The Knight of Columbus is a Catholic men's fraternal benefit society formed in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, while he was pastor of St. Mary's Church in New Haven, CT. Having lost his own father at a young age, and wanting to help keep families together should disease or an untimely death befall a family, Father McGivney formed the Knights of Columbus to help render financial aid to the member's widow and his family.
Today, the foresight of Father McGivney, and the Order's founding principles continue to preserve, promulgate and passion The Knights of Columbus. Our founding principles benefit both communities and the active membership, and they are what the Knights of Columbus is all about.
Charity- In 2014, the Knights of Columbus at all levels raised and donated more than $173 million to charitable causes. Members also performed over 71.5 million hours of volunteer service. Both of these accomplishments are all time highs for the Order.
Unity- We stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community..
Fraternity- The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.
Patriotism- There comes a time when duty extends beyond our own lives, beyond how we lead our families, and into how we serve our fellow man. The Patriotic Degree allows K of C members to take this one step further. "Sir Knight" is more than a title — it’s an honor.
Please explore the rest of our Council's website to learn more about how becoming a member of the Knights of Columbus can benefit you and your family. Click here to learn what benefits you receive when you join The Knights of Columbus.
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