About Our Council

St. John the Beloved Council #11796
Knights of Columbus
907 Milltown Road
Wilmington, DE 19808

THE 2020-2021 OFFICERS

Elected Officers ——-
Grand Knight: Jim Gestwicki
Deputy Grand Knight: David Gilefski
Chancellor: Bruce Aungst
Advocate: Bill Matt, PGK
Warden: Kevin C. Duffy, PGK
Treasurer: Ray Christensen
Recorder: Luke Raymond
Inside Guard: John Ehlers
Outside Guard: Mike Solomon

Appointed Officers ——-
Financial Secretary: William K. Harris, PGK
Chaplain: Rev. Joseph Piekarski
Lecturer: Bob Dayett

Trustees ——-
Trustee 3-year: Thomas A. Pollutri, PGK
Trustee 2-year: Joseph Koskol, PGK (District Deputy)
Trustee 1-year: J. Raymond McAllister, PGK

Appointed Directors ——-
Program Director: David Gilefski
Membership Director: Kevin C. Duffy, PGK
Community Director: Joseph Koskol
Life Director: Bruce Aungst
Health Director: unassigned
Public Director: unassigned
Vocations Chairman: unassigned
Recruitment Committee 1: Joseph Koskol
Recruitment Committee 2: Thomas A. Pollutri
Recruitment Committee 3: Joseph Koskol
Youth Director: Kevin C. Duffy, PGK
Family Director: Bruce Aungst
Faith Director: Stephen W. Oldiges,PGK,FDD
Retention Director: Thomas A. Pollutri

Council Program Directors ——-
Car Show – Tom Pollutri
Emmanuel Dining Hall – Guy Boniface
Family Promise – Guy Boniface
Fish Fry Co-Chair – Steve Oldiges
Fish Fry Co-Chair – Joe Koskol
MediaRay Christensen
Parking – Joe Mahoney
Ronald McDonald House – Bill Harris
ScrapbookingJoe Mahoney
Social Events – Joe Koskol
Souper Bowl Food Drive – Bruce Aungst
Souper Bowl Subs – Bill Harris

When We Meet

The council meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the SJB Hall Conference Room at St. John the Beloved Church.  No meeting is held on the first Wednesday of July and August.

The Rosary is prayed prior to the 1st meeting of the month at 6:30 p.m.

Where We Meet

St. John the Beloved Parish at 907 Milltown Road, Wilmington, Delaware 19808

Council meetings are held in the SJB Hall Conference Room.

Council Size

As of 7/26/11 our Council has 173 members.

We are among the ten largest Councils in the state of Delaware.

How To Become A Knight Of Columbus

Please e-mail our Membership Director, Kevin C. Duffy, PGK. Also see membership information.

Thank you for your interest in the Knights of Columbus.

Father Michael J. McGivney Guild

All Knights are encouraged to join the Father Michael J. McGivney Guild in support of the canonization of our founder, Father Michael J. McGivney. We are not asked for our financial support. We are asked for our spiritual support.

The Father Michael J. McGivney Guild serves as a source for information about the life, works and spirituality of Father McGivney. The Guild distributes informational materials about him, receives reports of favors granted through his intercession and oversees the distribution of relics. Guild members receive regular updates on the progress of Father McGivney’s cause for canonization and are invited to participate in promoting devotion to this Servant of God. Members of the Knights of Columbus are not automatically Guild members and must elect to join the Guild. The Father Michael J. McGivney Guild Newsletter is published bimonthly except July- August, and is sent free to Guild members.


To join the Guild, fill in and submit the form. Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.
God bless.
Joe Koskol
Grand Knight (9/21/17 email)

Council History

Our council was started in 1996 by a group of experienced knights from St. Michael’s Council at Holy Family Parish in Newark and men from St. John the Beloved Parish who were new to the Knights of Columbus.  These brothers wanted a council in their home parish, and an opportunity to serve the local parish and community.

Membership drives were held on the weekends of April 14th and April 21st after all Masses to canvass the St John the Beloved parish community for new members and transfer members.  Information sessions were held starting on April 24th to explain more about the Knights of Columbus programs, and how local councils function.  On May 15th many new knights took their first degree in Father Sheehy Hall at St. John the Beloved, and joined the Knights of Columbus.  Because of the large response, additional First Degrees were held on 6/9/96 and 6/19/96.

Thanks to the large, enthusiastic response, formation of the council started immediately.  A meeting was held to nominate and elect charter officers who would lead the council.  Every position was quickly filled, and Michael A. DiCostanza was chosen to lead the Council as our first Grand Knight.  Our first meeting as a council was held on May 29th, 1996, and the officers were formally installed by then District Deputy Bill Galloway on June 12th at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli and Father Leonard J. Kempski at St. John the Beloved Church.  Members from 22 councils throughout Delaware attended the installation ceremonies.

Father Kempski noted in his homily that, “We need your witness to Jesus Christ.  We need your willingness to live the Gospel.  We need your help and strength to join the rest of us Knights, as families, as Catholics, as Christian believers.” He continued, “We welcome you, we need you, we pray that your strength will strengthen us and that together we might truly be a sign of
God’s power of God’s community.”

Bishop Saltarelli observed that St. John the Beloved Council was the first new council to be established after his 11/21/95 appointment as Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington.  He told the officers “This council will become a special favorite of mine.  I’m going to watch you very closely.  I expect this council to be an excellent model….to be a fantastic model to the rest of the state and to the Eastern Shore (of Maryland)”.

St. John the Beloved Council #11796 was officially chartered on June 22, 1996 with 99 men, unprecedented in Delaware State Council history.  The official charter was presented to the Council in Father Sheehy Hall at SJB following 12:30 p.m. Mass on April 12, 1997.

Our council was off and running.  The rest is history in the making.  Our council has become one of the largest and most active councils in the state of Delaware, and is thankful for the wonderful support of our parish and local community.  We ask for God’s continued blessing as our council continues to grow.