Bishop Richard F. Stika recently received two checks totaling more than $10,000 from the Knights of Columbus to benefit diocesan programs.
The first check presented totaled $2,610.11 and will benefit Diocese of Knoxville seminarians. The funds came from a charity golf outing at the Knights’ state convention last spring. The golf event supports seminarians in Tennessee’s three dioceses.
The second check, for $7,500, also came from funds collected at the state convention and will go toward the bishop’s personal charities.
Representing the Knights of Columbus at the check presentation were Mike Wills, supreme director; Tracy Staller, state treasurer; and Ron Henry and Hank McCormick, Knights of Columbus field agents for Knoxville.
The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by 29-year-old parish priest and venerable servant of God Father Michael J. McGivney at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn. It is widely known for its support of the Church, programs of evangelization and Catholic education, civic involvement, and aid to those in need.
The Knights have more than 1.8 million members and is the largest lay organization in the Catholic Church.