St. Francis de Sales Council #12481
619 South main
Lexington, NC 27295-3238
Who are the Knights?
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.6 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.
The St. Francis de Sales Council is located at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Lexington North Carolina. The Grand Knight for 2017-2018 is Paul Warfford. You can contact the Grand Knight by calling 336-240-7906.
When do the Knights meet?
The second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM in Rosary Hall
About Our Council
The Knights of Columbus first came to Our Lady of the Rosary Parish with the formation of Our Lady’s Council #9249 serving Davidson County. The council was chartered in March 1986 and served the parishes of Our Lady of the Highways Parish in Thomasville and Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Lexington. The charter Grand Knight was Al Pierce and Fr. Joseph Schaefer, OSFS served as charter chaplain. Council By-Laws were established in September 1987 under the leadership of Ed Morovich who later entered the permanent deaconate and served Our Lady of the Rosary Parish as its deacon.
During 1999 it was decided to form a new council in Davidson County such that a council would have full presence at each of the county’s parishes. Under the guidance of District Deputy Ed Campbell, a new council was formed in Lexington. The St. Francis de Sales Council was chartered on June 9, 1999 with Chris Joss serving as the charter Grand Knight and Fr. Al Gondek, OSFS serving as the council’s Chaplain. The council’s name was chosen to honor the many men belonging to the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales who had faithfully served its parish as pastor.
The council has placed significant emphasis and energy on activities serving the Our Lady of the Rosary Parish and community of Lexington. Ralph and Alice Schwartz lead the Rosary prior to every Saturday afternoon Mass. Pancake breakfasts have been routinely held, some to benefit the parish and some as fundraisers for the council. The Council’s efforts helped pay for most of the expenses associated with the new refrigerator and ice maker, which were installed during the renovation of the Rosary Hall.
The community has benefited by the council’s fully participation in Operation LAMB and received an award for its performance for the 2001 program. The Crisis Ministry’s Homeless Shelter is open September through April and the council mans the shelter on the 30th of every month through the charity of the knights.
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Our Mission Statement: A New Beginning
It is our duty, in keeping with the vision of Fr. McGivney, to be true to the founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity. The St. Francis De Sales Council #12481 by serving God, Our Lady of the Rosary parish, Brother Knights and their families, and our community will fulfill his vision.
This will be accomplished by promoting social and intellectual exchange among its members and families; and promoting religious, educational, charitable, and social welfare activities.
Updated July 8, 2012
Chaplain – Rev. Ambrose
Grand Knight – Paul Warfford
Deputy Grand Knight – Butch Onchoa
Treasurer – Dave Sampson
Financial Secretary – Chris J. Joss
Outside Guard – Benjamin D. Koontz
Trustees – Bud Grondy, Frank J. Greco, Jim D. Day
Effective July 1, 2017
How to Join
Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Applications are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus.
You can also contact Jack Youngblood, Grand Knight 336-248-5827