Council 1740 is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus; subject of the opening ode at every regular council meeting.

Holy Trinity

St. Peter

Mary Star of the Sea

Angels Gate Council 1740

100 Years of Service

o 870 West 8th Street

o San Pedro, CA 90731


o 310-832-4537


Membership Meetings 7:00 PM, First Tuesday each month (dinner may follow)
Officers' Meetings 7:00 PM, third Tuesday each month
in the KofC Meeting Rooms, Basement, Mary Star School Auditorium,
870 W 8th St. San Pedro, CA 90731

MARY STAR HIGH SCHOOL: From the MS Sunday Bulletin January 5, 2014: "Many thanks go to the Knights of Columbus who have generously reduced the interest rate of the High School's eight million dollar loan."

ONE OF THE FIRST councils to be organized in Southern California in 1914, Angels Gate Council has been in continuous service to church and community ever since. During its long history the council has preserved the ideals of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism, although more so at some times than others. Today our council is a thriving, vibrant one, with many activities for our members' participation in all three San Pedro parishes. In 2012 Columbian Squires Circle 824 under Council Sponsorship was reactivated (www.sites.google.com/site/circle874)

IT IS THE MISSION of this website to be a timely informational source for its members. It is kept up to date, and we solicit information from the membership.

COUNCIL CENTENNIAL: On May 14, 2014 a grand banquet was held commemorating our 100th anniversary of the founding of council 1740. Due to a fire demolishing the San Pedro Elks Club, the venue was changed to the San Pedro Dalmatian Club in a room overlooking the entrance to the harbor of the Port of Los Angeles. Perhaps this was more fitting for our council at the entrance to the city of Our Lady of the Angels. 185 tickets were sold to members and their many guests. They were welcomed by Past Grand Knight and Anniversary Dinner chairperson Sir Knight John Stammreich.. The invocation and benediction were given by council chaplain, Father Manny Bravo. We were addressed by Grand Knight, Sir Knight Rueben Serrano. Past Grand Knight, and Sir Knight Nick Vilicich, Past Grand Knight, Past Faithful Navigator, and District Deputy, District 90. The guest speaker was Patty Smith, of Save the1 - Child of Rape.

The success of the event is due to the work of the 28 committee members. A commemorative booklet includes congratulations from many businesses and organizations, as well as the council's 100 year history.You may read a detailed description of our council's history by clicking 1740 History and see a list of the past Grand Knights by clicking 1740 Past Grand Knights.

COUNCIL BY-LAWS: The new by-laws were ratified by the Supreme Council in 2013 and may be read by CLICKING HERE. It takes a 2/3 vote to amend them subject to approval of the Supreme Council.

OUR GRAND KNIGHT for the Columbian Year 2014-2015 is Bill Railey. who was born September 9, 1958 at Saint Mary's Hospital in Long Beach, California. He attended Taper Avenue Elementary School, Dodson Junior High School and graduated from San Pedro High School in 1977. He attended Los Angeles Harbor College, graduating in 1979 with an Associate Arts Degree in General Education. He also attended Long Beach State University and graduated from the Los Angeles Police Academy in 1980, receiving an Associate Arts Degree in Administration of Justice from Los Angeles City College.

Bill worked 34 years for the Los Angeles Police Department on a variety of assignments from patrol, CRASH, Special Problems Unit, Mounted Unit, 1984 Olympic Security, and as 1987 Papal Security for Pope John Paul's visit to Los Angeles. During the past 21 years he was Field Sergeant, Watch Commander, Special Problems Unit Sergeant and Mobile Field Force Sergeant.

He married Cecelia Lucia Najera Railey on May 14, 1983 at Mary Star of the Sea. He is the proud father of two daughters; Kelley Elizabeth Railey (27) and Christina Ann Railey (21). Both of them attended Mary Star of the Sea Elementary, Middle School, and graduated from Mary Star of the Sea High School.

OUR DEPUTY GRAND KNIGHT for the Columbian Year 2014-2015 is Danilo "Danny" Visluan Eslava, who was born August 24, 1948 in San Fernando La Union, Philippines, where he attended Christ the King elementary school under the Belgian Sisters. He has a bachelor's degree in Criminology with additional courses in Management, Leadership, and Intelligence. He first came to the U.S. in 1987 and is a naturalized citizen.

Danny and his wife are both active members of the Filipino Community, Mary Star of the Sea Parish. A Fourth Degree Knight of Cmdr. John J. Shea Assembly, he has served as Warden, Treasurer and Chancellor of Angels Gate Council 1740 as well as Membership Director and member of the First Degree Team, and Retention Committee and "Tootsie Roll Drive" chairman. Additionally he has extensive experience in police work and is a proud retired Letter Carrier, USPS.

Married to Thelma Siapno Decano for 31 years, they are blessed with eight children: Thedda Ann, Dan Augustus (dec.) Thedda Cleo, Marylou, Danilo Joseph, Christine, Danilo Nino and Philip Christopher. His motivation is to serve, promote and share the love and teachings of Jesus Christ to his brother Knights, the Community and the Parish.

Our chaplain is Rev. Manuel Leon Bravo.

HAVE A CELL PHONE? Take a picture at your next KofC activity or event and email it Leo Kowalski, konnica@att.net or Joe Lauro, jlauro@sbcglobal.net. Please give a brief description of who, what and where.

Last Updated 10/11/14