Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization that was formed to organize the “able and willing” in assisting those in need. Today the Knights of Columbus contribute time and energy worldwide to service in communities and parishes. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.
The Knights of Columbus Order was started by a young Catholic priest (Father Michael J. McGiveney) who had the first meeting in the basement of St. Mary’s Church on Oct 2, 1881, in New Haven, Connecticut.
Father McGivney and the first members were bound together by the ideal of Christopher Columbus, the discoverer of the Americas, the one whose hand brought Christianity to the New World. Their efforts came to fruition with the incorporation of the Knights of Columbus as an Order, on March 29, 1882.
Now, the Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 12,000 councils and 1.6 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.
As the Order has grown, its benevolence has increased. The Order continues to break all of its previous records for charitable contributions and volunteer service. 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. Last year alone, the Knights donated more than $125 million and more than 60 million volunteer hours to charitable causes.
For more information about the Knights Of Columbus and it’s workings, please refer to www.kofc.org