Knights’ Holy Family icon presented to Rock Island church in Fr. Logan’s memory

Members of the Honor Guard from the Knights of Columbus, Father Bader Assembly No. 1922, are pictured with an icon of the Holy Family that was presented to Sacred Heart Parish in Rock Island during a Mass on Dec. 30, the feast of the Holy Family. The image, awarded by the Peoria Diocese Chapter of the Knights of Columbus, includes an inscription dedicating it in honor of Father Johnjoseph DePorres Logan, former pastor who died in early 2016. (Provided photo/Chris Mandle)

ROCK ISLAND — A framed icon of the Holy Family that has been utilized around the Diocese of Peoria for three years in conjunction with Knights of Columbus-sponsored programs has found a permanent home at Sacred Heart Church here.

Father Johnjoseph DePorres “Jerry” Logan

The image was presented to the parish by the Peoria Diocese Chapter of the Knights of Columbus during Sacred Heart’s 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Dec. 30, the feast of the Holy Family. It now includes a dedication inscription in memory of Father Johnjoseph DePorres Logan, a former pastor who served at several Quad City area parishes.  Father Logan, known for his support of families and devotion to St. Joseph as a model for Catholic men and fathers, died in early 2016.

The icon will be placed in the church’s new reconciliation room — a perfect location, according to Jack Swan, a past grand knight and current trustee of Allouez Council No. 658.

“What a tribute to Father Logan, for he was a great confessor,” said Swan in remarks at the Dec. 30 presentation.

Swan explained that periodically the Knights of Columbus makes available to dioceses a travelling icon for use in conjunction with prayer services and rosaries. The Holy Family icons, blessed by Pope Francis, were distributed in 2015 — the year the U.S. hosted the World Meeting of Families held in Philadelphia. A new icon of Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians was recently introduced.

The Holy Family icon’s presentation in Rock Island corresponds with the Allouez Council’s establishment of a program encouraging Catholic families to consecrate themselves to the Holy Family. The program, instituted by the Knights’ Supreme Council, uses a prayer composed by Archbishop Willliam Lori, Supreme Chaplain.

Among those attending the Dec. 30 Mass at Sacred Heart Church were members of the Fathers of St. Joseph, a confraternity of men in the Quad Cities and beyond who strive to follow the example of St. Joseph. Father Logan was a leader in the group.

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