It began with a single statement from Lou Colombo to Louis Muro. "Lou, you ought to start a Knights of Columbus Council at St. Patrick," Lou Colombo said.
The idea was born and Louis N. Muro turned it into reality. Armed with a notebook and a pen, Mr. Muro spent his time in the Fellowship Hall after Mass each Sunday signing up prospects for the "New Councl" as he called it. As a longtime member and Past Grand Knight of Council 4304 in Birmingham, Mr. Muro knew what a great Knights of Columbus Council could do for its parish and its parishioners.
The response was overwhelming and it didn't take long for St. Patrick to have its own Knights of Columbus Council, number 10567 in the long line of Councils born in the name of founder Father Michael J. McGivney. For his efforts, Mr. Muro was honored with the "Proposer of the Year" award for the state of Alabama.
Sixty-two men were present in the St. Patrick Fellowship Hall on March 17, 1991 (St. Patrick's Day believe it or not) for the First Degree ceremony and the Council was born. Mr. Muro served as the Charter Grand Knight but soon gave way to John T. Majerik, Council 10567's first full-time Grand Knight.
There is no way to measure the impact that Louis Muro's idea has had on St. Patrick and on the lives of its parishioners. Since that first day in 1991, the men of Council 10567 have performed hundreds of service projects and distributed thousands of dollars to good causes. They have exemplified characteristics as Catholic men that would make Louis Muro proud.
Louis Muro died in 1996 at the age of 78. But Council 10567 lives on as a tribute to him and to that dream he had a long time ago.
The Birth of the Order
Listed below are the names of the original 62 members of St. Patrick Knights of Columbus Council 10567.
|Benny Bakane||Charles Blanchard||Dale Blanchard|
|Richard Brasfield||Charles Brooks||Donald Byrd|
|Earl Canoles||Bryant Collins||Louis Colombo|
|James Crandall||Wilmer De Rouen||Jerry Frazier|
|Joe G. Giambrone||Joseph J. Giambrone||Phillip Giambrone|
|Vince Giambrone||Norman Gugliotta||Lee Gunnin|
|James Havlik||Michael Hobe||John Hramec|
|Phillip LaSusa||Joe Locascio||Denis Mackinaw|
|John Majerik||Tom Marks||Stephen McArdle|
|Mike Montabana||Tony Montabana||Edward Moody|
|Steven Moody||Eugene Moulin||Alex Muro|
|Louis J. Muro||Louis N. Muro||Ronnie Muro|
|Rev. Raymond Murrin||Paul O’Connor||Richard O’Neill|
|William O’Neill||Charles Perricotti||Charles Perryman|
|James Poole||Joseph Puccio||William Rollo|
|PascoRosato||Leo Russo||Don Schatzer|
|Frank Slovensky||Louis Slovensky||Harold Smith|
|John Sokira||Steve Sokira||Louis Sullivan|
|Ramon Tancinco||Ramon A. Tancinco||Phillip Troha|
|Alvin B Von Hagel||John Wallace||Phillip Whatley|
|Daniel Whitaker||Floyd White|
Louis N. Muro
John T. Majerik
Jerome C. Bradley
Louis J. Muro
Mike Wehby, Jr.