Several individuals from the Diocese of Des Moines were honored and others elected to office at the annual Iowa Knights of Columbus convention in Coralville April 10-12.
Father Ken Halbur, pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in Creston, was named 2015 Diocesan Chaplain of the Year for the Diocese of Des Moines. A priest in each of the four Iowa dioceses was honored.
Deacon Ronald Kohn, of Holy Rosary Parish in Glenwood, was honored as 2015 Deacon of the Year for the state.
Several people were honored for their dedication to the principles of the Knights of Columbus. Honored as 2015 Grand Knight of the Year was Paul Martin, of St. Augustin Parish in Des Moines.
Several councils across the state were recognized for their works of charity in their parishes and communities.
In the Diocese of Des Moines, Council 12130, at Assumption Parish in Granger was honored as 2015 Community Program of the Year for its Christmas party for the homeless, and Council 5038 at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Parish in Ankeny was honored as 2015 Culture of Life Program of the Year for its Raffle for Life.
New officers who were elected from the Diocese of Des Moines are: Jon Aldrich, of Altoona, as state deputy; Antonio Banuelos, of Pleasant Hill, as state secretary; Francis Schlueter, of Ankeny, as state treasurer; and Robert Douglas, of West Des Moines, as state advocate.