Knights of Columbus and seminarians from Mount Angel enjoy a spring barbecue. The event was intended as a respite during finals week for the students. (Courtesy Knights of Columbus)
Knights of Columbus and seminarians from Mount Angel enjoy a spring barbecue. The event was intended as a respite during finals week for the students. (Courtesy Knights of Columbus)
MOUNT ANGEL — The Oregon Knights of Columbus state officers and past state deputies and their spouses have served pie and ice cream at Mount Angel Seminary for many years, usually during midterms in early December.

This year the group also sponsored a barbecue for seminarians. The meal, held during finals week, was a send-off dinner before the future priests head out to their diocesan assignments.

Msgr. Joseph Betschart, president-rector of the seminary, welcomed the May 4 event and lent the Knights a seminarian, Anthony Shumway, to help coordinate and assist during the afternoon.

According to Patrick Rice, a past state deputy, Shumway worked with the kitchen staff and made sure that tables, chairs and a grill were ready for the occasion.

The menu included grilled steaks, assorted salads, rolls and beverages. To top it off, there were homemade brownies for dessert prepared by Mary Kligel, Lisa Thiel, Susie Kish and Cindy Rice.

In all, the Knights fed nearly 100 steaks to the seminarians, monks, staff and crew.

“I truly believe God gave us a perfect day to share good fellowship,” Rice said.

Rice thanked Abbott Jeremy Driscoll, Msgr. Betschart, and the seminary council for allowing the Knights to share the day with them. “They are all gracious hosts.”

He also thanked all past state deputies, incoming State Deputy Ron Boyce, and the wives “who help us be the best Knights that we can be.”