News & Announcements

2017 Knight of Columbus Star Award

District Deputy Gil Martin presents Council 5521 past Grand Knight Mike Huszar with our second straight Star Council award. We were one of the only area Councils to receive the award for our efforts in many specific facets of Council activity over the previous year

Welcome our newest brothers

Congratulations to our newest Council 5521 Knights, Charlie Dettmer and Brian Krol!

Building the Domestic Church

Through the Orderwide Building the Domestic Church initiative, Knights and their families have greater opportunities to participate in a variety of activities that promote the New Evangelization, strengthen our parishes and grow the Order.

Building the Domestic Church

Knights of Columbus has always been an organization dedicated to the well-being and support of Catholic family life. The family is the first and primary place where we experience and are formed in our Catholic faith. By building upon our current programs and activities, the Knights of Columbus continues to promote the family as a ”domestic church” where husbands and wives, parent and children, grow in their knowledge and practice of the Catholic Faith. In order to perform its important mission of evangelization, each family needs to find support in the sacramental life of the parish.

Strengthening our Parishes

Knights of Columbus councils have always responded to the most urgent needs of the Church, particularly through charitable and social outreach. In order to support the evangelization of family life today, our councils must be even more fully integrated into our parishes. As the world’s largest Catholic fraternal and family organization, we have a responsibility to dedicate our time, talent and resources to ensuring that our parishes our beacons of the new evangelization.

Domestic Church Activities

In order to highlight the importance of this new initiative and its impact on our mission, the Supreme Council has announced that this year, at least four major council programs must be designated as “Domestic Church” activities to earn the Columbian Award,


Watch the KofC 5521 calendar to find out about Building the Domestic Church activities.


Father Michael J. McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus, was born Aug. 12, 1852, and died Aug. 14, 1890, two days after his 38th birthday. The week in which these dates fall each year is Knights of Columbus Family Week, a time when councils are encouraged to schedule family events. But you can call upon Father McGivney’s intercession whenever family issues arise and invoke him by his titles: Apostle to the Young and Protector of Christian Family Life.

Father McGivney, whose cause for canonization remains open at the Vatican, was declared venerable in 2008. Knights and their families are urged to pray daily for his intercession in matters large and small, and to report any favors received. The Father Michael J. McGivney Guild investigates reports of possible miracles — extraordinary physical healings experienced after invoking Father McGivney’s aid. Inquiry into a reported miracle is a long and painstaking process, but we pray that one of these events will be accepted by the Vatican and open the way to his beatification. A second miracle would then be needed for canonization.

In the meantime, all Knights should be encouraged by the great number of answered prayers reported by those who ask for Father McGivney’s intercession. These favors indicate that the Order’s founder is still at work in the lives of his Knights and their families, and among the Catholic faithful. In fact, they suggest that Father McGivney, from his place in eternity, is concerned about many of the same problems that he dealt with as a priest on earth. Most reported favors fall in four areas:

Employment and finances. Just as his parishioners looked to Father McGivney for guidance at a time when the words “No Irish need apply” were often included in job postings, so today many pray to him when they are laid off or seeking a better job. For example, a grateful woman recently reported, “My husband persevered in prayer for Father McGivney to intercede for him to find a new job, and his prayers were answered.”

Substance abuse. In Father McGivney’s day, alcohol abuse afflicted the immigrant population, and he founded a parish “total abstinence” society. Many now ask for help with drug or alcohol abuse, including a relieved mother who called the guild to say that her adult son had entered a rehabilitation program after she prayed to Father McGivney.

Family reconciliation. Divisions sometimes occurred within immigrant families struggling to make ends meet, and they are not uncommon today with the increase of divorce. A mother recently wrote that her two grown sons were on bad terms, but after she prayed for a week, their “relationship was good again. I know in my heart Father McGivney answered my prayer!”

Return to the faith. Father McGivney founded the Order to keep men from joining anti-Catholic secret societies that promised financial benefits. Today, many Catholics call upon him to help their fallenaway children. “I prayed to Father McGivney daily for 14 days that a family member would return to our Catholic faith,” one person reported. “After 30 years away, they have returned and now sit beside me every Sunday at Mass.”

A mother wrote happily, “I prayed a novena regularly for six months to Venerable Father McGivney, imploring his help for my son and daughter-in-law to return to the Church. This month, they enrolled in their parish and are attending Mass. My prayers were answered!”

As we celebrate the Order’s founder and Knights of Columbus Family Week, let us continue to pray for Father McGivney’s canonization and invoke his intercession as we face life’s many challenges. Venerable Michael McGivney, pray for us!

BRIAN CAULFIELD is vice postulator of the cause for canonization of Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney and editor of Fathers for Good, an initiative of the Knights of Columbus.

Join the KofC Wednesday Night Bowling League



Come join us!


Chippewa Bowl

Wednesday Nights
September 6th through April 25th
Three ways to play:
1. Enter a five person team
2. Bowl part time on a team
3.  Fill in as a substitute
$13.00 per week: pays for bowling three games & prize money
Handicapped scoring: your average doesn’t matter.
Contact SK Mike Huszar for information: or 574-250-1863





Adults - $9.00

Children 5-12 years old - $3.50

Children under 4 - FREE

Shrimp - $9.50 (not all you can eat)

Chicken Strips - $9.00 (not all you can eat)


Event Location
Ave Maria
61533 S. Ironwood
South Bend, IN  46614 US

Welcome New 1st Degree Knights

Ave Maria Council 5521 is pleased to welcome 3 new Knights:


Chris Sobieralski (St. Jude)
Mike Burzynski (St. Matt's)
Angel Corral (from Council 553 downtown, Little Flower)
Chris and Mike went through the 1st Degree Ceremony on June 28.

Spaghetti Dinner

THIRD Friday of Every Month!!!


Come and enjoy homemade sauce and good friends.

$9.00 for adults/$4.00 for children ages 5-12 and free under 4.

Meal includes spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, ice cream and coffee.


Event Location
Ave Maria
61533 S. Ironwood
South Bend, IN  46614 US

Brother Knights from 5521 become 4th Degree Sir Knights

Four members of council 5521 took the Patriotic (4th) Degree at Notre Dame on October 8. Pictured above with Faithful Admiral SK George Adams (center) are, left to right, SKs Matthew Cloud, John Burzynski, Timothy Bonadies and Eric Van Meter. Congratulations to these new members of Father Julius A. Nieuwland Assembly 242!

Welcome to our newest 1st Degree Members

On June 6th, the following members all made their 1st Degree at the Council.  Please welcome 


(Left to Right)

Joseph Cline
Louis Cavadini
Roy Brooke 
Dan Tychonievich
Not pictured: Sam Milligan made his 1st degree two weeks ago at 553.

Our Newest 1st Degree Members!

(L - R)

Sam Eggleston (1878 - St Joseph Mishawaka Parish)
Russell Burch (5521 - St. Jude Parish)
Tyler Andrews (553 - no parish, just moved here and is deciding)
Greg Jones (553 - Little Flower Parish)

Welcome our newest 1st Degree Knights

At our Admission Degree on October 4, we initiated two new brother Knights: they are Oliver Chmell, left, of St. Matthew parish and Kirby Falkenberg of St. Jude parish. Please welcome them to council 5521!

St. Jude's May Crowing - May 10th

All children were invited to join the procession, carrying flowers from home to present in this traditional service of veneration to the Blessed Virgin Mary on May 10th in the evening.

The students dressed in their Sunday best. 8th Grade processed formally into the Church with the 2nd Graders who wore their First Communion attire.

The 4th Degree Color Guard was there to support the procession.  KofC 5521 sponsored the reception in the Keller Room afterwards.


Click here for more pictures.

Pay Your 2018 Dues OnLine

Council #5521 Dues: $50 Annual Membership Dues must be paid to remain in good standing in the order who have completed the First, Second or Third Degree. Dues pay for the administration and expenses of council activities and members receive a number of Fraternal Benefits supported by dues.  


After you choose your membership level, click "continue shopping" to add donations to your final bill:

Support Our Seminarians (SOS) Fund

The fund was created so the faithful could join together to help the men who have so generously responded to the Lord’s call to serve God’s people as priests.  All monies will help seminarians in the South Bend - Fort Wayne Diocese.


The Gibault Fund 

Gibault was founded in 1921 by the Indiana Knights of Columbus as a home for wayward boys. Over the years, Gibault has evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of troubled kids everywhere. Today, Gibault serves boys and girls and has provided life-changing opportunities for over 10,000 children and their families. Gibault serves children with mild emotional disturbances, aggressive and oppositional behaviors, substance abuse issues, victims and perpetrators of physical and sexual abuse, learning disabled children, and children with a variety of clinical issues in residential and community based environments.



Council 5521 Charity Fund

The Council 5521 Charity fund is focused on building an steady and sustainable funding for the charitable projects of the Knights of Columbus.