Published September 1, 2016
SAVANNAH—Knights of Columbus councils in Newnan, Peachtree City and Fayetteville were recognized for their joint project to help Jamaican missions. The recognition came during the service programs award presentation at the Knights of Columbus Georgia State Convention in Savannah in May.
Each year, service awards are presented to Knights councils in Georgia for superior work in six categories—church, community, council, family, pro-life and youth.
Sharpsburg Council 12862 of St. Mary Magdalene Church in Newnan and local councils in District 19 were recognized as second runners-up in the church category for work in providing assistance to the Missionaries of the Poor, founded by Father Richard Ho Lung in 1981 in Kingston, Jamaica.
A 2014-15 district-wide project provided nutritional sustenance to the poor. The project consisted of buying, storing, shipping and delivering 142 100-pound bags of rice to the Missionaries of the Poor in Jamaica. This quantity of rice fed 500 residents for more than nine months.
The District 19 councils participating were: Council 6622 of St. George Church in Newnan, Council 8081 of Holy Trinity Church in Peachtree City, Council 11458 of St. Gabriel Church in Fayetteville, and Council 12862 of St. Mary Magdalene Church in Newnan.
Fourth Degree Knight Mike Midas of Newnan is program chair and has visited the Missionaries in Jamaica. To learn more or to support this work for the poor and abandoned, visit www.missionariesofthepoor.org.