About the Knights at Saint Ann’s
The Knights of Columbus Council at St. Ann’s was founded in 2005 at the request of then-pastor Monsignor Thomas Cini. The founding members chose to name themselves after Monsignor John Dewson in honor of his long service to the people of the Diocese of Wilmington, and especially the Saint Ann’s community. It is that spirit of service and support the Knights of Columbus wish to imitate through their work.
Why join the Knights?
Imagine being part of an organization that fills your heart and your mind with the joy of giving to others and the feeling that comes with making a difference.
Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life.
In 2006, total contributions to charity from all levels of the Knights totaled almost $144 million dollars and over 68 million volunteer hours, both setting new records. Cumulative figures show that during the past decade, the Knights of Columbus has donated nearly $1.25 billion to charity, and provided in excess of 593 million hours of volunteer service in support of charitable causes.
To that end, the Knights have undertaken a number of projects in support of the needs of Saint Ann’s parishioners and the larger community. This record of service has led to our council repeatedly being named a “Star Council.” Among the activities the Knights have participated in:
- Eucharistic Adoration
- Assist with Giving Tree at Christmas time
- Assist with bi-annual Saint Vincent de Paul Clothing Drives
- School Vocation Essay Contest
- Assist with Lenten soup dinners, First Communion and Confirmation celebrations
- Provide dinner at the Ronald McDonald House
- Bell-ringing for the Salvation Army
The Knights also work to support other organizations around Saint Ann’s such as:
- Saint Vincent de Paul
- Saint Ann’s School
- Purchase of a paver in the courtyard
- Running the ice cream social after the May procession
- Awards to the graduating boy and girl with highest GPA
- Provide Study Bibles for RCIA candidates
- Funded conflict resolution courses for families through Saint Paul’s Parish
- Provided rosaries for First Communion candidates
- Make an annual contribution for a discretionary scholarship at Saint Ann’s School
Who are the Knights?
The odds are you already know many Knights, even if you aren’t aware of it. Knights are active in many activities around the parish. Knights are ushers, choir members, cantors, lectors, school parents, members of the RCIA team, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Knights are simply men who are willing to take a little extra time to make a difference in our world.