Three members of the Alleghany Highlands Council 8689 Knights of Columbus are to be ordained on Saturday, May 7, as deacons in the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling/Charleston.
The service will be held in the Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral Catholic Church in Charleston at 11 a.m. and members of the Alleghany Highlands Council are organizing car pools to attend.
On Sunday, May 1, the Alleghany Highlands Council hosted a dinner in honor of the three and presented each a gift on behalf of the Council and observed the 32nd anniversary of the Council. Peter Minogue of Lindside, Monroe County; Robert Holliday of Smoot, Greenbrier County; and Thomas Soper of Lewisburg, Greenbrier County are among those being ordained on Saturday. All three are members of the Alleghany Highlands Council which is one of the smallest councils in the state.
Minogue is a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Hinton and its mission, St. Mary’s of the Greenbrier, Alderson; Holliday is a member of Sacred Heart Church in Rainelle and its mission, Sacred Heart of Springdale, Fayette County; and Soper is a member of St. Catherine of Siena in Ronceverte and its mission the Church of Mary Immaculate, Williamsburg.
During a short business meeting, the Council noted the election of officers for 2016-17 at the May 22 meeting at 4 p.m. and the Council will then host the annual Graduation Dinner, honoring the Alleghany, Covington, Bath County, Craig County, James Monroe, Pocahontas County, Summers County, Greenbrier East and Greenbrier West High School graduates who are Catholic and their parents at 6 p.m. in the parish hall of St. Charles Borromeo Church in White Sulphur Springs.
“We are very proud of our accomplishments in the previous 32 years, but none of those accomplishments can hold a candle to having three of our members ordained as deacons,” Perk Berry of White Sulphur Springs, grand knight of Council 8689, bragged, noting the three will join “Brother Bill Strange who has been a deacon serving St. Charles Borromeo Church and the Federal Prison Camp in Alderson for several years.
The Alleghany Highlands Council serves Alleghany, Bath, Craig, Greenbrier, Monroe, Pocahontas and Summers counties as the only fraternal Catholic men’s organization in that area, and includes the Pocahontas County Knights of Columbus Roundtable which is headquartered at St. John Neumann’s Church in Marlinton.