2016 Virginia Knight of the Year Nathan E. Murray receives his award from State Deputy Steve Raschke. Murray's wife Kim is at the center of the photo.

2016 VA Knight of the Year

Nathan E. Murray

The 2016 Knight of the Year, Nathan Murray, of Fitzgerald Council 459 in Alexandria, has served as Grand Knight, Deputy Grand Knight, Trustee, Advocate, and Faithful Navigator and has been a Brother Knight for 31 years.


During a recent renovation of his church, Murray saved the marble being removed from the walls.  He offered some of it to another church and with other pieces he made memorial plaques to present to the bishop, pastor, and parishioners.  He proposed an idea to develop an area of his church with a statue of Mary into a grotto with a wall, walkways, a prayer bench, and lighting.  He was instrumental in raising the $50,000 needed to make the idea a reality.


At Thanksgiving and Christmas, our Knight of the Year delivered food to needy families.  He purchased toys out of his own pocket to leave with the families.  He helped pick up, clean, deliver, and distribute coats for the needy during the council’s coat drive. He is part of the council’s day old bread collection, and his efforts led to the council receiving the Golden Apple award for collecting over 10,000 loaves of bread for the needy.


Nathan Murray is described by his Grand Knight as “the spark plug that makes our council work,” and you can see why!



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