Fr. Perez Knights of Columbus Council 1444 Past Grand Knight John Curtin received recognition from the South and South Suburban Grand Knight and Past Grand Knights Club for his four decades of dedication and service to the Knights of Columbus during the club’s 61st annual Friendship Dinner held recently at Gaelic Park.
Curtin, a native of County Clare, Ireland, immigrated to the United States in 1959 where he lived with his family in New Jersey before settling in Chicago to raise a family on the Southwest Side. He joined the Knights of Columbus in 1975 and eventually, as councils merged or folded, found his way to the Fr. Perez Council.
There he proved his mettle by volunteering for many Special Olympics events, leading a drive that raised $10,000 for the purchase of an ultrasound machine and supporting the Clare Association’s Day for Special People Mass at Gaelic Park.
The council elected Curtin as deputy grand knight (2013-2015) and grand knight (2015-2017). Under Curtin’s leadership, the council achieved the prestigious Star Council and Double Star Council awards.
Curtin advanced to the order’s fourth degree in 2009 and was the faithful navigator (president) of Holy Family Assembly 2255 in 2014-2015. He is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and has served as its president.
Curtin lives in the parish of St. Gerald’s Roman Catholic Church, where he is a member of the Holy Name Society.