Knights of Columbus, Canton Council 341, celebrates 125 years

One of the oldest Knights of Columbus councils in the region, Canton Council 341, celebrated their 125th anniversary this year with a Mass at St. Peter Parish in Canton, celebrated by Father John Sheridan, and a banquet in the original ballroom of the council on May 6.

The first meeting of Council 341 was held on May 7, 1898, after Youngstown-based attorney William Maline convinced a small group of Canton-based Catholics to form a council in their area. They became the third council in Ohio.

Over the years, Council 341 has donated over $1 million to Catholic churches, schools and charities in the region. They have also given thousands in scholarship dollars to Catholic students.

Grand Knight William Riley hosted the event on May 6, with Joe Skubiak acting as Master of Ceremonies. The banquet included a reading of the history of the council and a presentation from a guest speaker—Honorable Frank Forchione, judge in the Stark County Common Pleas Court.

Today, Council 341 has 51 members, and they hold their meetings at St. Joseph Parish in Canton. Visit their Facebook page,, or call 330-704-2395 for more information.

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Katie Wagner

Katie Wagner

Katie Wagner is the Editor In Chief of The Catholic Echo magazine and Associate Communications Director for the Diocese of Youngstown. Originally from Indiana, PA, Katie graduated from Mercyhurst University, where she studied Strategic Communication and Voice Performance. She has been working in the communications, marketing and journalism fields ever since, including six years at Mt. Lebanon Municipality, where she served as the Senior Online Editor for Mt. Lebanon Magazine and earned two Golden Quill Awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania. Katie cantors at her parish in her spare time, and she also enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
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