As the fraternal year is concluding, K of C #14360 in Norwalk is finishing one of its busiest years in the short history of the council. The state council has recognized their hard work and dedication.
Starting back in September with helping to run and organize not one but two 9/11 memorial Masses, to painting and carpentry projects to running 385-person dinners, Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council #14360 in Norwalk worked tirelessly over the last nine months to help those in need at St. Matthew church and in the surrounding community. At the Knights of Columbus Connecticut State Council’s 123rd convention in Stamford May 13-15 they were awarded two program awards for their efforts.
Every year the state honors councils with program awards in six categories, and last year council 14360 won its first state award in its history. This year the council won two state awards, including the “Culture of Life” program award for another painting project at Malta House.
Malta House promotes the dignity of God-given life by providing a nurturing home environment, support services and independent living skills to pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children.
This is the second straight year they won that award.
The council also won the “Church” program award for its four-year relationship helping Our Lady of Solace church in Brooklyn after the devastating Superstorm Sandy ruined most of the church on Coney Island.
“I’ve never been one for physical awards, but it is a great accomplishment,” says Grand Knight George Ribellino, Jr. “Knowing that the state council appreciates the good work we are doing is an honor and I am humbled.”
Ribellino, Grand Knight since 2013, is completing his three-year term this year. “It’s been a great three years that has gone very fast, and it’s amazing what our council has accomplished.
I am so proud of my Brother Knights. It’s never been easy and there’s always a sense of stress but at the same time it always feels good at the end when those in need are smiling.”
The St. Matthew Knights assists St. Matthew parish and organizations such as All Saints Catholic School, Notre Dame Convalescent Home, FCA, Al’s Angels, Fisher House and Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport.
To learn more about Knight of Columbus Council 14360, visit Saintmatthewknights.com