At the October meeting of the St. Mary of Huntley Knights of Columbus Council #11666, the trustees selected Father Scott DuVall as Knight of the Month for October 2012, recognizing his efforts organizing the special Columbus Day Liturgy honoring the patron of the Knights of Columbus, Christopher Columbus and also celebrating the first gathering of Catholic men 132 years ago by the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, who at the time was the pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut, to propose establishing a lay organization of Catholic men, known today as the Knights of Columbus.
Fr. DuVall was the celebrant of the Mass on Monday, October 8, 2012 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntley, which was attended by Knights of Columbus, their family members and parishioners. In the homily delivered at this Mass, Father DuVall recognized the many charitable works of the Knights, especially in support of seminarians studying for the priesthood.
Fr. DuVall was ordained a priest at St. Peter Cathedral in Rockford on May 16, 2009. Father DuVall studied at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut.
Originally from Southeastern Illinois, Fr. Duvall is from a farm family. Prior to entering the seminary, Fr. DuVall worked in the banking industry. He is a certified Advocate for Victims of Domestic Violence and worked for the Department of Children and Family Services as a Child Advocate and was a licensed Intensive Care Foster Parent for the State of Illinois.
Father DuVall converted to Catholicism at the age of 30 and was a member of a Religious Order. He is trained in many forms of Liturgical Celebrations offered by the Church. He is trained in Sacred Music (specifically Gregorian Chant), the restoration of sacred vestments, and the restoration of sacred objects used in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. He is also a Third Degree member of the St. Mary of Huntley Knights of Columbus Council.