October of 1881, a young priest named Father Michael J.
McGivney called together a small group of men to meet in
the basement of St. Mary's Church in
. His purpose was to help Catholic men remain steadfast in
their faith, promote closer ties of fraternity among them,
and set up a system that would help fellow members and
their families in times of hardships.
These men, of this fledgling
organization, were chartered on March 29, 1882 to be known
as the 'Knights of
Like the Knights of Yore, the
organization embodied the ideas of
spirituality and service to Church, country and fellow
Today, the Knights of Columbus has
blossomed into an international society of more than
1.70 million Catholic men in some 12,000 councils
, the Virgin Islands,
, Guam and
. They have dedicated themselves to these basic ideas: Charity.
Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.
The framework of our great
organization is that we are a "Catholic, family,
fraternal, service organization". This theme
permeates the entire Service Program: all church,
community, council, family and youth activities.
the common denominator for all our members.
Catholicism serves as the foundation for continued growth
for our faith in God. FAMILY is the very
basis of society around which all our programs and
activities evolve. FRATERNITY means banding
together for the purpose of providing for spiritual and
material welfare of our membership. SERVICE means
our involvement with and commitment to Church, community,
council, family and youth.
As the Order has grown, its
benevolence has steadily increased. In the past decade,
the Knights have raised and donated nearly $1 Billion to
numerous charitable causes and volunteered nearly 400
million hours of service.
The Protection of Human
Life - The
Knights of Columbus is unambiguously and proudly pro-life.
In accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church,
the Order defends human life from the moment of conception
until natural death. Building a new Culture of Life where
every human life is welcomed and protected by law is one
of the highest priorities of the Order!
Support - Supporting the Catholic Church has been a
hallmark of the Knights of Columbus. From funding the
restoration of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica in
to operating an usher ministry at a local parish, the
Knights of Columbus serves the Church in countless ways.
Annually, the Order raises and distributes more than $45
million to Church groups in support of programs at the
local, national and international levels. Local Knights
and their families donate more than 25 million hours of
volunteer time to the Church each year. ‘In Solidarity
with our Priests’ – we heartily support Vocations to
the Priesthood and Religious Life!
years we have dedicated ourselves to God's calling.
We become involved and participate in what is taking place
in the world around each and every one of us.
Conditions of present life require that we participate in
shaping social issues and political issues, from speaking
for the unborn to lending our hands to the less fortunate,
and from making our society a place where there is more
justice to where there is more love. The challenge to the
Knights is trying to see where God is asking us to go and
in what direction to move. By becoming a
Knight you can be an added voice, a helping hand to
humankind, a sign to someone less fortunate - that God
truly loves and cares for them.
Why Join The Knights of
Community Involvement! Growing in one’s faith!
Supporting the Church! Protecting one’s family! Helping
others and expressing love of all! These are a few of the
reasons that Catholic men and their families join the
Knights of Columbus!