Charity, Unity, Fraternity & Patriotism

The Kilmer Chronicles

                      August 2020 

    Joyce Kilmer Council 2483   

              Knights of Columbus                 

Hackettstown, NJ  

                 Chartered June 1923


Dear Brother-Knights!


Corona-Virus has caught our attention and made history in our present generation. It will not surprise me even if our generation one day will be remembered as ‘Corona’ Generation. But our vocation as Knights of Columbus in the Mother Church remain a vital force because of our call to holiness and service. We said ‘yes’ like our Blessed Mother to Jesus and His continued Ministry of love.


This is who we are: ‘We are Catholic men building a bridge back to faith. There is so much and necessary work to be done in this world, and that what Knights do every day.’ CATHOLIC: First and foremost we belong to a Universal Church where we believe and are convinced that Jesus came for all and salvation is made possible for all. I am a proud member of the Knights because my vision and mission is oriented towards my broad vision of being a servant and a witness to this universal church.


MEN: Knights must not have a ‘club’ mentality where Catholic Identity is ignored and shut tight. As men we represent a Family - that is the objective of every knight - to represent a family. Every knight carries with him treasures of love, kindness, compassion, mercy and living together that he learns from his own family to be shared first with brother knights, thus making every knight his family. This step paves ways to his broad sharing of family values to the people he serves.


BUILDING A BRIDGE BACK TO FAITH: For a knight to build a bridge is always a team-work. The spirit of being a knight compels him to discern the need to unite people through his own holiness. Building a bridge between people to people and people to God is an act of Faith. We all need encouraging words in these trying times. Let us continue to feel our unity as Knights and open our hearts to the available ministry outside our doorsteps. Church needs us to care, to show love and to show the heart of McGiveney!


Fr. Antony


Brothers, I first want to thank you for your vote of confidence in electing me as your new Grand Knight; a position I do not take lightly.   There is much going on in the world that truly has reached us here in the Hackettstown area that we need to respond to.  First, in dealing with Covid-19, is how we immediately handle our meetings, either virtually or have it at the Hall following all the necessary guidelines.   After a quick show of hands during our last meeting, I saw that there are more folks, like me, who are being more cautious and not doing much “indoor” group activities and so I would like to proceed virtually.    Therefore, our August 6th meeting will be virtual.     Having said that, I know we need to move to the Hall as quickly as we can and a good first start is the Columbian Club’s “Outdoor-Happy Hour “on the evening of Friday, July 31st.   This evening event is open to members and significant others where we all can re-acquaint ourselves under the new “social distance” guidelines.    More on this in the Columbian report.

Second, is how we need to demonstrate to others our own “Call to Action” in bringing to life our principles of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity.   This is an area I want to concentrate on and am very open to all your suggestions.    I truly believe a sense of direction and “Faith in Action” is what is needed in today’s society.

In closing, I first want to thank Bob Marks as our Grand Knight this past Columbian year who has done a great job in not only growing our Council but getting us through these past several months with our virtual meetings.   Second, I want to thank those officers who will join me this new Columbian year for their help and guidance in continuing to make our Council one of the best in the district.  

Vivat Jesus!

Steve Fantano


Grand Knight - Steve Fantano

Deputy Grand Knight - Joe McLaughlin

Chancellor - Joe Murphy

Recorder - open

Warden - Rocco Delellis

Inside Guard - Matt Delillo

Outside Guard - Jim Cash

Treasurer - Joe Easty

Advocate - Roger Hines

Trustees: Bob Marks, Keith Hollman, Andy Seger

Columbus Club Trustees: Roddy Hines, Joe Yapaola and Jay Sparkes.


This is my last missive as Grand Knight. As we all know, it’s been a very different year for all of us. From the bottom of my heart I want to thank all of you for the help and support you showed all of the officers and me. My only regret is that we could have done so much more for our brothers, their families, our Parishes and communities if not for the pandemic.

As I turn the reins over to Steve Fantano and his new slate of officers who I know will do a tremendous job for us, it is my hope that we strongly support our officers and do whatever we can to reinvigorate our membership.  Remember many hands make light work and allow us to do so much more as Knights.

As I close, please know that you and your families will remain in my daily prayers. Thank you for being who you are - my brother Knights! Bob Marks, PGK

August 2020


Please join me in congratulating the following brothers on attaining significant service milestones in August:  5 Years - Brendan Gross, 15 Years - James Forestiere, Dennis Ross, Joseph Rossi and Douglas Souls and 40 Years - Robert Uccardi


August Birthdays


8/2  John Montgomery

8/12 Louis Murphy

8/20 Chris Shellman

8/3  Andrew Seger

8/12 Ryan Dubord

8/21 John Duerr

8/4  Anthony Callaremi

8/14 Raymond Pollack

8/23 Robert Gigliello

8.6  Robert Mcdevitt

8/15 James Forestiere

8/25 Francis O’Brien

8/6  Eric Vaccaro

8/16 Anthony Coccaro Jr

8/26 Harvey Masseau

8/9 Nicholas Scalera

8/17 Vincent Putignano

8/31 Kevin Denecour

8/9 Frank Kurilla

8/20 Karl Gergits

8/31 Paul Koffman


NEED ASSISTANCE?: If you are at home and there is little or no money coming in, we may be able to offer some confidential assistance.  Contact Ed Shellman or Bob Piereth


ROSARY GROUP: The Knights and the Rosary Altar society have suspended their church gathering for the rosary until further notice.  That being said, Deacon Walter hosts the rosary Monday thru Friday at 7:30PM on ZOOM. Here is the link to join in:


HAVE YOU ASKED SOMEONE JOIN US TODAY? :  NEW “Ask me about the Knights,” buttons have been made to help promote our Council. If you have not gotten one, please stop by the Hall to get yours. Better yet, come to our next monthly meeting! We all need to help in building our Council and hopefully wearing these buttons to Mass or other activities will prompt someone to ask how to join. Appreciate all your help!.  Steve Fantano - Membership Director at
FATHER MCGIVNEY GUILD: dedicated to keeping us informed of the progress of our Venerable founder. As many of you know, Fr. McGivney is 1 step closer to sainthood.  His first miracle has been approved by the Vatican and a mass of his Beatification will be announced shortly.  He will then be know as Blessed Michael McGivney. Brothers should consider joining the guild.  There is no fee or dues of any kindSimply sign up at  and you will receive the quarterly newsletter.
HALL FOR RENTHaving a shower, birthday or a business meeting.  Do you know of anyone who is and needs a place?  The Columbus Club is available.  Contact Roger Hines 908-310-3354 for availability and rates.