The Knights of Columbus

Father Bernardine Golden Council 12921

The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal organization of Catholic men whose principal work is helping those in need.

The Council, named for Father Bernardine Golden, OFM, and priest at Transfiguration of Jesus Catholic Church from 1969-1973 and again from 1981-1988, was chartered in May, 2001 with the endorsement of then pastor Father Drew Perry.

The Council’s focus is consistent with the overall mission of the Knights in that its activities support charitable works mostly in Duplin County.

The main fundraiser for the Knights is the annual Bill Lord Memorial Golf Tournament. This event annually raises more than $5,000 to support the needs of local school teachers of physically and mentally challenged elementary students. Teaching aids and playground equipment are examples of expenditures identified by the special education teachers in four local schools.

The Council also sponsors several sport competitions for young children and teenagers. These competitions not only foster athletic skill but they also value discipline, instill confidence and contribute to the character development in our youth.

The soccer challenge is held in the fall, the basketball challenge, in the winter. Boys and girls in Duplin County are eligible to compete at the local, district, state, and international levels of both competitions.

Other activities of Council 12921 include

  • Prison Ministry
  • Supplemental financial and moral support for our seminarian
  • Food for Families collection in support of the Helping Hands food pantry
  • Kitchen of Blessings participation, a weekly hot dinner for those in need
  • Mothers’ Day breakfast for the women of the parish
  • A Lenten supper
  • Various social events

Council 12921 meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

For more information on the Council, contact Grand Knight Gary Deininger at 910-665-1071 or gary.deininger[at]