Knights of Columbus
St John Berchmans Council 10728
The Knights of Columbus was formed in 1882 as a Catholic men’s fraternal benefit organization. Today, the Knights of Columbus has grown to over 14,000 councils and more than 1.8 million members. This brotherhood of men stand together in faith to uphold the principles of the Catholic Church and support their parish, its members, and their communities. Interested in joining the Knights of Columbus? Membership is open to practicing Catholic men who are at least 18 years old. Check out our link on the right side of the page for more information.
SJB Knights of Columbus News
The St John Berchmans Cathedral Knights of Columbus Council is very active in our Parish and community. For the second year in a row, through God’s Grace and our hard work, we earned Star Council status for support to parish, community, school and religious causes as well as sustained membership involvement and growth. Our fund raising and outreach efforts allowed us to assist Bishop Duca’s Pro-Life Banquet, LA Right to Life, Mary’s House, St Vincent de Paul, Gabriel’s Closet, local seminarians, the Veterans Lighthouse, St John Berchmans School, the Cathedral Campaign, American Cancer Society, and other worthy causes. We pray that in 2017 we are able to continue our service to God and the St John Berchmans Cathedral parish with the same level of success and dedication through our dedication to our principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. We invite any Catholic men interested in learning more about the Knights of Columbus to reach out to any of our members or contact us through the link on the right side of this webpage.
Please welcome Charley Kingery into our council. His 1stt degree was attended by Jamie Moore, Eddie Cooper, Paul Malloy and other fellow knights. Charley was initiated with 3 other new candidates from several councils.
Our council membership has now reached 88 members, and we have reached 133% of our goal with the 8 new members that have joined. Please consider purchasing life insurance from the Knights. Call David Trombetta at (318) 670–7293 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your options.
The 2017 annual Crawfish Boil was a great success. Thank you to all of the Knights who worked hard to put on this event for the Parish. In all we had around 100 parishioners join us for Cajun music, fellowship and great food. We hope to grow this event to become our largest fundraiser of the year as well as a “must attend” evening for the families of St John Berchmans and the Shreveport community.
Brothers, we have several pro-life events happening in early 2017. The most important event in our community, throughout the state, and across the country is the memorial of the anniversary of Roe vs Wade every year the week of January 22. Pro-life marchers will demonstrate in cities and towns all across the USA in marches. Our Louisiana Life March North will be on January 28. Marchers and fourth degree Knights in full regalia will meet at 9:15AM at the Boardwalk in Bossier. Talks will begin at 9:30. Marchers will begin the one mile trek over the Texas Street bridge at 10:00 and will proceed to Festival Plaza in Shreveport for the keynote speaker.
The 2017 40 Days For Life campaign had its kick off rally on February 25th and the campaign ran from March 1st through April 9th. Here is a link to their webpage for more information. https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/shreveport/
Once again our Council supported the Bishop’s Pro-Life Banquet and sponsored a table. Our very own Bishop Duca was this year’s keynote speaker.
Contact Chris Davis for more information on our Council’s activities or pro-life activities in our area in general.
As this school year wraps up we can reflect on the many youth activities our Council participated in including the soccer shoot-out, free throw contest, patriotism essay contest, catholic citizenship essay contest, the Catholic Youth Leadership Award, as well as supporting other St John Berchmans School activities such as Science Olympiad, the Rudolph Run 5K, and the golf tournament fundraiser.
Congratulations to Celeste Lirette who won First Place in the Knights of Columbus annual High School essay contest about Catholic Citizenship. This year’s specific topic was:
“As Catholics we are called to participate in the political life of our country. This can be difficult at times because our beliefs are often misunderstood and unpopular. Also, Laws and regulations from our government can be contrary to our beliefs and threaten to force us to violate our conscious. Discuss the challenges we face in this area, the importance of religious freedom, and the idea of the Catholic in the public square.”
Celeste’s essay stood out as the winner for our Diocese and she competed at the State level where she won Second Place!
Lucia Boyd was chosen as the state winner for the Knights of Columbus Catholic Student of the Year, one of the highest honors for a Catholic student in Louisiana. Lucia was nominated by our Council and is a member of the Cathedral Parish along with her family. Our congratulations go out to her for this great honor.