Florida State Council

Knights of Columbus

Council Rises from the "Ashes"


After Hurricane Michael rammed through Panama City, Fla., on October 10th, Fr. Anthony Nguyen examined his severely damaged church and his totally destroyed rectory. Major portions of the church roof were gone, and there was water everywhere. His parishioners helped Father Anthony move the pews and other salvageable items from the church to the Parish hall. He had personally done some of the tile work and stone work, and many other works to beautify the church.

Saints Peter & Paul had become a focal point for the Vietnamese community of Panama City. There was no question; they would rebuild.

Fortunately, the Knights of Columbus had made a commitment to help the priests, clergy and people of Panama City. On his Nov. 6th visit to Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson not only presented a check to help Father Anthony with the recovery, but also delivered a new travel trailer so that the pastor would have a comfortable and dry place to sleep. Prior to that time, the priest was sleeping on the floor in the parish hall.

On that day, Father Anthony made a commitment to establish a Knights of Columbus Council at his parish. The Supreme Knight issued and signed a new Council Charter, listing Fr. Anthony Nguyen as the first member.

On Sunday, Dec. 16th, Father Anthony Nguyen fulfilled that commitment. He, along with seventeen of his parishioners participated in their Admission and Formation Degrees, all becoming Second Degree members of the Knights of Columbus.

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