Iowa Catholic Bishops and Knights of Columbus Leaders Appoint Assistant State Chaplains

Iowa’s four Catholic Bishops in consultation with Iowa Knights of Columbus State Deputy Joseph A. Ramirez and State Chaplain Father Brian J. Danner are pleased to announce the appointment of Assistant State Chaplains for each diocese.

Appointed Assistant State Chaplain - Archdiocese of Dubuque is Father John ‘Jack’ Paisley, a retired priest and educator. Father Paisley is a Brother Knight of St. Mary’s Council 11880 in Strawberry Point-Lamont.



Serving as Assistant State Chaplain - Diocese of Davenport is Father William Reynolds, Pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newton. Father Reynolds is a Brother Knight of Msgr. T. J. McCann Council 2663 in Newton and a Sir Knight of Bishop William L. Adrian Assembly 1941 in Grinnell.



Chosen as Assistant State Chaplain - Diocese of Sioux City is Father William McCarthy, Pastor of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen. Father McCarthy is a Brother Knight of Trinity Council 1466 in Le Mars and a Sir Knight of Father Michael J. McGivney Assembly 3088 in Le Mars.


Selected as Assistant State Chaplain - Diocese of Des Moines is Father Christopher Reising, Pastor of Our Lady of the Americas Catholic Church in Des Moines. Father Reising is a Brother Knight of Father Tom Pfeffer Council 14267 in Des Moines and a Sir Knight of the Pope John Paul I Assembly in Des Moines.



“Each Assistant State Chaplain brings a wealth of experience in parish and diocesan life as well as a passion for the Knights of Columbus,” shared State Chaplain Father Danner. “By having an Assistant State Chaplain in each diocese serving as a regional leader for Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore and myself, local Council Chaplains now have a familiar brother priest they can turn to for advice.”

The Assistant State Chaplains will assist State Chaplain Father Danner in developing an understanding and appreciation of the Knights of Columbus spirituality surrounding the principles of the Order: charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. They will also develop and maintain strong working and informational relationships with local Council Chaplains in their diocese.

“As a organization of Catholic men who are conscious of their responsibilities to the mission of Christ in the Church, the Knights of Columbus looks to their chaplains for encouragement and guidance,” shared State Deputy Ramirez. “By appointing Assistant State Chaplains, Iowa Knights and their families will have more motivation as they strive to be duly spiritual and in harmony with the teaching of the Church and the guiding principles of our bishops.”

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