Knights of Columbus Council 6800

Xavier Batten, John Deegan and Earl Brown were welcomed as the newest members of Council 6800 during a ceremony on Nov. 15.

BROOKSVILLE - In an example of leadership, the St. Anthony the Abbot Knights of Columbus Council 6800 stepped up when it came to providing community support last year.

The local Knights of Columbus council earned the distinction of the Star Council Award, an accomplishment the organization has received for the second year in a row. To be considered for the award, the council must earn the Columbia Award for well-rounded council programs, earn the Father McGivney Award for membership growth, and earn the Founder’s Award for insurance growth.

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal organization dedicated to promoting and conducting educational, charitable, religious and social welfare works by building a bridge back to faith. As a nonprofit, members aim to bring financial aid and assistance to the sick, disabled, and needy members and their families.

“We got very creative in the middle of COVID when you couldn’t have any assembly whatsoever,” said Vince Vanni, chancellor to Council 6800. “We were constantly looking for ways to serve the church and the parish community. The group itself took a lot of initiative.”

When churches were closed to the public, a Knights of Columbus member rewired the church with new conduit for internet so that council members could take turns live streaming daily and Sunday Masses. The Knights also organized drive-thru blessings for Mother’s Day, a Blessing of the Animals, and the special Divine Mercy Blessing on Mercy Sunday.

Additionally, the Knights have been working to renovate an older building east of the church hall that will serve as the organization’s meeting place and event space. One such popular event the Knights is known for hosting is its “Faith & Ale” programs for men and “Wine & Word” programs for women.

While the Knights of Columbus typically attracts an older membership, Council 6800 has been enjoying a revitalized group since the leadership role of Grand Knight was granted to a younger member. The organization welcomed three new members at the end of last year, and is currently recruiting.

The council meets on the first Thursday of each month and begins with reciting the rosary at 6 p.m. followed by the meeting at 6:30 p.m.

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