Welcome to Saint Joan of Arc Council #15168


I am Tom Kmet, the Grand Knight for St. Joan of Arc Knights of Columbus Council #15168 2020-2021. My family & I moved to Lisle in January 1998 and became very comfortable here at St. Joan of Arc immediately. I became an usher at St. Joan of Arc for Saturday evening Mass the first month we moved here. I got to know the “Pillars” of St. Joan of Arc.

In 2009 I heard something in the weekly announcements that captured my interest. There would be representatives from our newly chartered Knights of Columbus in the link to speak with “Like Minded Catholic Gentlemen.” We were already in church so we already had that in common. I had been a member of a men's social club at our previous parish that had since disbanded. It was the right time. Our girls had finished school & moved on - I now had time on my hands. My wife Lori had her activities. Now I had mine.

Our council was chartered in 2009 thanks to the support of our pastor, and Chaplain, Fr. Gabriel Baltes, O.S.B., a Fourth Degree Knight, and all of our past Grand Knights. We are an active council dedicated to serving our Parish and community.

As Knights, we have vowed to be defenders of our families, our faith and our country. “We are the right hand of the church,” but as Fr. Gabe likes to say, we work quietly behind the scenes & disappear without looking for praise. The Knights of Columbus and their service to the church and community are as important now as they were at the inception of the Order in 1881 by our founder, Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney.

Programs we focus on include ProLife, Family, Culture of Life, Community, the Domestic Church, Youth, and Vocations. We provide numerous opportunities to volunteer and you can participate as much, or as little as you want throughout the year.

The Knights are also an insurance company, providing Life, Disability, Long Term Care Insurance programs as well as Retirement Annuities designed for fellow Knights. The K of C Insurance Company holds the highest financial ratings in the insurance industry and was again named by Ethisphere as a World’s Most Ethical Companies Honoree in 2017..

We have a Council meeting once a month at St. Joan of Arc which consists of Praying the Rosary, enjoying a home cooked meal, followed by a one hour council meeting to discuss our recent and upcoming volunteer and social activities. Consult our calendar and various links in the drop down list to the right of this message to see which activities might interest you.

If you are a practicing Catholic, at least 18 years of age, and are searching for an opportunity to put your time, treasure and talents to use in our Parish and community, please consider joining our council.

If you have any questions, please call me or any one of our officers. Our contact information is also posted on our website.

Grand Knight

Tom Kmet