Knights of Columbus

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


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 2022 to June 2023


Chaplain Msgr Jerry Ward Associate Chaplain Deacon Kevin Zeeb
Grand Knight Ralph Mattia Deputy GK Terry Cochran
Chancellor Gene Brandt Recorder Dave Greving
Financial Secretary Chris Lang Treasurer Phil Roberts
Lecturer Emeritus Louie Hofer Advocate Marty Messineo
Warden Larry Thompson Inside Guard Nathan Hastings
Outside Guard Keith Bohnker 1 year Trustee Mike Naab
2 year Trustee Dennis Corrigan
3 year Trustee John Zdanowski


Tazewell Columbus Club Officers

July 2022 to June 2023

Tazewell Columbus Club Officers
(Left to right) Treasurer Cooper Kraft, President Mike Naab, Secretary Nathan Hastings, and Vice President Dave Greving


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

The Rosary is prayed on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM.

Members’ Meetings (the Business/Decision Meetings) are held at 7:00 PM on the second Tuesday of each month at the Hall.

The Officers’ Meetings (Recommendation/Suggestion/Initial Discussion Meetings) are held at 7:00 PM fourth Tuesday of each month at the Hall.

The Building (Tazewell Columbus Club—also known as the TCC) Organization meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM at the Hall.

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

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