Knights of Columbus St. Maximilian Kolbe Council 10899

The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by Venerable Michael J. McGivney, a Parish Priest, in the basement of St. Mary's Church, in New Haven Ct.  From that humble beginning, the Knights of Columbus has grown to nearly 1.9 million members in 15 Countries.

The first principle of our Order is Charity.  In 2014, the members of the Knights of Columbus and their familes, through their hard work and efforts, are "Building a Better World One Council at a Time!" Highlights include:

  • Raised and donated $173.5 Million to charitable causes
  • Donated over 71.5 Million hours to Charity; their Church; their Community; and the World.
  • Through the Christian Relief Fund, sent $3 Million to assist Christians in Syria & Iraq
  • Assisting in building 20 clean water wells in Africa

When the Knights of Columbus was founded the it was a tough time for Catholics in America - especially Irish Catholics.  Those men who could find work were treated poorly and literally worked to death, leaving their family penniless and destitute.  It was Father McGivney's dream to protect the widows and ophans of fallen members.  To protect families against such financial tragedy, Father McGivney established an insurance program, by Brother Knights, for Brother Knights and their families.

The Insurance Agency of the Knights of Columbus has grown to over $99 Billion of insurance in force with over $21.5 Billion in Assets.

For the 2nd year in a row, the Knights of Columbus has been named as one of The World's Most Ethical Companies by The Ethisphere Institute, and has been recognized for the 40th consecutive year by A.M. Best as having Financial Strength A++ (Superior).  In short there are no higher rated Insurance Company in North America than the Knights of Columbus.

The Knights of Columbus established St. Maximilian Kolbe Council 10899 on July 1, 2013 and grew to 74 members in the first year under Grand Knight William A. Teeling; during its 2nd year of existence the Council membership increased to 120 members.

The current Grand Knight is Robert Zaratin and he oversees a very active Council.

Current Programs that members of Council 10899 conduct in support of our Church, our Community and our Council include:

  • Serve as Eucharistic Ministers
  • Serve as Lectors
  • Serve as Ushers
  • Bring Holy Eucharist to homebound Parishioners
  • Assist our Pastor in various programs and committees
  • Assist our Pastor with the annual St. Maximilian Kolbe Anniversary event
  • Support our Priests
  • Conduct Communion Breakfasts
  • Honor our deceased members at Memorial Mass
  • Raise & donate 100% to God's Special Children organizations
  • Raise & donate 100% to Culture of Life organizations
  • Raise & donate 100% to Centurians For Christ - a veterans PTSD spiritual retreat
  • Support American Wheelchair Mision
  • Participate in the Amber Alert System
  • ...and much more...

Knights of Columbus St. Maximilian Kolbe Columbiettes Auxiliary 10899

The Knights of Columbus Columbiettes established St. Maximilian Kolbe Council 10899 Columbiettes Auxiliary at an Installation ceremony on July 26, 2015.

The current President is Lucille Iasiello, and the Columbiettes serve the Parish and assist the Council in various programs including:

  • Serving as Eucharistic Ministers
  • Serving as Lectors
  • Serving as Ushers
  • Helping with Parish fundraising
  • Serving on Parish committees
  • Assist Pastor with annual St. Maximilian Kolbe Anniversary event
  • Assist with Communion Breakfasts
  • Assist with God's Special Children Drives
  • Assist with Culture of Life Drives
  • Assist with 40 Days For Life annual campaign
  • Assist Council 10899 with many other programs
  • ...and much more...

 The Columbiettes meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 9:00am at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish Hall, 130 St. Maximilian Lane, Toms River.

Catholic Ladies, over age 18, are welcome to join.  They do not need to be a spouse of a member of the Knights of Columbus, they can be sponsored by a member of the Council or by a current member of the Columbiettes.

For further information please contact Columbiettes President Lucille Iasiello at 609/ 421-3828.

Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Our Lady of Lourdes Assembly 2143

The Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree is the "Visible Right Arm of the Church (St. John Paul II).

When Council 10899 was established on July 1, 2013, the 4th Degree members of the Council were assigned to Our Lady of Lourdes Assembly 2143.  Members from St. Martha Council 7926 in Point Pleasant and St. Mary's of the Lake Council 11527 in Lakewood also belong to our Assembly.

The 4th Degree is the Patriotic Degree of the Knights of Columbus.  Our members participate in many Patriotic and Memorial programs throughout the year.  Our current Faithful Navigator is Sir Knight John "Jack" Brennan and he oversees a current roster of 76 Sir Knights.

Our Lady of Lourdes Assembly also has an active Color Corp who serve special occasions including:

  • Papal Visit 2015
  • Wakes for deceased members
  • Funeral Masses
  • Installations
  • Exemplifications
  • and other ceremonies or events as requested.

 The Assembly meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at St. Mary's of the Lake Council 11527, 1143 East County Line Road, Lakewood. 

Any Third Degree member is eligible and welcome to join the 4th Degree.  Please contact Membership Director Bernie Ernst at 732/ 504-7496.

Ancient Order of Hibernians Ocean County Division 1

The Ancient Order of Hibernians in America (AOH) is an organization of men dedicated to the principles of Unity, Fraternity, Christian Charity and Love of Country. The AOH  supports and defends our Catholic faith and practices. The AOH also works for Peace, Freedom and Equality in all-Ireland and for the preservation of Irish and Irish-American cultures such as music, art, dancing, song, poetry, history, sport, geography,technology, cooking and language. It works to preserve and enhance these goals.

 The Ladies AOH, (LAOH) is a separate organization, with similar objectives.. It has its own charter, officers and practices. It works with and supports the AOH.

 The AOH started in the USA in 1836 to assist the ever-growing numbers of Irish immigrants to settle in the new land, and to respond to the U.S. Bishop’s requests to protect and defend Catholic churches and clergy from the vandalism of anti-catholic “Know-Nothings”.. The AOH was the largest Catholic men’s organization in the United States until the growth of the Knights of Columbus in the1890’s. That organization was, in turn, started by former AOH leaders in New Haven, CT, guided by Father Michael J. McGivney,an Irish-American priest, at the bishop’s request, to assist all new Catholic immigrants. AOH Members must be practicing Catholics.

 Some prominent AOH members have included: Rev. Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York, U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Postmaster-General  James Farley, and, locally, Brother Tim Ryan, Owner/Manager of Tim Ryan Funerals.Association. 

AOH, Division 1, Ocean County, is located in northern Ocean County. Most of our members live in the Toms River area, and, of these, many are parishioners of St. Maximillian Kolbe Church;. AOH asks that prospective members have a trace of Irish heritage, however little, or however long ago, and an interest in Irish /Celtic culture:.Most could fit these simple criteria from mother, father or grand-parents, or “greats”, aunt, etc.

Our meetings are held once per month, every 4th Saturday, at 10:00 AM in the St. Maximilian Kolbe auditorium. Our primary activity has been an annual Irish Festival, held in Veteran’s Park, Berkeley township  and featuring: Mass in the Irish language, Bagpipe Bands, Irish Dance Band, Stepdancers, Ballroom dancing, good food and drink, Souvenirs, Irish Articles for Sale, great daily lotteries, Irish music and song for the day. This year, we were happy to do the cooking at the St. Maximilian Church barbeque. Please come to our meeting, ..meet the Hibernians… In honor of St. Patrick: ..Slainte.                 

For further information on membership in the AOH, please contact Ronald “Jack” O’Shea, Recording Secretary: (732) 341-9084