Membership in the Knights is Now Open

Brother Knights of Council 10910, Knights of Columbus Supreme Headquarters is offering a limited one year membership opportunity for new members to join the Knights of Columbus. Please see the attached message for details:

SPECIAL LIMITED TIME MEMBERSHIP PROMOTIONAL OFFER:

For a 2-week period commencing Wednesday, July 22 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. ET on August 5th, new members are being offered FREE ONLINE MEMBERSHIP for their first year. The Supreme Council will pay the first-year dues for every man who joins online between now and August 5. Prospects simply need to visit kofc.org/joinus and enter the code MCGIVNEY2020 to take advantage of this special offer. This is a $25 offer to join.  It just does not get better than this!

Help the men of the Catholic Community of Saint Thomas More join Chapel Hill Knights in service to our church, parish, and community.  We are called to serve.  It is our mission.

Father McGivney was faced with a pandemic in the 1880s, as we are today. And in the face of that pandemic, he persevered in his efforts to evangelize those in his community, to form his parishioners in their Catholic faith, and to grow the Knights of Columbus. As his spiritual heirs, we can do nothing less.

Our pastors need the Knights of Columbus. Our fellow parishioners need the Knights of Columbus. Those impacted by COVID-19 need the Knights of Columbus. Just as our holy founder surely would, let us resolve to Leave No Neighbor Behind, and to offer every Catholic man the opportunity to join the Order that he founded some 138 years ago.

Council 10910 would like to take advantage of this offer and is offering a drawing for a $50 gift card to those Knights that sign up a new member. Each Knight who signs up a new member during this promotion will receive a ticket for the drawing to be held on August 6, 2020.

If candidates wish to find out more about the Knights or the Council please have them contact:

William Jackson at GK10910koc@gmail.com or

James Davisson at FS10910koc@gmail.com

2004 – 10910, A Council in Crisis

It was eleven years ago and in the Summer of 2003 that the State Deputy and many state officers joined the council for their monthly meeting.  It was a time when few council members wanted to assume the office of Grand Knight.

This Little Light of Mine...Council members sat on one side of the the room as State Commander David O’nofrio sat at the Grand Knight’s chair and reminded the council of its history, contributions to the state, and potential.  We had hosted many events, hosted a state mid-year meeting, and co-hosted a State Convention.  He reminded us of what we have done during our ten year council life. He then asked the question, “Will no sir knight stand up to take the leadership role of the council as Grand Knight?”

The council chamber was still.  This writer remembered well the thought of the bible verse,

  • Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”  Isaiah 6:9

Many of the seasoned officers and past grand knights watched and listened for an answer from the members, yet the room remained still.  They knew that the solution must come from the members or junior officers.  If our council was to survive, we needed council participation.

It was now a question of our faith.  Our faith as Catholic gentlemen.  “Whom do we serve?  Is that not why we are Knights of Columbus?”  We are building church and serving our local priests and parish families.  If we did not continue our mission, what would be the impact on the parish and the community?

Then it happened.  A chair moved and one sir knight stood up and raised his voice.  He said that he knew little about leading a council, but with the help of other knights and past grand knights, he would give it a try. He would served as Council 10910 Grand Knight.  The voice was that of  Bill Jackson.

All in the chamber looked at him.  The State Deputy looked back at him standing there alone.  One solitary Sir Knight readied himself for the challenge.  Soon, other voices of support were heard.  “I’ll help you,” said one past grand knight.  Then another voice, and another.  The still room became alive with enthusiastic support and offers of help.

A lesson taught to all became our battle banner.  Many threads make a cord, many cords make a rope. There is strength in unity and sharing the load.  Together we are strong and all things are possible.

Thus began ten years of expansive council life.  Those then years are chronicled here on this web site.  You can read about them and reflect on the thousands of volunteer hours of knights before you who have built our council.  We have so much to be thankful for, to be proud of, and to pass on to the men of our church and parish.

We are once again at a cross roads.  Our council has many men with great talent and much to offer.  We ask that you reflect in prayer as knights of old.  Listen quietly and answer, “Here am I. Send me!”  You will not be alone.  He will guide you and give you strength.

Lee Heavlin, Past Grand Knight and Past Regional District Deputy – East
Follow Bill Jackson’s crusade by visiting  our 2004 web site archives.  Click here

Dual Degree Held

National CathedralLots and lots of local knights joined together from Durham, Burlington, and Chapel Hill to hold First and Second Degree ceremonials at St. Thomas More Church in Chapel Hill.

Eight candidates for council memberships received their First Degree.  All conferees, joined by four other brother knights, then proceeded to their Second Degree ceremonial. The chamber was filled to capacity and all felt that the degree teams did an outstanding job.  They spoke from the heart with sincerity and pride in our Order. The degree teams were both from Burlington, NC, and Pius X Council 3498 of Blessed Sacrament Church.

The Second Degree Ceremonial was dedicated to Sir Knight Jerry Pilarski in recognition of his unselfish dedication to the church, his parish, and the Knights of Columbus.  Grand Knight Matt Raynor commented, “When the Knights are doing something, Jerry, is found there.”  Jerry has prepared many meals and pig pickings for the Council and prepares all of the pork that is sold to support parish programs to aid the homeless and poor seeking assistance at our door.

The Knights of Columbus members progress through three ceremonials in their quest for full knighthood in their fraternal order.  The Knights of Columbus were formed in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, a parish priest in New Haven, Connecticut. He was faced with a parish of many immigrants who worked in local factories and silver smelting plants.  Still many others were without work due to bigotry and shunning by non-Catholics.  Many died premature deaths, leaving widows and orphans to face a life of poverty.  Some parish members were also tempted to join non-Catholic fraternal groups in hopes of gaining employment and acceptance.

Fr. McGivney’s dream was to form a core group of the faithful for the mutual benefit of the church and to provide for widows and orphans.  That small group of men grew into what we now know as the Knights of Columbus.