Knights Serve our Vets at Veterans Restoration Quarters

Monday, March 17th, 2014
VRQ At the ABCCM Veterans’ Restoration Quarters our mission is to create a principle-based environment and comprehensive residential program that addresses every area of restoration in the life of a homeless veteran. We work to provide each man with stability, personal skill building, educational and training opportunities leading to employment and housing along with the restoration of personal dignity, faith and strength.
Bob & Sue Mateja DGK SK Chris Amsler PGK SK Stann Finn
Brother Knight Bob (and Sue) Mateja, DGK, SK Chris Amsler, PGK, SK Stan Finn and others gathered recently to serve our Vets. To learn more about the VRQ and ways you can help…. CLICK HERE

Knights help Wounded Warrior Leave Program

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

The Knights of Columbus Council #15085, from St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Waynesville, collected funds for North Carolina Province’s  wounded warrior program the Sunday before Veteran’s Day. The program, in conjunction with the Military Order of the Purple Heart, is raising funds to help send hospitalized veterans at Fort Bragg and Camp LeJeune home to spend Christmas with their families. Tax deductible donations may be made to “M.O.P.H.” and delivered to any Knight of Columbus in our area. For information about the program or to mail a donation, read more…


Knights 15085 Wounded Warrior Project

HONORING WOUNDED WARRIORS — Members of St. John the Evangelist Church in Waynesville and Knights of Columbus from the parish participated in fundraising for the Wounded Warrior Project. Pictured, from left, are Mary Anne Yurko and Knights Joe Yurko, Rusty Heuer, U.S. Navy Master Chief (ret.) Chris Amsler and Bob Mateja. ~Photo by Paul Viau

Wounded Warrior Leave Program

The Knights of Columbus in the DeSoto Province, N.C. S.C. GA. FL. PR. have been involved with the Wounded Warrior Christmas Leave Program. since 2006. The program raises funds to send Wounded Warriors from every state and some foreign countries, home for the Christmas Holiday. These Wounded Warriors are living in Barracks next to the Base Hospital. These Warriors are injured but are not required to be confined to the Hospital. The Military Order of the Purple Heart Program is administered by the Jacksonville, NC Military Order of the Purple Heart.gram.

What is the Program?

The program, through donations of citizens and organizations, (K of C, parishes, business, etc), raises funds to send military men and women, who have lost limbs or suffered other major injuries while in harms way, home for Christmas leave. No overhead costs are assessed against these funds and all moneys donated are used to send combat wounded members home.

Who Administers the Program?

The Jacksonville, NC Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart accepts donations throughout the year then coordinates approved leave status for each of the Wounded Warriors, purchases the necessary round-trip transportation tickets and ensures these brave men and women get home to their families for Christmas.

What If More Funds Are Collected Than Necessary?

This does not happen very often. Last year we actually had individuals donate to help with extra trips home.

How Can I Help?

Donations made to this program are tax deductible since this Military Order of the Purple Heart is a 501C3 Tax Status. Everyone who donates by check will receive a receipt from the MOPH, for Tax Purposes. Checks should be made out to “M.O.P.H.” with “Wounded Warrior Leave” listed in the Memo Section of the check.

Where Do I Send My Money?

To facilitate coordination, checks from Knights of Columbus Councils and Assemblies are to be sent to:
SK Robert J. Singer
2506 Canal Drive
Wilson, NC 27896-1326

This allows recording of all KofC donations to the program as well as forwarding to the MOPH on a timely basis.
*In WAYNESVILLE, you can give your check to any Knight of Columbus and he will deliver to the appropriate address.

In 2011 the Knights of Columbus in the DeSoto Province raised $81,311. This accounted for 20% of the Total Collections last year. Since 2006 the Knights of Columbus have raised $343,148, not including the 2012

Please help us assist these brave men and women who come from all walks of life and serve in the various branches, who have volunteered to protect our freedom and made tremendous sacrifices for our country.

November News

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012


Once again we have clearly demonstrated what a truly great Council we have.  And this is only possible due to the hard work and unselfish efforts of you, our Council members.  When the Maggie Valley Council asked for our help in conducting a 1st Degree ceremony, we did not hesitate.  Special thanks to Stan, Dennis, Jim, and Chris for volunteering their time and talent to make this happen.  And the results of our Wounded Warrior Program exceeded all expectations.  At last count, we had collected over $5,600 for this project.  Fantastic job and thanks to all those Council members who aided in collecting the donations.  Special thanks to Chuck Simmons for his efforts in coordinating this project.  And the Social at Sid’s proved to be a wonderful event.  Great food and great fellowship.  Special thanks to Jim McGovern for his efforts in putting this together.  I just can’t say enough how much I appreciate the support and help of our Council members.  Again, we should all be very proud of our Council.

Vivat Jesus,
Lonnie Pizza, WGK



Council 15085 Knight of the Month for October:

Chris Amsler

Council 15085 Family of the Month for October:

John and Margaret LaFata

At the November Council meeting Grand Knight Lonnie Pizza presented a Certificate of Recognition to each of four Brother Knights for their leadership in furthering the activities of our Council in the month of October. Those recognized for their outstanding efforts are:
We Appreciate the Efforts of these Knights

Sam Mattoni for coordinating the Council’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Services/Events.

Greg Brom for his efforts as Assistant Coordinator for the two LAMB Drives.

Dennis O’Connnell for his efforts coordinating the Council’s yard sale.

Mark Zaffrann for his efforts in the development and implementation of the Council’s web site.


While recognizing these special efforts Lonnie also thanked all of the other Brother Knights who participated in these events.




Prayer for the SickPlease remember in your prayers our sick and ailing Brothers












Wounded Warrior Project

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

In 2008 the 4th Degree Knights of Assembly #3001, located in North Carolina representing Councils from Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Franklin and Andrews, joined with other 4th Degree Assemblies throughout North Carolina, along with the Military Order of the Purple Heart, in an effort to send the wounded men and women located in the Hospitals at Camp Lejune and Fort Bragg home for the Christmas Holidays.

The 1st year our Assembly, with your help, collected $12,000 which helped to send 157 wounded men and women home for the Holidays.

The 2nd year we collected $10,250 which helped send 139 wounded warriors home for the Holidays.

The 3rd year we invested in the purchase of “Keep Christ in Christmas” car magnets selling them and along with your donations was able to collect $13,250, helping to send 189 home for the Holidays.Keep Christ in Christmas

Last year, the 4th year, we were able to muster up $14,000 and helped send 329 home for the Holidays.

We have been told that this year there are over 495 service personal in the two hospitals, wounded protecting our “freedom” and our way of life. What better gift can we give our Servicemen and women than to send them home to be with their families and loved ones for the most important holiday of the year, “Our Lord’s Birthday”?

Thanks to Dick Hamel, our District Deputy, for this information.

Donations will be collected on November 11/12 weekend. Please be generous.