Knights of Columbus

 Council 11483
St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church
Port Charlotte, FL

Congrats to Bill Shields, newest member of Council 11483.  Bill received his 1st Degree at Sacred Heart August 15th.  Welcoming him to the Brotherhood, L-R, WDD Kellmis Fernandez, GK John Funk, Chancellor Gregg Marrapodi, Bill and DGK Ted McDermott.  Thanks for joing the Brotherhood - the first steps in Letting Your Light Shine to full Knighthood.

Throughout August, John Paul II in Ireland: A Plea for Peace will air on public television stations nationwide. This riveting film is both a historical documentary of the Northern Ireland Peace Process and a spiritual reflection on St. John Paul’s words that ultimately brought about peace.

Narrated by Jim Caviezel, John Paul II in Ireland: A Plea for Peace features interviews with many prominent political figures and provides new archival evidence detailing the hidden role John Paul II played in serving as a catalyst to the secret talks between opposition leaders that laid the groundwork for peace. Don't miss your chance to watch this inspiring film!

Visit the official website for broadcast times and more information about digital screening opportunities. Click Here!   

Tickets On Sale NOW!!!!  Contact Brother Al Heyman, (908) 625-4940, to get your tickets today!
Special Early Bird Pricing!!!!

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Things You Need to Know Now
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Council Meetings - 

Please be reminded our next Council meeting of the fraternal year is Monday, September 10th at 7p  - IN THE CHURCH.   The Parish Center is booked.  Please bring your new SIGNED membership card.  

Membership Cards - first batch were mailed on Mon August 13th.  Also 2nd notices were sent - YOU"RE LATE paying your dues if you receive on of those so please send in those checks or call the Financial Secretary, Bob Wright 941.875.1964.

4th Degree -  

The August 4th Degree Newsletter is now published.  Click HERE  to download it.  Contact Faithful Navigator Dave Richardson for more information. Email  or call (404) 944-9172.

1st and 2nd Degree Dates for 2018-2019

The dates for these degrees have been established.  Click HERE to download the date plan or scroll down to the calendar below to find the dates in any given month or location.


RAFFLE 2018-219 

The new raffle has started and tickets are available NOW with specail discounted prices for a short period of time.  Contact Brother Al Heyman, (908) 625-4940, to get your tickets today!

Dues for 2018-2019 as of July 29th

Brothers, thanks so very much to those of you who have sent in your dues and a special thanks to some of you who have made significant donations as well.  God Bless!!.  As of August 15th, we have only about 70% of the dues paid.  If you have not, please do so as this helps the Council reduce the costs associated with 2nd notices and other collection efforts.  If you have not received your notice, please contact me and I'll emaiil or snail mail as  you need.  Please, pay your fair share and don't rely on the other Brothers to cover this cost.  If you truly have a hardship, please contact me (Bob Wright, 941.875.1964) or any officer.  email be at:  fs11483stmax@gmailcom

Father Bob Celebration of Friends and Food and Fraternity.  Happy 50th Father Bob!!


Who are the Knights of Columbus?

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.7 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.

Membership Benefits

As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of Columbia magazine, the world's largest Catholic family magazine, eligibility to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program, and many more family and personal benefits.

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. Application blanks are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus.

If interested in receiving more information please Email our Chancellor, Brother Ted McDermott at: or call (941) 979-6428

Fourth Degree

Any Third Degree member in good standing is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights' respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups (called "assemblies"). Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus. If interested in becoming a 4th Degree Knight, speak with the Grand Knight or Chancellor of Council 11483.


Under the guidance of Christian Brother Barnabas McDonald (1865-1929), the first Columbian Squires circle was instituted in 1925. Membership in the Squires is for Catholic boys between the ages of 12 and 17. Squires' activities are many, varying from spiritual to active service for the Church and community. Each circle elects officer members from their own rank, teaching skills of leadership and responsibility.  We currently do not have a squires program at our council. If you are interested in the Squires program do not hesitate to contacts us and we will connect you to a local council that has the program.

We are council 11483 located at St Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Port Charlotte, FL 
Interested in becoming a Member?  Contact Gregg Marrapodi, our Chancellor.  
(941) 628-8490

A Brief History of Our Council


It all started in the fall of 1994 when Charles Maloney, who at that time was District Deputy and Rich Oliva, the District Warden asked Louis Nagy for help to start a council at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish.Our Rector Fr. Bob Mattingly gave the OK to proceed and by January 20, 1995 we had the over 40 members required by Supreme to start a Council and so Council 11483 was founded.One of our First events was a Spanish American dance held on September 16,1995. George Ponzio & Henry Libergall were the chief-cooks and music was provided by the Spanish American Society of Pt. Charlotte and a great time was had by all.Later that same month we sponsored a parish picnic at Harbor Heights Park.On November 20, 1995 a lighted Christmas Holy Family Centerpiece valued at $ 325.00 was donated by Ron Ferguson of Silk & Sea for our first fund raiser. Art Croteau won a 50-dollar gift certificate for selling 190 tickets. Stan Brokaw and Ted Rivera both sold over 100 tickets each.On January 22, 1996 we held our first spaghetti dinner. Adults were served for $ 2.50 and children were admitted free of charge. Jim LaBee was our chief-cook and with his help we bought the stove for the kitchen which was used many times at future dinners.On February 19,1996 we held our first social dance and the music was provided by John Del Genio.On March 14, 1996 Father Bob conducted a service for members to renew their marriage vows and a certificate was given. Twenty-two couples were present representing 839 years of marriage and 92 children.Our first Tootsie Roll drive was held that March of 1996 and handled by Bob Mungovan, Jim LaBee and Roger King. We raised and donated $ 1,000.00 to A.R.C.On April 14, 1996 we hosted a pasta dinner at a cost of 4 dollars for adults and 2 dollars for children.On May 23, 1996 we received a Certificate of Appreciation for sponsoring Girl Scout Troop #177. Leaders were Dorothy King & Beatrice Briggs.We held our first Golf Outing on June 29,1996. Our chairman and golf-lunch, beverages and prizes.We also painted the inside of the Church building in August of 1996. The building included the parish hall, classrooms and offices.On November 3, 1996 we held our second parish picnic at Harbor Heights Park.We sponsored our second fund-raiser in December of 1996, raffling off another nativity scene donated by Ron Ferguson of Silk & Sea.We had our first Valentine Day celebration with a pasta and meatball dinner held on February 13,1997.The celebration continued for St. Patrick's Day when we sponsored our first Corn Beef dinner on March 17,1997.This and many other events has contributed to the building of our council, organization, and parish. We continue this work today and have fun doing it every time. 

Our Council Officers

John Funk 

Phone: (614) 395-3141

Bob Wright 
Financial Secretary

Phone: 941.875.1964

Ted Mcdermott
Deputy Grand Knight

Phone: (941) 979-6428.

Bob Fogler

Phone: (513) 675-8194

Gregg Marrapodi

Phone: (941) 628-8490

Ben Rivera

Phone: (941) 268-3965

Dave Andrews

Phone: (816) 582-3181

Roger Chavez

Phone: (941) 661-0588

Julio Oliveira 

Phone: (941) 764-6197

John Oliva

Phone: (917) 975-0778


Phone: (xxx) xxx-xxxx

Al Heyman

Phone: (908) 625-4940

Larry Koby

Phone: (765) 524-0974 

Monsignor Rollin Darbouze 

Phone: (941) 625-1418


1441 Spear St. 
Port Charlotte, FL


Contact: Gregg Marrapodi, Chancellor 
Phone: (941) 628-8490