Knights of Columbus

Monsignor Charles F. Kordsmeier Council 5209

December 8, 2021 9:25pm CST 808 N Cedar St, Morrilton, AR 72110

January Knight of the Month

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Rich Moellers

Rich is our Deputy Grand Knight/Program Director and has done a great job, bringing some great new ideas, including the ongoing "Live Free for a Month" raffle. Rich and his wife, Natalie, provided wonderful music for the Deceased Members Mass in November. Rich also was instrumental in our first venture into bingo at the Conway County Fair in September. Congratulations, Rich!

January Family of the Month

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Paul & Betty McCabe Family

Paul is a Trustee and Past Grand Knight, and also is our Faith Director. Paul is very active in most council activities, helping out with catering events, hall maintenance, Monday Night Bingo concessions, Family Breakfasts, Living Rosary, Deceased Members Mass, and the list goes on and on. And Betty is right there with him helping at many of these events - sometimes behind the scenes. Thanks, Paul and Betty!

Knight of the Year 2018:
Eric Tyler

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Grand Knight Mark Hoelzeman with
Knight of the Year Eric Tyler

We are proud to announce our Knight of the Year for 2018 is Eric Tyler.

Family of the Year 2018:
Johnny and Mary Kay Wiedower family

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Grand Knight Mark Hoelzeman with
Family of the Year
Johnny and Mary Kay Wiedower.

We are proud to announce our Family of the Year for 2018 is the Johnny and Mary Kay Wiedower.

Grand Knight's Message

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January 2020

Brother Knights,

I hope you and your families had a wonderful Christmas and are off to a great start to the New Year. I apologize that we failed to get a bulletin out last month, and this month's is a little late. There's a lot going on so please make note.

We will have a First Degree Exemplification at our regular meeting on Tuesday, January 14. This will be the last First Degree in the old format, as Supreme is changing the format drastically going forward. In the future, candidates will receive First, Second and Third degrees in one ceremony that will be rather short, and open to family and friends. So if you'd like to witness the old First Degree one more time, this is your chance! It would be nice to have a big crowd of Brother Knights in attendance to welcome our new Brothers. Degree work will begin at 7:00pm. We will have a meal before the meeting but there will be no rosary this month.

There are a lot of Pro-Life activities available on the weekend of January 18-19. The March for Life sponsored by Arkansas Right to Life will be at 2:00pm as usual on Sunday, January 19. Staging begins at 1:30pm between Battery and Wolfe Streets and process to the front Capitol steps. The keynote speaker will be Ryan Bomberger, founder of the Radiance Foundation. Prior to the March, there will be a Eucharistic Procession for Life at 10:00am, beginning at the plaza in front of the Doubletree Hotel, processing through Riverfront Park to the Statehouse Convention Center. There will be a Rosary for Life at 11:30am, followed by the Mass for Life at noon at the Statehouse Convention Center. If you are interested in attending some or all of these events, please contact me at (501) 977-4585, as we are considering arranging a bus if we have enough interest.

The last item I want to address in my report is our annual Knights of Columbus banquet. This year's banquet is scheduled for Sunday, March 1 at 5:00pm. There will be more details next month, but we'll have a special evening planned with a great meal, guest speaker, and recognition for all the work we all do throughout the year. Please plan to attend - there will be no charge for Brother Knights and a guest, but we will need reservations by February 23. Call or text me at (501) 977-4585 or email

Vivat Jesus!
Mark Hoelzeman Grand Knight

Community/Youth: Eric Tyler

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The Council's annual Free Throw Contest will be held Sunday, January 26th, at the Sacred Heart School gym. Registration will start at 1:00pm. The contest will start at 2:00pm. It is open to all boys and girls from age 9 to 14. For more information, call Eric Tyler at (501) 940-3072.

Live Free for a Month

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How would you like to live free for a month? Knights of Columbus Council 5209 in Morrilton wants to pay your bills for a month! Get a ticket for just $20, and if we draw your name, we’ll pay your rent or mortgage up to $1500; your electricity bill up to $300; your natural gas bill up to $100; your water bill up to $100; your cell phone bill up to $250; your cable or satellite bill up to $200; home and auto insurance premiums up to $300; your medical insurance premium up to $750; your car payment up to $500; and the cost of your groceries and dining up to $1000. The drawing will be held February 1st at Sacred Heart during Trivia Night. Get your ticket today from any Knights of Columbus Council 5209 member or call (501) 208-2503!

Upcoming Events

January 19

The March for Life, 2:00pm

January 10

Deadline to pay your Dues

Recurring Events


Every Monday, 7:00pm, Knights of Columbus Hall.

December Bingo: Team 2
January Bingo: Team 3

Regular Meeting

Second Tuesday of the Month, 7:00pm, Knights of Columbus Hall.

Officers Meeting

Third Tuesday of the Month, 7:00pm, Knights of Columbus Hall.


Interested in becoming a Knight? Check out the Become A Knight page and contact Mark Tyler for additional information!


The Knights of Columbus sponsors bingo games every Monday evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Games begin at 7:00pm with the doors opening at 6:00pm. Proceeds benefit Sacred Heart School and the Knights of Columbus. You MUST be at least 18 years old in order to play!

For additional information check out the Bingo page.

Hall Rental

The Knights of Columbus Hall is available for public rental for weddings, birthday parties, meetings, and many other purposes. There are some restrictions, which can be discussed with interested parties. Members of council 5209 enjoy a half price rate and some special rates, subject to Columbus Club rental rules. The Hall is not available to rent on Mondays.

For additional information check out the Hall Rental page or contact the Hall Manager.

Knights of Columbus Morrilton Council No. 5209 was chartered on December 10, 1961 having been led in its formation by a group composed of Nicholas Herrig, Bud Lienhart, John B. Maus, Sr., Al Wiedower, Herb Kordsmeier, and Richard DeSalvo. Nicholas Herrig was elected the first Grand Knight of Morrilton Council 5209.

In April of 1981, Morrilton Council No. 5209 requested and received approval to change its name to Monsignor Charles F. Kordsmeier Council No. 5209 from the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council.

Photo: Monsignor Charles F. Kordsmeier
Msgr. Charles F. Kordsmeier
February 2, 1927 - May 5, 1979
Ordained December 8, 1951

Charles Francis Kordsmeier was born on February 2, 1927 to Carl and Catherine Kordsmeier. Answering the call by our Father in Heaven, Charles entered St. John's Seminary in the fall of 1942. In 1947, he was chosen to complete his quest of the Holy Priesthood at the Latin American College in Rome, Italy. He was ordained there on December 8, 1951. In April 1975, he received news from Pope Paul VI that he was appointed Prelate of Honor. Monsignor Kordsmeier passed away on May 5, 1978.