In 1882, Father Michael J.
McGivney gathered a small group of parishioners in St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn. His purpose was to establish a group of men, united in their faith and to provide for Catholic families in
times of need. This was the beginning of the Knights of Columbus.
Guided by the principles of
charity, unity, and fraternity members of the Knights of Columbus work to overcome the hardships that people face in their parishes and communities. We are a growing organization - more than 1.9
million members - and for over 130 years have committed to overcome the challenges of the need for food, shelter, warm clothing and financial security, as well as provide aid for widows and orphans
in our local communities.
Joining your local council of
the Knights of Columbus can change your life. As a Knight, you have the opportunity to strengthen your parish, give back to your community, grow in your faith and gain exclusive access to our
portfolio of top-quality insurance products to financially protect your family. Councils conduct many programs that support your parish and community including:
By joining your local council does not mean that you need to sacrifice quality time with your
family. By volunteering an hour here or an hour there - with your family - can make an enormous difference in your life and in the lives of others.
If you’re interested in helping those in need in your parish and community, strengthening your
parish and your familial relationships, growing in your faith, and gaining exclusive access to top-quality insurance protection for you and your family, then consider joining the Knights of Columbus
council associated with your parish.
Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practical
(that is, practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See. This means that an applicant or member accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to
live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.
- Various prayer and Eucharistic adoration
- Participating in the Coats for Kids and Food for Families
- Encouraging vocations to the priesthood and religious