Knights of Columbus
Holy Name Council #8539


By Douglas Fetsch and Carlos DeHerrera, Trustees

Written for Sheridan Celebrates in 2001.

Holy Name Council 8529, Knights of Columbus was formed in Sheridan, Colorado, in January 1984. The 32 Charter Members of the Council were all members of Holy Name Catholic Church, 3290 W. Milan Avenue, Sheridan, CO 80110.

The first Grand Knight of the Council was Frederick Morrison and his slate of officers included Peter Gryglewicz, Archie Osieczanek, Salvadore Zuniga, James Slewitzke.

The purpose of the Council is to participate in parish and community activities with charity as a principle of action. To meet this obligation the Council has proudly participated in Sheridan Celebrates with ice cream stands and has been the 'clean-up' organization for Federal Boulevard from Belleview to Hampden [Avenues] for many years.

Over the years successive Grand Knights have directed the Council toward service to parish and community which has grown the membership from the original 32 members to 140, nearly all are parish members who live in the community.

Action Committees of the Council include: Community Activity, Council Activity, Church Activity, Youth Activity, Vocations within the Church, Health Services for [the] Community, Paper Drives, Share program, Service to the Sick and Distressed, and Charitable Giving.

During the 16 years of service, the Council has had three Chaplains: Rev. Frank Morfeld, Rev. Robert Nevans, and presently Rev. William Murphy.

Past Grand Knights include Peter Gryglewicz, Douglas Fetsch, Frank Klug, Michael Thoma, John Dwyer, Harry Jong, Joseph Shirey, James Kautzman, John FX McBride, Carlos DeHerrera, Albert Woods, and James Battaia.

"Hearts of the Knights"

by Elsie DeHerrera, President

Organized and instituted in September 20, 2000, with 64 Charter Members, they are the auxiliary to the Knights of Columbus, Council #8539, and based at Holy Name Church, located in Sheridan, Colorado.

They sponsor various activities for the good of the community including fundraisers for the less fortunate, "no bake sales", "Chili Cookoff", "Bunko", "Casino Night", "Health Fair", "Breakfasts and Dinners". Donations they make include gifts to The Sisters of the Poor, families with need, parish organizations, schools, cancer research, and church organizations.


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