Knights of Columbus Council 1008 & Seminarian Appreciation Dinner – 2015
[Article for the Journey]
The Archbishop Joseph L. Wilhelm Council 1008 celebrated their 110th anniversary as a Council on May 24, 2015. To celebrate this milestone they hosted the annual Seminarian Appreciation Dinner on Sunday August 9, 2015. The seminarian appreciation dinner is an annual event in the Archdiocese of Kingston, to honour our seminarians for choosing the Priesthood in response to God’s call as their vocation. This is the 16th year of this event that started on August of 1999, and was hosted by St. Paul the Apostle Council 9652 in Kingston. Knights and Ladies, Priests and Deacons were in attendance from Ottawa to Picton and Cornwall to Trenton, representing 23 councils and 5 assemblies, to support our future priests.
To honour the occasion of our 110th anniversary, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson sent the following message to us: “In my own name and on behalf of my fellow Supreme Officers and Supreme Directors, I offer gratitude and best wishes as you mark your 110th anniversary of the Archbishop Wilhelm Council 1008. For more than a century, you have upheld the principles of our order by promoting the virtues of Charity, Unity and Fraternity. In a world that is increasingly growing secular and insular, the Knights of Columbus of Council 1008 have remained faithful to our church and reached out in the spirit of Jesus to their neighbors in need. Although I am not able to be with you as you celebrate this auspicious anniversary, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as I send these greetings”.
Our Council also received congratulations for our 110th Anniversary from our Provincial MPP Todd Smith, representing Prince Edward –Hastings County.
A special Mass for the Seminarians and for Vocations was celebrated at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary church, in Belleville. The Pastor of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary church is Father John Hibbard. He is also the Dean of the Eastern Deanery and Chair of the Liturgical Commission.
Archbishop Brendan O’Brien celebrated the Mass at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary church assisted by Father Rod McNeil, Father Jan Kusyk, eighteen Priests and Deacons of the Archdioceses. Our seminarians assisted in serving in the Mass and their parents presented the gifts for the Mass. The Homily was given by Archbishop Brendan O’Brien.
The attached picture was taken by Brother Fred Happy and from left to right are: Father Jan Kusyk, seminarians Fraser McLaren and Michel Quennville, His Grace, seminarians Paul Grifiths and Anthony Hale, and Father Rod McNeil. (missing from the photo is seminarian Brian Russell. In the back ground are Sir Knights Ben Greenwood and Jack Koomen. Taken outside of Holy Rosary church.
A special dinner followed to honour of our seminarians, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Secondary school, in Belleville. The five seminarians honoured are: Paul Griffiths, Anthony Hale, Michel Quennville, Brian Russel and Fraser McLaren. At the dinner Archbishop thanked father Rod McNeil for his ten years of service as the Archdiocesan Vocations Director. He then introduced the new Vocations Director, Father Jan Kusyk who is the Administrator at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, in Lanark, Ontario.
Our guest speaker was Father Justin Pulikunnel, who was born and raised in Belleville, Ontario, and is now the Associate Pastor at St. Francis Xavier Parish, in Brockville, Ontario.
The Head Table was lead into the auditorium and onto the stage by Piper Matt Helm.
The Master of Ceremonies, Deacon Bob Fencott, who serves at St. Joseph’s church in Belleville, Ontario, introduced the Head Table as follows: Archbishop Brendan O’Brien, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kingston and speaker; Father Justin Pulikunnel, our guest speaker; Father Jan Kusyk, our Vocations Director and speaker; Father John Hibbard, Pastor of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary church and speaker; Father Allen Hood retired and is the Faithful Friar of the Genoa Assembly 0863, in Belleville, and resident at Holy Rosary; Father Richard Whalen, Pastor of St. Michael the Archangel church in Belleville, and Chaplain of Council 1008; Father Tim Shea, Pastor of St. Joseph’s church, in Belleville; Bill Coppens, Director of the Knights of Columbus Diocesan Association of Kingston and speaker; Dennis Keefe, District Deputy of District 73, and Michael Papper, Chairman of the Seminarian Appreciation Dinner – 2015, and speaker.
The dinner consisted of BBQ Beef and Pork. The desserts were pies & tarts, prepared by the Catholic Women’s Leagues of Holy Rosary, St. Michael’s and St Joseph’s Parishes, in Belleville. The food and dessert was the best ever.
The seminarians received a set of the Ritual Books that they will need for their practicum in the deacon year and then will be used as deacons and priests. They received Pastoral Care of the Sick, The Book of Blessings and Prayers, and Rite of Baptism For Children; and a white envelope with a special gift inside from a generous parishioner in St. Joseph’s Parish, Belleville.
Father Justin Pulikunnel received a portrait of himself take at his ordination. The portrait is the work of Brother Fred Happy.
To add to the festivities there were 25 door prizes ranging from Big Mac dinners to a complete detailing of your car, by Bay Mazda. All the door prizes were donated by local merchants, such as Quinte Mall Management, Finkle Electric, Moira Glass, Eyes & Optics, O’Neills Flowers of Kingston, Tim Hortons, A & W, Eastside Marios, and a number of other local restaurants.
The evening closed with the chair of the organizing committee of the Knights of Columbus, thanking the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board and St. Theresa’s Catholic Secondary school for donating the school facility for this event, at no cost and a number of corporate donors: Tompkins Funeral Home, Bay Mazda, Parkside Landscaping & Contracting, Burke’s Funeral Home, Metro Foods, and NoFrills.
A special placemat was designed by Brother Ian Moore, Secretary of the Knights of Columbus Diocesan Association of Kingston, and an employee of Tomkins Funeral Homes. The placemat included a picture of the seminarians, a history of Council 1008, as well the names of the first executives of Council 1008 in the year 1905, when the Council was instituted, and the names of the executives in 2015, 110 years later. On the other side of the placemat listed all the donors to this event.
A sum of approximately $3000.00 was raised for the Diocesan Seminarian Education Fund to be used for current and future seminarians.
A CD is being produced that captures the events of the day. It will be available for $10.00. If you are interested in purchasing; please, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There were over 300 guests.
Last year this event was hosted by Father Bernard Coyle Council 6882 Knights of Columbus Council in Morrisburg. Next year this event will be hosted by St. Daniels’s Council 11725, in South Mountain, Ontario.
Seminarian Appreciation Dinner – 2015
Council 1008, Belleville, Ontario