Knights of Columbus, Basilica de San Albino Council 15578 of Mesilla, New Mexico, has earned the distinction of Four Star Council, one of the organization’s top awards, for the 2015-2016 fraternal year. The organization’s headquarters, located in New Haven, Connecticut, made the announcement. The award recognizes overall excellence in the areas of membership recruitment and retention, promotion of the fraternal insurance program, and sponsorship of service-oriented activities. The award was presented to the membership by New Mexico State Council, State Deputy Patrick T. Mason and Immediate Past State Deputy, Richard Espinosa. The special ceremony was held on December 3, 2016 at the State Mid-Year Meeting in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

In announcing the local winner of the Four Star Council Award, Carl A. Anderson, chief executive officer of the organization, said, “Please accept my sincere congratulations upon attaining this prestigious award. Your dedication to the Order is seen in the high standard of excellence you have achieved. At the same time, I encourage you to carry forward this enthusiasm to meet the challenges that will face the Knights of Columbus in the years ahead. May this award be a reminder and an inspiration to the members of your council to continue to promote the ideals of Columbianism for the good of the Church, your community, and the Order.”

“Receiving the Four Star Council Award is quite an honor for us. We’re extremely proud of this accomplishment,” proclaimed Grand Knight James D. Beasley, head of the local council.

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Church, their communities, families and young people. With more than 1.9 million members in over 15,000 councils around the world, the Knights of Columbus annually donates more than $175 million hours of service to charitable causes. Please visit for more information.

Left to right: State Chaplain Rev. Matthew Keller, Immediate Past State Deputy Richard Espinosa, Grand Knight James D. Beasley, Martha Beasely, Janice Espinosa