Knight Line

Knights of Columbus, Breese Council 2869, Breese, IL

August 2004


Father Seven Humphrey, pastor of St Boniface Parish, Germantown, spent his childhood in Marion and attend St Joseph School. He is the eldest of the family with two younger brothers. His father is a decorated veteran of WW II. Fr Steve attended St Henry’s Prep and was one of 8, out of a class of 86, that ultimately was ordained in 1967.

 His early priesthood was spent as assistant pastor at Camp Ondessonk, The Cathedral and St Andre’s in Murphysboro. His duties also included serving as Chaplain at the Mental Hospital in Anna, Chaplain at St Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro while completing his Clinical Pastoral Education. These were the years of 60 to 80 hour work weeks that included maintenance and lawn care as well as the rest of his duties.

 Father Humphrey was the youngest priest in the diocese to be named as a pastor when he was assigned to St Joseph Parish in Cobden. His service to the Catholics of Belleville Diocese continued with being named co-pastor to 5 Parishes in East St. Louis, Pastor of St Barbara Parish in Okawville, Sacred Heart Parish in Du Quoin, Immaculate Conception in Columbia and finally arriving at St Boniface in Germantown in 2000.

 Fr Steve credits his parents and the pastor of his home parish with inspiring his Vocation. He believes that having the liturgy in the language of the people, along with the incorporation of the Holy Scriptures in the Mass as the most beneficial changes in the practice of our faith in his lifetime. Fr Humphrey finds the celebration of the Eucharist as his favorite part of being a Priest.

 Father enjoys travel, movies and reading in his limited free time. He is attracted to varied menus and ethnic foods. Father Steve now uses walks for exercise, having enjoyed tennis and racket ball in his younger years.

 Father Humphrey is a valued resident of the Germantown Community. His deep faith, open mindedness and inspirational sermons are welcomed by the “regulars” and visitors alike. Father, thanks for heeding the call to the Priesthood. You have made a positive impression of more people than you know, or give yourself credit for!



The Breese Circle will again be conducting their annual “invite a friend to camp and become a Squire weekend”. They will be camping out at Dam West Campground sites 21-23 & 25 over the weekend of August 6-8, 2004. Fr Pat Peter will celebrate a Mass at the Campground @ +/- 7:00 PM on Saturday Night. Knights are encouraged and always welcome to visit. Find out what the Squires Program is about. They do more than hang around in Circles!


Breese Circle was recognized with the Corp d’ Etile Award from Supreme for their activities and accomplishments during the 03-04 Fraternal Year. Congratulations to all the 03-04 Squires, the 03-04 Chief Counselor Mike Niemeyer and current Chief Counselor Brad Halstead for all your time and dedication!


The Knights of Columbus of Belleville Diocese will sponsor an Appreciation Day for all the people that serve us with their religious vocation on Sunday August 29 at the Shrine of our Lady of the Snows. The day will begin with a prayer service @ 3 PM followed by a reception and dinner @ 4:30 PM. The cost for the dinner is $30.00 per person. Call Ralph Langhauser @ 526-4687 or Mike Nettemeier @ 526-4997 by August 10 with your reservations. Please consider joining us in offering your appreciation for all the church does for you, through these dedicated individuals.


Chairman Mike Nettemeier says that there are quite a few raffle books out yet. Please return all tickets in the return envelope provided or to the hall no later than August 22. Please try to sell the books you received. You can always look in the mirror and see if that guy will buy some! Don’t forget that part of the money collected stays with the council for our charities!


Mike Niemeyer is again accepting reservations for tickets to the Cardinal/Diamonbacks game set for Sunday September 19. A motor coach has been scheduled and invitations to all recently graduated 8th Grade Servers and all the Breese Squires to be our guests at the game. Seating is limited on the bus, so if you need a ride, call in ASAP! If you don’t mind driving, we can meet you there! Tickets are $18.00 each. Deadline to order tickets is August 27th!


Michael J Haukup Council # 11110 (Aviston) is again the sponsor for the Annual Horse Shoe and Washer Tournaments to be held at St Rose Park on Saturday August 28. Qualifications begin at 11 AM and play begins at 12:30 PM. Your invited to participate in either. For Horse Shoe info and sign up contact Charlie Hilmes @ 526-2607 and for Washers contact Jim Wesselmann @ 526-7301.  No matter your talent level, have some fun with other Knights. Just give Charlie or Jim a call to get “the rest of the story”!


DGK Curt Zurliene has announced that the Annual Family Picnic will be held on Saturday Sept. 11 at the Breese North Side Park, West Pavilion. Saturday was picked this year because of so many conflicts with other parish and council activities.

Please mark your calendars for a fun day with the family. More information will be available in the September News Letter and @


DGK Curt Zurliene and the rest of the committee did a fantastic job with hosting the Annual Golf Tournament on July 10 and 11. Many area Councils sent teams to participate. Thanks to all who worked and/or participated. What a great day of Fraternity and Unity! Members working together so that their Brother Knights could enjoy some golf. Special thanks to those wives that came out and helped with registration and raffle tickets.


The Council along with the Daughter of Isabella sponsored a very successful Blood Drive on July 17. Thanks to all who donated and worked this worthwhile program. We did however, fall a few units short of our goal, but we’ll make up for that at our next one scheduled for January 15, 2005!


A few dark clouds, wind and rain did not deter the attendees of the semi-annual planning meeting (at the park) from having a very productive meeting on July 22. Along with most of the programs from last year, some new programs that were discussed included the following: Quarterly Masses before regular meetings with Family Nights, Habitat for Humanity, maintenance and decoration of priest’s grave markers in area cemeteries and written directions for cashiers and chairman to name a few. Looks like a busy, but fun,  first half of the year will come your way. Thanks to Mike Niemeyer for cooking and Bob Foote for arranging the beverages!


Dr Mike Poiter has graciously accepted the Membership Chairmanship for this year. That doesn’t mean that Mike will be signing all the new members, but is there to help. The next time you are at Mass, be cognizant of the  men around you. Are they already members of the Knights? Share Knighthood with these men if they are not already a member by asking them to join! Need help with a possible new member? Call Dr Mike @ 228-7102 or call the GK.


We need your special recipes so that they can be published in the Supreme Convention Cookbook next year when Illinois will host the 123rd Supreme Convention, to be held in Chicago next August. Lets show our typical Council #2869 hospitality and leadership with a multitude of entries! Please submit you recipe(s) along with your name and phone number to Barb Lammers, 813 Vossclare, Breese, IL 62230, by October 1, 2004


Council #2869 caps and polo shirts are again available. One size fits all caps are $8.00 and polo shirts are $ 20.00, with most sizes on hand. Call FS Cyril Athmer @ Ph 526-0221 with your order.


The painting and improvements to lighting and sound system upstairs etc. has greatly improved the hall. New drapes and bar area improvements are being considered. The Columbian Board extends a big “Thank You” to all the members that were able to assist, with a special note of gratitude for the past proceeds from “Win-A-Buck”.



The Knights offer a wide range of insurance policies and plans, including long term care policies for you and your spouse. Contact Field Agent Ralph Langhauser @526-4687 for more information.

FAMILY OF THE MONTH: Don and Linda Deiters. Don and Linda have always been available to help in any way they can. Don is the District Deputy for or area, serves as the Faithful Navigator of the 4th Degree Assembly, serves as a Friday Night Bingo Co-Vice Chair, and of course, a very active Past Grand Knight. Linda serves our council as always being there to put that lady’s touch on many of our projects. She is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Don and Linda are members of St Dominic Parish. Recently, Don and Linda made sure that the Float for the Fair Parade was built and ready to go in time. Thanks for the years of service to Breese Council!

 KNIGHT OF THE MONTH: R. Shane Bowen. Shane has taken an idea of a Web site for Breese Council and made it a reality! Shane was also able to secure a very good deal on the purchase of our computer system that is in use by the council officers and committee chairs. He and his wife Sheena currently reside in Desoto but are moving to Mt Vernon very soon. Shane became a member of Breese Council this past April and has been an asset to the Council ever since. He and Sheena have been able to attend many of our functions and even attended their first State KofC Convention a couple of months ago. Shane has also volunteered to be our Newman Chairman this year. Great job on the Web site Shane!


The best way to forget your own problems is to help someone else solve theirs!


Joe Langhauser

Grand Knight



9 - 4th Degree Meeting - 8:00 PM @ St Mary’s Parish Center, Trenton

10 - Deadline for RSVPs to the Vocation Appreciation Day

            11 - Squire’s Meeting - 8:00 PM

            12 - Membership Meeting - 8:00 PM

22 - Deadline to return BBQ Raffle Tickets

27 - Deadline to order tickets for Family Day at Busch Stadium

28 - Horse Shoe and Washer Tourney @ St Rose

29 - Priest and Religious Appreciation Day at the Shrine


            6 - Labor Day 

9 - Family Mass and regular meeting with ladies and youth programs

11- Family Picnic at Breese North Side Park

            19 - Family Day at Busch Stadium


            1 - Deadline for recipes


Web Site:

 Grand Knight:

Joe Langhauser

            P.O. Box 5, Breese, IL 62230

Daytime: 526-4277

            Evenings: 523-8189

 Financial Secretary:

Cyril Athmer

P.O. Box 124

            Breese, IL 62230

Ph 526-0221