Knights of Columbus

Brief History of the Knights

St. Mary's Church, New Haven, CTThanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.

The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. 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 history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world’s foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.

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St. Elizabeth of Hungary Council # 12452:

Saint Elizabeth has a Council of this world wide Catholic Family Fraternal Service organization. The Knights do service and fund raising projects here in the parish and beyond. Member Knights and parishioner contributions have enabled the Knights of Columbus to donate well over $100,000.

Since this Council’s founding in 1999, the Knights have helped in many ways: Scholarships for graduating eighth graders continuing a catholic education, storage and equipment for parish events, set up and support for Fiestas and other parish events, lighted Stations of the Cross for the Grotto, Grotto repairs and electrical improvements to name just a few. Come join us in answering the call to serve our families, parish, church and community!

Contact: Ruben Corral

History of the Knights of Columbus