The St. Sebastian Knights of Columbus has named charter member Bernard Smith its “Knight of the Month” for the month of May. He is the Past Grand Knight of Council 14255 and its current Advocate (legal advisor).
A very active member, Bernie founded and leads the Council’s First Degree team, cooperating with a similar team from St. Hilary Parish to initiate new members into the order. In addition, he coordinates the council’s monthly raffle and organized the Fr. Pfeiffer raffle, which raised more than $1000 for grants to seminarians and high school scholarships.
At the parish level, he serves as a regular lector and has taught recent adult education classes. Bernie is a third degree member and former Knight of the Year.
The Knights of Columbus congratulate First Degree members Fred Milan and Tom Welsh, who were named April’s "Knights of the Month" at their recent monthly meeting in Forest Lodge.
Like all members afforded the honor, Fred and Tom were recognized for their exemplary service to the parish, neighborhood, or the local council. In this case, Fred and Tom were able to help parishioners with potentially severe emergencies during our late winter. In so doing, they exemplified the first principle of the order, “charity,” by giving their time to assist others.
Worldwide, the KofC raises a large amount of money for charity each year, but its members’ commitment of time is enormous. Knights collectively volunteered more than 70 million hours of time to their churches and communities last year.
If you are a Catholic man aged 18 and above, why not consider becoming part of “the strong right arm” of the church by becoming a member? Talk to a Knight, or see akronkofc.org
for more information.
The St. Sebastian Knights of Columbus council has recognized Dr. Mark Adamczyk as its March “Knight of the Month.” Mark is a Second Degree Knight and has been a member of Council 14255 since it was chartered six years ago.
Mark currently directs the council’s youth programs—an important focus for the KofC worldwide.
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St. Sebastian students recently participated in a Knight-sponsored statewide basketball free throw contest and the council’s annual Presidents Day bowling event at Riviera Lanes. Mark also leads the Deacon Terry Peacock Scholarship
selection committee, which annually awards $1000 scholarships for a deserving parish boy and girl planning to attend one of our nearby Catholic high schools.
Parishioners interested in making a tax-deductible gift to help with the Peacock scholarships can get more information by clicking on the “Support Our Work” tab.
Sebastian’s Knights of Columbus Council 14255 has recognized First Year Trustee
Ted Varga as its February Knight of the Month. As a trustee, he serves as an
advisor to the elected leadership and
supervises the twice-yearly council audits.
charter member, Ted has held leadership positions with the Council since its
founding in 2007, serving as Financial Secretary, Chancellor, and insurance
Degree Knight, Ted is also the council’s Right to Life chairman and liaison to
the Community Pregnancy Center in Barberton. In cooperation with the S.A.
Comunale Co., the Knights provide regular transportation services to the
Pregnancy Center, moving truckloads of new cribs and mattresses for eventual
use by needy new mothers.
Knights of Columbus is the largest Catholic lay organization in the world, open
to men aged 18 and above who are looking for a way to serve their parishes and
local communities. To learn more about the St. Sebastian council and for
membership information, visit www.akronkofc.org.
St. Sebastian’s Knights of Columbus officers recognized SK John Wilson as their Knight of the Month during the council’s January general meeting.
John is Council 14255’s Financial Secretary, appointed directly by KofC headquarters to oversee the group’s finances and membership records. The Financial Secretary serves a three-year term in office.
The Knight of the Month award was instituted to recognize members who go “above and beyond” in their service to the council, parish, and community. John does so despite regular national and international travel for his employer, Lubrizol. He is a Fourth Degree member and recently celebrated his 35th year with the Knights of Columbus.
The KofC is the largest Catholic lay organization in the world and is open to all Catholic men aged 18 and over. For information about the St. Sebastian council or to support its work, visit www.akronkofc.org
or contact any member.
The Knights of Columbus Council 14255 has named St. Sebastian parishioner John Kendrick as the December “Knight of the Month.”
John has been activity in the St. Sebastian Youth Ministry for the past 12 years and the St. Sebastian Pre-Cana for six years. Most recently he has become a key member on the AkronKofC.org
Web Team handling the day-to-day maintenance of the site.
John and his wife, Cindy, have two children Jack and Ella.
The KofC is the largest Catholic lay organization in the world and is open to all Catholic men aged 18 and over. For information about the St. Sebastian council or to support its work, visit www.akronkofc.org or contact any member.
Two members of St. Sebastian’s Knights of Columbus Council
14255 have been honored as “Knights of the Month” for their volunteer work on
the council’s recent “Race Around the Park” event.
Dan Johnson was honored for his leadership of the important
community sponsorship committee. Major
supporters like Inspiron Logistics, OGS Industries, Champion Windows, and others,
ensured a successful race, which will help fund some of the Knight’s important
charitable work this year. Dan is a financial advisor and was chair of the
Council’s family activities committee for five years. He and wife Jennifer have
two boys, Joshua and Michael.
Third Degree Knight Greg Obringer, the council’s second
honoree, was singled out for the tremendous work he did on race day, including
transportation logistics. Greg is the Council’s current Chancellor and works in
the City of Akron’s Recreation Bureau. He and wife Kathryn are the parents of a
brand new baby girl, Zoe.
Both men were nominated by event chairman Tony Burgoyne.
For more information about the Knights, visit
the council’s new website at http://www.akronkofc.org.
The St. Sebastian Knights of Columbus Council has named parish school and St.
Vincent-St. Mary graduate Sam Olsen its Knight of the Month.
A first degree Knight, Sam completed a four-year hitch with the U.S. Army in August,
after serving both in Iraq and Afghanistan.
After mustering out in Colorado and driving cross-country to bring his young
family back to Ohio, he spent part of his second day back in Akron helping a team of
Knights move Fr. Thaddeus Swirski from St. Sebastian’s rectory to his new home at
One of the founding principles of the KofC is “charity.” Sam’s generous gift of his
time demonstrates that charitable activities need not always involve money.
Sam and his wife, Jillian, are parents of son Reed, and are expecting another. They
plan to spend the next few months re-acclimating to civilian life before Sam enters
nursing school next year.
Former Grand Knight John Anderson has been named the "Knight of the Month" for the month of September.
John led a committee of Knights that worked through the summer to
launch the Council 14255 Golf Outing in August. It is expected to be
an annual event that will be a terrific social activity for the parish
and an important fundraising event for the council going forward.
John is a Fourth Degree Knight and currently the Faithful Navigator of
the Monsignor O'Keefe Assembly 818, the ceremonial and patriotic
division of the Knights. He is a longtime volunteer with the
Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament, and supporter of Our Lady of
the Elms and the ARC of Summit County.
The Knights of Columbus Council 14255 has named St.
Sebastian parishioner Ron Shaw as the August “Knight of the Month.”
Ron is a Fourth Degree Knight and charter member of the
St. Sebastian Council. He currently
holds the position of council Warden. He has assisted at every one of the
Council’s Red Cross blood drives and has been an usher at St. Sebastian for 41
years, “because (former pastor) Father Byrider wanted me to be sure to come to
Mass every week,” he says.
Ron has also provided regular and important
transportation to help a brother Knight and his wife get to church, meetings,
and medical appointments. His help exemplifies the order’s founding principles
of charity, unity, and fraternity.
As one member put it, “You are extremely fortunate if you
have a friend like Ron.”
He was nominated by fellow Knight and retired
head usher, Bob Wolf.