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St Philip the Apostle Church and Council 9995 - Payson, AZ Made Columbia Magazine


Father Ricky Ordonez, pastor of St Philip the Apostle Church in Payson, AZ celebrates Mass in the church parking lot with assistance from St. Philip the Apostle Council 9995.  The Council purchased a low power FM transmitter to connect to the sound system, allowing parishioners to hear the liturgy through their car radios.  Photo was taken by parishioner, Judy Michel.

Sir Knight Silvanus J. Egler is such a person!

In July 1968 Sil, his wife Darleen and family transferred from Detroit to Phoenix to open the first Kmart in Arizona. After 39 years he retired as Arizona District Manager. They moved to Payson.  


Sil’s journey in the Knights began with the 1st Degree in 1963. The 2nd and 3rd Degree quickly followed the same year in Fostoria, Ohio.  On September 1, 1996 he re-entered the Knights in Payson.  On April 1996, the Patriotic Fourth Degree was celebrated at Assembly #2236 in Fountain Hills.  At that time, “The Weenie Wagon” was a source of camaraderie and the work became fun to raise money to support their charity work.  In 1994 the council helped to remodel and to paint St. Philips.  Sil served as Treasurer in 1995.  In 2007 he became the Financial Secretary until 2016. In addition, he has been the Project Director for the past 12 years, maintaining the work schedule and purchasing event supplies.  He currently serves as a Council Trustee.  


Sil has been a tireless Knight. He has made all the Grand Knights look better by the unselfish time he has given to the council.  A very rare breed of “To Join, To Participate and To Complete.”  Sir Knight, Silvanus Egler. You have earned the title of “Mr. Knight of Columbus!”  Since 1995 you have been the backbone of council #9995!

Thank you Sir Knight, Silvanus Egler.

Joe Waszak - The Last Founding Member of Council 9995

A Knight to remember!
Joe Waszak, 3rd Degree Knight, is the last surviving pioneer for Saint Philip the Apostle Council #9995.  At the urging and support of then pastor, Father Paul La Roque Joe was part of an elite group of men who were instrumental in the creation of our council. Some of the pioneers were Dave Engleman, Denny Brisson, Carrol Gulliver, Jim Craig and others. Some have passed away and others have moved away.  Joe recalls the council had to decide between Council #10,000 or #9995. The Council chose #9995.


Dave Engleman located a food service wagon which was converted into a “Weenie Wagon!" Soon, the Knights were involved in numerous “Weenie Roast” events. The tremendous enthusiasm by everyone translated into “Fun Time” peddling those Hot Dogs and Brats at many, many events. The Rodeo Grounds, the Pine Festival, Church Picnics and at other locations.


The early Knights painted the church and cleaned the church many times over the years. When the hall was built with the help of the Knights, the acoustics were very bad. Again, the Knights resolved the problem by placing the cork boards which are still in place today.


As Brother Joe Waszak says, “Many Brother Knights served tirelessly in the positions they held for years. S-o-o many Knights working HUMBLY together for the good of all.”
Thank you Brother Joe Waszak!

Local Knight Don Logue Hooks Monster Fish

The Payson Roundup reported it took Don 45 minutes to land the 356 pound black marlin. The complete story can be read HERE.

Knights Council 9995 Donates money to Payson Special Olympics

Members of Payson Knights of Columbus presented a check of $2,000 to Becky Derwort for the Payson Special Olympics group. Proceeds are from the Tootsie Roll Drive in October. This was the 29th consecutive year for the Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive to help Payson Special Olympics.