Knights of Columbus
Fr. Paul Benson Council #8229 4th Degree Knights pose with Parish Priest Fr. Dong Van Bui
Current Grand Knight
Victor Vasquez Jr.
Current Head of Assembly
About Us and Our Mission:
The Knights of Columbus came together as an organization on October 2, 1881 at St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Connecticut by Father Michael J. McGivney. The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal service & benefit organization that arose at a time in American history when injury or death of a breadwinner would spell disaster for an entire family. Father McGivney sought a way to help lessen the ravages of poverty from the death of a family breadwinner. As a result, the early Knights came together to help each other out and help each others' families in times of need.
Father McGivney wanted to the Knights of Columbus to be able to help their church, community, and families while spreading the word and love of Christ in the actions and services that the Knights performed. Today the Knights of Columbus is an international organization with well over 1.6 million Catholic men, working toward a single goal of bettering the world with their actions. The Knights of Columbus offers Knights life insurance programs that Father McGivney envisioned to help Catholic families in times of hardship in the event of the tragic loss of a family member/breadwinner.
The Knights of Columbus Fr. Paul Benson Council # 8229 is based out ofSt. Mary Parish in Paxton, IL. Although we share our Parish's namesake with that of the founding Knights of Columbus council in New Haven, Connecticut; we would also like to think that the spirit of our council is the same as Father McGivney's original band of brothers: To help our church, help our communities, and to help our families through our acts of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism.
Since 1974, the Knights of Columbus have vowed to defend and protect the lives of the born and unborn, and the weakest members in our society. Over the past few decades the Knights have developed multiple opportunities to allow others to help them serve and protect the defenseless. The Knights of Columbus hold annual MR/LD fundraisers (you know, when the guys in the middle of the street are collecting donations and handing out Tootsie Rolls®). The Knights of Columbus Fr. Paul Benson Council #8229 have also helped establish a memorial in honor of unborn children in front of the Parish Hall.
4th Degree Officers
Faithful Comptroller- Mike Ostrowski
Faithful Scribe- Jerry Brown
Faithful Admiral- Alan Schweighart
Faithful Purser- Victor Vasquez Jr.
Robert Chacon(left) and Bob Diesberg(right) are promoted to 4th degree knights during the spring ceremony
The first Wednesday of every month, at 7:30 pm at the Parish Hall located at 150 N. Maple St. in Paxton, IL. Click Here for map.