Even before officially becoming a member of our council and the Knights of Columbus, Robert Hickey showed that he possessed the kind of traits we look for in a worthy member of our order, volunteering his time to help decorate Sacred Heart Church for Christmas. It was at that time that we got to talk with Robert and realized he would be a perfect fit, and he hasn’t disappointed.
In addition to helping decorate the church, Robert immediately volunteered to assist with the council fish fry just a few days after becoming a full member. Robert also assists with collection at 5:30 mass Sacred Heart, volunteered with our Council Open House in April, brought in his friend Dennis Griffith and got him to become a member and even volunteered to march in the poring rain and represent our council in the Saddle Brook Memorial Day parade.
It is because of all these efforts that we are proud to award Brother Robert Hickey with the Knight of the Month for the month of May 2021
PGK Pasquale “Pat” Ferrara
PGK Ferrara is a man who seems to always be doing something. A “man with a mission” its no
surprise then that he is the man behind our efforts at “Meals With A Mission” in Garfield. For
more than five years, PGK Ferrara has dedicated the third Tuesday of each month to
gathering Brothers, co-workers and anyone else he can convince to come down, to cooking
meals for the less fortunate. It is through PGK Ferrara’s commitment and dedication to
helping those in need that our presence at “Meals With A Mission” on any third Tuesday is as
common place as a 50lbs of beef in that same kitchen. It’s not just “Meals With A Mission”
where PGK Ferrara has left his mark, Brother Ferrara has literally spilt blood for our council as
each year he, along with PGK Bill Courtney, organize and run our annual blood drive. And
leave it to an Italian to be a ladies man, well at least once a year, as Brother Ferrara humbly
hosts a romantic “Night of Wine and Roses” each year right around Valentine’s Day as a way
for us men to show that special woman in our lives how much they mean to us, now that’s
amore! It is because of these actions that we are proud to award him with the honor of
“Knight of the Month” for July 2020.
“A big man with a big heart”. That is probably the best way to describe Brother Heyrich.
Robert joined our council in October and in less than one year has already shown that he’s
willing and able to volunteer his time whenever the need should arise. Brother Heyrich has
volunteered his time and talents to assist in our garden along with Brother Ray Lancaster and
Brother Tom Tomesco. He has also stepped in in assisting with outdoor mass and recently
when the council was in need of someone to chair the 2020 Adopt a Family for Christmas
project, there was Brother Heyrich, once again volunteering his time. It is because of these
actions that we are proud to award him with the honor of “Knight of the Month” for June
When looking for worthy candidates to join our order and our council, we try to look for men
who will be active members. Men who will give as much of their time as they can to events or
any other need the council may have. We exceeded expectations with Jorge Ramos. Within a
matter of several weeks of becoming a Second Degree member of our order, Brother Ramos
had already volunteered to help with our Puerto Rico Earthquake Relief Drive and our Youth
Basketball Free-Throw contest. When the church was in need of Brothers to assist with
outdoor mass, one text message was all that it took for Brother Ramos to say “yes”. Not yet a
member for one year and already Brother Ramos has joined the ranks of an officer in our
council as our new Outside Guard. It is this eagerness to get active and help out that we so
appreciate in men who want to be Knights of Columbus. It is because of these actions that we
are proud to award him with the honor of “Knight of the Month” for May 2020.
When COVID-19 hit, our frontline workers immediately sprang into action. Doctors, nurses,
EMTS, police and firemen and women instantly turned from average citizen into modern day
heroes. Quickly signs went up on yards thanking these men and women for all that they did.
Words of thanks were not enough for Tom Tomesco, for to Tom actions speak louder than
words. Quickly Tom got to work creating a GoFundMe for our frontline heroes. The mission
of the campaign would be to get the whole community involved in raising money that would
be used to purchase hot, ready-to-go meals for the frontline. The campaign would also
support local food establishments that were hurting as a result of having to be closed during
the height of the pandemic. Through his efforts, and with the help of the community, Tom
was able to raise more than $1,000 and supplied several local hospitals with hundreds of
ready-to-go meals. It is because of this action that we are proud to award him with the honor
of “Knight of the Month” for April 2020
PGK William “Bill” Courtney
A pillar of our council and our own “Santa Clause”, PGK Courtney is “Mr. Christmas”. From
organizing and running our annual toy and coat drives, to visiting the elderly at the
Maywood Senior Center to organizing the ever popular annual feeding of the less fortunate
on Christmas Eve at the Second Reformed Church, PGK Courtney has a big heart to go with
his even bigger personality. Billy is always willing to lend a helping hand for anyone in need.
In September 2019 when his son came to him with the suggestion of having a fundraiser for
the widow of a friend, there was Billy running around getting donations for the tricky-tray
and not stopping until everyone had a great time. It is because of all that PGK Courtney has
and continues to do for our council that we are proud to award him with the honor of
“Knight of the Month” for March 2020
In addition to serving as our Warden and and faithfully executing the duties and responsibilities of the position, Gil Duke has gone above and beyond and has established himself worthy of being recognized as our “Knight of the Month” for February 2020. Whenever the council was in need of someone to come forward and help with an event, Gil was there. Gil volunteered his time to set up and decorate the council Christmas tree. In addition he was part of the team that put on this past years “Light Up For Christ” event. Later on in December, Gil was front and center helping to decorate Sacred Heart Church for Christmas. Later on that same day, Gil volunteered his time and his truck to transport toys to sick children at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood that were collected at a recent Bingo event. In February Gil once again came forward when the council was in need of someone to chair our “Night of Wine & Roses” Valentines Day event. Although Gil could not be present for the event, he went out of his way to ensure that everything was in order for the evening and there would be no complications. We are proud to acknowledge all the time and effort Gil has put in to our Council and are happy to have awarded him this honor.