COUNCIL RECOGNITION

 

KNIGHTS OF THE MONTH

September 2021

Dane Campbell

August 2021

None Selected

July 2021

Rev Mariano Escano

June 2021

Chuck Wert

May 2021

Tuan Nguyen

April 2021

Stuart Conser

March 2021

Al Correia

February 2021

John Harshberger

January 2021

None Selected

March 2020

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

ALBANY COUNCIL SUSPENDED THE KNIGHT OF THE MONTH PROGRAM DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

February 2020

Albert L. Correia

January 2020

Patrick Parson

December 2019

Christopher James

November 2019

Tuan Nguyen

October 2019

Evan Trautman

September 2019

Bernie Covino

September Knight of the Month - Honored due to the hours he works supporting Scouts, Helping cook the breakfast pancakes, and Extraordinary Minister.

August 2019

Bob Pace

July 2019

Jim Conser

Jim coordinated with numerous businesses for sponsoring our Special Olympics Golf Tournament ensuring our successful Tournament.

June 2019

Mike Woody

For his Service at State level as well as support for the State Wide exemplification where he cooked the Tri-tip.

May 2019

Charles Wert

April 2019

James Conser

Jim had produced numerous bumper stickers regarding the right to life of the Unborn. The bumper sticker, "All people have rights - Even the UNBORN" Jim passed them out to the Council and then ensured the stickers were distributed at the State Convention.

March 2019

Trent Shobe

Trent provided an interview for the Catholic Sentinel expressing his reasons for joining the Knights of Columbus as a young man.

February 2019

Basil Lamaestra

January 2019

Dan McDowell

Sir Knight Dan McDowell has been an outstanding Leader for our Council not only serving as our Advocate but also stepping in as the Budget Chairman. Dan set up our budget for 2019, presented it to the Council and had it approved at the January Meeting. Dan also was a key leader for the "Come Follow Me" men's retreat held in January.

December 2018

Father Edwin Sanchez Romero

November 2018

Al Barrios

For the outstanding fun bus fund Raiser

October 2018

Jon Keefer

September 2018

Tuan Nguyen

Organized and lead the Open Mic Night

August 2018

Gary Hawoth

For his support in coordinating and running the 1st Annual Golf Tournament for Special Olympics

July 2018

Bob Pace

June 2018

Randy Martinak

May 2018

Stuart Conser

Stuart Conser is an outstanding Knight and our selection of the Knight of the Month. Stuart is our Church Director and coordinates our activities. He leads the Men's Group for the parish whicih helps us further our spiritual growth. Stuart serves on the Parish Council helping to support Father Edwin's vision for the Parish. He is also a lecture reading at masses. Stuart is working with Father to establish a Men's Hour program and continues to guide and coordinate the Holy Family Prayer Program. This month he also coordinated the Famlly Rosary having a Family lead a rosary before each mass. Stuart's kind and gentle spirit exemplify the qualities we look for in Knights of Columbus.

April 2018

Tuan Nguyen

Tuan Nguyen has been stepping "into the breach" for the council. At the drop of a hat, he was able to step in and pick up the convention book and deliver them to the home of the State Warden in time to have them put into the registration packet. Tuan also stepped up for our Pancake Breakfast. He volunteered to lead the Kitchen Team and then volunteered to purchase the needed groceries. All this was new to him having never done this before.

March 2018

Paul Fischer

Paul Fischer is an exceptional Knight and a great selection for March's Knight of the Month. Paul has a great radio type voice. Paul used his voice to twice lead the Stations of the Cross. His presentation was very inspiring . Parishioners commented that his voice sounded a lot like Paul Harvey. Paul is also a member of our weekly Men's Group and attend our Monthly Rosary for Life.

February 2018

Stephan Radel

Sir Knight Stephan Radel is our selection for Knight of the Month. Stephan is our Ceremonial Chairman for our Exemplifications. He coordinates the events ensuring we have Knights in each roll, the ceremonials, and sets up the facilities. He calls each of the prospects to ensure they are prepared for the Exemplification knowing what to bring and where as well as confirming they are coming to the event. He coordinates both the English version as well as the Spanish Version of the Exemplifications. Stephan works with the exemplification teams to ensure they know and understand their roles. He is very dedicated to ensuring new Knights have the best exeperience possible.

January 2018

Rodrigo Arellano

Rodrigo completed a hard period of activity for our youth. Rod completed the Free Throw Championship and the Keep Christ in Christmas for both the Council and State Level competition. I addition to coordinating the events themselves, he coordinated the judging and awarding the checks to the winners of the Keep Christ in Christmas competition.

December 2017

Bernard Covino

Bernie Convino is a stalwart of our Council. He is the hardest worker (contributing the most hours), the most dependable and most knowledgeable member of our council. He serves as our Budget Chairman now and rebuilt the budget for review and approval at the January meeting. The uniqueness of this budget are the short, brief explanations of the line items so non-budget members can understand the use of the funds. Bernie is our Scout representative working with the Scout Leaders, Kiwanis and the Parish administration to Charter the Cub Scout, Boy Scout and the new Adventure Scout programs. He worked the last year with these organizations to establish the Adventure Scouts opening a program of men and women from 18 to 21 to continue scouting in a more extreme program. This month the Scouts were playing Underwater Hockey at a local pool. It's a new program that keeps our young adults in contact with the Church and scouting. Bernie was our Youth Director for thirty years and continues to support our new Youth Director in organizing and running the Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Program, Soccer Challenge and the upcoming Free Throw Championship.

November 2017

Stuart Conser

Stuart Conser is our selection for Knight of the Month. Stuart in our Church Director. He lead the effort for the "Come, Follow Me" retreat for our parish and council. As part of this retreat is the creation of a Men's Group which he formed last year and continues to lead it. Stuart is genuinely concerned with the spiritual growth of our council and men of St Mary's. He recruited many men to attend the retreat, then helped present the retreat and continued his effort by bringing new members to the Men's Group. The last Men's group had over 12 men attending. He exemplifies the Charty, Unity and Fraternity of the Knights of Columbus.

October 2017

Mal Bellafronto

Mal Bellafronto is again our Knight of the month. Mal volunteers for nearly all events of our council. Notably, this month, he volunteered to help set up and tear down the gymnasium for the Council Blood drive. Mal arrived early and single-handedly set up the gym before the arrival of the Red Cross crew and the other Knights. He was one of only three people who should up to help with the offloading of the Red Cross equipment and providing support for there operation. After the blood drive, we experienced the perfect storm of multiple events at the parish which pulled away our support staff away. Mal Bellefronto was the only Knight left to help close down the Red Cross crew and the gymnasium. The Council staff and Red Cross team was very appreciative of the efforts made by Mal.

September 2017

Reyn Catala, Larry Beary, Mal Bellafronto

We have three equally deserving Knights of the Month, Mal Bellafronto, Reyn Catala, and Larry Beary. These three knights stepped up and through them self into the breech to serve 70 attendees at the Archdiocesan training taking place at St Mary's. The parish came to the knights two days prior to the need, and asked if we could cook the hot dogs and Hamburgers for 100 people to be served by noon two days hence. A cry went out to the membership to find people who didn't have plans and that were available to cook and serve. These three men stepped up. Larry was also a maintenance manager at the parish for years but retired due to health issues, yet he knew we needed help. Turns out he was instrumental in running our kitchen and providing guidance on how to use the facilities. Mal and Reyn provided the manpower to cook and serve all the attendees. How often is there a need and a cry goes out? These three heard the call and answered.

August 2017

Randy Martinak

Sir Randy Martinak is our selection for Knight of the Month for our council based on his generous opening of his home and property for our Council Family Picnic on August 12th. Randy not only opened his home for our invasion but he prepared a place on the property for a Golf Chipping challenge, Horse shoes, and other games. He purchased and prepared all the food and drinks for the event and cleaned up afterwards returning all the borrowed equipment. His generosity is in keeping with our principle of Charity.

July 2017

Thomas Radel

Sir Knight Thomas Radel is our selection of the Knight of the Month for July 2017. Tom coordinated our council's effort for the Special Olympics held at Oregon State University. He ensured all the councils were involved in the Special Olympic Games. Tom coordinated the "Water Brigade" to ensure athletes, parents and guests remained hydrated at all the Venues throughout the City of Corvallis and Oregon Stat University Campus. From Trysting Tree Golf Course to the Reiser Stadium, the Knights of Columbus were well represented and contributing to the success of the games. Tom traveled between all the sites to ensure adequate coverage and to reallocate resources as needed. Tom's leadership was instrumental in the success of our role at the games. Simultaneously, he prepared the successful Summer Meetings for the State Council acting as the State Warden. Tom coordinated the facility, Boulder Falls Best Western Inn, in Lebanon. He ensured the readiness and continuity of the presentations. Tom's hard work and dedication are indicative of our principals of Knights of Columbus.

June 2017

Randy Martinak

Randy Martinak is our selection for Knight of the Month for June. Randy works tirelessly for the community, parish, Knights of Columbus. Randy volunteers in the Soup Kitchen. He is a lector and Eucharistic Minister. He volunteers with the Linn County War Memorial Park and manages the process for families to have a memorial brick installed at the Memorial. Randy helped coordinate the Blue Mass held June 14th. He coordinated for, picked up, displayed and recovered the colors for all the Military branches. He personally greeted our honored guests and ensured they felt welcomed and understood the catholic mass. Randy Martinak exemplifies the charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism of the Knights of Columbus.

May 2017

Bernie Covino

Bernie Covino is an outstanding Knight for this council, the 906th Assembly and St. Mary's Parish. Bernie rarely hesitates to jump in to help where needed. This month, Bernie stepped up to run our Pancake Breakfast, when the Grand Knight was out of town. Since it was a busy month with so many different things happening, Bernie had a minimal group of knights to help. He ensured the groceries were purchased and then worked 8 hours the day of the breakfast coordinating and leading both the service area as well as the kitchen area with a minimal crew to help. Bernie's experience of working a breakfast was instrumental in it's success. In addition to leading the Knight's efforts from the breakfast, Bernie was also working with the Scouts in putting on displays and activities of the scouting program. Bernie has been our Youth Director for over 20 years and has decided to step down this year. Yet as the new Youth Director gets on board, Bernie willingly steps in to help. This month we planned our Annual Altar Server Banquet. The new Youth Director was unavailable for the initial date planned and Bernie stepped up to coordinate the event for him. When it was moved to a new date, Bernie continued to help the new Director. Bernie also led the Honor Guard detail at the Timber Linn War Memorial on Memorial Day. Bernie exemplifies the charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism of the Knights of Columbus.

April 2017

Tupasi Glicerey (ACE)

Tupasi Glicerey (Ace) was outstanding during the Lent and Holy Week celebrations. Ace is the right hand to Father Cit at St Mary's. During the celebrations, Ace coordinated all the groups, RCIA participants and the ceremonies at each of the event. Starting with the Stations of the Cross each week of Lent, Ace coordinated with each group who were leading. He provided the ceremonial displays and equipment, he coached each group to know and understand what their roll would be. Ace was the primary leader of the RCIA preparations culminating with the Holy Week celebrations. In addition to teaching and coordinating the RCIA students. He also served as the sacristan for each of the Masses. During the Easter Vigil, Ace, at one point, was coordinating with each RCIA participant and their sponsors, assisting Father with the Baptism and confirmation while maintaining the solemnity of the Mass. Ace was the the "Go To" guy. Ace's exceptional knowledge and understanding of the church, took the pressure off the priests. Working in the background, Ace was able to handle any situation with a smile and utmost patience. His demeanor and kindness enabled all to enjoy the beauty and solemnity of the Easter celebrations.

March 2017

Alvin Barrios

Alvin Barrios joined the Knights one year ago. He has been active in the council. Alvin stepped up to run our "Spirit Mountain Fun Bus" fund raiser. He coordinated with the Casino to arrange for the Trip on Fat Tuesday. He handled the publication and advertising of the event, coordinated for the auction prizes and selling of the tickets. He sold out the bus and raised $797 for the Parish. Al worked with the Casino when the bus was late arriving and helped with contacting the bus service when some property was left on the bus at the end. Al orchestrated the trip and made it a success by his efforts and leadership.

February 2017

Patrick Parson

Patrick Parson transferred into our council in December 2016 in three months, he's volunteered to be the Culture of Life Director and with his wife, Teresita, the Culture of Life Couple for our council. He's rendered reports on their trip to the March for Life and Prayer Protest outside the Planned Parenthood in Eugene. Patrick on his own initiative developed a Pro-life Newsletter for our council and with the help of his wife translated it into Spanish for our Latino community. Patrick has coordinated with Option Clinic to begin our Ultrasound initiative. He has also coordinated with the Parish Administrator to hold a monthly Rosary for Life. Additionally, he is coordinating for the March 25th Prayer for the Unborn to hold a Rosary Pray in a local Cemetery. Patrick is a leader in the Knights of Columbus, who exemplifies the Charity, Unity and Fraternity of the Order.

January 2017

Dan McDowell

Dan McDowell was nominated as our Knight of the Month for his work at our Mercy Meals on January 15, 2017. Dan arrived early to support the set up all the serving stations and to assist with helping bring the food into the Parish kitchen. Dan helped get all the equipment turned on and running to assist the cooks from the restaurant who were not familiar with the kitchen. Dan ensured our food was prepared and delivered to the serving line. He helped serve the first meal, then moved done to the kitchen to wash dishes and cooking equipment. Dan repeated all this effort for the second serving and stayed to the last man to ensure all was cleaned and put away. Dan's efforts made the fund raiser easier for the other Knights and parishioners alike.

December 2016

Bob Martin

Robert (Bob) Martin is a long time member of our Council. Bob's health issues should keep him from actively participating but yet he continues to support our council as his health allows. Bob established one of our major fund raisers, the "Fun Bus." This fund raiser coordinates a bus from the Spirit Mountain minimal cost to the Council to set up. The funds are raised by selling tickets for the get-away. A raffle is held on the trip up and back. His efforts helped create a program that not only raised money, but also built community cohesion. Bob is a Knight that never says no to any project. He is a great example for our younger Knights to emulate.

November 2016

Stuart Conser

Stuart Conser has been selected as Council 1577's Knight of the Month. Stuart was one of the men who coordinated and lead a men's retreat for the entire district area, called "Come Follow Me." Nearly 100 men participated in the event at Mount Angel. Stuart is also a Men's Weekly Pray Group/Bible Study Leader for men of St Mary's Catholic Church. He is a facilitator for the Group. He organizes the weekly sessions and ensures we have access to the room, and equipment, have material and references for the study. Stuart is also a Spanish linguist and reaches out to our Latino Men for recruiting and socializing at Knight events. During Coats for Kids Distribution to our parish community, Stuart was able to communicate with the families whose primary language was Spanish, easing their fears and apprehensions. Stuart's love of God, mercy and compassion are in keeping with the Knight of the Month.

October 2016

Dan McDowell

We nominate Dan McDowell as one of two Knights of the Month for October. Dan was asked at a late date if he would be willing to lead our rosaries before each 11am mass for the month of October. Our parish priest decided the last week of September that he wanted to have a Rosary said before every weekend mass. Dan was one of two Knights that volunteered to do it on short notice and further agreed to read at each of the 11am masses of October saving the Church Director from having to find someone for the following week. Dan lead a full rosary prior to each mass fulfilling father's wishes, strengthening the Knights image as a religious organization. His leadership was well received by those that were in attendance.

October 2016

Paul Fischer

We nominate Paul Fischer as one of two Knights of the Month for October. Paul was asked at a late date if he would be willing to lead our rosaries before each 8:30am mass for the month of October. Our parish priest decided the last week of September that he wanted to have a Rosary said before every weekend mass. Paul was one of two Knights that volunteered to do it on short notice and further agreed to read at each of the 8:30am masses of October saving the Church Director from having to find someone for the following week. Dan lead a full rosary prior to each mass fulfilling father's wishes, strengthening the Knights image as a religious organization. His leadership was well received by those that were in attendance.

September 2016

Convino Bernard

Sir Knight Bernard (Bernie) Covino is an Outstanding Knight. He has served in numerous leadership roles within our Council and Assembly 906. Bernie has been the Grand Knight, served as our Financial Secretary for 12 years as well as the youth director for the council for the same period. His experience and knowledge of the Knights of Columbus has been instrumental to the success of our council. Bernie still volunteers more hours than any other knight. This month he coordinated and orchestrated our most successful Soccer Challenge for the youth in the area. Bernie works constantly for the Knights of Columbus promoting our charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. Bernie as been the Faithful Navigator for Assembly 906 while serving as our Financial Secretary and is a past District Deputy . When Bernie stepped down as the Financial Secretary, he agreed be our Budget Chairman to help the incoming Financial Secretary get comfortable with his new position. His actions, attitude, and efforts are in keeping with the virtues expected of a Knight of a Month.

August 2016

Randy Martinak

Randy Martinak is a Knight worthy of high honors and recognitions. Randy is the most active member of Albany 1577 that makes himself available at every opportunity to lend a hand in humble service. Randy is a Sir Knight, distinguished veteran of the US Military who bravely served and protected our freedoms. Randy gives back time and talent to the many who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice to our nation. Randy donates hundreds of hours to the Linn County Memorial Association in Albany and is always participating by coordinating community functions to honor all veterans of military service. Randy was overseas for several months prior to our 2016 Council picnic yet was able to opened up his home to host. Randy donated a lot of the groceries and did a lot of the set up and clean up himself. Randy is a true Catholic gentleman in humble service to his parish. He offers his time and talents whenever asked. Randy contributes his service at the Soup Kitchen, helping to provide food to the homeless of our community. He is a lector at mass, has served as a Eucharistic Minister, greeter, usher and has offered his life testimonies to many as he evangelizes his faith. We are proud to honor Randy Martinak as our Knight of the Month for August 2016

July 2016

Bob Pace

Robert (Bob) Pace is our Knight of the Month for July 2016. Bob is the quiet servant behind many of our charities. Bob is consistently present at whatever we do. As a veteran Marine, he is always leading by example. In listening to the world events, Bob has volunteered to coordinate security at our Masses and Events. Bob is Mr. Reliable. If he commits to doing something, you can considerate done. Bob agreed to help with greeting our hero guests at our Blue Mass, ensuring they were welcomed, and provided guidance and assistance through the mass as many were not Catholic. Bob is an awesome recruiter having brought in five new members since our last Church Drive. He is always at our council meetings providing quality input to the discussion and humor when needed. Bob is a gentleman who prefers to work from the background and let others take the accolades. He truly works to serve others in need.

June 2016

Leonard Omolo

Father Leonard Omolo has agreed to be our Council Chaplain. He has actively participated in our Council Business Meetings since becoming a Knight. Father Leonard is from Africa and had no concept of the Knights of Columbus. He came to St Mary's and saw these men of faith in red shirts and wanted to know about them. Father Leonard became a Knight and in June conducted a Blue Mass and Corporate Mass for our council He wants to ensure the continued spiritual growth of the Knights of our council. Based on his experience wile growing up in Africa appreciates the Charity, Unity and Fraternity of the Knights of Columbus.

May 2016

Rodrigo Arellano

Rodrigo Arellano is a new member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1577. He has been anxious to get involved with our charity and jump in as often has he could. Rodrigo jumped in to assist the Council in providing Dinner and to the Alter Servers and their families at our Annual Alter Service Awards Ceremony. Rodrigo led by example getting involved at his first opportunity.

April 2016

Larry Beary

Larry Beary was selected Knight of the Month upon his retirement at Our Lady of Perpetual Help for about 15 years.

March 2016

Jorge Lopez-Ganzales

Jorge Lopez-Gonzales was an outstanding Knight in March 2016. He has been instrumental in breaking through the cultural differences between our Hispanic and Anglo brothers. Bridging the communications gap has seen an understanding and building of trust of all brothers seeing more cross-cultural participation in the masses during Lent and the Easter celebration. Jorge took the lead in establishing what we're calling our "Mercy Meals" which will be the first time our council will be serving lunch to our parishioners from the Hispanic Mass. He suggested the addition of a meal for the Hispanic Mass since our breakfasts end prior to the Hispanic Mass. He coordinated with another Knight to cost out the meals, then coordinated with the leadership to organize the event. Jorge completed his 2nd and 3rd Degree and has stepped up to be considered for leadership positions with the Council. Jorge's attitude, dedication and determination is an outstanding example of a Knight of Columbus.

February 2016

Michael Woody

Michael S. Woody was selected as our council Knight of the Month for February, 2016. SK Michael is the Grand Knight for our council and goes well beyond the call of his duties. In addition to the numerous responsibilities of Grand Knight, Michael has been an RCIA instructor and participating member of the Liturgy committee, assisting in the composition of each Mass and liturgy for the month. He's organized the Soup and Stations Event for our parish where the Knights provided a Lenten soup and salad dinner before our Stations of the Cross the first two weeks of the Lenten season. In addition to coordinating the meals, he set up, cooked and purchased items needed to build the domestic church through community and prayer. Michael carried this further by coordinating the ceremony and reading for the Stations of the Cross, acting also as the lead reader. Michael has led the council to be an integral contributor to the parish. Not just a ministry but a function of the parish relied upon by the Administrator, priest and staff. Michael has coordinated support for numerous masses,where he serves as a lector, extraordinary minister and has been a spiritual leader for the current and past RCIA classes. Michael leads by doing, accumulating more service hours than any other Knight in the council. Michael could easily qualify as Knight of the Month any month but during this season of Lent, he has exceeded his usual high standards.

January 2016

Tom Radel

Tom serves as our Council Warden, and Habitat for Humanity Director as well as the District 7, District Deputy. Tom covers every council and assembly meeting in the district. He can be counted on as a Patriot Degree Knight in regalia whenever the need is there.

December 2015

Jack Gall

Jack L Gall December 2015 Knight of the Month Jack Gall joined the Knights of Columbus Albany Council 1577 on April 1, 1978 with 37 years of continuous service with our Order. Brother Jack advanced through the 2nd and 3rd degrees right away and then Full Knighthood by joining the 4th Degree on April 1, 1992 (23 Years of Service). Jack is a Past Grand Knight of Albany Council 1577 and has served as an Officer many times when asked to serve. We are all blessed by Jack’s service to our Council. Jack was born in Cando, ND in 1941 to Jack E and Orma Tolliver Gall. Jack is one of four children. Tom and Celia Gall live in Springfield, Bella and Larry Webster also live in Springfield. Jack’s sister Fernette and two husbands have passed on. Jack attended and graduated from Granite high school and joined the Army in 1960 where he served his time in France. After returning from the Army he moved to Springfield, Oregon where his family had moved. Jack worked many jobs until 1976 when he started work for Western Kraft. He stayed with them through many changes until 2004 when he retired. Jack met his wife, Dorothy, on a blind date in 1965. They married in 1967, living in Springfield, OR for a few years then heading north a little at a time until they settled in Albany, Oregon. Before Jack retired, he had gotten involved with Volunteer Care Givers and the Knights of Columbus. This was a great outlet for him as he loves helping people. Many of his people from Volunteer Care Givers have since past on which had left a little hole in his life but church and the Knights of Columbus filled that. He took quite a while getting involved with the Knights but when he did, he loved it. Jack’s favorite program over the years was supporting the St Mary’s soup kitchen and he was passionate about blood drives and donating blood. He was a faithful double red donor. Jack and Dorothy have 2 children, Jack Christopher (Chris) with his wife and Elizabeth Kraft (Gall) and her husband, Robert. Jack and Dorothy are blessed with 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. In July 2014, Jack suffered a severe stroke which left him unable to swallow anything. He also has a tendency to be weak and needs to use a walker. He continued his duties as Trustee until the end of his term and still helps with many projects where he can.

September 2015

Randy Martinak

Randy Martinak is a Knight worthy of high honors and recognitions. Randy is the most active member of Albany 1577 that makes himself available at Every Opportunity to lend a hand in humble service. Randy is a Sir Knight, distinguished veteran of the US Military who bravly served and protected our freedoms. Randy gives back time and talent to the many who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice to our nation. Randy donates hundreds of hours to the Linn County Memorial Association in Albany. Is always participating by coordinating community functions to honor all veterans of military service. Randy opened up his home to host our 2015 Council Picnic. Randy is a true Catholic gentleman in humble service to his parish. Offers his time and talents whenever asked. Randy is a lectur at mass, has served as a Eucharistic Minister, greeter, usher and has offered his life testimonies to many as he evangilizes his faith. We are proud to honor Randy Martinak as Albany Council 1577 September Knight of the Month

April 2015

Terry Brillon

Terry D Brillion April 2015 Knight of the Month Terry Brillion is truly a “Knight’s Knight”. Terry is an example to us all in his heartfelt commitment to his family, faith, church, community and country. Terry lives his faith and his heart is full of Christ’s love for others.. You will find Terry at every activity we participate in. Terry joined the Albany Council on 12-08-2003. Advanced to the 2nd and 3rd degree on 04-17-2004. At St Henry’s Parish in Gresham Terry was welcomed into full knighthood on 03-23-2013. Terry has help office of Deputy Grand Knight, Grand Knight and Trustee of Albany Council 1577. Currently, Terry is our Immediate Past Grand Knight and Council Director. Serving each position with pride and commitment. Please take a moment and congratulate Terry Brillon as April Knight of the Month. Well deserved!

March 2015

Matt Gamblin

Matt Gamblin for Knight of the Month for taking the initiative to purchase new safe extension cords for our breakfasts and dinners. He paid for most of the new items, asking for reimbursement for only a portion. This is the true spirit of Knighthood.

February 2015

Stephen DeGoey

Albany Council 1577 Knights of Columbus would like to recognize Stephen DeGoey as February 2015 Albany Council Knight of the Month

January 2015

Robert Aldrige

Bob joined the Knights of Columbus on Aug 29, 2012 and is one of our most active council members. Bob serves as our council as Chancellor and vocations chairman. Recently Bob is working on plans to re-instate our Squires Circle in Albany. You will easily find Bob at every council event in humble service to his partish and those in need. On January 31, 2015 Bob became Sir Knight Robert Aldrich. Thank you Bob for all you do for so many

November 2014

Jon Keefer

Congrats to Jon as the "NOVEMBER 2014 KNIGHT OF THE MONTH"

September 2014

Malcom Belafronto

Congratulations to Mal for being voted "September Knight of the Month" for Albany Council 1577. Malcom joined the Knights of Columbus on May 1, 2013. Mal is one of the most active and energetic members of our council. If there is an opportunity to serve the church, community or brother knights and their families, Mal is there with a smile. Mal is actively involved with guiding our council finance decisions. He has volunteered in Youth, Church, Community and may more activities. The Great 1577 is truly great because Mal is a Knight and our Brother! Thank you Mal for all you do for so many. Mal has journeyed on to full knighthood. Participating in his 2nd and 3rd degree on November 9, 2013

August 2014

Michael Woody

Mike Woody is making a great effort in energizing the Albany Council. In his first 2 months as Grand Knight he has introduced changes, addressed problem, and made improvements to how the council works.

July 2014

Bernard Covino Jr

July 2014 Knight of the Month Bernard Covino Congratulations to Bernie Covino as the July 2014 Knight of the Month for Albany Council 1577. Bernie has faithfully served our council since joining the Knights of Columbus on June 6, 1986. Our council and the entire order of Knights is better today because of Bernie’s selfless devotion to the principles we strive to adhere. Bernie soon began his journey to full Knighthood taking his 2nd degree on September 13, 1986 and on to become a 3rd degree Knight on September 19, 1986. Bernie has 28 years of continual service to our order. Entered into Full Knighthood on June 5, 2005 as a 4th degree member in Pope John XXIII Assembly 906 with 9 years of continual service today. Bernie was appointed Financial Secretary of Albany 1577 by the Supreme Knight on July 1, 2012. He has shown great leadership and exemplary standards of conduct as Financial Secretary. Our Council is well respected in the State of Oregon thanks to Bernie’s involvement. Bernie has served Assembly 996 as Faithful Pilot (07-01-2012 -- 06-30-2013) and Faithful Navigator ( July 1, 2013 to present) Bernie’s service to Albany Council 1577 includes being the Youth Program Director (08-01-2011 to 6-30-2014). And currently the Ceremonials Program Director (July 1, 2014-Present). Bernie is married to the lovely Martha Covino (40 Years) and has two wonderful grown children Kathryn and Jeremy. Please share your congratulations to Sir Knight Bernard Covino Jr as Knight of the Month for July 2014 Vivat Jesus

FAMILIES OF THE MONTH

September 2021

Jorge and Martha Luquin

August 2021

None Selected

July 2021

Anselmo and Maria Nunez

June 2021

Joe and Nicole Krebs

May 2021

John and Margie Harshberger

April 2021

Emmet and Mariann Jones

March 2021

Dan and Lisa Freeman

February 2021

Patrick and Teresita Parson

January 2021

None Selected

March 2020

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

ALBANY COUNCIL SUSPENDED THE FAMILIES OF THE MONTH PROGRAM DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

January 2020

Daniel and Brittany Franco

December 2019

Anselmo and Maria Nunez

November 2019

Chris and Jenny James

October 2019

Bill and Anne Kinkley

For their works of faith in the parish specifically the Marriage in Christ Program

September 2019

Jorge and Norma Luquin

September Family of the Month

August 2019

Richards and Ramona Medina

August Family of the Month

July 2019

Honorina and Marciano Lopez

Marciano and Honorina have contributed time, talent and treasure for the renovation of the Parish Center. Marciano has been the leader providing coordinated efforts and instruction to the numerous volunteers. He has donated supplies, and staffing from his business to support the renovation. He works his full day with his business, Seven Points Painting, and then come to the parish to work on the renovation. Honorina has provided meals to the workers while also volunteering on several Hispanic ministries. Ishmael, their son volunteers as an altar server and as a leader at the Vacation Bible School.

June 2019

Juan and Heather Sauceda

May 2019

Michael Hayes Family

For their work with our Scouting program.

April 2019

Konopa Family

March 2019

Steve and Marcello Correia

Support of the St Patrick's Day event. Steve and Marceillo were responsible for putting up the decorations and for bring joy and happiness to many attending though his photo booth and photos.

February 2019

Nushia and Kevin Lake

For their support of the Music Ministries at the Parish.

January 2019

Nicole and Eric Hammond

Nicole is one of three leaders of the Little Flowers. She and Eric are also leaders for the Religious Education and coordinates Little Flower support from the Catholic Daughter. Eric support Nicole's efforts.

December 2018

Bowers

November 2018

Matt Hellman

October 2018

Nguyen

September 2018

Krebs

Krebs Family, Joe, Nicole, Isabel, Cal, Max, Luci, Gabby, Teddy, Benny and Emilia contribute to the Parish through their loving and caring family. Isabel, Cal, Max Luci and Gabby participate as Altar Servers, Nicole supports Vacation Bible School with their older Children.. The Parish started a Little Flower Program and was over-run with the number of girls who responded, the Krebs stepped up to provide the support to keep the program under control. Joe is our Family Director and worked the Soccer Challenge with Max and Luci.

August 2018

Alonzo Gutierrez

The Gutierrez family supported the 1st Annual Golf Tournament For Special Olympics.

July 2018

Richard and Ramona Medina

June 2018

Jon and Terri Keefer

May 2018

Chris and Jenny James

Sir Knight Chris James and his family are exceptional examples of Christian family and Christian values. Chris is our council's current Warden and Family Director. He participates on our Admissions Exemplification Team. His wife, Jennifer is a Catholic Daughter and teaches religious education. Chris Jr is a Student at Oregon State Univeristy and works with the Newman Center youth programs helping young men and women stay connected to the Church. Larissa helps teach religious education with her mom and dad. All the children help on Knight projects such as hosting Coffee and Donuts after mass, parking cars at the Veterans Memorial Day celebration and assisting disabled Veterans as they arrived for the celebration.

April 2018

Marciano and Honorina Lopez-Cortez

Marciano and Honorina Lopez-Cortez are exceptional stewards of oue faith.. They both are involved in the religious education of our Latino youth. They are active in the building of the domestic church, teaching,and mentoring and preparing our youth for the sacrament of Confirmation. The community has a large number of youth accepting this sacrament. They worked together to coordinate the mass with the Bishop and to rehearse the families prior to the actual mass. Their son, Ismael, is an Altar Server who servers regularly and at all special masses like confirmation and first eucharist. The family is an excellent role model for all families.

March 2018

Bob and Joanne Aldrich

Sir Knight Robert "Bob" Aldrich and Joanne are an outstanding selections for Family of the Month. They support our council and the parish as much as they are able. On a routine basis they are present at most everything the council does. Joanne is a greeter at the parish ensuring al visitors and families are welcomed to the parish each and every Sunday. Bob is our Vocations Director, and coordinate with our adopted Seminarian to ensure Bret knows we are supporting him through prayers, and finances. Bob and Joanne are an inspiration to all they touch.

February 2018

Richard and Ramona Medina

Richard and Medina are the two hardest working people of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish. Ramona is a Catholic Daughter and works hard at their events as well as supporting the parish. Richard works hard as all the knight events. They support each other by working together. as a team. They are extremely dependable and reliable.. Richard and Ramona are normally the first to arrive and last to leave. Ramona and Richard supported the Shrove Tuesady Pancake Dinner Fundraiser to raise money for painting the Parish. As ususal they were one of the first to arrive and last to leave. Their hard work, charity of time and effort made the event a great success.

November 2017

Jack Gall

Jack was one of the true stalwarts of our council but, due to health issues, has been slowed. This month Jack helped with the Pancake Breakfast, demonstrating that Knights are asked only to contribute what they can, when they can. His wife, Dorothy is the Court Regent of the Catholic Daughters. She worked with our council and the Lebanon Council preparing for our annual Christmas Party for our Council, her Court and the 906th Assembly. They are great support for the parish and council.

October 2017

Patrick Parson

Patrick and Teresita are our Culture of Life Couple as well as the State Council of Life Couple. Patrick and Teresita have created videos and Newsletters to encourage our Knights and the community at large to stop abortion, euthanasia of our elderly. They have been champions to the "stop the public funding of abortion" campaign to get a petition on the ballot to bring the public funding to the a vote of the people. Both Patrick and Teresita have been prayerfully standing outside a Eugene abortion clinic on Fridays of October as part of the 40 Days of Life campaign. Their leadership and efforts have been inspirational to the council, parish and state.

September 2017

Fernando Palencia Gonzalez

The family of Fernando Palencia Gonzalez is our selection for the month of September 2017 for their participation in the Our Lady of Perpetual Hope (St Mary's Albany) parish. Fernando and his daughters Jazmin and Alina sing in the choir. Gloria and Fernando Jr teach religious education education. They prepare the youth for their first communion. Alina and Jazmin also dances with a troupe for the Kermes celebration as well as Palm Sunday. There love of the church and community reflect the charity principals of the Knights of Columbus.

August 2017

Pam and Bob Weiler

Bob and Pam are stalwarts of our Parish. They serve when and wherever asked. Pam is a lector and Bob is a Eucharistic Minister. She volunteers to help with funerals. Bob is a member of the Chamber of Commerce as well as the Northwest Steelheaders. He volunteers with the Knights as the Council Program Director, and Deputy Grand Knight for his Council. When our new Administrator arrived, he requested help with furnishing the Rectory. Pam and Bob immediately volunteered to provide a Love Seat, Couch, recliner and chair. Bob hauled the furniture from his home and unloaded it into the Rectory. Bob and Pam's charity ensured our new Priest felt welcomed and comfortable asking Knights for assistance when ever needed.

July 2017

The Radels

The Radel Family have been a stalwart of our council this month. Fred, Steve and Tom are all Knights of Columbus. This month they exemplified themselves and stood out by their work at the State Special Olympics games. Tom coordinated the Knights Support for the Olympic games, Steve, Fred and Beverly all worked through the entire weekend at various stations. Beverly also created an auction basket to donate for a church auction. The anticipated proceed for the basket is projected at $400.00. Beverly and Fred also work on the social committee to serve coffee and donuts after the 11 am Mass. There dedication, hard-work and charity demonstrate the principles of our order.

June 2017

The Hayes Family

The Michael Hayes family are outstanding selections for Family of the Month. The chief avocation of the Mike Hayes Family is scouting. Mike is the scoutmaster of Troop 7322 sponsored by St Mary's in Albany. He has such a great plan for the Troop that recently he welcomed 6 scouts who transferred due to dissatisfaction with other troops. His wife, Richelle, supports him in all scout activities and gets involved with Troop Committee activities as Camping and High Adventure Chair and other special projects. Recently she led the effort to develop a smart phone app that facilitates communication between scouts. Their oldest son Dylan is the Senior Patrol Leader, the youth leader of the Troop. He is working on his Eagle rank and recently earned the Ad Altare Dei Catholic badge. Their youngest son Luke actively participates in all Troop activities. Mike and his sons participated in the cleaning of the Gathering Space kitchen as a service project. Their dedication and commitment to the principals of Scouting are in keeping with the principals of the Knights of Columbus.

May 2017

Dan Freeman Family

The Freeman family are stalwarts of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish. Dan has been a Knight since 2013 participating in Council, Church and Family projects. Lisa trains our Altar Servers and coordinated the Knight's Annual Altar Service award ceremony this month. Richard and William serve as Altar Servers each weekday mass and fill in on weekend masses when needed. The family participates in Scouting at both the Cub Scout and Boy Scout level. During our Pancake breakfast, this month, we were short staffed, Dan, Richard, and William stepped up to work to shifts and support the Knights effort. Due to their charity, unity and fraternity the Knights were able to raise funds for the scouting program to help support their efforts for the coming year.

April 2017

Humberto Martinez-Medenz

Humberto and Susana are instrumental to the St. Mary's Parish. As a couple they lead Baptism classes, Catechist, marriage preparations, bible studies and the Follow me Retreats.Miguel is an acolyte and helps train other acolytes, He participates in Bible Studies and helps with the retreats. Bonze is also an acolyte and participates in the bible studies. Bretny helps with the catechists with children 3 to 6 years old. The entire Martinez family works hard for Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish and serves as an example of Building the Domestic Church through Families.

March 2017

Jesus Magana

Jesus Magana's family is a major contributor to the Latino community and to the Spanish Masses. Jesus is one of two Sacristans and set up for each Mass. He and his daughter, Jennifer, teach the Latino RICA and Religious Education. Jesus and Maria both serve as Extraordinary Ministers. Maria also sings in the choir and Jennifer is an acolyte. They are heavily involve in all celebration and our parish relies on their service.

February 2017

Terry, Travis and Dustin Brillon

Terry, and his two sons, Travis and Dustin, are all Knights of our Council, Their support of the Council projects have been outstanding. The Knights had volunteered to clean our gathering space kitchen Terry, Travis and Dustin (along with a neighbor) came to help. Terry had completed a night-shift before arriving. All worked exceptionally hard for the four hour project. They were first to arrive and last to leave. Terry and Dustin have served as acolytes to support the mass and provide an example for building the domestic church. The Brillon's are exceptional examples of Charity, Unity and Fraternity.

January 2017

Alonzo Gutierrez

Alonzo and his wife, Sandra, provided major contributions to our Mercy Meals Fundraiser for Religious Education for our youth. Alonzo and Sandra own the Taqueria Alonzo restaurant. In the month of our worth snow storm in many years, as he's moving one of his restaurants to another location, he cooked a Chicken Fajita meal for over 250 parishioner families on a Sunday afternoon. Alonzo and Sandra prepared most of the meal at his restaurant working hours before anyone else and transported the food to the parish. They prepared the tacos at the parish kitchen while the Knights were serving. This Mercy Meal was a bridge for our Anglo and Latino communities to build trust and show how we can serve both communities. Their charity exemplify the tenants of our order.

December 2016

Patrick and Teresita Parson

Patrick and Teresita are new to our council having moved to our City from Roseburg, OR. Teresita and Patrick jumped in straight away to help and be involved. Within weeks of joining our council, Patrick and Teresita agreed to be our Culture of Life Couple. Patrick and Teresita are leading our council participation in the Roe v Wade Memorial Rally and Walk for Life. Patrick has jumped in to assist in projects and has helped with our Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Competition. In the short time they have been in the council, they have made an impact to the council.

November 2016

Anselmo Nunez

Anselmo Nunez Martinez' family is very active in our parish and is deserving of recognition of Family of the Month. Anselmo and is family are very active in Catholic formation. He and his wife teach Baptism classes, are Catechist educators and lead a bible study which their two daughters attend. Anselmo is a member of the Choir and Maria is a Eucharistic Minister. Both daughters are also acolytes. The entire family not only live their faith, they evangelize and share their faith with the entire community.

October 2016

Dane Campbell

Dane Campbell's Family our Family of the Month for October 2016. Dane is a new member of our council. In short order he has been instrumental to the family program in the Council. Dane helped with our Soccer Challenge held on October 1. He took our proposal to the Albany Youth Soccer Organization and arranged for us to be part of their games schedule. His family helped support the Challenge by recruiting players after their games to participate and helped with the running of the stations. Christian helped retrieve the balls after shots were take. Zander participated and won his age group, then helped his brother at the station. Their efforts where were directly responsible for the best Soccer Challenge our Council ever coordinated.

September 2016

Terry, Travis and Dustin Brillon

Terry Brillon is an excellent father and family man. He is a dependable Knight of the 4th Degree. His sons are or about to be Knights of Columbus as well. Travis is a 4th Degree Knight and Dustin who just turned 18 is about to be exemplified at the end of the month. Travis and Dustin have been active in the church serving as acolytes, and participating in youth group activities. Terry as an example to other fathers, has served as an acolyte with his sons. Always looking for ways to serve, Terry and the boys can be counted on to participate in any project. Terry is an avid motorcyclist and rides in support of Veteran and Law Enforcement memorials. He and Travis can be counted on to be in full regalia and serve in the honor guard when needed.

August 2016

Robert and Pam Weiler

Bob and Pam are stalwarts of our Parish. They serve when and wherever asked. Pam is a lector and Bob is a Eucharistic Minister. Pam is involved as a sponsor for RCIA , She volunteered for vacation bible school and helps with funerals. Bob is a member of the Chamber of Commerce as well as the Northwest Steelheaders. He volunteers with the Knights as the Council Program Director, and Deputy Grand Knight for his Council. He is a 4th degree and am the Faithful Admiral for Pope John Paul XXIII Assembly 906, He has participated with the Color guard at memorial services for veterans, and other church honor guards. He is an active participant in a Men's Bible Study Group and works on projects for Coats for Kids, Church Drive, and blood drives. Bob and Pam are very deserving of this honor based on their contributions every day.

July 2016

Ken, Suzi, Jake, Mackenzie, and Owen Duda

The Duda Family are a staple in the parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Hope, in Albany, OR. The entire family is extremely musical. Suzi leads our youth Choir as well as sings in the adult choir. She is the Early Elementary Religious Education Coordinator for our Parish and she works hard with the youth and families. Mackenzie and Jake now sing with the adult choir as they've grown into young adults. Owen serves as a alter boy and sings in the youth choir. The family is always there to support event at the parish with music, or leadership. What ever is needed the Duda family willingly gives of themselves to serve the parish.

June 2016

Michael and Linda Quinn

Michael Quinn is a very faithful head of his family. He is always involved with his extended family. He is actively involved in his family sharing experiences, helping with and attending weddings, birthdays, campouts and many other family events. He's taken his granddaughters to many fun event to spend time with them and to mentor them. He ensures his granddaughters go to religious education by taking them himself. Michael is a leader in the community and St Mary's parish. A father, husband, grandfather and Knight.

May 2016

Ron and Judy Hendricks

Ron and Judy were nominated for they leadership as our Culture of Life Program Directors. They coordinate all our activity with right to life, post right to life material on our culture of life bulletin board in he hallway of the Parish. Additionally, Ron and Judy helped build the flower box and fill it for Father Cit. They can be counted on to support the council at every turn

April 2016

Bob and Fran Pace

Bob and Fran service the parish at so many levels, Bob recently helped with the Membership drive and brought four new members into the Council. Fran is involved in the Parish Prayer Change, and Catholic Daughters.

March 2016

Family of Alonzo Gutierrez

Alonzo and his family supported the Mercy Meals for providing a fundraising meals for the 11 AM and 1 PM masses, bringing together the English and Spanish Mass congregations. Building trust and community through the meals, Alonzo and his family purchased the food, prepared the food and cooked much of it prior to delivery. They delivered the materials then taught our Knights how to prepare it for future meals.

February 2016

Gary Haworth

Gary and his wife Penny are strong members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Albany, OR. This month, Gary and his granddaughter, Lit, helped serve the coffee and donuts at the social hour after mass. Gary also served soup and sandwiches for dinner before the Stations of the Cross sponsored by our council. Gary participated in the Stations leading/reading at stations. Gary is a member of the parish Nurses Organization as the Parish Pharmacist. He is also in the choir and plays in the brass groups on holidays. His granddaughter, Lita, also sings in the youth choir, His wife, Penny has been to retreats and led group meetings. They execellent examples of building the domestic church through families.

January 2016

Terry Brillon

Terry, Travis and Dylan are stalwarts of the St Mary's Parrish and the Albany Council. Dylan serves as an Acolyte nearly every week and sometimes multiple masses. Travis is also one of our Youngest Knights who was away serving in Americorps. Terry serves as our Council Director as well as a Eucharist Minister. He is an excellent example of serving the Parish through Charity while being a family man and father.

December 2015

Chris James

Chris and Jenny James and their three loving children are very active with the St Mary’s Albany Church, the Knights of Columbus and their community. Jenny works for Oregon State University and volunteers as a catechist for St Mary’s youth. Chris owns his own business and is an active volunteer for the Knights working on numerous projects. Chris has coached youth soccer and basketball for the community as well. Larissa is a high school senior at South Albany High School competes in cross country and sings in the youth choir. She along with her brother, Robert, a Junior at South Albany, are active in the St Mary’s Albany Youth Group. Christopher and Robert help their father serve at the social hour after mass as well as at the KofC Pancake Breakfasts. The family is a great asset to St. Mary's Albany and Council 1577.

October 2015

Lopez-Gonzalez

Congratulation Jorge. Your family has been chosen September 2015 Family of te Month.

April 2015

Jonathan P Keefer

Terri and Jon met at Youngstown State University as college students. Terri was a cradle Catholic. She led Jon to the Catholic faith prior to their marriage. They have six children, Jennifer, Christina, Jon, Frank, Mike and Matt. The children have all completed college degrees, and three have Masters. Four of the six are married, and one is planning his wedding this July. They are proud grandparents of 6 grandsons; Jethro, Wilson, Kevin, Jason, Toby, and Nathan and one soon to be spoiled granddaughter, Juliet. Only Mike and his wife live in Oregon, and Jon and Terri love to travel to see the grandchildren as often as finances allow. Terri not only raised all six children, often on her own, but she served as the head of a Family Support Group. She worked as a teacher at St Patrick’s Catholic School in Fayetteville, NC, and also worked as a bank teller for Key Bank and Umpqua bank until her retirement in 2013. During these years, Jon and Terri nurtured their faith and the faith of others through numerous Catholic programs. Jon and Terri attended Marriage Encounter and Cursillo weekends. They were presenting couples for Marriage Encounter until they realized their children were apostolic orphans. They changed their efforts to Marriage Preparations, having provided Marriage Prep classes for the last 30+ years, through numerous dioceses and states. Jon and Terri retired in Oregon and joined St Mary’s Church when they arrived in 1994. They watched their children work through the sacraments at St Mary’s until they became empty-nesters. Jon and Terri believe in the strength and holiness of their marriage and attempt to function as a couple in all things. They serve as Eucharistic Ministers and as a couple on the Parish Council. They continue to work with engaged couples and are now heading up the Marriage Preparation Training for St Mary’s. Terri was elected to the Archdiocesan Parish Council, representing two Vicariates, for Archbishop Sample. Jon joined the Knights of Columbus in 2014 and is a 4th Degree Knight. He serves the Albany Council 1577 in whatever capacity he can. His favorite program is the Building the Domestic Church. Jon serves with the Council Exemplification Team and enjoys working with brothers serving others.

March 2015

Covino

The Covino Family for Family of the Month for their dedication to making the Albany Council the best it can be, for being an example of a family that prays together and honors the elderly, and for doing everything possible to integrate the Albany Council into the life of St Mary’s Parish.

February 2015

SK Jack Gall

Albany Council 1577 recognizes the SK Jack Gall and his entire family as February 2015 "Family of the Month"

January 2015

Radel Family

Thanks and congratulations to the Radel Family for all you do to support our parish and the Albany Council 1577 of the Knights of Columbus.

November 2014

Terry Brillon

Congratulations to Terry and his entire family. Voted "NOVEMBER 2014 FAMILY OF THE MONTH".

September 2014

Freeman

The Freeman Family After moving around a bit with his Navy doctor father, Dan Freeman grew in North Bend, Oregon, one of seven children. Lisa and her one sister were raised in Hawaii. They met at Oregon State University when both were studying Mechanical Engineering. After graduating from college, Dan began working at the Albany Paper Mill, where he worked until its closure. Lisa did graduate work and afterward worked at Hewlett-Packard. They were married at Dan’s home parish, Holy Redeemer, in North Bend. When their first son, Richard, was born, Lisa left work to become a full-time mother. Eventually a second son, William came along. Both Dan and Lisa were raised Catholic, and they were married in the Church, but they were mostly cultural Catholics during college. Their re-conversion was a gradual process. In graduate school, one of Lisa’s fellow students announced that he was not going to finish his engineering degree; he was leaving to enter seminary. He later sent a rosary, and Lisa began praying it daily on the way to work. Dan and Lisa began attending mass more regularly, but primary out of a sense of duty. When a child was born, Dan and Lisa suddenly realized their duty to teach the Catholic faith to their children. But first, they needed to learn about the faith themselves. Dan and Lisa both grew up “having to go to mass,” and, as parents, didn’t want to fight that battle themselves. Lisa wanted her boys to know why they went to mass and to love God and his Church with their whole hearts. Being schooled at home allows the boys to attend mass daily. The family also prays the rosary daily and attends adoration. When Richard was small, the family began attending an annual Catholic Family camp. This camp has liturgy, community, and fun. The other families, many of them large, are such an inspiration: they are all trying to live out their faith in their daily lives. Thanks to this small community, the Freemans have Catholic friends up and down the valley, and are inspired to imitate them to be witnesses to the world. Dan is a Knight and enjoys helping with breakfasts. Lisa helps with RCIA, Into the Deep, and Confirmation. Richard and William serve mass as often as they can. The family is active in scouting, and always looks for opportunities to serve others.

August 2014

James Conser Family

Jim Conser is active in the Albany Council and has made great efforts to recruit new members. He and his wife Mary Kay are both active in ministries at the parish level.