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     Welcome to the Knights of Columbus, the world's largest international lay Catholic family service organization. As their forebears did more than a century ago, today's Knights and their families stand shoulder to shoulder in support of one another. Through their charity and the examples of their lives, they stand in service to all as witnesses to the Good News of the Gospel.
Knights of Columbus
Archbishop Neale Council, No. 2279
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Instituted 19 June 1921
The Vision Of Father McGivney
     Led by the quiet, unassuming curate of St. Mary's Parish in New Haven, Conn., a small group of men established the Knights of Columbus in the church basement early in the spring of 1882. The priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, saw clearly that both Catholics and the Church faced serious problems in the last half of the nineteenth century such as anti-Catholicism and ethnic prejudice; under-employment; lack of social standing and early loss of the breadwinner.

      To resolve those problems Father McGivney conceived the idea of an organization of Catholic men who would band together:
  • To aid one another in times of sickness or death, by means of a simple insurance plan, so that their wives and children would not face abject poverty.
  • To be a strong pillar of support for their priests and bishops.
  • To be of service to Church and community by coming to the aid of those most in need in society.
     They called themselves Knights of Columbus - Knights to emphasize chivalry's ideals of charity and support for Church and state, and Columbus as a reminder that Catholics had been the backbone and bulwark of America's growth and greatness from the very beginning.

     The State of Connecticut officially chartered the Order on March 29, 1882. It's founder, Father McGivney, and those first Knights dreamed of the day when there would be a council in every parish in Connecticut. Little could they know that their small group would grow into a global organization of more than 1.7 million members in 13,000 councils located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Poland and several other countries.

      In the years since 1882 the Knights of Columbus has become one of the largest and strongest life insurance companies in North America.  1.2 million Knights and their families are covered by the award-winning insurance the Knights provide.
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Council Meetings
Sacred Heart Church, Friendship Room, 201 St. Mary's Avenue, La Plata MD, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. Rosary starts at 7:10 p. m.
Father Michael J. McGivney
St. Mary's Church
Service Program Personnel

Starfish Award
At the 14 March council meeting, DD #12 Phil Tabbita, presented the new Starfish Award to brother William Wannall. He is the first brother in our council to receive this award which is earned by recruiting 3 or more new members in a Columbian Year. Congratulations Bill.
Front left *Martin Redmond, *William Koday,* Patrick Salibi, and *Dave Page.
Back row left DD#12, Phil Tabbita, Chaplain, Rev. John Reutemann, *Royston Voglezon, PGK Matt Laidley, Grand Knight, Mark Shutters, *John Henehan, *William Seckliki, *Jonathan, *Alexander and Alvaro Teeney. *=New 2nd degree
Mulch Sale and SHC Beautification Day.
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This certificate was awarded because of the dedicated effort of Matthew C. Laidley, PGK and Membership Diredtor, for his outstanding effort in recruiting Catholic men into the Knights.  Congratulaltions Matt and thank you for your service to the Knights of Columbus and our council.
This certificate was awarded because of the dedicated effort of Hugh C. Gardiner, IV for recognizing brother knights and their families for their service to the church and the community. Congratulations Hugh and thank you for your service to the Knights of Columbus and our council.
Council Awards
Fraternal Year 2011 - 2012
  • Program Director, James M. Hojnowski, DGK
  • Church Director, William A. Yeckley
  • Community Director, Andrew Blumhardt
  • Council Director, Unassigned
  • Family Director, John C. Brucculeiri
  • Youth Director, Antonio J. Ribeiro
  • Membership Director, James M. Hojnowski, DGK
  • Culture of Life Chairman, Andrew V. Havrilla
  • Public Relations, Gerry D. Brosco, PGK, FDD
  • Admission Committee Chairman, Unassigned
  • Retention Chairman, Stephen N. Stiles, Sr., GK
  • Chaplain, Rev. Lawrence C. Swink
  • Grand Knight, Stephen N. Stiles, Sr.
  • Deputy Grand Knight, James M. Hojnowski
  • Chancellor, Antonio J. Ribeiro
  • Recorder, James A. O'Neill, III
  • Financial Secretary, Gerry D. Brosco, PGK, FDD
  • Treasurer, Perry M. Giovacchini
  • Lecturer, Victor A. Kline
  • Advocate, John C. Brucculeiri
  • Warden, Glenn C. Taylor, Sr
  • Inside Guard, Matthew J. Murphy
  • Outside Guard, Albert R. Ribeiro
  • Trustee One Year, Peter F. Czupryna, PGK
  • Trustee Two Years, George C. Grooms II, PGK
  • Trustee Three Years, Mark S. Shutters, PGK
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First and Second Degree Ceremony
Give and it will be given to you, full measure, pressed down, shaken together, overflowing will they pour into your lap. For the measure you measure with will be measured back to you.  Luke 6:38
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.   Philipians 4:13
2012 Intellectually Disabled Campaign
On Saturdays, at the Safeway store in La Plata, some of our brother Knights spent 4 hours collecting donations for the intellectually disabled.

Our new banner announcing who we are is quite impressive. 

There is only one more Saturday before the campaign is over so please try to assist if you can.
Sacred Heart Church Annual Dinner
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     The Seminarian Reception and Seminarian Picnic photos have been moved to the Chaplain's Page.

The Installation of Officers photos have been moved to the Council 2 Page.
Third Degree Ceremony Reception
19 October 2012
At Calvert Council, #7870, twenty-two candidtes, including Yun Kim from our council, made their Third Degree. Congratulations Yun!

After the degree, everyone enjoyed a delicious Italian dinner prepared by the host council. 

These photos capture some of the attendees, in particular, Past State Deputy Andy Bauer Ceremonials and Degrees Chairman and PGK Gerry Brosco; District Deputy #12 Brad Howard; District Warden #12, George Cronin; Former District Deputy #12 Phil Tabbita; Assistant to the Membership and Retention Director, Gil Boisvert; and Membership and Retention Team Regional Chairman, South District, Ed Waskiewicz.
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On Tuesday, 23 October 2012 at the County Courthouse the Knights of Columbus Councils of District  No. 12 were each presented with a copy of Proclamation No. 2012-71 for Intellectual Disability Awareness Month.People with intellectual disabilities cut across the lines of racial, ethnic, educational, social, and economic backgrounds. People with intellectual disabilities are valued members of society. They are our friends, neighbors and co-workers who find fulfillment living everyday lives. 

Charles County citizens with intellectual disabilities and their families strive to live self-determined lives and realize their own personal aspirations. Early intervention, education, home and community-based services continue to be vital to enabling citizens with intellectual disabilities to function, thrive and realize their full potential.

Each year, the Knights of Columbus distribute Tootsie Rolls to raise funds to benefit nonprofit organizations helping people with intellectual disabilities

Pictured from left, front row, *Joseph Di Natale; Commissioner Vice President, Reuben B. Collins, II; * Philip Desmarais, Financial Secretary; ***Grand Knight, Joseph Davis, Commissioner President, Candice Quinn Kelly; ** Community Activities Director, Humphrey Ridgely; Commissioner, Bobby Rucci; **Past Grand Knight, Gerry Brosco and **District Deputy No. 12, Brad Howard.

​From left, back row, Commissioner, Debra M. Davis and Commissioner, Ken Robinson.

* = Holy Ghost Council, No. 11484
** = Archbishop Neale Council, No. 2279
*** = Dr. John Henry. Griffin Council, No. 2293
Brother Yun Kim receives his 3rd Degree Certificate from Grand Knight Mark Shutters.
Charles County Commissioners Proclaim October as Intellectual Disability Awareness Month
Pictured from left DD#12  Brad Howard, GK Mark Shutters, Albert Ribeiro, and new brother knights  Jerome Peuler, Gilbert Dutchover and Fernando Ribeiro.
First Degree at McDonough Council, Pomfret, MD
7 November 2012
Knights of Columbus
Archbishop Neale Council, No. 2279
Pancake Breakfast With Santa
Friendship Room
Sacred Heart Church
Grade 1 - Sydney Butler
Grade 2 - Hollis Lyon
Grade 3 - Ainsley Spain
Grade 4 - David Steo
Grade 5 - Sherylyn Lengal
Grade 6 - Kasey Scroggins
Archbishop Neale School
Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest Winners
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.Photos by Mark Shutters
Each winner received a $10.00 gift card - iTunes or Chick-Fil-A
Grand Knight Mark Shutters presents Chief George Hayden, Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department.with the 2012 Knights of Columbus Firefighter of the Year Award.
Second Degree 
Sacred Heart Church
Grand Knight Mark Shutters (center) with  new second degree brothers from left, Gilbert Dutchover and Fernando Ribeiro
2012 Coat Drive A Success
     In late November and early December 2012, Deputy Grand Knight Bill Wannall coordinated Archbishop Neale Council #2279s Second Annual Coat Drive. Via pulpit and bulletin announcements, Brother Bill requested parishioners to donate new and/or gently used winter apparel.  
     By Friday, December 14, 2012, an overwhelming volume of clothing had been donated. Items included coats, hats, gloves, mittens, scarfs, ear muffs, childrens’ boots, and several snow suits. Estimates revealed the program was a complete success, as double the amount of items were donated when compared to that donated in 2011. In excess of two hundred (200) coats, enough to cover approximately six (6) eight (8) foot tables, each piled three (3) or more coats deep, lined a wall in Sacred Heart Church’s Friendship Room.  
     On Saturday, December 15, 2012, and in conjunction with the distribution of non-perishable items from Mary’s Food Pantry, all but twenty (20) coats were distributed to those in need. The remaining coats were then donated to the Christmas Connection and Lifestyles.  
     Many, many thanks to those who gave so generously in order that others may experience the fullness and richness of the Lord.

Mark S. Shutters, GK
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Patroness of the Knights
Center for Children
Freedom Landing
From left, Grand Knight Mark Shutters and Executive Director Joyce Abramson.
Special Olympics
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From left, Grand Knight Mark Shutters, Volunteer and Olympic participant Shana Sharar and Area Director,George Hoehl.
From left, Executive Director Catherine Meyers, LCPC and Grand Knight Mark Shutters.
2012 Intellectually Disabled Program Campaign Recipients
Each recipient received $575.00
Council Officers and Program Directors
Third Degree Exemplification
Friday, January 18, 2013
Immaculate Conception Council, No. 8159
From left, Joseph Davis, Grand Knight, Dr. John Henry Griffin Council, No. 2293, Thomas Murphy, Mario Bianco, Gilbert Dutchover, Archbishop Neale Council No. 2279, Charles Boone, Marc Locco, Rev. Alain Colliou, Andrew Cardwell, and Brad Howard, District Deputy No. 12.
Rev. Alain Colliou receives an Appreciation Certificate from Grand Knight Joseph Davis, Dr. John Henry Griffin Council, No. 2293. 
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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Sacred Heart Church, Friendship Room
12 February 2013
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Brothers, thank you for all your help and attendance at the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. It was greatly appreciated. Through your efforts the supper was a great success. The hall was packed and we sure served a lot of people. The food was great and we even had cookies for dessert. We had 15 Knights, 2 wives and a daughter help out at the supper. Always nice to see you and your families. Thanks again.
Pete Czupryna, PGK

In November 2012, 99 students participated in the Knights of Columbus annual Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest.  

From top left to right the winners are:
Sydney Butler, 1st grade
Hollis Lyon, 2nd grade
Ainsley Spain, 3rd grade
David Steo, 4th grade
Sherylyn Lengel, 5th grade
Kasey Scorggins, 6th grade
Community Service Awards 2012 - 2013
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From left DD#12 Brad Howard, David Newman, GK Mark Shutters and Ryan Jasper.
From left Ryan Jasper, FDD #12 Phil Tabbita, Daniel Bearden, GK Mark Shutters, and Gerry Brosco (my pizza and coke).
From left DD#12 Brad Howard, *David Newman, GK Mark Shutters, *Ryan Jasper, **Michael Gonzales and GK #2293 Joe Davis. Congratulations to David, Ryan and Michael.
* = New member #2279
** = New member #2293
First Degree
Dr. John Henry Griffin Council, No. 2293
at Our Lady Help  of Christians Church, Waldorf, MD
From left DD#12 Brad Howard (hands), David Newman, Ryan Jasper, FDD Phil Tabbita, Daniel Bearden, and GK Mark Shutters (hands).
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View of ocean from hotel.
115th Annual Maryland State Convention 2013
Ocean City, Maryland
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GK Mark Shutters, PGK (Delegate) George Grooms, DD Brad Howard and GK Joe Davis, enjoying some pre-convention activities.
First Degree 6 May 2013
Pictured from left John Hayden, *John Ridgely, Chaplain John Reutemann, *Michael Raymond, Jr., **Stephen Stiles,, FIA John Herron.
2nd row left Humphrey Ridgely, John's father, PGK Michael Rqymond, Mikey's father, **Stephen Spadafora, DD#12 Brad Howard.
3rd row left **PGK Peter Czupryna, **Marcy Santos, Grand Knight Mark Shutters. **PGK Gerry Brosco, not shown
*=New brother knights      **1st Degree Team             Congratulations to our new brother knights!
2nd Degree
8 May 2013
Archbishop Neale School, La Plata, MD
Archbishop Neale Council, No. 2279
Pictured from left District Deputy No. 12 Brad Howard, Ryan Jasper, Grand Knight Mark Shutters and David Newman.

Congratulations to Ryan and David!
Dr. John Henry Griffin Council, No. 2293
Pictured from left Grand Knight, Joe Davis, Steven Possolano and Michael Gonzales.

Congratulations to Steven and Michael.
Mother's Day Marigold Plant Distribution
Sacred Heart Church, La Plata, MD
Above, Grand Knight Mark Shutters waits for parishioners to receive a Marigold plant after the 11:30 AM Mass. In the slider images, Noel Edelen and District Deputy #12 Brad Howard assist with the distribution of the Marigold plants. Father Thomas Crowley and Pat Brosco having a chat. Brothers who assisted at the Saturday and Sunday Masses are: Gil Dutchover, Tony Holson, Glen Taylor, Bill and Stephen Wannall, Matt Murphy, Joe Bowling and Al Ribeiro.
Also, Brother knights at St. Ignatius, Chapel Point and St. Ignatius Loyola, Hilltop distributed Marigold plants after all Masses.
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Archbishop Neale School
Graduating Students Annual Pancake Breakfast
At 6:45 AM brother knights prepared the breakfast and served the 8th grade students graduating from ANS. 

Thanks to Past Grand Knight Peter Czupryna for organizing  it again. The cafeteria looked great with the milticolored table cloths, and flowers on each table. 

The students were in their "Sunday best" and enjoyied a great breakfast.

Helping Pete were :
Grand Knight Mark Shutters
Past Grand Knight George Grooms
Past Grand Knight Ryan Mudd
Brother knights, Anthony Perino, John Hayden, Tony Holson, John Minichino, David Newman, Martin Redmond, Noel Edelen and Al Ribeiro.

Thanks to all for a job well donel.
C. William Nalley Citizenship Award Recipient
Grand Knight Mark Shutters and Nicholas Sebastian Pe selected by Archbishop Neale School faculty for "consistently showing a spirit of loyalty and maturity in daily interaction with classmates and family. "

Grand Knight Shutters presented Nicholas with a Knights of Columbus, Archbishop Neale Council plaque and a $150.00 check.

Congratulations Nicholas!

You can view previous recipients by clicking on this link.
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Third Degree
Patuxent Council 
31 May 2013
District Warden #12, George Cronin  (left) congratulates Michalel Gonzales of  Dr. John Henry Griffen Council No. 2293 and David Newman of Archbishop Neale Council upon becoming 3rd Degree Knights.