Knights present awards

Numerous awards were presented when the Knights of Columbus Immaculate Heart of Mary Council No. 472 held its 114th anniversary dinner April 13 at the Knights hall in Wintersville, welcoming Bishop Jeffrey Monforton of the Diocese of Steubenville as their guest speaker.

Judge Joe Corabi, Toronto county court, served as toastmaster and presented the following awards that the council gives to those who have exemplified the virtues and principles of the order – charity, unity and fraternity.

Youth of the Year: Monica Werkin, a senior at Catholic Central High School and the daughter of Dave and Sheila Werkin;

Chaplain of the Year: The Rev. John “Jack” McCoy;

  • Religious of the Year: Mother Katherine Caldwell, TOR, Penance of the Sorrowful Mother community, Toronto;
  • Family of the Year: Joseph and Cynthia Gabrielli of Steubenville;
  • Jim W. Marquis of Richmond, Knight of the Year;
  • Jim J. Marquis, Steubenville Police Department captain; Bluecoat of the Year; and
  • Jim Cerra, Volunteer of the Year.

The council presented special recognition awards to local veterans organizations, a part of the program handled by Donald Hall, vice supreme master 4th degree and a Vietnam War veteran.

Applauded for their assistance to veterans and their presence in the community were the Wintersville American Legion Post 557; the Steubenville American Legion Post 33 and Post 274; and the Steubenville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 80.

The banquet included Bill DiMarzio, grand knight, presenting contributions to the Bishop John King Mussio Elementary School Scholarship Fund, the Bishop John King Mussio Junior High School Scholarship Fund and the Catholic Central High School Scholarship Fund.

Joe Lancia served as anniversary dinner chairman.

D.L. Romel introduced Corabi and acknowledged numerous guests in attendance.

As toastmaster, Corabi introduced guests at the head table who included Baci Carpico, past state deputy and former vice supreme master; Robert Byers, Ohio state Council Knights of Columbus; Joseph Solomon, diocesan membership retention director, Monsignor Kurt Kemo; McCoy; the Rev. Gilbert I. Sheldon, retired bishop, Diocese of Steubenville, who gave the benediction; Hall; and Ken Girt, state deputy for the Ohio Knights of Columbus, who congratulated the council on its 114 years of service to the churches and communities it serves.

The bishop began his remarks first with a tweet, his first, and a reference to Psalm 24, in particular “Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in.”

Monforton said holy week is a time to open up the gates and “open our hearts to the one who loves us so dearly…”

Ordained and installed as bishop 19 months ago, Monforton said tweeting “is part of opening the doors, the gates for the Lord to enter. We must utilize the technology of the day in order to welcome our brothers and sisters to the faith.”

Monforton said he will tweet every morning.

Another way to keep the gates open, is the renovation of Holy Name Cathedral.

“We have in pledges or money in the bank 82 percent of what we need,” he said, expressing gratitude for support shown. It is set to be closed in June for two years of renovation.

The cathedral will be a place “to reach out to the people of God to see that there is always hope, for in Jesus’ name there always is hope,” Monforton said.