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Glenmary Council 7853

•   P. O. Box 583   •    Norton, VA, 24273   •    276-328-3733   •red horizontal line

Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson

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The Glenmary Council meets at St. Anthony's Catholic Church Fellowship Hall. The church is located across from the Norton City Park in the City of Norton on Virginia Avenue. The 2007-2008 Glenmary Council Grand Knight is Aaron Cathell. Contact the Knights by phone at (276) 679-1779, or by email at Grand Knight

Council Meetings

K of C Meetings are held at 7:00 PM on the first Monday (Business Meeting) and third Monday (Social Meeting) of the month.

About Our Council
Since 1950, the Knights of Columbus has been in existence in Norton Virginia. St. Anthony's Catholic Church became a member of the new Richmond Diocese Sunday, November 20, 1977. The new Glenmary Council was dedicated July 07, 1981 through the efforts of the Anthony J. Trigiani,  Joey Caruso, Robert Isaac, and J. T. Caruso and Frank A. Gabriele. It is named after the Glenmary Mission. Providing funds for various projects, members are active participants in their respective parishes. Glenmary Council works closely with the following Virginia parishes: Holy Spirit in Jonesville, Sacred Heart in Big Stone Gap, St. Anthony's in Norton, St. Joseph's in Clintwood, St. Mary's in Coeburn,  and  St. Therese's in St. Paul.


Glenmary Knights of Columbus 7853

Receives Top International Award


Glenmary Council 7853, Knights of Columbus, Norton, earned the distinction of Star Council, one of the organization’s top awards, for the 2006-2007 fraternal years. The organization’s headquarters, located in New Haven, Conn., made the announcement.

The award recognizes overall excellence in the areas of membership recruitment and retention, promotion of the fraternal insurance program, and sponsorship of service-oriented activities. The award was presented to the membership by District Deputy, Anthony Willis at a special ceremony held Nov. 25.

In announcing the local winner of the Star Council Award, Carl A. Anderson, chief executive officer of the organization, said, “Please accept my sincere congratulations upon attaining this prestigious award. Your dedication to the Order is seen in the high standard of excellence you have achieved.

“At the same time, I encourage you to carry forward this enthusiasm to meet the challenges that will face the Knights of Columbus in the years ahead. We hope this award will be a reminder and an inspiration to the members of your council to continue to promote the ideals of "Columbianism" for the good of the Church, your community, and the Order of the Knights of Columbus.”

“Receiving the Star Council Award is quite an honor for us. We’re extremely proud of this accomplishment,” proclaimed Frank Mathews, grand Knight of the Glenmary Council.

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 Church, their communities, families, and young people.

With more than 1.7 million members in more than 13,000 councils around the world, the Knights of Columbus annually donate more than $143 million and 68 million hours of service to charitable causes. Please visit  for more information.

The Coalfield Progress Published Friday, January 18, 2008 2:06 am



Glenmary Knights of Columbus 7853

Establishes Scholarship at MECC


Permanent residents of Wise, Lee, Russell, Scott and Dickenson counties and the city of Norton have the opportunity to receive a new Mountain Empire Community College Foundation scholarship, recently created by the Knights of Columbus Glenmary Council No. 7853.

The scholarship will be awarded to full-time students in good academic standing, and the recipients will be selected by the MECC Financial Aid Office.

The scholarship funds can be used to pay tuition, books, supplies, and other educational expenses.

In providing the scholarship, the Council’s Grand Knight, Doug Chute, remarked, “MECC provides a wide variety of educational and training programs to prepare students for a job, or to transfer to a four-year college. The Knights of Columbus is proud to help local students take advantage of these opportunities.”

When the gift was made, Knights of Columbus member Bob Isaac explained that the Council had been saving the money to construct a facility, but decided the funds could be better used to fund scholarships for area students.

“Our Knights of Columbus members know how hard it is for students to meet their college expenses. We are glad to help and encourage them,” said Isaac.

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s fraternal organization that is organized to provide support to its members and their families. The new endowed scholarship expresses the organization’s broader commitment to its community.

For more information about the Glenmary Council Knights of Columbus 7853 Scholarship, contact Donna Stanley, MECC vice-president for institutional advancement, at 276/523-7493, or

The Coalfield Progress Published Tuesday, July 17, 2007 1:47 am



Sister Anne Christina Scholarships Awarded

by the Glenmary Council Knights of Columbus 7853


Four area students have been awarded scholarships of $500 each for the 2006-07 school years by the Sister Anne Christian Trust, sponsored by the Glenmary Council Knights of Columbus.

Scholarship recipients are Tosha Noel Sturgill, Wise, who is attending the University of Virginia’s College at Wise to pursue a major in pre-pharmacy; Sarah Bradley, Wise, who will major in nursing at UVA-Wise; Lucinda Bloomer, Dryden, who will major in nursing at Mountain Empire Community College; and Thelma Fields, Isom, Ky., who will major in respiratory therapy at Mountain Empire Community College.

These scholarships are for students pursuing degrees in the medical arts fields, and must be used at either UVA-Wise or MECC. The “Trust” seeks to assist worthy local students involved in medical arts with a parallel objective of keeping our valuable resource-educated-persons at home in this region.

The “Trust” honors Sister Anne Christina O’Sullivan, co-founder and long-time administrator of St. Mary’s Hospital, Norton. She pioneered premier health care in Southwest Virginia and left a fine institution as a testimony to that fact.

The Coalfield Progress Published Tuesday, September 12, 2006 3:34 am


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