St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Council 2951 was formed 11 December 1945 at St. Mary’s Church in Bridgeton. In 1950, the meetings were moved to Fran Hanley’s Market in Berkeley. About a year later in 1951, the Council purchased the residence on Graham Road in front of what is now Manion Park. The Council held its meetings and activities there until 1963. The Council then purchased several acres and a building next to what is now the Old Saint Ferdinand Shrine at 50 St Street. The council is exceptionally active and also has a very energetic Ladies’ Auxiliary that supports all that we do. Our council is currently about 525 strong. Our Ladies’ Auxiliary has recently grown to about 120 vibrant members.
In our history, we have had about 52 Grand Knights. Some of our early leaders include: Ray Hopfinger, Ralph Sellers, Joe Schmershal leading to our current Grand Knight Richard Harrod. Men in our Council have served at the local and the State Level. We are proud of our leaders and their role in guiding the Council.
The council is rooted in its tradition of Charity, Unity and Fraternity. We have and will continue to participate in the annual “Tootsie