St. Phillip Catholic Church and Assembly 1131 served as host to 118 new Sir Knights
On June 18, the Knights of Columbus Assembly 1131 hosted the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Our Lady of Guadalupe Province First District of Texas Summer Exemplification. The Exemplification was dedicated in honor of Bishop David E. Fellhauer, of the Diocese of Victoria. The First District of Texas Knights of Columbus is under the leadership of Sir Knight and Master Peter S. Tan.
This was the first time an exemplification was in El Campo and the first time Assembly 1131 hosted an exemplification.
Out of the 118 new Sir Knights, the El Campo area Archbishop Drossaerts, Assembly 1131, had 57 new Sir Knights joining their assembly, which is a record. The 65 other Sir Knights will join other assemblies.
Those joining Assembly 1131 were from El Campo, Louise, Edna, Palacios, Ganado, Wharton, Damon, Houston, Richmond and Bay City. Eight members of the Drapela family joined the the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus at one time.
The event featured a spaghetti supper hosted by Knights of Columbus Council 2490 on June 17 at the KC Hall. A hospitality suite was hosted by Msgr. William D. Steele Assembly. On June 18, the St. Roberts Council 9393 hosted a breakfast for all new members and participants at the St. Philip Parish hall.
Although the exemplification is a private event, prior to entering the church, the participants all marched down the street in full regalia. The exemplification took place in St. Philip Catholic Church followed by a Mass. After the Mass, the Knights of Columbus Council 2490 hosted a banquet at the KC Hall.
Here are the 57 new Sir Knights joining Assembly 1131: the Rev. Bryan Heyer, Wayne Bard, Bradley Bethke, Garland Blaha, Travis Bolcik, Isidro Castanon, Gary Charbula, Chris Dettling, Kevin Dluhos, Thomas Dluhos, Brandon Drapela, James Drapela, Nathan Drapela, Steven Drapela, Thomas Drapela, Timothy Drapela, Tommy Drapela, William Drapela, Zachary Edwards, Curtis Eggemeyer, Gregory Eggemeyer, Norbert Eggemeyer, Hector E. Gutierrez, Nicholas Gutierrez, John Hancock Jr., Charles Hasdorff, Clint Hensley, Matthew Hilderbrand, Christopher Hollas, Brian Holub, Robert Hrncir, Philip Hundl, Tony Juarez, Rian Juranek, Robert Kolacny, Christopher Linzza, Robert Lormand, Mario Manrriquez, Daniel Marek, Nick Mikeska, Frank Munoz, Michael Orsak Jr., Michael Orsak Sr., Daniel Pasak, Danny Pless, Allen Polasek, Gregory Popp, Arthur Priesmeyer, Jesse Rodriguez, Jimmie Roznovsky, Michael Roznovsky, Darrin Stock, Edward Strnadel Jr., Terry Supak, Roberto Torres, Matthew Tupa and John Winter.
This is the highest degree of the Knights of Columbus. The work of the Fourth Degree is patriotism. The primary purpose of this degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism in members and the community at large and encourage active Catholic citizenship. The first Fourth Degree Exemplification was held on Feb. 22, 1900, in New York City. Today there are more than 317,000 Fourth Degree Knights out of the total 1.8 million member Knights of Columbus.