was formed on May 2, 2012 with 35 original members. Of those original members, three of them were Redemptorist Priests from our St. Alphonsus Parish. Those priests were, our Pastor, Rev. Patrick Grile, C.Ss,R., our Associate Pastor Rev. Bernard Carlin, C.Ss,R. and Associate Pastor Rev. Lamar Partin, C.Ss,R. Father Carlin was our original council Chaplin, and still holds that council office today.
Our council name comes from the two saint's names associated with our parish, St. Alphonsus and St. Francis Xavier Seelos.
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St. Alphonsus Parish 224 Carrier St NE Grand Rapids, MI
St. Alphonsus Parish
was organized in 1888. John Clancy donated land he owned in the Taylor Tanner Addition. He also donated the land for St. John’s Orphanage just to the east and he lived in a grand home just east of North Ave.Redemptorist priests were invited to administer the parish. The church was named for their patron Saint. A combination school and church building was completed in 1889. A new church was consecrated on December 22, 1909. By Harry J. Rill of Detroit and Christian G. Vierheilig. The 1899 and 1914 buildings were replaced in 1964 when St. Alphonsus had the largest enrollment of any parochial school in the diocese of Grand Rapids. Major renovations were made in 1978. Today, the school is closed and the students attend All Saints Academy. It wasn't until May 2, 2012 that a Knights of Columbus Council was created with 35 members.
We are a society of faithful Catholic gentlemen committed to the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. Guided and bound by these principles, we strive to defend our faith, serve our clergy, protect life, uphold family values, support our community, help our fellow Knights, and honor our country through charitable acts, deeds and service.