St. Anne’s Catholic Church of Bismarck was the site for twelve men from western North Dakota to become initiated into the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus April 27, 2013.
Published June 5, 2013
They came from parishes in Mandan, Beach, Washburn, Bismarck and Regent, N.D. and Brighton, Colo. They will belong to Assemblies #785 Fr. DeSmit of Mandan, #790 Msgr. George P. Aberle of Dickinson, # 791 J.P. Wagner of Bismarck and #1640 Fr. Gregory Borski of Richardton.
Two of the men are from Regent. Kyle Kouba, son of Carson and Kelly Kouba, was one of youngest. The other was his uncle, Shan Kouba, son of Marlene and the late Richard Kouba. He and his wife, Marilyn, drove from Brighton, just for the ceremony.
After the initiation ceremony, the group of 29 men processed into the church for the afternoon Mass. An evening meal was later held in the adjoining hall where an Award Ceremony was held. Certificates were presented to the new Sir Knights.
District Master Steven Riehl of Mandan served as Master of Ceremonies and commented during the award ceremony that the Kouba family have been dedicated and active in Knights of Columbus activities for about 50 years. All five sons of Richard and Marlene are now members of Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. They are Jess, Carson, Rory, Shan, and Morgan plus a son-in-law, Scott Day of Keenesburg, Colo. Kyle is the first grandson to join the ranks. Richard and Jess had served as District Deputies and Carson is now serving his second term in that capacity.
Fourth Degree Knights offer leadership, guidance, and encouragement, whether it is through educational programs or honoring those who are no longer with us. The Color Corps is an elective division of the Fourth Degree whose distinctive presence in parades, wreath-laying ceremonies, and Catholic functions is a visible reminder of their service to the community. Fourth Degree members support sanctity of life, family values, and true religious freedom.