Become A Member….

Would You Like To Join Us?

We would love to have you and your family, join our family.

Are you a practical Catholic in union with the Holy See?

Are you at least 18 years old?

If you answered yes to both of these questions, you are eligible for membership in the Knights of Columbus.

No Time?

Time is not an issue with the Knights of Columbus. We understand that our members have priorities and other responsibilities, in their lives. We have families to care for, careers to follow and jobs to do. Rest easy… the Knights will be here when you need us.

If you can find one existing KofC program during the year that you can lend a helping hand to or know of a community need that our local council can help fill, let us know how to help. You will probably find more than one brother Knight willing to lend you a hand to fill that need.

About the Knights of Columbus

Our Beginnings : A Sanctuary

The Knight of Columbus,founded by Father Michael J. McGivney, was chartered by the State of Connecticut in March of 1882 as one of the first Fraternal Benefit Societies, in America. After his Ordination into the Priesthood, by James Cardinal Gibbons of Baltimore, Maryland, Father McGivney began his pastoral work at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in New Haven Connecticut. Almost immediately he recognized the need in society to provide a financial safety net for the poor and needy immigrant families of late 19th century New England. He sadly discovered that his parish families, most of whom lived in unsanitary conditions and performed hazardous jobs for poor pay were often forced apart upon the death of a breadwinner. Father McGivney saw that in order for the Catholic family unit to remain together, during these times of distress, an alternative was necessary. Since life insurance was made unavailable to immigrant families, even to those few who could afford to pay for it, Father McGivney formed Council #1 of the Knights of Columbus at St. Mary’s, in New Haven. Those first thirty men, upon the death of a brother Knight, each contributed One Dollar to the family of the fallen member thus giving the family a chance to stay together and survive.

From those humble beginnings, the Knights of Columbus has grown to include over 1.6 million Catholic men and their families, in almost 12,000 councils worldwide. In 2001 the members of the KofC donated over $116 million dollars to charitable causes and over 52 million man-hours of community service to their neighbors.

The Knights of Columbus continues to grow and thrive all while publically supporting our clergy and confidently proclaiming all of the beliefs that make our Catholic Faith so dear.

“Have your Family join Our Family”

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