Prince of Peace Council 12315
Lake Villa, Illinois
Knights of Columbus councils throughout the Order pay tribute to the millions of children killed by abortion by erecting memorials in Catholic cemeteries, council hall grounds, and on parish grounds.
The idea for these memorials grew from a challenge made by the late Cardinal John O’Connor in his homily at the opening of the 110th annual Supreme Council Meeting held in New York in 1992. He asked his brother Knights “to continue the Order’s aggressive fight against abortion” by erecting a tomb in each Catholic cemetery in each diocese where the Order is established.
This struck a chord with the Knights and the program has become a grassroots phenomenon with upwards of 2000 monuments having been erected in parishes and cemeteries throughout the United States and overseas.
The Prince of Peace Parish Monument to the Unborn was dedicated on 10-26-2005. The Monument is located in a grassed area along the sidewalk leading to the main entrance of the Parish School. It is the focal point of the mini park.
The dedication was done following the children’s Mass, attended by all students and faculty of the parish school.
Father Richard Yanos, the Pastor of Prince of Peace and the Chaplain of Prince of Peace Council 12315 dedicated the Monument. Assisting him during the dedication were the following Sir Knights of the Council:
Sir Knight Paul Gilio-PFN
Sir Knight Gerry Mikols – PFN, PGK
Sir Knight John Hamlin – PGK
Sir Knight Tom Gawlik – PGK
The funding for the monument came from several council events and donations from council members and the company providing the stone and engraving.
All this would not have been accomplished without the dedication of Brother Knight Ted Styskal, Chairman of the Monument to the Unborn Project and the support from members of Council 12315.
The inscription reads:
Before I formed you in the womb, I knew You,
and before you were born I consecrated you. Jer 1:5
Remember in your prayers the sanctity of human life in all its forms.