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Hold Annual Charity Brunch for  2017


The annual Knights of Columbus Charity Brunch was held on April 23rd at the Reynolds Lake Club.  The Charity Brunch is an event which recognizes the charitable works of a variety of selfless organizations in Greene, Putnam, and Hancock Counties.  The Knights of Columbus donates financial assistance annually to the organizations in support of their charitable works.  Each organization gave a brief update of their mission and how the donation will help their service efforts.  The organizations who were recognized are:

Athens Technical College Foundation FERST Foundation - Putnam County
Greene County Habitat for Humanity Circle of Love
FERST Foundation - Greene County FERST Foundation - Hancock County
Hancock County Food Pantry (Helping Hands) Communities-in-Schools
Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club Putnam County Special Olympics
Atlas Ministries        Putnam Jasper Support Services
Greene County Food Pantry Putnam County LifeSource
Greene County Special Olympics First Call Pregnancy Center

Grand Knight Ken Weber served as Master of Ceremonies.  Weber said 'inspiring stories of service from these great organizations renew our dedication to care of our brothers and sisters in need'.  visiting Knights of Columbus dignitaries included Mark McMullen, Georgia State Deputy and Districk Deputy Wally Marcis.



Council 13808

Welcomes Six New Knights


Please join us in welcoming our new Brother Knights.  Six Catholic gentlemen became Knights of Columbus at a ceremony yesterday, March 11, 2017.  Many thanks to our 1st degree team and to the Knights who attended to observe.  


Council News 2016

Council 13808 Wins

Double Star Award for 2015-2016


On Sunday November 13th at our 9:00 Mass, State Deputy Mark McMullen presented our Council with the coveted Double Star Award for outstanding achievements in the 2015-2016 fraternal year.  Council 13808 is one of six councils in the State of Georgia to earn this award (out of 111 councils). 


State Deputy Mark also pointed out that this is the 3rd year in a row that Council 13808 has received the Double Star award – a truly outstanding achievement.

Fran and Mike D'Antonio named

Knights of Columbus Family of the Year for the State of Georgia


At the State Meeting of the Knights of Columbus in Savannah, GA, Mike and Fran D'Antonio were named the Knights of Columbus Family of the Year for the State of Georgia.  This award is given each year to the family  that best exemplifies the principles of the Knights of Columbus as shown through their involvement in the Council, Parish and Community.


Congratulations Fran and Mike for Making Council 13808 proud once again.

Council 13808 Participates in

COKAS Time and Talent Fair King and Savior Catholic Church Time and Talent Fair.  



On October 15th and 16th, Council 13808 participated in the Christ Our 

This 2016 Ministries Fair took place in the social hall after the 5pm Saturday Mass and the 9am Sunday Mass.  


Over 30 ministries took part and all were overwhelmed by the support of the church community and the renewed interest in service, shown by our parishoners.


Grand Knight Ken Weber and Father Roberto Herrera stopped by to show their support.

Council 13808 Celebrates the New Fiscal Year with

Officer Installation Ceremony


On May 25th Council 13808 celebrated the election of our Officers for the fiscal year 2016/2017.  There was a great turnout from Council Members, Families and Friends at Christ Our King and Savior Church.


After a wonderful ceremony, officiated by Father Robert Herrera, everyone moved to da Corrado Ristorante for a continuation of the celebrations and a wonderful dinner.  Thanks to all who helped with this great event.

Council 13808 Welcomes Three New Knights


On August 20th, Council 13808 welcomed three new Knights.  Thank you to our degree team, thank you to all the observers who turned out to greet our new brothers, and a special thank you to Mark Holihan for organizing the ceremony and providing the food for the social.


In the following photo, left to right, are District Deputy Wally Marcis, Grand Knight Ken Weber, Jeff Lansford, Brian Carlson, Harry Cardillo and Deputy Grand Knight Jim Blankenheim.

Council Enjoys It's Summer Cookout


Council 13808 hosted a summer cookout and barbecue at the COKAS pavilion on Tuesday June 21st.  There was a great turnout from both the Council and Parish Members from Christ Our King and Savior Church.


Thanks to all members of the our cookout team, but specific thanks to Ernie Ceccato, Steve Weiser, Tom MacDonald and Jerry Robertson.  A great time was had by all.

Council 13808 Welcomes Six New Knights


Council 13808 welcomes six men to the Knights of Columbus and our council on May 7th.  The new Knights are Todd Sterrenberg, Angel Monroy, David Dornheggen, Seminarian Fernando Rodriguez, Chris Glasgow and Michael Perpoli.


Thanks to all members of the our degree team, Clarence Drinkwine for setting up the Jerusalem Room, Bob Hartland for organizing the ceremony and providing Food and Beverage.  It has been a great week as our Council continues to grow with the addition of these fine men.

From Left to Right, District Deputy Wally Marcis, Todd Sterrenberg, Angel Monroy, David Dornheggen, Seminarian Fernando Rodriguez, Chris Glasgow, Michael Perpoli and Council Grand Knight Ken Weber.

Council 13808 Welcomes Three New Knights


Council 13808 welcomes three men to the Knights of Columbus and our council on May 7th.  The new Knights are Rolando Gutierrez, Ricardo Arreola and Javier Hernandez.


Thanks to Dr. Joe de Junco for sponsoring these three men.  We would also like to thank our 1st degree team for another outstanding performance.  We would also like to thank District Deputy Wally Marcis for being on hand to welcome our new brothers.

From right to left : Grand Knight Ken Weber, Rolando Gutierrez, Ricardo Arreola, Javier Hernandez and sponsor Dr. Joe de Junco

Council 13808 Sponsors

Greene County Special Olympics


On Friday May 7th, KofC Council 13808 participated in the Greene County Special Olympics.  This event is one of the most important to the greater Greensboro area and is an annual focalpoint for our Council.


We were blessed with perfect weather and an enthusiastic group of about 70 competitors.  Thanks to all for your support and participation.

Council 13808 Holds Annual Charity Brunch

Honors Local Charities from Greene, Putnam and Handcock Counties

The annual Charity Brunch was held this afternoon at the Reynolds Lake Club.  Grand Knight Ken Weber did a fine job as Master of Ceremonies. Visiting dignitaries included State Deputy, Mark McMullen, District Deputy, Wally Marcis and Brad Burnett, President of the Knights of Columbus Charities of Georgia.  All of these men were accompanied by their much better halves.  Our special guests were Elaine Jawarski, Barb Callahan and Susie Fricano.


Most important, we distributed financial support to the following group of charities and heard short and inspiring descriptions of their missions and how they apply the help the Knights provide:

  • Athens Technical College Foundation
  • Circle of Love
  • Ferst Foundation - Greene County
  • Hancock County Food Pantry (Helping Hands)
  • Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club
  • Atlas Ministry
  • Greene County Food Pantry
  • Greene County Special Olympics
  • Ferst Foundation - Putnam County
  • Tri-Kids, Inc.
  • Ferst Foundation - Hancock County
  • Communities-in-Schools
  • Putnam County Special Olympics
  • Putnam Jasper Support Services
  • Putnam County Resources (Lifesource)
  • First Call Pregnancy


Special thanks to John Rulison, Jerry Stapp III and Tom Balestreire, who make up the Charity Committee.  If you would like to know more about the charities Council 13808 supports, visit Our Work page.

Council 13808 Welcomes Three New Knights


When we started the past week our Council had 148 members.  As of this week we now have 151.  We had an outstanding admission degree ceremony on Saturday March 19th and welcomed three men to the ranks of the Knights of Columbus.  In the following photo (ignoring the bookends) the new men are, left to right, Jerry Schonhoft, Andrew O’Connell, and David Murphy.  We hope they all attend our April 5th meeting so they can meet their new brothers.

Thanks to our degree team for a great job.  Thanks to Tom Harrington for his help with the role of Chancellor.  Thanks to Bob Hartland for organizing the day.  And thanks to Clarence Drinkwine for his usual great job of setting up the room for the degree team.  And thanks to Bob Coletta, John Faerber, and John Gregor for inviting these men to join us in our mission of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity.


Reverend G. Philip Ryan

May 26, 1950 to February 17, 2016


Images From His Funeral Service

Council News 2015

Our Lady of Guadalupe documentary begins airing across the country

We are proud to announce that a new Knights of Columbus produced documentary film on Our Lady of Guadalupe begins airing across the country this Sunday on ABC affiliated stations. Narrated by actor Jim Caviezel, Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message paints a comprehensive and inspiring picture of the history, facts, legacy and continued relevance of Our Lady of Guadalupe throughout the western hemisphere and beyond. The airings are presented as part of ABC’s Visions and Values Series and have a broadcast window from Oct. 11 to Dec. 10.

Watch the Trailer here!

Knights Council 13808 Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Knights Host Informational Luncheon for COKAS Hispanic Community

Attendees: Jim Liebeck, Rudolfo Nicolas, Fred Velazquez, Hector Morales, Ken Weber

On Sunday, April 26, 2015 Pope John Paul II Council 13808 hosted a luncheon for Hispanic men of the parish and their families to learn about the Knight of Columbus. 


State Hispanic Director, Fred Velazquez, two Knights from Thomas Aquinas Council 6532 in Alpharetta, GA, and Dr. Joe de Junco made presentations to the group.


The entire program was presented in Spanish.  After a question and answer session, the group stayed to enjoy the luncheon as well as discuss how to grow Hispanic participation in the Knights of Columbus from parish members of Christ our King and Savior Catholic Church. 


During the session it was agreed that a Spanish language 1st Degree Exemplification will be scheduled in the next few weeks.

 The good work of our Council was recognized in the March issue of Columbia magazine!  An article was included in the Knights In Action section of the publication.  


It can be found on page 31 or click on the KofC logo for 'instant' viewing of this great piece!

Knights complete another successful Lenten season of delicious Fish Frys!

Council Knights Celebrate 2nd Degree Exemplification

Five Knights from Pope John Paul II Council 13808 were elevated to the 2nd Degree of the Order on Sunday, January 18, 2015.  George Morrell, Ernie Cecatto, Bill Necel, Tom Balestreire and Pat Patterson attended a 2nd Degree exemplification ceremony held at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Thomson, GA.  The Host Council was Father Larry Endrizzai Council 6918.


Grand Knight Jim Liebeck, Deputy Grand Knight Ken Weber, Chancellor Bob Hartland, John Faerber and Don Wissman from Council 15808 attended as observers.  Congratulations to our new 2nd Degree Knights.

Council 13808 Celebrates January with Chili Social

Council 13808 Celebrated the New Year with their Annual Chili Social.  There were over seventy men in attendance, including Knights from the Christ Our King and Savior Council as well as invited guests from the Parish.  


Twelve Knights Members prepared their favorite chili recipes and a good time was had by all!

Council 13808 Wins Double Star Award

Council 13808 was presented the Double Star Award at last week’s 5:00 PM Mass from Supreme for outstanding achievement in membership, insurance and service program activities. 


There were only three councils out of the 109 councils in Georgia to receive the Double Star award.  Worthy State Secretary, Mark McMullen, made the presentation at the end of Mass, and had an excellent presentation, congratulating your council as well as tastefully explaining what the Knights of Columbus are about. 


A heartfelt thanks to Father Herrera for allowing us to have the presentation at Mass.  I have attached a picture just after the presentation of past DD T.J. McCaustland, State Secretary Mark McMullen, current DD Wally Marcis, and myself with the award. 

Council News 2014

Knights Celebrate Christmas Season with Santa's  Pancake Breakfast




The Knights kicked off the Christmas season by sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast with Christ our King and Savior's parishoners.  As you see from the photos, a good time was had by all, including Santa!

Knights attend November's 4th Degree Exemplification

The Georgia state’s faithful Master had a 4th Degree Exemplification in Atlanta yesterday and your council had five Knights who  made their 4th Degree. 


New Sir Knights are Bud Lynch, Jerry Stapp, Steve Elm, Jim Blankenheim and Roger Meyer. 


The Exemplification was probably one of the best performances from the team in recent history.  With our five new Sir Knights, there was a total of 119 taking their 4th Degree. 


Attending as observers were Ken Weber, Rick Clayton, Jack Callahan, John Faerber, Jerry Farnell, Wally Marcis and Jim Liebeck. 


As usual, our Assembly had a hospitality suite staffed and operated by Wally and very ably assisted by his lovely wife, Ruth.


When you see your brothers, please congratulate them on taking the last step to the 4th Degree!


Council 13808 Knights Participate in Retreat

The Knights of Council 13808 participated in a Retreat at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers.  


This retreat took place from July 25th until July 27th.  Fourteen of our Brother Knights participated in the greatly anticipated annual event.


Enjoy the pictures from the weekend that include monks who facilitated the event and other members of the retreat.

Council Knights receive 4th Degree

Worthy Brothers of Council 13808

On Saturday,  June 21 2014, three of our brother Knights traveled to Augusta, GA to participate in the 4th Degree Exemplification ceremony.  Advanced to the 4th Degree of the Order were:


Sir Knight Mike Jochim  

Sir Knight Dennis Johnson

Sir Knight Bill Richards


Chanceller Bob Hartland and Financial Secretary Rick Clayton attended as members of the 4th Degree Honor Guard.  Congratulations to Mike, Dennis and Bill and thanks to Bob and Rick for supporting our new 4th Degree Knights.

The Knights of Columbus Hosts Parkside Main 8 Theater Event for Greene County Schools Special Olympics Event

During this year’s Greene County Special Olympics held at Green County High School, athletes from Greene County High School, Union Point STEAM Academy, Carson Middle School & Greensboro Elementary School competed for Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals and pride.  Every participating athlete was treated as a winner and enjoyed the applause and cheers of the audience as they threw the object, crossed the finish line or completed the long jump.  Everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the big smiles, sheer determination and joy each athlete displayed.


Thirty-One volunteers from the Junior Beta Club at Lake Oconee Academy, members of the boys track team at Greene County High School and members of The Knights of Columbus of Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church helped the athletes throughout the event.  The Special Olympics Corporate Sponsors were The Knights of Columbus and Tendercare Clinic.


The event was filmed by the Knights of Columbus and shown to the athletes and their families on the BIG Screen at the Parkside Main 8 Theater on May 17, 2014 along with several cartoons.  Each athlete who attended was also given a DVD copy of the event. 


The video of the event is below.

Tootsie Roll Campaign in Support of PWID Completed

The last months of 2013 saw the end of Council 13808's Tootsie Roll Campaign in support of People with Intellectual Disabililties.  


A great thanks goes out to the people of the Lake Oconee areas who contributed to help us support PWID.


Knights worked street corners and parking lots around Greene and Putnam counties. We would specifically like to thank the City of Eatonton and the Eatonton Walmart for allowing our Knights to solicit donations at their locations for this worthwhile charity.


Thanks also to all the Knights who participated.  The pictures that follow truly shows the joy the comes from giving to those who are less fortunate.

Council News 2013

Knights Elevated to 4th Degree

Seven Knights from Pope John Paul II Council 13808 were elevated to the 4th Degree of the Order on Saturday, November 2, 2013. The Exemplification Ceremony was held at the Sonesta Hotel in Duluth, GA, and included more than 145 new Sir Knights from across the state of Georgia.


Congratulations to:


Bob Coletta           Rich Macchia        Mike Croxton        Tom Rouse

Fran D’Antonio     Bert Buoy              Chris Bolen           


The exemplification team was led by District Master Thomas Frizzi. Also in attendance were State Deputy Sanford Hillsman and many other state officers and dignitaries.


The honoree for the exemplification was Immediate Past State Deputy Rick Sisko.


The candidates were joined by observers: Grand Knight Jim Liebeck, Deputy Grand Knight Ken Weber, Chancellor Bob Hartland, Financial Secretary Rick Clayton, PGK Wally Marcis, PGK Jerry Farnell, PGK Jim Collins, Sir Knight John Faerber, and Sir Knight Larry Combs. District Deputy TJ McCaustland also observed.


The ceremony was followed by Mass and a banquet, attended by the new Sir Knights, the observers, all their wives, and other family members.


Knights Elevated to 3rd Degree


Four Knights from Pope John Paul II Council 13808 were elevated to the 3rd Degree of the Order on Saturday, October 26, 2013. 

Congratulations to:

Bert Bouy

Tony Dejno

Jack Dennis

Scott Green


The Exemplification Ceremony was hosted by Fr. Charles J Kerscher Council 10004 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Conyers, GA.  The host District Deputy was Pat Barnes.


Also in attendance were State Deputy Sanford Hillsman and all of the state officers. 

The honoree for the exemplification was Sir Knight Paul Kunkel.

The degree team was led by Conferring Officer Tim Bair, Past State Ceremonials Director.

The candidates were escorted to the ceremony by observers Grand Knight Jim Liebeck, Chancellor Bob Hartland, and John Faerber. District Deputy TJ McCaustland also observed.


Knights Celebrate Opening of New Kitchen in COKAS Social Hall

Council 13808 celebrated the renovation of the Christ Our King and Savior Church’s kitchen and remodeled social hall by offering a Pancake Breakfast to the congregation after Sunday Mass in September.  The event was well attended and everyone was pleased with the renovations made this past summer.


The photos reflect the large crowd and the enthusiast participation of the council in this state of the art kitchen.

Knights Elevated to 2nd Degree

Three Knights from Pope John Paul II Council 38808 were elevated to the 2nd degree of the order on Tuesday, August 13th, 2013. Scott Green, Bud Lynch, and Jack Dennis traveled to Fort Gordon, GA, for the exemplification ceremony. Grand Knight, Jim Liebeck and Deputy Grand Knight, Ken Weber attended as observers.


The ceremony was hosted by St. Michael the Archangel Council 14773 at Ft. Gordon. The host District Deputy was Tim McCarthy.


The honoree for the exemplification was Father Joseph Lee, pastor of St. Michael the Archangel parish, Fort Gordon.


The degree team was led by Tim Bair.


Congratulations to our new 2nd degree Knights and thanks to our brothers at Fort Gordon for their gracious hospitality.

CNA Daily News

Pope announces June 29 consistory to create 14 new cardinals (Sun, 20 May 2018)
Vatican City, May 20, 2018 / 05:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- There will be a consistory June 29 to create 14 new cardinals, each of whom express the “universality” of the Church, Pope Francis announced Sunday after his Regina Coeli address. “Their provenance expresses the universality of the Church that continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all people on earth,” he said May 20, noting that the new cardinals from the Diocese of Rome also show “the inseparable link between the see of Peter and the particular Churches spread throughout the world.” “Let us pray for the new cardinals, so that by confirming their adherence to Christ, the Most Merciful and faithful High Priest (see Hebrews 2:17), they will help me in my ministry as Bishop of Rome for the good of the whole faithful People of God,” the pope said. Among the newly appointed cardinals is His Beatitude Louis Raphael Sako I, the patriarch of Babylon for the Chaldean Catholic Church and the archbishop of Baghdad. Those from the Diocese of Rome and the Holy See who have been named are: Archbishop Luis Ladaria, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu, substitute of the Secretariat of State; Archbishop Kondrad Krajewski, papal almoner; and Archbishop Angelo De Donatis, Rome’s vicar general and archpriest of the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran. From around the world are: Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi, Pakistan; Bishop Antonio do Santos Marto of Leiria-Fatima, Portugal; Archbishop Pedro Barreto of Huancayo, Peru; Archbishop Desire Tsarahazana of Tamatave, Madagascar; Archbishop Giuseppe Petrocchi of Aquila, Italy; and Archbishop Thomas Aquino Mango Maeda of Osaka, Japan. Pope Francis made particular note of three who will be receiving red hats – Archbishop Emeritus Sergio Obeso Rivera of Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico; Prelate Emeritus Toribio Ticono Porco of Corocoro, Bolivia; and Claretian Fr. Aquilina Bocos Merino – who he said “have distinguished themselves for their service to the Church.” The day of the consistory, the June 29 Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, the new cardinals will concelebrate Mass with Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica alongside the new metropolitan archbishops named during the previous year, who traditionally receive the pallium from the pope on that day. Most of the newly appointed cardinals are under the age of 80 and therefore eligible to vote in a conclave. The archbishop emeriti Obeso Rivera and Ticono Porco, and Fr. Aquilina Bocos Merino, are over the age of 80.
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Francis tells youth to evangelize through the ‘digital world’ (Sat, 19 May 2018)
Vatican City, May 19, 2018 / 11:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Sharing the Gospel with people at the peripheries might not even require stepping outside the door, Pope Francis said Saturday, encouraging Christians to evangelize through encounters in the “digital world.” Especially for young people, “the ends of the earth...are quite relative and always easily ‘navigable,’” he said March 19. “The digital world - the social networks that are so pervasive and readily available - dissolves borders, eliminates distances, and reduces differences.” But if we lack a “sincere gift of our lives,” he continued, “we could well have countless contacts but never share in a true communion of life. To share in the mission to the ends of the earth demands a gift of oneself in the vocation that God, who has placed us on this earth, chooses to give us.” The pope’s words were published in a message on the theme, “Together with young people, let us bring the Gospel to all,” published ahead of the 92nd World Missionary Day, which will take place Oct. 21. Francis explained that the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith, and vocational discernment will also take place in October, which is the “month of the missions,” and that the Synod “will prove to be one more occasion to help us become missionary disciples, ever more passionately devoted to Jesus and his mission, to the ends of the earth.” While the pope’s message was for “all Christians who live out in the Church the adventure of their life as children of God,” he reflected specifically on the missionary role of young people. Addressing youth, he said, “what leads me to speak to everyone through this conversation with you is the certainty that the Christian faith remains ever young when it is open to the mission that Christ entrusts to us.” Quoting the words of St. John Paul II in “Redemptoris Missio,” Francis said: “Mission revitalizes faith,” and emphasized that young men and women who want to follow Christ need “to seek, to discover, and to persevere” in their God-given vocations, which will lead to joy. “Dear young people, do not be afraid of Christ and his Church! For there we find the treasure that fills life with joy,” he said, and joy and enthusiasm can be powerful means of transmission of the faith. Likewise, spreading the faith, which is “the heart of the Church’s mission, comes about by the infectiousness of love.” Love, he underlined, “generates sharing in charity with all those far from the faith, indifferent to it and perhaps even hostile and opposed to it.” Pope Francis explained that he knows to joyfully share the faith can be a challenge, and that he is aware of both the “lights and shadows of youth.” But he encouraged young Christians to be strong and to let evil, instead of being a discouragement, be “an incentive to ever greater love.”   “Many men and women, and many young people, have generously sacrificed themselves, even at times to martyrdom, out of love for the Gospel and service to their brothers and sisters,” he said. Christ’s love for us was demonstrated in his sacrifice upon the cross, the pope continued, noting that “to be set afire by the love of Christ is to be consumed by that fire, to grow in understanding by its light and to be warmed by its love.” “At the school of the saints, who open us to the vast horizons of God, I invite you never to stop wondering: ‘What would Christ do if he were in my place?’”
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