History

St. Matthew Council was established on April 1, 1992, by the Supreme Council and under the sponsorship of St. Vincent de Paul Council 9560. There were 74 charter members of the council and they elected James Nass as the council’s first Grand Knight.

Throughout the Council’s history its membership steadily increased and now stands at more than 450 Knights. Over the years the activities of our council clearly manifest the primary principle of the Knights of Columbus: In Service To One, In Service To All. The vision and leadership of the Council’s Grand Knights have directed the membership to accomplish many great things. What follows is a summary of some of the charitable works that Council 10852 has performed since it was established.

In conjunction with our ladies auxiliary, the Columbiettes, as well as our Squires Circle for boys 10 to 18, the Council supports the parish of St. Matthew both financially and in service. We have made contributions with a pledge to the building fund, as well as other initiatives. We volunteer time, such as for parking control for Christmas and Easter and setting up the Christmas Crèche. Knights give prayer support to the parish by participating each week in Eucharistic Adoration. Over the years we have helped set-up and tear down for various parish celebrations.

Our Council also supports the community at large. The LAMB (Least Among My Brethren) Foundation raises funds to contribute to organizations that serve individuals with intellectual disabilities. Funds raised have steadily increased over our history and now surpasses $50,000 a year. We provide Thanksgiving dinners to more than 100 families through the Missionaries of Charity in Charlotte. At the Charlotte Men’s Shelter, we prepare and serve a meal every month for the homeless and through our Operation Exodus program we construct handicap-access ramps for the needy.

As general fund raisers, we have sponsored and presented two Broadway plays for the community at large – Late Nite Catechism and Sister’s Christmas Catechism. We serve fish dinners on Fridays in Lent. We prepare and serve a Family Breakfast each month for the parishioners of St. Matthew. In December we provide a bonus and have St. Nicholas on hand to speak to the kids about the true meaning of Christmas.

We host family picnics for the St. Matthew altar servers and their families. We also support pro-life activities and the SPRED (Special Religious Development) Ministry at St. Matthew Church.

Grand Knights of Council 10852

James Nass 1992 -1993
Mike Brannon 1993 -1994
Charles Bowling 1995 – 1997
John Norton 1997 – 1999
Tim Clare 1999 – 2001
Ed Switzer 2001 – 2003
Joe Hughes 2003 – 2005
Greg Argenas 2005 – 2007
Richard White 2007 – 2009
Robert Desch 2009 – 2011
Charles Elgin 2011 – 2013
Richard Caron 2013 – 2015
Ron Schumacher 2015-