Knights of Columbus celebrates 100 years

Saturday, August 14, 2021
The Knights of Columbus Verona council receives a supreme certificate for its 100-year anniversary. Contributed photo

Verona Council 2265 welcomes Bishop Rice of the Diocese

As Missouri celebrates 200 years of statehood, one local organization is celebrating its 100th year of work in the community.

On Sunday, May 2, the Verona Knights of Columbus Council held a celebration in the Holy Trinity Parish Hall in Aurora to commemorate the appreciation the Knights have for their clergy and religious, and also to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Verona Council of the Knights of Columbus.

Bishop Rice speaks to the assembly at the Knights of Columbus’ birthday celebration in Aurora. Contributed photo

A total of 130 people attended the event, with 15 clergy attending, including the Most Honorable Bishop Rice of the Diocese.

The Knights of Columbus was represented by many distinguished state officials and directors. These included Supreme Director John Appelbaum and past Supreme Director Mick Gilliam.

A meet and greet began the evening at 5 p.m. and the main event began at 6 p.m. with a prayer of gratitude to the religious and clergy in attendance, followed by a blessing of the meal by Bishop Rice.

Knights of Columbus Past State Deputy Bob Hawkins addresses the Knights of Columbus at its 100-year celebration. Contributed photo

The gathering then enjoyed a meal and fellowship before Verona Council Grand Knight Mark Conn did introductions of all the honored guests in attendance, beginning with the Clergy and Religious. He then followed with the Knights of Columbus supreme directors, state directors and officers.

Bishop Rice also gave a talk about the importance of the Knights of Columbus to the church and how the organization is always ready to assist the church and country.

Rice presented to the Council as a pledge of divine favor, an Episcopal blessing on the occasion of its 100th birthday.

The Verona Council also had a very large collection of memorabilia from its long history for all assembled to browse through during the event.

During the celebration, Past State Deputy Bob Hawkins spoke about the Knights efforts during the World Wars to assist soldiers, and how the Knights have always been at the forefront of issues that are important to the church and country.

Hawkins also presented the Council with an anniversary certificate in recognition of 100 years of service to the Order’s principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism, on behalf of the Holy Mother Church, the country and fellow man. The Certificate was signed by Supreme Knight Carl Anderson.

Grand Knight Conn then did a presentation about the history of Catholicism in what was to become the State of Missouri and how it spread with the settlers into the southern part of the state to become the parishes of Verona and Aurora. He explained how the Verona Council of the Knights of Columbus began and became the mother Council of all the neighboring councils that are now in existence. He finished his presentation by saying the future of the Catholic Church in Missouri and the Verona Council belongs to the newest immigrants.

“We must encourage them to hold true to the faith and take the council into the next 100 years,” he said.