Jerry O’Sullivan Knight of the Month – January 2013
At the January meeting of the St. Mary of Huntley Knights of Columbus Council #11666, the trustees selected Jerry O’Sullivan Knight of the Month. Their selection recognizes his work making the council’s 2013 Free Throw Championship a successful event for the boys and girls, ages 10-14, who participated in the event held January 12th at Centegra Healthbridge Fitness in Huntley.
Jerry was the co-Chairman of the event and also assumed the responsibility of coordinating with the parents of the council champions of the individual age brackets for participation at the district level competition held at St. Margaret Mary School Gym on Saturday, February 16th.
Brad Lauinger Knight of the Month December 2012
At the December meeting of the St. Mary of Huntley Knights of Columbus Council #11666, the trustees selected Brad Lauinger as Knight of the Month for December 2012 recognizing his efforts arranging the Council Family Christmas Party. Brad, as host for the council, made sure the 100 plus council family members had a great time, especially the youngsters who enjoyed having Santa visit the party and pass out gifts. During the evening, Brad also made time for everyone to focus on the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of the infant Jesus.
As Brad planned for the evening festivities, he insured there was a wide variety of food and treats by working with local business in the community as well as the Knight’s families who brought food to compliment the main course. Also, Brad arranged to have members of the St. Mary of Huntley Choir to lead the record number of attendees in singing Christmas Carols to get everyone in the Christmas Spirit.
Dave Parmer Knight of the Month for November 2012
At the November meeting of the St. Mary of Huntley Knights of Columbus Council #11666, the trustees selected Sir Knight Dave Parmer as Knight of the Month recognizing his efforts coordinating the parking lot fund raising operation at the Old St. Mary’s Church parking lot during the annual festival held in Huntley the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day.
Parking close to the site of this activity was at a premium and Dave coordinated efforts of the Knights of Columbus to provide parking for those coming to the Village of Huntley for this activity. The funds raised are used to support the many local charitable activities sponsored by the St. Mary of Huntley Knights of Columbus Council #11666.
Fr. Scott Duvall, Knight of the Month, October 2012
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.
SK Gary Radaszewski and SK Don Moore, Knights of the Month September 2012
SK Gary Radaszewski and SK Don Moore
At the September meeting of the St. Mary of Huntley Knights of Columbus Council # 11666, the trustees selected Don Moore and Gary Radaszewski as Knights of the Month for September 2012, recognizing their efforts coordinating the council’s 2012 Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities.
Members of the Knights of Columbus do a great deal to assist people with intellectual disabilities. The Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities is one of the most popular programs conducted by Knights of Columbus state and local councils. The campaign is a fund raiser in which councils collect donations outside stores and on street corners, usually in the fall of each year. According to Don Moore, “The generosity and enthusiasm of those making donations was remarkable considering the current financial challenges everyone faces as a result of our nation’s economy.”
Fr. Jonathan Bakkelund, Knight of the Month August 2012
Father Jonathan Bakkelund
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.
Jim Conrey, Chris Murphy, Tom Varkados and Jim Chapleau, July 2012
At the July meeting of the St. Mary of Huntley Knights of Columbus Council #11666, the trustees selected four Knights, Jim Conrey, Chris Murphy, Tom Varkados and Jim Chapleau as Knight of the Month for July 2012, recognizing their combined efforts over the past few months renovating the council web site. As a result of these four brother Knights combining their skills and talents, the council has a modern, up-to-date, interactive web site; http://huntleyknights.org/.
The members of the council, as well as others, can access the council web site and view the calendar of events, contact officers, make donations, sign up for activities and link to St. Mary’s Parish as well as the Council of Catholic Bishop’s web sites.
Charlie Andrews, June 2012
At the June meeting of the St. Mary of Huntley Knights of Columbus Council #11666, the trustees selected Charlie Andrews as Knight of the Month for June 2012, recognizing his efforts as Community Director for the Council and his involvement in the many activities of the council.
Most recently, Charlie has been a leader in the Feed My Starving Children volunteer program which finds the Knights of Columbus and their family members donating time to pack meals which are shipped to areas of the world where nutritious meals are needed.
SK Don Moore
At the May meeting of the St. Mary of Huntley Knights of Columbus Council #11666, the trustees selected Sir Knight Don Moore as Knight of the Month for May 2012, recognizing his efforts in helping the council support a new youth program for girls, American Heritage Girls, starting at St. Mary of Huntley Catholic Church.
Don volunteered to coordinate the Knights of Columbus Council efforts to support the establishment of an American Heritage Girls program in our parish and community. Don explained there is a need for a Christian oriented youth group for the girls of our parish and community. A core group of volunteer leaders had formed but needed additional support, especially financially, to start up this activity in the parish.
American Heritage Girls was founded in 1995 in West Chester, Ohio by a group of parents wanting a wholesome program for their daughters. These parents were disillusioned with the increasing secular focus of existing organizations for girls. They wanted a Judeo-Christian focused organization for their daughters and believed that other parents were looking for the
same for their daughters. This became the catalyst for the birth of the organization we have come to know as the American Heritage Girls.
American Heritage Girls began its first year of programming in the fall of 1995 with about 10 troops and roughly 100 members. Most of the troops met in the West Chester area and worked on badges written by the founding parents. Organizational events were started that year which assisted the organization in tying city-wide troops together.
American Heritage Girls is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. The organization offers badge programs, service projects, girl leadership opportunities and outdoor experiences to its members. This program of character building has successfully served thousands of girls since its inception and will continue to do so long into the 21st century.
The founders of the American Heritage Girls and the volunteers of today give all credit for the success of AHG to God for His constant hand upon the organization and His unceasing blessings. For information about the program at St. Mary’s, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sir Knight Jim Jenkner, April 2012
SK Jim Jenkner
At the April meeting of the St. Mary of Huntley Knights of Columbus Council # 11666, the trustees selected Sir Knight Jim Jenkner as Knight of the Month for April 2012, recognizing his efforts as Youth Director for the council. In this position, Jim makes sure the council is taking advantage of every opportunity to support the youth of the parish in their activities.
The council sponsors a Boy Scout Troop, a Cub Scout Pack, the startup of the American Heritage Girls program as well as a Soccer Challenge, Free Throw Championship and also contributes support to the youth ministry at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntley.