At the August meeting of the St. Mary of Huntley Knights of Columbus Council #11666, Fr. Jonathan Bakkelund, Parochial Vicar at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntley, was selected as August Knight of the Month, recognizing his efforts planning the Annual Clergy Play Day Golf Outing held in July at Marengo Ridge Golf Club. Fr. Bakkelund took the lead organizing the event. Understand the huge amount of work necessary to organize a golf outing of this magnitude, the Knights wanted to recognize him for all his work. He was helped in the planning by Fr. Jeremy Trowbridge, Parochial Vicar from St. Peter Cathedral in Rockford.
Coming from Machesney Park, Illinois, he graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 2006 with a degree in Theology and Philosophy. Upon completion of undergraduate studies, Bishop Doran asked him to study at the Pontifical North American College in Vatican City. He completed studies for a Bachelor of Sacred Theology Degree at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in June of 2009. Fr. Bakkelund served as a deacon during a pastoral year at St. Thomas the Apostle, Crystal Lake, from 2009-2010. He returned to Rome for his final year of studies in the fall of 2010 and completed a Master’s of Divinity in Dogmatics from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood on May 21, 2011.
Fr. Bakkelund joined the Knights of Columbus in 2002 and is currently a First Degree member of the St. Mary of Huntley Knights of Columbus Council #11666.