Knights of Columbus

Father Albert Newman 8470
   •   1414 Shawnessy Blvd. SW.   •    Calgary, Alberta Canada T2Y 2L7   •   
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Council Information
The Fr. Albert Newman Council is located in St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Calgary, Alberta. The Grand Knight for 2013-2014 is Ken Waldron.   You can contact the Knights by phone at 403-254-6878 or by email at: grandknight@kofc8470.org .

Council Meetings
Our Executive Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Our Council Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The Council Meetings are held in the meeting room, in the St. Patricks Church Hall at 7:30pm.

About Our Council
Father Albert Newman Council formed on September 12, 1983 and our first Grand Knight was Wally Smelski.

The Council has donated over $350,000 towards paying down the mortgage of the new building.

Past and Present Grand Knights

1983-84 Wally Smelski 2005-07 Jerry O'Connor
1984-85 Frank Gallant 2007-09 Rick Schuh
1985-86 Dennis Fairbairn 2009-11 Dan Fortin
1986-87 Paul Heffernan 2011-2012 Rick Finzel
1987-88 Bob Johnson 2012-2013 Charles Russell
1988-89 Mike Boutette 2013-2014 Ken Waldron
1989-90 Vic Lapointe 2014-2015 Ken Waldron
1990-91 Mike Barnaville 2015-2016 Froilan Serano
1991-92 Tony Makowski 2016-2017 Froilan Serano
1992-94 Charles Russell 2017-2018 Valentino Isip
1994-95Bill Kostenuk2018-2019Valentino Isip
1995-96James Moore2019-2020 Jose Gomez
1996 Eric LeBlanc 2020-2021 Ken Waldron
1996-98 Norm Gruber 2021-2022
Ken Waldron
1998-2000 Brian Watson 2022-2023
Ken Waldron
2000-02Dale Scully2023-2024
Charles Russell
2002-05David Whitty

Who was Father Albert Newman?

Father Albert Newman was born in New Orleans, LA, USA, in 1870. Father Newman moved to Almonte, Ontario with his mother after his father died when he was six years old. In Almonte, his uncle, Father O’Malley, was pastor of the Catholic Church, and Father Newman attended the local school before going to Ottawa University for his Philosophic studies. In 1893, he went to the Grand Seminary in Montreal and was ordained in Ottawa by Archbishop Duhamel for the Ottawa Diocese.

He served in Metcalf, ON and Ottawa before coming to Calgary on July 31, 1914. Before his appointment to Calgary, Bishop McNally had been pastor of Almonte and had undoubtedly known Father Newman and persuaded him to come to the new Diocese.

He was at the Cathedral until 1923 and apparently as Rector. He then was Chaplain at Lacombe Home until 1950. He broke his hip and spend the next five years at the Holy Cross Hospital and at the Banff Springs Hospital, totally blind for the last couple of years of his life. He died in Banff on February 21, 1955 and is buried in Calgary. He was a relative of Cardinal Newman.

The history of the KofC in Alberta can be found at http://www.kofc.ab.ca/abstate.htm

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