Fr. Michael McGivney
of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic fraternal organization was
formed in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney. Father McGivney
wanted an organization to help Catholic men remain steadfast in their
faith through mutual encouragement. He also wanted an organization to
promote closer ties of fraternity among Catholic men and to set up an
elementary system of insurance so that the widows and children of members
who died would not find themselves in dire financial straits. He
succeeded. The Knights of Columbus has one of the strongest and most
advantageous insurance programs in the world. To learn more about the
Venerable Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus,
click here. To watch a
documentary about the history of the Knights of Columbus, "Men of Faith
Who Made A Difference",
Fr. Raymond Mestres
February 6, 1910, Monterey Council 1465 was chartered with fifty-five members. Father Mestres
of the San Carlos Parish handpicked the officers and presented the list of names to the
council. Stephen Field moved that it be accepted by acclamation. Alexander M. Aggeler was the first Grand Knight and the other officers were Molachi
W. McMenamin, Edward A. Elsen, William Otto, Edmund S. Correia, Benjamin F. Wright, Earnest
Leo. Charles Weber, Abel A. Watson, Emery A. LaVallee, Owen Smith and John
A. Sparolini. The councils of Watsonville and San Luis Obispo were
instrumental in the forming and fostering of the
Monterey Council. This newly formed council
would later help foster the councils of Charles
T. Kerfs in Pacific Grove (#5210), Billie Burke
in Carmel (now called the "Carmel Mission"
Council) (#4593), St. Francis Xavier in Seaside
(#5261), Sacred Heart in Ft. Ord (#9486) and St.
Jude in Marina (#7155).
members have been local mayors: Paul J. Dougherty, Dr. Walter Teaby, Emmet
McMenamin and Shedo "Buck" Russo. Twenty members were called to services
in World War I and members have served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam,
Iraq as well. Many have held positions in the assembly, district, chapter
and state levels.
In its one hundred
years this council has been the host of four state conventions: 1914,
1931, 1961 and 1985. The chairman of the1985 state convention was past
Grand Knight Frank Bruno who presently resides in Monterey.
Monterey Council started a credit union in 1956. It is presently known as
the Monterey Columbian Federal Credit Union and is located on Casanova in
the council has sponsored a "Tootsie Roll" drive that raises funds for the
Gateway Center of Pacific Grove and the Special Olympics of the Monterey
Peninsula. The Grand Knight of the council is the co-chairman of the drive
each year and more than $55,000.00 has been raised to date.
than fifty years the council has staffed a food booth at the Monterey County
Fair to raise funds for the many projects of
the council. The booth's chairman organizes the members and
schedules the many volunteers who donate their time to make a successful
event. Over the years the members of the council have given hundreds of hours each year to this event. Our menu
consists of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, fries, soda, coffee,
bottled water, cocoa, chicken breast sandwiches, great chili and excellent
service from dedicated members to our customers.
Monterey Council 1465, State Convention
1985 Committee Chairmen
right (sitting): Jerry Koenig, Jess
Franco, Frank O'Connell, Frank Bruno,
John Perry, Joe Lucero, John Morgan.
right (standing): Frank Martin, Lou
Buonocore, Verne Hebbe, Joe Ansel, Jacob
Shammas, Ron Paquinelli, Jim Freeman
of Columbus Council 1465 has also responded to many parish needs
through the council's one hundred years, from sponsoring altar-boy picnics to
paying for the church sound system,
conservation effort and school repairs. Members serve as
ushers at each Mass and belong to several ministries within the Monterey
Diocese including the Eucharistic and Docent Ministries.
Over the years, the council has
contributed funds and man hours to the parishes
of San Carlos Cathedral in Monterey, the
building and support of St. Angelas in Pacific
Grove and St. Judes in Marina, the restoration
of the Carmel Basilica and many other local
Thanksgiving and Christmas the council donates canned goods to the needy.
This is a success because the membership brings in canned food items and the
council raises money through the collection of aluminum cans. This project
has been in existence for over twenty years.
Knight Chris Will has organized the Knights of Columbus Basketball Free
Throw contest for many years. Students from San Carlos School test their
skills and the winners (girls and boys divisions) go onto the next level
In 2006 the
council, with the dedication and effort of the Sal Allioti family,
organized a Christmas dinner/dance that resulted in a donation of
$8,000.00 to the San Carlos Cathedral restoration project.
The Monterey Council supports and
is affiliated with the Santa Rosalia Assembly of
the 4th Degree (#0077), the Junipero Serra
Chapter, the Central California District (#44), the
California State Council and the Supreme
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