On January 18, 2014 the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus hosted a dinner to show community appreciation for the priests and sisters of Grayson County. Attending clergy were Fr. Brian Johnson, of St. Anthony, St. Augustine, and St. Benedict parishes; Fr. Steve Hohman, of St. Elizabeth and St. Paul parishes; Sister Clarence Marie Luckett and Sister Anne Michelle Mudd, both of the Ursuline Sisters of Mount St. Joseph; and Deacon Bill Grant. Unfortunately, Fr. Randy Howard, of St. Joseph and St. John parishes, was unable to attend.
The event began and ended in prayer and thanksgiving to our Lord and Savior. Joe Reuther, Grand Knight of the Fr. Carroll White Council 6743, served as the Master of Ceremonies. He spoke of the gratefulness and appreciation the Knights and the rest of the community had for these religious leaders that had given their lives to the service of God. Clergy were given tokens of appreciation, and each was given the opportunity to speak to the crowd that had gathered in their honor.
Johnson was ordained a priest in 1997 and has served as minister for the Tri-Parish for 12 years. Hohman became a priest in 2010 and has served as the pastor for St. Paul and St. Elizabeth for 1 ½ years. Howard was ordained in 2001 and has been the pastor for St. Joseph and St. John for the past 10 years. Grant was ordained a deacon in 2012. Luckett currently resides at Mount St. Joseph. Mudd celebrated her 50th year Jubilee in 2011 and still teaches religion at St. Paul Catholic School.
The Knights of Columbus serve our community in so many ways. Not only do they host the annual appreciation dinners for our clergy and the annual dinner to honor those who have and are serving in our military, they also provide aid to those in need. They participate in the Shop-With-A-Knight program, a program to help children in the local area. They donate time and funding for St. Paul Catholic School. They host many events that bring people of Grayson County together in fellowship, such as the annual fireworks display and picnic, the weekly Fish Fry on Fridays leading up to and during the Lenten Season, Annual Christmas Auction, and weekly Bingos. The profit from these events helps fund the various charities to which they contribute. The Knights of Columbus are truly servants of God and such a blessing to our community.