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Knights of Columbus

August 06, 2008 17:28 ET

Pennsylvania K of C Council is Top International Church Activities Award Winner

Edinboro Knights helped to build new church, renovate former church for social agency

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA--(Marketwire - Aug. 6, 2008) - A Knights of Columbus council in northwestern Pennsylvania has received the organization's top honors for church-related activities. Father Simpson and Father Dwyer Council 6191 in Edinboro, Pa., received the 2008 international Church Activities Award at the Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention here today.

To assist in the construction of a new church for Our Lady of the Lake parish, council members volunteered their time and craftsmanship to build the altar, crucifix, tabernacle, ambo, ambry (for the storage of holy oils), presider's chair, as well as statue bases and tables.

Knights also donated time for landscaping and planting the new church's grounds. Throughout the multi-year project, members provided thousands of volunteer hours, including more than 2,000 hours last year, culminating in the new church's consecration.

The council also helped to renovate the old church and relocate a used clothing store, operated by a local social concerns agency, into it. This project required more than 200 man hours from Knights during a six-month period.
Second place in the church activities category was awarded to St. Joseph Council 12167 of Kannapolis, N.C. The third place winner was St. Jerome Council 8780 of Jerome Idaho. Archbishop Thomas A. Donellan Council 7923 of Lilburn, Ga., earned fourth place, and St. Josaphat Council 7530 in Washington, D.C., took fifth place.

The Knights of Columbus is an international lay Catholic organization with 1.75 million members who belong to more than 13,000 local councils. It annually recognizes councils for outstanding program activities in five categories: church, community, council, family and youth.

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