The Knights of Columbus
“Camaraderie, friendship, and the joy of working towards a greater cause.” - This is what the Knights of Columbus embodies. The Knights of Columbus Council #8602 meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m.. This is an open invitation for all men to join us for a meeting to see for yourself what it's all about. Feel free to contact one of the Knights of Columbus officers, listed below, if you have any questions about the Knights of Columbus or meeting dates, times, locations.
The Knights of Columbus is named after Christopher Columbus who, as you know, sailed across the vast waters of our beautiful earth to explore and chart new territory. The members of the Knights of Columbus apply to same dedication and focus that Christopher Columbus had towards finding new land, to helping others in our community. The Knights of Columbus came into existence on March 29th, 1882 due to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners. It became an official Catholic fraternal society on this date by Connecticut State legislature and, to this day, the Order is still true to its original principles of charity, unity and fraternity. It was initially formed to offer financial aid to members and their families including assistance to the sick and disabled.
The Order has helped families get through tough economic times with its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs and has contributed time and energy to helping others world-wide. The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through education, charity, religion, social welfare, and war relief. The Knights of Columbus assists organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Winter Coats for Kids, Food for Families and Coins on a Mission. As well, their efforts provide wheelchairs for those in need and assistance for disaster relief efforts and the less fortunate of our community.
If you would like to read more about the Knights of Columbus, check out the Ontario Knights of Columbus, Thunder Bay Knights of Columbus or Official Knights of Columbus websites. For a list of upcoming Knights of Columbus events, check out the Thunder Bay events calendar.
If you would like to try out a meeting or want to become a member, please contact the St. Agnes Church Office at (807) 475-7489.
2019 - 2020 KC Council 8602 Officers
Grand Knight - Bruce Sutton (807) 632-3120
Deputy Grand Knight - Joe Raynak
Chaplin - Fr. James Panikulum
Chancellor - Dan Bortolussi
Recorder - David Gibb
Financial Secretary - Greg Holm
Treasurer - David Martens
Recorder - Brian Quinn
Warden - David Gibb
Advocate - John Raynak
Inside Guard - Gerald Duffy
Outside Guard - Lamont Bergevin
Trustee 1 - Ron Mina
Trustee-2 - Bill Bragnalo
Trustee 3 - Rob Nahachewsky
Lecturer - Brian Price
Building the Domestic Church is a monthly program for families to build faith and prayer within their family unit.
Visit the Knights of Columbus Website to access themes and meditations for each month.