CLERGY NIGHT and seminary support
Clergy Night is a KofC Greater Cleveland Chapter activity celebrating vocations. The dinner event features speakers on vocations and clergy life, and a Clergyman of the Year is named. Councils invite and provide dinners for priests, brothers, deacons, and seminarians (Gilmour, Inc. and Gilmour Council typically split these expenses for our guests). This is an occasion for councils to award stipends to needy seminarians. Knights purchase their own dinners. Seminarians wait tables and provide clean up. Clergy Night is celebrated on the last Friday in January.
Gilmour Council provides $500 to each of 4-5 students at Wickliffe’s Borromeo Seminary or St. Mary Seminary. In December, a designated knight asks the school administration to list its neediest seminarians. The council may elect to support one or more students somehow associated with the council or a Gilmour brother knight. The council may also elect to support a seminarian who has requested help directly. Time commitment is minimal; the knight who obtains the seminarian list presents it to the officers for award selections in January. These checks are awarded at the Clergy Night dinner. $2,000 awarded in 2018.Gilmour Council typically assists (4) seminarians with $500 in assistance.
Gilmour Council separately contributes over $1,000 annually to the state council’s Support Our Seminarians program and donates money directly to the Bishop’s Brunch gala at Landerhaven.
At the January 25, 2019 Clergy Night, the Church of St Clare’s pastor and fellow Gilmour knight Fr Stanley Klasinski received the Clergy of the Year award for 2018. He is shown here with Grand Knight Shaun White. Fr. Klasinski was also chosen as Gilmour Council’s Clergy of the Year Awardee.
Fr, Stan is shown with Grand Knight Shaun White at Clergy Night.