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Knights of Columbus - Chapter 7015
White Rock, British Columbia, Canada

Welcome To Our Chapter!

Good Works informed by four core principals.

  • Charity - Our Catholic faith teaches us to "Love thy neighbour as thyself."
  • Unity - None of us is as good as all of us.
  • Fraternity - Originally founded to protect widows and children, the Knights help one another and our fellow man.
  • Patriotism - Proud of our devotion to God and country, we stand up for both.

 

Serving Community

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Charitable Works

Whether it's supporting the Local Food Bank or Running a Flea Market in aid of local Charities, you can count on the Knights Read more...

Supporting Youth

Our Chapter provides support to youth; spiritually and practically  Read more...

Catholic Life

All Knights are committed to the sanctity of life, from conception to its natural end Read more...

Fraternal Activities

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The Knights of Columbus is, above all, a fraternity - a brotherhood of like-minded Catholic men and their families. Members aim to support one another in good times and bad and thereby strengthen the ideals of Catholic knighthood. Active participation in membership recruitment efforts, the degree ceremonials, and the social programs of a council enhances one's appreciation of what it means to be a Knight of Columbus.

FRATERNALISM

As a fraternal organization the Knights of Columbus strives to maintain a strong, friendly and open atmosphere among its members and their families. To promote fraternalism, local councils work to make new Knights feel at home in the council family.  Council members regularly visit Knights and family members who are ill. Our local Council will often hold memorial Masses for deceased Knights and family members.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Knights of Columbus regularly plan dances, family picnics, barbeques and other socials in connection with holidays and seasonal occasions. Our Local Council has an excellent facility in Star of the Sea centre in White Rock, where members attend monthly meetings and many social events.

 

Our Principles

All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:

Charity - Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.

Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.

Fraternity – The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.

Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.

The History of Chapter 7015

knights eucharisticcongress may 1951Knights Eucharistic Congress May 1951The history of the Knights on the Semiahmoo Peninsula begins on December 5th, 1977. The first local council, Knights of Columbus White Rock Council No. 7015, was founded on that date with a complement of forty-three members.

Council formation resulted from a drive for membership by the fraternity in British Columbia and a new direction by the organization providing for council formation at a Parish level.

The nucleus for membership was contained in a group called the “Star of the Sea Men’s Club.” This club had itself been founded some five years previously to provide an organization directing efforts to Parish service in such areas as: Altar boy training and outings, church ushers, parish socials, the annual picnic, and assistance in maintenance or addition to Parish property. The church bell was installed by this group.

In the fall of 1977, District Deputy Sid Morrissey directed the drive by the Knights in the Surrey area. At the first council meeting on the 4th of January, 1978, only a month after witnessing our application, Sid Morrissey was not physically with us as he died on the 28th of December, 1977. However State Deputy Germaine Fortier gave us the news that our council was authorized by the Supreme Council to host a major degree ceremony and that the class formation on January 14th would be in the name of Sid Morrissey – a fitting memorial for a fine man.

 

At the first council meeting the officers for council were installed and our first Chaplain, Father Fred Haffey was present.knights7015formedFounding Council (L-R) Larry Ryan, Lawrence Rodrigues, John Byrne, Tom DeGrunt, John Mitchell, Phil Lyons, Tony Slater, Charles Tellier, Romeo Lamothe, Gerry Holt

The founding Grand Knight and the other officers were:

Founding Grand Knight – Gerald Holt

Deputy Grand Knight – Romeo Lamothe

Financial Secretary – John Mitchell

Chancellor – Charles Tellier

Advocate – Ed Bohn

Warden – John Byrne

Lecturer – Bob Ferguson

Treasurer – Phil Lyons

Recording Secretary – Lawrence Rodrigues

Guard – Tom De Groot

Only ten days later at the first major formation the Knights hosted a gathering of some five hundred citizens, including the Honorable Bill Vanderzalm and the Mayors of White Rock and Surrey. The youth group operating at that time provided table service at the dinner, a truly fine effort by the youngsters in supporting a new parish organization.

Since that time Council 7015 has been a major force in the parish and community and has grown to 180 members.

Grand Knights:

1978 – 1980                        Gerald Holt

1980 – 1982                        Douglas Hovan

1982 – 1984                        Bert Iannone

1984 – 1986                        John Petrunia

1986 – 1988                        John Dunne

1988 – 1990                        Phil Limbert

1990 – 1992                        Bill Lammerts

1992 – 1994                        Al Whyte

1994 – 1996                        Frank Port

1996 – 1998                        Hans Staals

1998 – 2000                        Ron Johnston

2000 – 2003                        Peter Horsfield

2003 – 2004                        Jim Freeman

2004 – 2005                        Joe Oberhoffner

2005 – 2007                        Mic Fronteddu

2007 - 2009                        Al Dumont

2009 - 2010                        Dominic Kennedy

2010 - 2012                        Peter Tatto

2012 - 2014                        Wayne Brazeau

2014 - 2016                        Bruce Ewing

2016 -                                 Brian Hoven

About Us

Learn About Us

Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.

The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.

  • Four Key Principles

    All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:

      

    Charity

    Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.  

     

    UnityNone of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.  

     

    Fraternity

    Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do the good works of individual Knights, who gave more than 73.5 million service hours in 2015, illustrating how Catholics serve each other in fraternity and mercy.

     

    Patriotism

    Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.


  • Serving Community For 40 years the local Chapter of the Knights of Columbus has been serving the White Rock, South Surrey Community and Charities across British Columbia. We regularly assist the Local Food Bank, the Hospital Foundation, Youth Groups and a host of community activies aimed at service. The Knights operate a local flea market which raises much needed funds for local charitiable efforts. In recent months, the Knights spear-headed an effort to assist dozens of residents of a local condiminium building which was destroyed by fire Living our Faith and Protecting Life The Knights of Columbus is dedicated to protecting the Catholic Faith and supporting our local parish and pastor. Saint John Paul II described the Knights of the Columbus as "the right hand of the church" as it is active throughout the world supporting and protecting life from conception to it's natural end.

  • Catholic Men 18 Year of Age

    Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practical (that is, practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See.

    A practical Catholic accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.

    There are four degrees within the Knights of Columbus. Each degree ceremony imparts a lesson on the Order’s core virtues of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.

    In the Knights of Columbus a man has to be a member before he may avail himself of the insurance benefit. Purchasing insurance is optional, however; the life insurance and long-term care insurance products offered by the Order are not only competitively priced, they are among the most solid and highly rated products available anywhere. Standard & Poor’s and A.M. Best, the leading independent agencies that rate insurance companies, give K of C insurance their highest ratings.

     

    How Do I Join?  Benefits of MembershipIn addition to the personal satisfaction one receives from giving of oneself for others, there is the joy of companionship with men holding similar values. But all Knights are also eligible to enrol in one of the best retirement and family benefits insurance programs in the world.

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