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Springfield receives donation from Knights

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Knights of Columbus Council 7612 recently donated more than $1,100 to the Springfield Hospital Auxiliary.

The Knights collected donations from parishioners at St. Joseph Catholic Community in Eldersburg after Sunday Masses one weekend last fall. In appreciation, the donors were offered a Tootsie Roll.


Council Warden Tony Gioio chaired this year's campaign for people with intellectual disabilities.

Surrounded by fellow Knights of Columbus, including the Revs. Neville O'Donohue and David McGuigan, Grand Knight David Love presented the check to Paula Langmead, CEO of Springfield Hospital, and Dot Gertz, of the Springfield Hospital Auxiliary, on March 1.


With more than 1.8 million members, the Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic lay organization. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, the community, families and youth.

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Council was founded in 1980. In 2014, the council's 300-plus members provided more than $30,000 in charitable donations and more than 15,000 volunteer service hours to various family and youth, community, church and other projects and 6,200 visits to the sick and bereaved. The council is supported by the Sheen's Colleens ladies auxiliary.

Catholic men over age 18 interested in joining the Knights of Columbus may contact David Johnston at 443-609-4758 or e-mail

The council is named after Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, best known for his 1950s Emmy award-winning television program "Life is Worth Living." He also served as bishop of the Dioceses of Rochester, N.Y. The Cause for the Beatification and Canonization of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen officially opened in Rome with a ceremony at the offices of the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints in 2008. In June 2012, Pope Benedict XVI approved the heroic virtues of Archbishop Sheen, bestowed on him the title of "Venerable," clearing the way for the advancement of his sainthood cause.