Welcome to the Knights of Columbus Terence Cardinal Cooke Council 8495. The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s fraternal benefit society that was formed to render financial aid to members and their families.

Our home parish, St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, is a Eucharistic community rooted in Roman Catholic Traditions, and gifted by God with time, talent and treasure. We are dedicated to witnessing our faith through worship and education, and to nurturing our faith family through parish life and Christian service.

5th Sunday Rosary


As Grand Knight (2016-2017) I’m asked to support the 5th Sunday Rosary that is used to help bring parishioners together in a spiritual activity and promote devotion to Mary. I’ve already sent a note to Father Mike our Chaplain for his support and recommendations.

In essence, Knights, their families and other parishioners are encouraged to pray the rosary as …

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Happy 4th of July

During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain rule. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention …

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Fortnight for Freedom

Dear Brother Knights,

Throughout the week, the Catholic Church in the United States will  continue to celebrate the Fortnight for Freedom — a two-week period from June 21 to July 4 that considers in a particular way our First Amendment Right to Religious Freedom. The effort is being led by our Supreme Chaplain, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, in his …

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Upcoming 2nd/3rd Degree Exemplification

Brother Knights,

There will be a 2nd and 3rd Degree exemplification conducted on June 18, 2016 at Council 13808 in Greensboro GA beginning at 9 am. If you are a 1st Degree Knight, this is a great opportunity for you to advance to full Knighthood at one occasion. If you are already a 2nd degree Knight, then you can observe …

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2nd Degree Exemplification


You are encouraged to attend as an observer the Formation (2nd) Degree to be conducted on Sunday May 22,2016 at 2 PM at Ft Gordon at bldg 39713 on 39th St. Proper attire is coat and tie. Please remember to bring your member ship card and rosary.

Please note that Ft Gordon is in a heightened security posture and …

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Home Company Elections

The Pleasant Home Company is the holding company for all of our Council assets. All members of Council 8495 are members of the Home Company. The Home Company will hold elections for two Board of Director openings at a recess meeting during the next Council Meeting on June 13. Nominations Committee will present a slate and nominations will be solicited …

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