Benedictine College Knights of Columbus Chapter Receives Top Award

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Benedictine College Knights of Columbus participate in a Eucharistic Procession in Atchison, Kansas

Atchison, Kansas – The Benedictine College Knights of Columbus Council #4708 was awarded the distinction of Double Star Council, the international organization’s top honor for local councils. The Star Council Award recognizes overall excellence in the areas of growing membership, promoting Knights of Columbus insurance benefits, sponsoring Catholic faith formation programs and volunteering time through service-oriented activities.

This year, the Benedictine College Council performed phenomenal programs and activities, from partaking in multiple Eucharistic Processions and leading daily rosaries on the Benedictine campus, to hosting multiple breakfasts for students and their families and assisting other on-campus student groups with activities. The Council has done incredible work this year, all while being a living example of Benedictine hospitality.

“We are the fraternal group on this campus who support each other in practical, prayerful, and formational ways. All while serving our fellow students, their families and the Atchison and Benedictine College community in ways of Charity. We are a prime example of ways to live the Faith and serve others despite the business of life. Everyone on the council is involved in multiple groups on campus beyond academics, the Council becomes a resource for them to put their faith into action,” said Christopher Holzman, the past Grand Knight of the Council. “I have to give my thanks to my outstanding group of officers, the Monks in St. Benedict’s Abbey, and the Kansas State Council and Benedictine College Administration who have assisted in even the smallest ways this year.”

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practic practicing Catholics in union with the Holy See. For information on joining the Knights of Columbus, please contact the council at

The Knights of Columbus is one of the world’s leading fraternal and service organizations with 2 million members in more than 16,000 parish-based councils. During the past year, Knights around the world donated more than 47 million service hours and $153 million for worthy causes in their communities. The organization also offers extensive life insurance services to members and their families, resulting in more than $116 billion of life insurance in force. Knights of Columbus Asset Advisors offers investment services to individuals and institutions in accord with Catholic social teaching and has over $27 billion in assets under management. From helping children in need, to providing wheelchairs for the disabled, to helping stock food banks, to offering top-rated and affordable insurance products to its members, to creating a legacy of giving, the Knights of Columbus has supported families and communities for more than 140 years. To learn more please visit

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is honored to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. Benedictine College is dedicated to transforming culture in America through its mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Christopher Holzman