Knights of Columbus

Fr. Raho Council #4194
616 W. David St.
​Morton, IL 61550








1968-1969 1972-1973

1979-1980 1980-1981

1999-2000 2002-2003


St. Joseph and Baby Jesus returned to the Blessed Sacrament altar on St. Joseph’s Day, March 19, 2024, thanks to the efforts and financial contributions of the Fr Raho Council #4194.

Father Adam Cesarek, Pastor, celebrated the Mass; and, blessed this statue at a Knights of Columbus sponsored dinner for the men of the parish.



Friday Night $8.00 Dinners

The Morton Knights of Columbus, Fr. Raho Council 4194, serves dinner on Friday nights from 5:00 until 6:30 PM.

Take-out orders are available. Open to the public.

June 7:    Grilled Pork Sandwich, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, and Applesauce

June 14:  Cheeseburger Sandwich, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, and   Applesauce.

June 21:  Italian Beef  Sandwich, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, and Applesauce

June 28:  Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, and Applesauce.

$5.00 Hot Dog, chips, and applesauce.

{Everything subject to change without notice.}

Knights of Columbus
Monsignor Gerald Ward, and Deacons Michael (Brenda) Harris, Rick (Cheryl) Miller, David (Lori) Steeples, and Kevin (Linda) Zeeb (all 5 Brother Knights of our Council) dine with their wives at the Hall.
Brother Knight. Larry Thompson (standing) is ready to serve them. Our Council is too!!!

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal family service organization. The Knights of Columbus was established in 1882 to provide a means by which Catholic men could support the Catholic Church, provide financial protection to protect their families, and engage in works of charity to benefit the less fortunate.

​The Knights of Columbus, Fr. Raho #4194 Council, was founded in March 1956.  Presently, there are over 200 men in our Council. Our Council Hall is owned, debt-free, by the Tazewell Columbus Club (TCC). Any practicing Catholic male 18 years of age or older is welcome to join our Council.

To become a Knight in our Council, please use this QR Code:

Knights of Columbus QR Code

Knights of Columbus Council Officers

July 2023 to June 2024


Chaplain Fr Adam Cesarek Associate Chaplain Deacon Kevin Zeeb
Grand Knight Terry Cochran Deputy GK Larry Thompson
Chancellor Nathan Hastings Recorder Dave Greving
Financial Secretary Chris Lang Treasurer Cooper Kraft
Lecturer Emeritus Louie Hofer Advocate Gene Brandt
Warden Al Martos Inside Guard Mike Naab
Outside Guard Keith Bohnker 1 year Trustee Dennis Corrigan
2 year Trustee John Zdanowski
3 year Trustee Ralph Mattia



Tazewell Columbus Club Officers

July 2023 to June 2024

TCC President Greving, David G
TCC Secretary Hastings, Nathan E
TCC Treasurer Lang, Chris B
TCC Vice President Naab, Michael A
TCC Board 1 Martos, Albert
TCC Board 2 Brandt, Gene A
TCC Board 3 Cochran, Terry E
TCC Board 4 Thompson, Larry R
TCC Board 5 Corrigan, Dennis R
TCC Board 6 Greving, David G
TCC Board 7 Hastings, Nathan E
TCC Board 8 Kraft, Cooper T
TCC Board 9 Lang, Chris B
TCC Board 10 Meier, Lawrence H
TCC Board 11 Naab, Michael A
TCC Board 12 Roberts, Phillip E


Fr. Raho Council #4194’s

2022-2023 Award Winners


Father Finnell Family of the Year:   

Kevin and Tracey Baughman 

Jason and Leslie Vallar

     Women of the Year: 

Judith Huser

Volunteers of the Year:  

Terry Cochran  

Larry Thompson 

     Saint (Joseph) Barnabas Award (Son of Encouragement):  

 Jack Lynch

 Deacon Kevin Zeeb

 Family of the Year:   

Larry and Susan Thompson

 Knight of the Year:   

Keith Bohnker

Terry Cochran

Illinois Knights of Columbus “Rising Star”:  

Deputy Grand Knight Terry Cochran




Fr. Raho Council #4194’s

2021-2022 Award Winners

 Father Finnell Family of the Year:  John & Amy Replogle

Women of the Year:  Jackie Miller & Mary Beth Runyon

Volunteers of the Year:  Rick Barbour & Don Carnicle

Saint (Joseph) Barnabas Award (Son of Encouragement): Mike Naab

Family of the Year:  Dr. Jeff & Joyce Baldi

Knight of the Year:  Msgr. Gerald Ward

Illinois Knights of Columbus Family of the Year:  Gene & Kathy Brandt

Illinois Knights of Columbus “Rising Star”:  Grand Knight Ralph Mattia


Knights of Columbus and TCC Meeting Schedule

1 Scheduled Meeting Day per month

NOTE: June meetings changed to Tuesday, June 18th
The Rosary is prayed at 6:00 PM.
Exemplification Video at 6:30 PM (For all members)
The Officers’ Meeting at 7:00 PM.
(Requests/Recommendation/Suggestion/Initial Discussion Meeting)
Members’ Meeting at 7:30 PM.
(Business/Decision Meeting)
Annual elections of KC and TCC Officers and Boards of Trustees
Installment of Officers
The Building Meeting after Members’ meeting.
(Tazewell Columbus Club—also known as the TCC) Organization
{Fried shrimp, fried mushrooms, and fried cauliflower, plus cake and refreshments scheduled to be served}

2nd Tuesday of the month


All Members of the Knights of Columbus (in good standing) are members  of the TCC.

All Members of the TCC (in good standing) are members of the Knights of Columbus.

Every member is invited to attend any meeting.



To empower Catholic men to grow closer to Christ by living their faith at home, in their parish, at work, and in their community.


We are Catholic men who lead, serve, protect, and defend. We share a desire to be better husbands, fathers, sons, neighbors, and role models.

God       Family       Charity       Community

Knights of Columbus Principles


All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:

CHARITY – Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself”. Members of this Council of  Knights of Columbus show love for their Parish by supporting various activities at Blessed Sacrament Church, School, and Athletic Department. Our Council donates  money to Community Harvest and Midwest Food Bank.  Our Council  donates “Coats for Kids” in Tazewell County. Our Council supports the Morton and Memphis-Peoria St. Jude Runners. Our Council supports sports programs in Morton plus the MHS Girls Basketball “Pink Strong for Cancer Awareness” and Boys Basketball “Game Ball Run” (Children’s Hospital of Illinois).  Through the “Tootsie Roll Drive” our Council supports the Illinois Special Olympics and other local groups that assist those with Intellectual Disabilities. Our Council supports, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. (Space does not allow for the listing of all the groups our Council supports.) Finally, our Council appreciates and supports our Chaplain and Parish Priest Monsignor Ward’s desire for our parishioners to Grow as Disciples, Go Evangelize, and Serve others. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need a call we answer every day.

Brother Knight Dennis Corrigan with a donation to Community Harvest Food Pantry

Brother Knight Deacon Kevin Zeeb always helping others.

Deacons Michael Harris, Rick Miller, and David Steeples are also Brothers.


Grand Knight, Terry Cochran, and Trustee, Dennis Corrigan, present the TCRC with a check from the “Tootsie Roll” Drive.

UNITY – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that together we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So, we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.

FRATERNITY – The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to aid the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.

Lecturer Emeritus and Papal Honor Guard  member Sir Knight Louie Hofer


PATRIOTISM – Members of the Knights of Columbus are patriotic citizens. Many of our members are military veterans who served our country in distant lands. We are proud of our devotion to God and country.

Sir Knight Ralph Mattia welcomed home by the Greater Peoria Honor Flight


        2022 Morton Church League Softball Tournament Champions


Team members include (from left, front row) John Alderson, Johnny Nguyen, Bryan Koch, Colin Roche, and Jason Vallar;

(from left, back row) Casey Kraft, Steve Koch, Mike Kraft, John Kuchinski, Cooper Kraft, Kevin Baughman, and Adam Turner.

Not pictured: Joseph Wizieck


Brother Knight Nathan Hastings is proud of our Food Pantry


We are very proud of our 3rd place finisher, Alyssa VanMeenen, at the 2024 Knights of Columbus State Finals free throw contest. She made 20 of 25 shots. The winners tied with 21. Note the Caitlin Clark T-shirt and smile.




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Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen—“Thanks” Archdiocese of New York for delaying his Canonization.

John F. Kennedy—35th U.S. President

Ferdinand Foch was a French general and military theorist who served as the Supreme Allied Commander during the First World War.

 U.S. Navy Comdr. Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr.

On July 18, 1965, U.S. Navy Comdr. Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr., was shot down while leading an air attack on a military installation in North Vietnam. Captured by the North Vietnamese that day, he remained a prisoner of war for seven years and seven months, enduring years of solitary confinement and brutal mistreatment.

On May 2, 1966, as part of a propaganda campaign, the North Vietnamese arranged for him to be interviewed for television by a Japanese reporter. Asked about his views on the actions of the U.S. Government, he strongly affirmed his government’s position, in defiance of his captors’ instructions; he prepared himself for a torture session that was sure to follow.

While speaking on camera, he blinked in Morse code the word “T-O-R-T-U-R-E.” Eventually, the videotape was widely circulated and reviewed by U.S. Naval Intelligence. Denton’s one-word report, delivered in Morse code, was the first clear confirmation received by U.S. Intelligence that American POWs were, in fact, being tortured.

Vincent Thomas Lombardi was an American football coach and executive in the National Football League. Lombardi is considered by many to be the greatest coach in American football history, and he is recognized as one of the greatest coaches and leaders in the history of all American sports.

Babe Ruth–Baseball player who liked to eat not cheat.

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 2024 KC Award Winner

Thomas Couri from St. Philomena.

Pictured (L-R)   Coach Billy Seghetti, Mother Amy Couri, Thomas Couri and BSS AD Jeff King

This award is presented annually at the 8th grade boys KC tournament to the student athlete who exhibits the principles of being a Knight (Unity, Charity, Fraternity and Patriotism).   The Staff at BSS determine the winner of the award from essays submitted by the coaches.

…While diminutive in stature, Tommy has the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever coached. The captain on our state championship team, Tommy did a great job leading by example. He leads us in prayer before every game and even cites bible scripture when it is applicable to portions of our season. Tommy participates in every extra-curricular activity available at St Phils, oftentimes two sports at once…. You won’t find a happier kid in the locker room after a win.

Tommy loves to be involved in everything. Besides athletics, he is a regular in our school plays, various non-athletic school events, and is a well decorated Boy Scout as well….Every team is better to have Tommy Couri on it…. It is not uncommon to see Tommy as an altar server at mass. He has been excused from practice to serve at a funeral mass. It was a personal request from the grieving family. Tommy is truly beloved in the St Philomena community and I cannot think of someone better suited to win this award.