Knights of Columbus
Archbishop Neale Council, No. 2279
- Deputy Grand Knight - Stephen N. Stiles, Sr.
- Chancellor - Andrew V. Havrilla
- Recorder- Stephen N. Stiles, Sr.
- Financial Secretary - Gerry Brosco, PGK, FDD
- Treasurer - David B. Newman, Jr.
- Advocate - John Brucculeiri
- Inside Guard - Matthew J. Murphy
- Outside Guard - Albert Ribeiro
- Trustee 1 year - Peter F. Czupryna, PGK
- Trustee 2 years - George C. Grooms, III, PGK
- Trustee 3 years - Mark S. Shutters, PGK
This past year was a very active and successful one for the Council. We focused on providing numerous activities that ultimately benefited our five service areas: youth, family, council, church and community.
For the youth, we continue to host the soccer shootout and free throw competitions as well as the Keep Christ in Christmas Poster contest during the holidays.
For the family, the Council hosted a charity basketball game at ANS versus the DC Hood, a team of seminarians and priests, to bring awareness to vocations. Our "Family of the Month" remains a high priority in the Council and we hosted a Valentines Day Skate Night at the Capital Clubhouse.
For the council activities, Br. Mike Raymond and his wife graciously hosted the annual Seminarian Picnic and look to do so again this year on the 31st of July. Our Tootsie Roll Drive continues to be a success with more money being raised each year for different charities in the area. This year, the council placed an emphasis on fellowship and fraternalism by holding Flag Football games during the fall followed by a party, our bi-weekly Open Gym Tuesdays at ANS, and the annual Men's Retreat at the Loyola Retreat House in January. For the church, the Council has sponsored the Elijah Cup, which is a chalice that is taken home by a family for the week, placed in a position of prominence in the house, and utilized to pray for vocations. We helped with the cleanup and painting of the shrine to the Blessed Mother and the Way of the Cross at St. Ignatius, Chapel Point and look to further our presence at our sister parishes of St. Catherine's and Hilltop as well this year. Lastly, in regards to the community activities, we continue with the Blood Drive twice a year, our Pancake Breakfast and Suppers during the holidays, the Keep Christ in Christmas magnet sale, and our recent picnic/cook out at Gilbert Run Park.
As you can see, we have been quite busy, and this is only a portion of what we have accomplished. This year, as always, we look to expand our membership, and with a goal of 40 new members, our council will continue top grow, but we can always use your help by recruiting new candidates. With all of the excitement the Council is creating, I encourage you to get involved and come back to a meeting if you have been away for awhile. We meet the 4th Wednesday of each month at ANS, with recitation of the Rosary beginning at 7:10 PM and our business meeting beginning at 7:30 PM sharp. For those of you without the access to email, we will begin sending the newsletter to you directly in the coming months. For those of you who are computer savvy, please check out our web site at http://www.kofc2279.com for news, pictures of events and other great information regarding the past and present.
As always, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 301-259-0474 if there is anything the council can do for you or your family, or if you know of another brother in distress or in need of help. I look forward to seeing many of you again and continuing the great work of the Knights of Columbus in our community.
Br. Ryan Mudd
My worthy brothers,
It is hard to believe that half the current Columbian year is almost completed. Where has the time gone? I would be remiss to start without acknowledging all of my officers and thank them for all their hard work and dedication thus far. And to the rest of the Council, thank you for always being there to lend a hand and further not only the cause of Council No. 2279, but that of the Knights of Columbus in general. The last 6 months certainly have been quite busy. In fact, I was recently asked by a member of the parish when the Knights were going to slow down and take a break. To me, that is a sign that our efforts are being noticed and appreciated by all. Why slow down when there is still so much work to be done? Because of our work in the community and parishes, and with the aid of Brother Matt Laidley and his recruitment efforts, we have already met our membership quota for the year, with more candidates continuing to express an interest in joining our Order. The continued success of our Order depends on the sum of all of its parts. I encourage all members to get involved in some fashion or another. Try returning to a meeting and partake in the excitement yourself.
As the holiday season nears, and the hustle and bustle ensues, please continue to remember those less fortunate or in need of assistance. If you know of a Brother Knight or family member in need of help, please alert me or someone in the Council so that we can lend them a helping hand.
I pray that you all have a safe, healthy and happy Christmas and a joyous New Year.
God Bless and Vivat Jesus.
Grand Knight's Christmas Message
This past year was a very active and successful one for the council. We focused on providing numerous activities that ultimately benefited our service areas: Youth, Family, Council, Church, Community, and Pro-Life. It is nice to look back and acknowledge our hard work but it is no time to rest - "we are constantly observed our faith judged and our Order appreciated."
For Youth activities, we sponsored the ANS Scholarship program. this year, "Duffy" of the Courage Lion Program was introduced and established at CIVISTA Medical Center. We hosted the District 12 Free Throw Competition with our fellow councils. Finally, we sent our ANS 8th grade class off with our annual Pancake Breakfast. We have also been continued supporters of Project Graduation.
For Family activities, the council hosted a Charity Basketball Game at ANS versus the DC Hood, a team of seminarians and priests, to bring awareness to vocations. Our "Family of the Month" program remains a high priority in the council and we hosted a friendly football game and cookout.
For Council activities, the Raymond family graciously hosted the annual Seminarian Picnic. Our Tootsie Roll Drive continues to raise funds for different charities in the area. This year we continued to support the local Special Olympics needs along with the CCYL Bambino Buddy Ball program. We had a very memorable visit with our local heroes at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. We spent time visiting and listening to the veteran's stories of valor and heroism. During the Christmas season we were fortunate through the work of our Charity organization to provide donations to Hospice of Charles county and the Little Sisters of the Poor. Many of the council members participated in the Annual Men's Retreat at the Loyola Retreat House in January.
For Church activities, the council has sponsored the Elijah Cup program, where a chalice is taken home by a family for a week to pray for vocations to the priesthood. We helped with the cleanup and mulching of our supported parishes. Lastly, we continue the support of the Red Cross with Blood Drives twice a year, our Pancake Breakfasts and Suppers during the holidays, and our Family Picnic at Gilbert Run Park.
For Pro-Life activities, we supported the annual fund drive for the Catherine Foundation Pregnancy Care Center which is committed to providing accurate information about pregnancy, fetal development, lifestyle issues, and related concerns. We participated in the annual March for Life Campaign held in Washington, DC. Many also attended the Youth Rally and Mass for Life held at the Verizon Center. The march was very inspirational and refreshing sharing in fellowship to raise awareness of Pro-Life within the community. Please join us on Wednesday, 22 June at 7:00 PM for our Pro-Life Mass at Sacred Heart Church.
Wow, we have been busy, but still have much to do. The economic pressures continue to cause stress and despair on many families in our community which in turn increases the needs of the council - let's roll up our sleeves, lead through prayer, inspire through force, and widen our service. To accomplish this, we need to continue the recruitment of men to augment our council, so be on constant lookout. As I have mentioned during the committee reports over the year, I encourage you to get involved. More importantly, see what you have been missing and attend a meeting if you have been away for a while. We meet the 4th Wednesday of each month at ANS, with recitation of the Rosary beginning at 7:10 PM and our business meeting begins at 7:30 PM sharp. For those of you without access to e-mail, we will continue sending the newsletter to you directly in the coming months.
As always, please feel free to contact me at or by phone at 301-301-751-2323 (C). Please keep an eye on your fellow brothers who may be in need of help. I look forward to seeing you and continuing the great work of the Knights of Columbus in our community.P
Brother Brad Howard
It is the beginning of a new Columbian year in our Order, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your confidence in continuing the heritage of Council 2279 and to introduce myself along with the new officers. My name is Mark Shutters and I am the new Grand Knight. For the past year I served as the DGK and the Surge for Service Director. I am honored and proud to serve with such a dedicated group of Christian men that are tireless and faithful servants to our great and glorious God. I thank you in advance for your continued support in extending the Knights visibility and distinguished service in the community. Please welcome the following men who have committed their service for the good of the council: