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About the Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is an order of Catholic gentlemen committed to the exemplification of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism, respect for life and defense of the priesthood, and religious freedom.

On October 2, 1881, a small group of men met in the basement of St. Mary’s Church on Hill House Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut Called together by their 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J McGivney, these men formed a fraternal society that would one day become the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization. They sought strength in solidarity, and security through unity of purpose and devotion to a holy cause they vowed to be defenders of their country, their families, and their faith. These men were bound together by the ideal of Christopher Columbus, the discoverer of the Americas, the one whose journeys brought Christianity to the New World. Their efforts came to fruition with the incorporation of their fraternal benefits group under the name the Knights of Columbus on March 29, 1882.

About Council 11809

Being a Knight is more than camaraderie, it is being involved in your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life. Our organization is fortified by its past and driven by its goals for the future. It is through our Faith In Action Program that we truly make a difference. We are also pledged to support our Priests and Seminarians, who are the future of our Catholic Church.

Council Officers

Below are the Council 11809 officers for the 2021-2022 Fraternal Year, beginning July 1, 2021.

Grand Knight – Carl Jarvis
Deputy Grand Knight – Jake Kluch
Chancellor – Bob Binder
Recorder – Steve Deafenbaugh
Treasurer – Mike Ward
Advocate – Dennis Dionne
Warden – Joe Kowalkowski
Inside Guard – Bob Grether
Outside Guard – Ernie Biala

Lecturer – Rich Stone
Trustee 1YR – Don King
Trustee 2YR – John Heep
Trustee 3YR – Greg Jude
Financial Secretary – Ron Rinder
MembershipJohn Heep
Chaplain – Fr. John Bonavitacola
District Deputy – Joe Shanks
InsuranceArt Jimenez

Council Meetings

The Officers & Directors meeting is held on the first Thursday of each month at 4:30 PM in the Fr. McGivney Room. Monthly Council general meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, St. Madonna Hall. We begin in the hall with Rosary at 5:30 PM followed by the business meeting at 6:00 PM.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
19002 N. 128th Avenue
Sun City West, AZ 85375

Council Meeting Minutes