead inspired Kelly to launch a robust new set of initiatives to "sharpen" Knights as courageous witnesses to Jesus Christ.

It's faith formation for what some have called a post-Christian society.

Dubbed "Cor" -- Latin for "heart" -- the initiative is designed, its website says, "to form and strengthen Catholic men in faith and virtue as missionary disciples by drawing them into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer, formation, and fraternity."

"We asked our guys, ‘What if we found a way, at the council-level, to provide quality prayer, faith formation, and fraternity -- separate from our traditional business meeting?' We simply asked our guys around the world," said Damien J. O'Connor, vice president of evangelization and faith formation in the Department of Fraternal Mission at the Knights of Columbus headquarters in New Haven, Connecticut.

There are more than 16,000 local Knights of Columbus councils worldwide.

"And the response was overwhelmingly positive. We said, ‘You know, at the grassroots level, we can provide these opportunities for our men -- and any man in the parish -- to give them that space to come together, to receive those three things,'" O'Connor told OSV News. "So over the last two years, we've been developing this initiative. We have over 70 jurisdictions worldwide. Sixty-one have currently adopted this and are trying to implement it at the council level."

Kelly announced Cor at the Knights' 140th Supreme Convention, held Aug. 1-3 in Orlando, Florida. Components include "Into the Breach," a 12-episode video series; "Men of the Word," a Bible study; "Patris Corde," a study of St. Joseph's life as a model for Catholic men; recitation of the rosary; Holy Hour; a monthly challenge from the Knights' supreme chaplain; and a wealth of supporting materials, with more to come.

"What we're being more intentional about is actually going back to the basics, of when Blessed McGivney started the order," O'Connor explained. "It was very much to help the widows and orphans; no doubt about it. But if you read the history of him and his writings, he cared deeply about the formation of men. And so we're simply being more intentional about that. It's nothing new for the Knights; it might feel that way, but it's really not."

Reactions speak for themselves.

"Into the Breach" had so many views -- over a million -- that a second series is planned, focusing on the family.

When O'Connor attended the Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention in August, he came supplied with "Men of the Word" Bible study packages. "I thought, ‘Well, we'll bring a lot extra, and whatever we don't give out, we'll take back," he recalled. "Every single one of them was taken."

As a result of Cor, "What we're finding is men are now asking to join the Knights of Columbus, rather than us asking them," O'Connor said. "Because they're growing in their faith; they're enjoying their time together -- and they want more."

Kelly, O'Connor emphasized, "deserves all the credit."

"I remember saying to Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly -- maybe six, seven years ago -- ‘If we could really evangelize our guys; if we could really offer them quality faith formation, I believe it changes the world, because we have 2 million members. So if you had, even, 30% that really became evangelists, it changes the world," O'Connor reflected. "And I remember he said, ‘I think about this every day.'"

Jimmy Dee, jurisdictional director of evangelization and faith formation for the Tennessee Knights of Columbus, said that Tennessee "was one of the original pilot locations" that helped the Knights' Supreme Council "design and launch this series of new truly incredible, Christo-centric programs -- an initiative that's helping reignite the hearts of our Catholic men across the country and around the world."

"We've been a wonderful observer and participant in its growth from an idea to, now, a national call to all Knights to return to our roots," said Dee.

He is enthusiastic about Cor's flexible design.

"What I like the most about the way this particular initiative has been designed is that it's both Christo-centric and parish-centric -- in that each parish will find its own proper mix of these events and activities that will speak to the men of their parish," Dee explained. "So, unlike more traditional programs that we've offered in the past -- which were very much replicated the same, regardless of where you were, in what council, or what parish -- this initiative is driven at the parish level, by the hearts of those who are literally on the front lines.

"And they are the ones who are listening to the needs of their pastors, and then taking actionable steps to help our priests with their pastoral mission."

And that can differ from parish to parish.

"It may be the church needs a boost in the fraternal activities, or the things that bring people together in a fun and joyous way. Maybe they need to focus more on helping men create better prayer habits in their day-to-day routines. Or is it possible they could use a little more catechesis, and learning more about the details of our faith?," Dee commented. "It's not a one size fits all. It's what are we hearing in the pews and with our priests that we need to be able to provide in order to strengthen the Catholic man; the Catholic family; as well as the parish, and our Catholic community as a whole."

The response in Tennessee has mirrored the nationwide response.

"Better that 65-70% of our Knights across Tennessee have either adopted a Cor model of program," Dee said, "or are in the process of building one."

But Cor isn't simply about personal enrichment, Dee stressed.

"These events and activities are helping us to build and create programs and pathways of discipleship that will help men gain that confidence necessary for them to be a witness of their faith and share it with others, while inviting them into a relationship with Jesus Christ," noted Dee.

"We're getting right down to that front-line problem of, Catholics are great when it comes to practicing their faith, but we're not real good at sharing it. This initiative is getting to the absolute heart of that problem -- pun intended," he laughed. "In Tennessee -- keeping in line with this new initiative -- we're telling people that our new state motto is, ‘We are Knights to our Cor.'"

In Laredo, Texas, Héctor Chapa -- grand Knight for Council No. 9626 at St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church, district deputy of District 232, and coordinator of evangelization and faith formation for the Diocese of Laredo -- has witnessed his council's membership double since it began Cor gatherings.

A council that previously had 12 Knights now has almost 30, with as many as 46 weekly attendees.

"They'll start asking, ‘What do I need to do to join?' It's just great," Chapa said of the Cor participants. "It builds character within the parish itself. We have a better understanding and working relationship with our priest."

Chapa added, "Once we got started, they wanted more." Fall and spring sessions offered an interactive, multi-week men's program called "That Man Is You!" developed by Paradisus Dei, but Chapa and his fellow Knights explored the "Into the Breach" video series during the summer.

"We were able to grow by another 15 members," said Chapa. "The video itself is very well-presented," he emphasized, noting the council will soon place an order for the next series. "It's really down-to-earth. It's easy to watch. It's easy to understand."

Activities have gained such momentum that the council has held a Eucharistic procession; a popular fish fry; and soon, their first men's retreat.

"Our common hope here is, we need to do everything that we need to do to make sure we get our families to heaven," Chapa said, "before anything else."

The Cor initiative, Chapa is certain, contributes to that effort.

"It sets you up to be able to build yourself up, and basically -- hey, we need to go into battle, guys! We understand that the devil is coming after our families," Chapa cautioned. "What are we going to do about it? We need to sharpen our swords, more than anything else."


Announcing the Passing of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church Pastor Very Reverend Walter Young Ingram, IV, at 69

Very Reverend Fr. Walter Young "Mike" Ingram, IV VF

Pastor of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Grovetown, Georgia

Entered into rest on Tuesday, April 2, 2024,


Fr. Mike Ingram was a native of Augusta, Georgia. He graduated from St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School and Aquinas High School. He earned a B.S. Degree in Public Administration from Georgia Southern College in 1976. After a six-year stint of local government administration in Bulloch, Jenkins, and Richmond Counties in Georgia, he filled in as a History/Economics teacher and coach at his alma mater, Aquinas High School, for eighteen months. His next fourteen years were spent as the General Manager of Johannsen Sporting Goods in Augusta, which were very enjoyable and successful.


Fr. Ingram was accepted by Bishop J. Kevin Boland to the Diocese of Savannah Seminarian Program in 1998. He was sent to Pope John XXIII National Seminary in Boston, MA for his education and formation. Bishop Boland ordained Fr. Mike Ingram a priest for the Diocese of Savannah on June 29, 2002, at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah. Fr. Ingram’s assignments have been: Parochial Vicar, St. Anne Catholic Church, Columbus, GA (2002-2005), Pastor, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Macon, GA (2005-2011), Pastor, St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, Grovetown, GA (2011-Present), Assistant Vocations Director, Diocese of Savannah (2005-2008), Vicar Forane, Macon Deanery (2006-2011), Vocations Director, Diocese of Savannah (2008-2011), Priest Personnel Committee, Diocese of Savannah (2014-2016), Council of Priests, Diocese of Savannah (2017-2021).


Fr. Mike was a great supporter of the Knights of Columbus


Family members include his brothers: Keith Moore Ingram and John Gregory Ingram, Sr. (Donna); nieces and nephews: Taylor Moore Ingram, Sarah Elizabeth Ingram, John Gregory Ingram, Jr., and Drew Michael Ingram (Molly); great nephew: Jameson Holden Ingram; and Norma Ingram (wife of the late Walter Young Ingram III). He is preceded in death by his parents, Mary Moore Ingram and Walter Young Ingram, III.


The family would like to extend their gratitude to Theresa Kent for the friendship and kindness shown to Fr. Ingram. The family would also like to thank the staff of Brandon Wilde for the exceptional care given. 


On Tuesday, April 16, 2024, a Holy Rosary will be at 6:45 P.M. The family will receive friends from 7:15 until 9:00 P.M. at St. Teresa of Avila.


On Wednesday, April 17, 2024, the funeral Mass will be at 11:00 A.M. at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church.

This service will Live Streamed.


On Thursday, April 18, 2024, an additional funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, Savannah, GA. Interment will follow at 12:30 P.M. at the Catholic Cemetery in Savannah. 


Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Teresa Building Fund at

Remembering Fr. Francis 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.

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, 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.
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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

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

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.


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.


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Happy Birthday St. Aelred!





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.

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!

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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.


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

Duck Adoptions for Special Olympics

From our Worthy District Deputy, SK Arnie Terrell:
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 ( 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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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.

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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! 
Arnie Terrell-DD10