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Unsung Hero: Murphysboro Knights of Columbus

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MURPHYSBORO, IL (WSIL) -- In this edition of Unsung Hero, the community has recognized the men who make up the Murphysboro Knights of Columbus.

The Murphysboro branch started in 1905. Historically, the group hosts and sponsors class reunions and other big gatherings. In Murphysboro, they host two monthly dinners. The dinners are always the first Sunday and the third Friday of every month. The groups' mission is to be a service group for communities through charitable means such as fundraising. The money raised from the fundraisers goes to local charities, including Saint Andrews Catholic Church.

Board Member Mike Koberstein said their faith is a huge part of who they are, and they work on spiritual growth together like Bible reviews and family events or host a church function.

"We're all called to be doers of our faith and put it into action instead of just talking. It's helped me and {obviously} working with other men with the same goals is a pretty fulfilling activity for me," said Koberstein.

There are about 200 members, and you must be a Catholic male to join, but Koberstein said many wives, children, and grandchildren help with their fundraising events. The Coronavirus pandemic was a challenge, but the group found creative ways to continue helping the community.

The Murphysboro Knights of Columbus have a few events coming up. Friday, September 17, they will host a fried fish and chicken dinner from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. On Sunday, October 3, they will host a chicken and dumplings meal from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Koberstein said their building was remodeled last year, and the group looks forward to showing it off more when life gets somewhat back to normal. They rent out their space for events and special occasions.

If you would like to know more about the group or how to join, call (618) 687-3258 or visit the groups' Facebook page here.

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