Florida State Council

Knights of Columbus

Michael & Criselda Kabiling Named Family of the Year

The Florida State Council of the Knights of Columbus have selected Michael and Criselda Kabiling of Jacksonville as the 2017 Family of the Year at the annual state convention held recently in Orlando.
Michael Kabiling is a member of the Archbishop J.P. Hurley Council 11069 of the Knights of Columbus and the family attends Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Jacksonville.
The entire Kabiling family, including son Mark and daughter Angela, were recognized for their leadership and personal involvement in many charitable activities to benefit the community, the council and the parish.
The family was actively involved in multiple food drives, collecting food and donations at the parish after Masses, as well as at local supermarkets. Together with other council and parish volunteers, they collected and distributed a week’s worth of food baskets to more than 180 families in the community during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Arriving from the Philippines in 2001, the Kabilings became permanent residents in 2004 and American citizens in 2009.
With the large community of Hispanic and Asian families making up the Blessed Trinity parish community, the Kabilings spearheaded a “Family Day Cookout” serving hotdogs, hamburgers, coffee, juice to more than 1200 parishioners, helping to bring people of different cultures together.
Michael is a member of the Parish Council, Liturgical committee, elected president of the parish Filipi8no Apostolate and parish representative to the Filipino Ministry of the Diocese of St. Augustine. Criselda is a member of the Liturgical committee, director of Altar Servers for the parish, leadership committee member of the Filipino Apostolate and lead member of the finance committee for the Barrio Fiesta event.
Mark Kabiling is the youngest member of the Knights of Columbus council, a 4th degree Knight, volunteers at the University of North Florida clothing drive for refugee children in war torn countries. Angela serves as the lead Altar Server, volunteered at Vacation Bible School and the Barrio Fiesta. Together, Mark and Angela volunteered more than 200 hours to youth sports and computer skills for the McKenzie Wilson Foundation, devoted to enriching elementary school children with guidance and leadership.
The Kabilings were presented with the Florida State Council’s Family of the Year trophy by State Deputy Don Goolesby at the annual awards banquet held at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando.