ABOUT KofC

About Our Council

Meeting Schedule & Location

Council Membership Meeting Schedule

1st Wednesday of the month at 5201 Kennebeck Ave

Council Officers Meeting Schedule

2nd Wednesday of the month at 5201 Kennebeck Ave

Meetings Location

5201 Kennebeck Ave
Norfolk, VA 23513 US

 

Mailing Address

5201 Kennebeck Ave
Norfolk, VA 23513 US

In Support Of:

Basilica of St Mary
1000 Holt Street
Norfolk, VA 23504 US
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Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
6400 Newport Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23505 US
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Christ the King Catholic Church
1803 Columbia Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23509 US
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Our Lady of Lavang (Vietnamese) Church
409 Campostella Rd
Norfolk, VA 23523 US
Our Lady of Victory Chapel Naval Station Norfolk
1530 Gilbert Street
Norfolk, VA 23511 US
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Sacred Heart Catholic Church
520 Graydon Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23507 US
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St. Pius X Catholic Church
7800 Halprin Dr
Norfolk, VA 23518 US
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COUNCIL INFORMATION

The Knights of Columbus Council 367 (First Council in the South) was founded in 1898. Council 367 was founded by Daniel J. Callahan who was also the Council’s first Grand Knight.  Council 367 serves the following parishes in Norfolk, VA:

  • Blessed Sacrament
  • Christ The King Catholic Church
  • Our Lady of Victory at Naval Station Norfolk
  • Our Lady of Lavang (Vietnamese) Church
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church
  • St. Pius X Catholic Church
  • The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception

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NORFOLK COUNCIL 367's CHARTER

Our charter, dated September 25, 1898, made us the First Council chartered below the Mason Dixon Line giving us the distinct honor of being the “First Council in the South”. Many agree we’re also the “Best Council in the South”.

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NORFOLK COUNCIL 367's FIRST GRAND KNIGHT

Daniel J. Callahan, Norfolk Council 367’s first Grand Knight went on to serve various other positions with the Knights of Columbus.

 

First Grand Knight                   1898 – 1899

Virginia Territorial Deputy        1898 – 1899

First State Deputy VA              1900 – 1905

Third State Deputy VA             1906 – 1907

Supreme Treasurer K of C       1910 - 1912         

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LOCATIONS OF MEETING PLACES SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THE COUNCIL IN 1898

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL #367

NORFOLK, VIRGINA

“The First Council in the South”

 

Locations of Meeting places since the Inception of the Council in 1898

 

1.  Van Wyck's Academy of Music, 210-212 Main Street, Norfolk, Virginia

 

At its inception, the Knights of Columbus Council #367, under GK Daniel Callahan, held meetings from 1898-1906 in the Academy. In 1931, a raging fire destroyed most of Main Street.

 

2. The Knights held meetings from 1906-1910 in the Odd Fellows Hall.

 

The five story building was built in 1854. The L. Snyder Department Store reconditioned the Hall in 1905. Between the first and second stories of the building, the initials I.O.O.F.– International Order Odd Fellows was written. The building was located on Church Street near City Hall Avenue.

 

3.  Young Men's Association Hall, 830 Holt Street, Norfolk, Virginia

 

This building was more commonly referred to as the “K of C Hall.” Meetings were held here 1910-1936. The building was formerly a mansion and was either donated or sold to Saint Mary’s Church (located diagonally across the street) or donated or sold to the Knights of Columbus. John Buchanan, one of our oldest Knights in the centennial celebration took his first degree in this building in 1927. He remembered when the “Widow walk” was still on the roof.

 

4.  Edifice/Drug Store, 451 Granby Street, Norfolk, Virginia

 

The Knights held meetings here on the second floor from 1936-1944.

 

5.  Blessed Sacrament Parish House, 38th Street, Norfolk, Virginia

 

Meetings were held here from 1944-1949.

 

6.  Knights of Columbus Hall, 2415 Colonial Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia

 

This building was the first one owned by the Council. Meetings were held here from 1949-1969. The building is still standing.

 

7.  Christ the King Parish B Old Church, 3401 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, Virginia

 

This church, the Chapel of the Mission, was established in the 1920s by Saint Mary’s Parish. Meetings were held here from 1970 to October 27, 1972, when this old Chapel burned down.

 

8.  St Pius X Parish Scout Building, 7800 Halprin Drive, Norfolk, Virginia

 

On October 28, 1972, the Knights moved temporarily to this location for its meetings. They remained here until the new hall on Kennebeck Avenue was completed in 1973.

 

9.  Knights of Columbus Hall, 5201 Kennebeck Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia

 

Norfolk Council #367, “The First Council in the South” acquired this site in May 1972. Through the persistent and valiant efforts of GK Thomas Z. DeHart, PSD Vincent Cornetta, and PGK Julian Pennello, the basic structure of the hall was completed within a year. The Knights occupied their newly-owned home in April 1973. It has been “Our home away from home” ever since.

 

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HISTORY OF NORFOLK COUNCIL 367 GRAND KNIGHTS

We were chartered as a Council on September 25, 1898. Since then we have had, counting our current Grand Knight as of July 1, 2021, 99 different people serve as a Grand Knight.

 

A few did consecutive two year terms but there was one Grand Knight, Dr. F. J. O’Connor that held if for five consecutive years (1942 – 1947) and also served as a PSD. Not for sure why he served that long, but this was during WWII and many of our Brother Knights might have been gone fighting the war and he stayed on to keep continuity.

 

Three Grand Knights did three consecutive years. John A. Baecher (1908 –1911), Richard P. Smith (1926 –1929) also a PSD, and Rudolph Bartol, Sr (1936 –1939).

 

Two Grand Knights served non-consecutive years. They were A.B. Degges (1906-1908, 1913-1914, & 1915-1916) and also a PSD. Donald E. Haddox (1987-1988 and 1996-1997).

 

One Grand Knight, Thomas J. Sweeney, 2003-2004, died during his term in January and Patrick Brennan took over from January 2004 to June 2005. One Grand Knight resigned his term thus making us have one less PGK.

 

For a list of all our PGK's, look above and click on "OUR PAST GRAND KNIGHTS"

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HISTORY OF NORFOLK COUNCIL 367 PAST STATE DEPUTIES

 

Norfolk Council 367, “The First Council in the South” has had 12 Past State Deputies serve as State Deputies for the state of Virginia. PSD Daniel J. Callahan, our first Grand Knight and the first State Deputy, served two terms, the first for five years, totaling six years as a State Deputy.

 

The twelve Past State Deputies and year(s) served are:

 

Daniel J Callahan (1900-1905 & 1906-1907), Michael J. Murphy (1911-1912), A.B. Degges (1917-1918), Lee F. Lawler (1935-1937), Edward V. Foretich Sr. (1941-1943), M. Daily Walsh (1947-1948), Richard P. Smith (1949-1950), Dr. Frank J. O’Connor (1952-1953), Dr. Edward Millan (1961-1962), Dr. Vincent T. Cornetta (1972-1973), Thomas J. O’Connor Sr. (1986-1987), & John (Jack) F. Michalski (2002-2003).

 

John (Jack) F. Michalski is the only Past State Deputy still living.

 

 

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NORFOLK COUNCIL 367’s “FAMILY OF THE YEAR” RECOGNITION

Each Knights of Columbus Council takes the opportunity to annually recognize one of our families “who has served as an inspiration to our parish, community and council by supporting and strengthening Christian Family Life.” Over the years, our Council and our Parishes have benefitted tremendously from the dedication and commitment of these families.

 

Norfolk Council #367, “The First Council in the South” is proud to recognize the following “Family of the Year” selectees:

 

1898-1979            NO DATA AVAILABLE

1979-1980            CHARLES & JANET RICE III

1980-1981            JULIAN & SHIRLEY PENNELLO

1981-1982            GEORGE & ANNE COSTIS

1982-1983            TOMMY & EILENE WINDER

1983-1984            THOMAS & CHARLOTTE SOCHOR

1984-1985            LESSEL & ROSETTA DAVIS

1985-1986            WARREN & JOANN BROOKS  

1986-1987            KENNETH & PATTY BRINK

1987-1988            DR. VINCENT & LOUISE CORNETTA

1988-1989            ROBERT & DIANE VOSKUHL

1989-1990            JOHN & ARDA MECHTEL, SR

1990-1991            GEORGE & ODESSA RUSHING

1991-1992            CHARLES & HELEN ALLAIN, SR

1992-1993            LESSEL & ROSETTA DAVIS

1993-1994            JOSEPH & ELLIE MARASCO

1994-1995            JACK & CINDY MICHALSKI

1995-1996            THOMAS & BARBARA SWEENEY

1996-1997            JOSEPH & KATHY GRIMM

1997-1998            JUNIOR & DENA MORRIS

1998-1999            GEORGE & ANNE COSTIS

1999-2000            JIM & ELLEN SMITH

2000-2001            JOSEPH & PATRICIA SIRACHI

2001-2002            DAN & KAREN OWENS

2002-2003            KENNETH & PATTY BRINK

2003-2004            DANIEL & MARGARET DOWD, SR.

2004-2005            CHARLES & CATHY ALLAIN, JR

2005-2006            RICH & FREDA MOZELEWSKI

2006-2007            PAT & PATRICIA BRENNAN

2007-2008            JIM & LINDA PRESSLER / TIM & KATHY WOODINGTON

2008-2009            CHRIS & LISA SASONE

2009-2010            RICHARD & JENNIFER MACK

2010-2011            RONALD & ELLEN SCHAFER

2011-2012            LAMERIQUE & ESTHER LAGUERRE

2012-2013            ROD, BECKY, ANDREW, &  JESSICA WATSON

2013-2014            PGK PAT & PATRICIA BRENNAN

2014-2015            JOHN & MARION PERSON

2015-2016            JAY, ARLINE, KATRINA, & NICOLE PEREZ

2016-2017            TODD, SONIA, IAN, & JACQUELINE WOMACK

2017-2018            PETER, ROSE, AUSTIN, NATHAN, & BRIANNA LAURIN

2018-2019            PGK JOHN & MARION PERSON

2019-2020            PGK JIM & LINDA PRESSLER

2020-2021            PGK JOHN & MARION PERSON

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NORFOLK COUNCIL 367’s “KNIGHT OF THE YEAR” RECOGNITION

The Catholic gentlemen selected as “Knight of the Year” by their respective Council have consistently demonstrated the highest degree of character, integrity, dedication, and love of God and family. They have epitomized the ideals of our Order – Charity, Unity, and Fraternity.

 

Norfolk Council 367, “The First Council in the South”, is proud to recognize the following Brothers and congratulate them for serving as true Knights of Columbus!

 

1898-1974            NO DATA AVAILABLE

1974-1975            THOMAS Z. DEHART PGK

1975-1976            EDWARD G. DURIVAGE – AUBREY D. HUNT, PGK

1976-1977            TONY GIANELLI, JR. PGK

1977-1978            ROBERT L. GOODEY

1978-1979            SAM CAMPELI

1979-1980            WARREN L. ROSE

1980-1981            TONY GIANELLI, JR. PGK

1981-1982            PAUL J. DECKER, PGK

1982-1983            BRUCE C. SHACKELFORD, PGK

1983-1984            JULIAN R. PENNELLO, PGK

1984-1985            CHARLES A. RICE III, PGK

1985-1986            GERALD J. KING SR

1986-1987            DR. VINCENT T. CORNETTA, PGK, PSD

1987-1988            JOSIAH G. CARTER

1988-1989            HAROLD D. BROWN, PGK

1989-1990            LESSELL DAVIS, PGK

1990-1991            HOWARD “JACK” GRAY, JR., PGK

1991-1992            FLOYD ARNER

1992-1993            JACK F. MICHALSKI

1993-1994            RONALD A. STOVER

1994-1995            DANIEL M. ZINNI

1995-1996            BENJAMIN L. SPITZER

1996-1997            STANLEY W. TYLER

1997-1998            KENNETH W. BRINK, PGK

1998-1999            RICHARD G. MOZELEWSKI, PGK

1999-2000            JOHN A. DAILEY

2000-2001            JOHN J. MECHTEL, SR.

2001-2002            JOSEPH W. REJUNEY

2002-2003            JOSEPH V. MARASCO, PGK

2003-2004            RONALD A. STOVER, PGK

2004-2005            DANIEL T. OWENS, PGK

2005-2006            CHRIS KUPCHICK

2006-2007            GEORGE RUSHING, PGK

2007-2008            WILLIAM A CARR, JR

2008-2009            JOHN A. DAILEY

2009-2010            PHIL CONNELL, PGK

2010-2011            JAMES L. SMITH

2011-2012            RONALD P. SCHAFER

2012-2013            JOSEPH V. MARASCO, PGK

2013-2014            SEAN F. MYERS

2014-2015            MARK S. WHITE

2015-2016            JOHN A. ESCUADRA, PGK

2016-2017            DANIEL T. DOYLE

2017-2018            THOMAS C HORSCH

2018-2019            NAPOLEON CARAGAN

2019-2020            NICHOLAS RAMIREZ

2020-2021            STEVEN CYRS & DAVID LISTOL

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NORFOLK COUNCIL 367’s "YOUNG MAN & YOUNG WOMAN OF THE YEAR" RECOGNITION

Each Knights of Columbus Council takes the opportunity to annually recognize one Young Man and Young Woman “who has served as an inspiration to our parish, community and council by supporting and strengthening Christian Family Life.” Over the years, our Council and our Parishes have benefitted tremendously from their dedication and commitment of these Young Adults.

 

Norfolk Council #367, “The First Council in the South” is proud to recognize the following “Young Man & Young Woman of the Year” selectees:

 

YOUNG MAN OF THE YEAR

 

2012 – 2013         PATRICK SCHAFER

2013 – 2014         ANDREW WATSON

2014 – 2015         ANTHONY MORLINO

2015 – 2016         GABRIEL CRAWFORD

2016 – 2017         TORRION ESPREE

2017 – 2018         JOHN GREGOIRE

2018 - 2019          KOBE NGUYEN

2019 - 2020          ALDEN RHODES

2020 - 2021          WILLIAM PALESTRANT

 

YOUNG WOMAN OF THE YEAR

 

2012 – 2013         VICTORIA PEARSON

2013 – 2014         DELANEY & MADISON WHITE

2014 – 2015         MICHELE MUNOZ

2015 – 2016         MEGAN MAGYAR

2016 – 2017         MARIAH HUFFMAN

2017 – 2018         VICTORIA WOODS

2018 - 2019          CYNTHIA DOYLE

2019 - 2020          OLIVIA SMITH

2020 - 2021          VERONICA GROSS

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16,000 CATHOLICS WITNESS SOLEMN CELEBRATION OF MARIAN MASS

Click HERE for newspaper article.

In October 10, 1954, a Marian Mass was held on Foreman Field. In the midst of the devout assembly kneeling in the grandstands, Navy men formed a living cross in the field. Through its center aisle, an impressive procession of about 50 priest and chaplains, 300 altar boys and a color guard of Marines quietly walked to the gold draped altar.

 

120 Fourth Degree Knights from Councils 367 and 3548 and Knights from St Gregory’s were in full regalia.

 

Picture and news article donated from Brother Jim Shaw who participated in the Mass.

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100TH CELEBRATION OF OUR COUNCIL 1898-1998

Grand Knight Joseph Grimm and Council #367, "The First Council in the South", posing for the 100th Anniversary of our Council.

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