DENVER – Knights of Columbus Council No. 10389 is the local council affiliated with the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Denver. The group has 130 members from all walks of life, ranging in age from a college freshman to a 90-year-old member with more than 60 years of service.
Jeff DiCosmo, culture of life coordinator for the group, explains how the Knights of Columbus mix service, faith and fellowship as well as what the Knights do for the community and beyond
Denver Citizen: What are the Knights of Columbus? What is some of the history about the organization?
Jeff DiCosmo: Through the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, the Knights of Columbus was chartered in 1882 as a Catholic fraternal benefit organization. The Knights was formed to render financial aid to the sick, disabled, widowed/orphaned and needy members and their families. Since then, the Knights of Columbus has grown to 15,342 councils and 1.9 million members throughout the world.
DC: What are some missions and services you all do for the local group?
JD: True to our founding principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism, our charitable activities encompass a variety of local, national and international charitable projects, including Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission, Coats for Kids and many other local charities. Our current donations reached a new total of $177,500,673. In addition, we achieved our highest level of charitable service with over 75 million hours of volunteer service by our members. Additionally, local councils have been active in providing much needed disaster relief for hurricane victims in their communities.
Locally, our council provides financial and material support to Heartbeats (formerly the East Lincoln Pregnancy Care Center), Mira Via ( provides no fee residential, professional counseling for mothers in need), our Holy Spirit Parish Ministries, the East Lincoln Christian Ministries, disabled veterans, as well as helping local families in need.
You may have seen our members handing out Tootsie Rolls at the Denver Walmart to support the LAMB (Least Among our Brethren) foundation of North Carolina. LAMB supports the Lincoln County Special Olympics, local Special Education classes, A Place To Grow, Salem Industries, ARC of Lincoln County, Lincoln County Group Homes for the handicapped, Lithuania Group Home and the UAR Group Homes.
We are very proud to report through the generosity and support of our local community, in the last 20 years over $500,000 has been raised by Operation LAMB and returned directly to local needs.
DC: What are some of the other social things you guys do?
JD: Throughout the year Holy Spirit Council 10389 offers a variety of events aimed at providing good food and fellowship and support for worthy causes. We are very fortunate to have members who generously give of their time to organize, set up and prepare food for our events.
DC: Tell me about the spaghetti dinner.
JD: The upcoming Italian Night Dinner includes an authentic three-course dinner prepared by Lead Chef Patrick Fea and a team of supporting chefs. The meal, decorations and music make for a true Italian dining experience.
DC: Anything else you want people to know?
JD: Among our other social events are the Lenten fish fries, spaghetti dinners, Octoberfest, Irish Night and our Gala Valentine Dinner and Dance featuring a complete plated dinner and the Salisbury Swing Band.
On Monday, Nov 12, we celebrate the contributions of our senior members, past and present, at our Ole’ Timers’ Night Dinner. Additionally, we invite new prospective members and their families to join us to learn about the Knights.
We also support our parish ministries assisting with event planning, set up and logistical support. We were very pleased to assist the East Lincoln Ecumenical Helping Hands Ministry with their Senior Citizen Luncheon held at the Holy Spirit Church last week.
We want to thank all in the Lincoln County community for their donations, support and participation in our events over the years. We could not be successful without you.